Mdo Partners’ Richard Montes De Oca Named to Top Latino Lawyers 2017

Latino Leaders magazine recognized MDO Partners’ Founder and Managing Partner Richard

Robert Becerra Named a Top Lawyer in the South Florida Legal Guide

Becerra Law, P.A. is pleased to announce that Robert J. Becerra has been recognized as a “Top Lawyer” in the 2018 South Florida Legal Guide

Members Needed – International Litigation and Arbitration Certification Committee

Members interested in serving on the inaugural nine-member committee for the new International Litigation

iLaw 2018 – Take advantage of the early-bird rates and discounted room rates!

iLaw 2018 – Take advantage of the early-bird rates and discounted room rates!

Urgent Call for Expressions of Interest to Serve on the International Litigation

Urgent Call for Expressions of Interest to Serve on the International Litigation and Arbitration Certification Committee – New Deadline December 22, 2017

Join the Miami Finance Forum for its December 20

Interested in how Public-Private Partnership (P3s) can fund and maintain needed infrastructure in Miami?

Call for Volunteer Arbitrators!

The Florida Bar International Law Section Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018

New Foreign Legal Consultant Rule Amendments

For the past year and a half, the Foreign Legal Consultant Committee of The Florida Bar, which is chaired by Yine Rodríguez Pérez, has been working on amending Chapter 16 of The Florida Bar Rules.  Chapter 16 regulates The Florida Bar’s certification of foreign lawyers as Foreign Legal Consultants.

The work involved drafting new rules and revising existing ones and then submitting the proposed new rules and amendments to the Board of The Florida Bar (the “Board”).  It also involved meetings and discussions about the proposed amendments with the Division Director of the Ethics and Consumer Protection of The Florida Bar and the Director of Investigations of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, among others.

In July 2016, the proposed amendments to Chapter 16 were reported on for first reading and were later heard on second reading and approved by the Board in late 2016.  In October 2016, the proposed amendments were filed with the Supreme Court of Florida.  We’re pleased to announce that just last week, the Supreme Court of Florida issued its ruling approving the new and amended Foreign Legal Consultant rules.  The new rules will be effective in February, 2018.

This is a major accomplishment that was actively pursued by the International Law Section of The Florida Bar and applauded by Florida’s international practitioners and Foreign Legal Consultants.

Congratulations to Yine and to the Foreign Legal Consultants Committee members Jacqueline Villalba and Jose Maria Carneiro da Cunha.

New International Litigation and Arbitration Certification Committee

On November 9, 2017, the Supreme Court of Florida created a new Board Certification in International Litigation and Arbitration through an amendment to the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar.  This success followed years of work by the Section through a subcommittee led by Certification Subcommittee Chair Gary Davidson and former Section Chairs C. Ryan Reetz andEdward Mullins.

According to the newly promulgated rules contained in subchapter 6-31, the purpose of the standards adopted by the Court is to “identify those lawyers who have the special knowledge, skills, and proficiency, as well as the character, ethics, and reputation for professionalism, to be properly identified to the public as board certified in international litigation and arbitration.”

As detailed in the same rules, applicants for the new Board Certification must demonstrate a minimum period of practice, substantial involvement in the practice of international litigation and/or arbitration, a minimum number of matters, extensive continuing legal education, must be peer reviewed, and must successfully pass a certification exam.

The certification process will be administered by the Florida Bar with substantial assistance from the to-be-formed International Litigation and Arbitration Certification Committee.  This Certification Committee will serve a similar function as to other certification committees for the various board certifications.

Pursuant to Rule 6-31.2(c):

(c) International Litigation and Arbitration Certification Committee. The international litigation and arbitration certification committee will consist of 9 members. The international litigation and arbitration committee members will initially be appointed according to the criteria set forth in rule 6-3.2(a).

Rule 6-3.2(a) provides the following regarding initial Certification Committees:

(a) Initial Certification Committees. For each certification area approved by the Supreme Court of Florida, a 9-member committee, bearing the name of the area, shall be appointed by the president of The Florida Bar, with the advice and consent of the board of governors. Initial committee appointees shall be eminent attorneys in each field, shall be members in good standing of The Florida Bar, shall have been admitted to The Florida Bar no less than 10 years, and must meet such other requirements as may in the future be promulgated by the board of legal specialization and education. Initial committee appointees shall be certified in the applicable area of practice by reason of appointment to that area’s certification committee. The committee members shall hold office for 3 years and until their successors are appointed. The committee members shall be appointed to staggered terms of office, and the initial appointees shall serve as follows: 3 members shall serve until June 30 next following their appointment, 3 members shall serve until the second June 30 following their appointment, and 3 members shall serve until the third June 30 following their appointment.

The Florida Bar will advertise for applications in the latter half of December, and a formal application will be required, but the Florida Bar president will receive expressions of interest and advice and input from the International Law Section.  In light of the foregoing, the Florida Bar International Law Section is soliciting expressions of interest from qualified members of the Section interested in serving on the initial International Litigation and Arbitration Certification Committee.  Expressions of interest received from qualified members on or before 5:00 p.m. onFriday, December 8, 2017, will be forwarded to the president of the Florida Bar for consideration by him and the Florida Bar Board of Governors.  If you are interested in the foregoing, and meet the qualification requirements, please send your expression of interest and CV to International Law Section Chair Arnoldo B. Lacayo (  Late submissions will not be considered.

Please note that pursuant to new Rule 6-31.3(g) highly qualified applicants who have practiced in the area for 20 years will be able to apply for certification without taking an exam as long as they meet specified criteria.


You’re Invited: Florida Bar ILS Holiday Cocktail & Dress for Success Benefit Drive

Celebrate the Holidays with us: on December 14, 6-9 PM at the offices of Sequor Law (1001 Brickell Bay Drive, 9th Floor, Miami, FL 33131), join the Florida Bar ILS for its holiday cocktail as we celebrate the holiday season and support the Women in International Law Committee as they collect donations for Dress for Success Miami!

Dress for Success provides a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help women who are entering or re-entering the workforce. Kindly bring new or gently used, interview appropriate women’s suits; professional separates such as blouses, slacks, skirts, dresses, blazers; work appropriate shoes; jewelry and scarves; new makeup; and/or handbags (briefcases, portfolios, or work appropriate handbags) with you to the Holiday Cocktail. There will be collection boxes set-up for you to deposit your donations. Please ensure that the items are clean/ironed as many of the organization’s clients go directly to their interviews. Your donation will help Dress for Success Miami stock up its clothing boutique for 2018!  If you have any questions regarding items to be donated, please contact Jacqueline Villalba at

Note there is parking available on site, but it is CASH ONLY. Please RSVP by December 8th to reserve your spot!