Meet the 52 Florida Bar Board Certified Members

in International Law

Jake Baccari

Jake Baccari is a Partner at Tenzer Arrieta PLLC and leads the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice areas. Mr. Baccari has experience representing clients in domestic and multi-jurisdictional litigation, arbitration (appearing in proceedings administered by AAA, HKIAC, ICC, ICDR, ICSID, JCAA, LCIA, and SIAC), investigations, and crisis situations in a variety of industries including aero, auto, banking and finance, energy, heavy, hospitality, and private equity. Mr. Baccari has represented clients in contentious and regulatory matters across the United States and in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Jake is Board Certified in International Law by The Florida Bar and a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and New York. Prior to returning to Miami to join the firm, Jake worked in Asia for more than a decade, practicing at White & Case in Tokyo where he was registered as a foreign attorney with the Japan Federation of Bar Associations and then serving as Senior Group Counsel for Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore.
Why did you become Board Certified in International Law? I have had one foot in the States and one in Asia for most of my life. In 2008, I became the first foreign lawyer to register on a Florida Bar license with the Japan Federation of Bar Associations. At that time, 100% of my practice comprised multijurisdictional work involving two or more countries and languages. Clients in Japan well received the achievement and the certification enhanced The Florida Bar’s reputation abroad.
What are some benefits you received from being Board Certified? There were no study materials when I sat for the exam. I prepared a treatise. Years on, I turn to that treatise often. The treatise makes the rounds with colleagues. I had reason to draw upon it last week on a service of process abroad issue. The learning experience continues to pay dividends. The certification provided distinction in Japan, during my time in Singapore, and when I returned to Miami to join my partners Ari and Alex. I encourage everyone with an international interest to consider certification, a truly meaningful accomplishment.
Any best tips or advice to ILS Members preparing for the Certification Exam? There is no sugar coating it – the test is difficult. I sat it jetlagged having flown from Tokyo to New York and then to Tampa. Me and one other person sat the examination for international certification. Most of the folks in the room sat for aviation certification. For international certification on my day, the passage rate was 50%.
To learn more about being Board Certified in International Law, visit https://www.floridabar.org/about/cert/cert-applications-and-requirements/ or email Jake at jbaccari@tapllc.com.