ILS Podcasts

October 2018 – Michael A. Dribin

Mr. Dribin obtained a B.A. degree from Northwestern University in 1972, a J.D. degree from Loyola University of Chicago in 1975 and a LL.M. degree in Taxation from the University of Miami in 1979.

Practicing since 1975, Mr. Dribin is a Board Certified Wills, Trusts and Estates Lawyer since 1986; is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estates Counsel since 1990 (member, Fiduciary Litigation Committee); and is the Past Chair of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar. Mr. Dribin is an Estate Planning Advisor in the University of Miami Masters in Estate Planning program, an active member of the Probate and Guardianship Court Committee of the Dade County Bar Association, serves as the Dean of Florida Fellows Institute and Past President of the Estate Planning Council of Miami.

Mr. Dribin has been designated a “Florida Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics magazine for six consecutive years and as a Top 100 Attorney in Miami, Florida. Mr. Dribin has been recognized since 1993 in Best Lawyers in America, published by Woodward and White and designated since 2009 “Florida Legal Elite” in Florida Trend magazine by his peers. Mr. Dribin is a frequent lecturer on areas of probate, trust and guardianship laws and related areas of litigation, and in the area of estate planning.

Michael Dribin recently participated in the 37th Annual Attorney Trust Officer Conference in Palm Beach on August 24, 2018.  Mr. Dribin’s participation included a panel discussion entitled “Drafting to Avoid the Administrator’s Nightmare and the Litigator’s Dream”.

September 2018 – Joseph L. Raia

Joe deals with matters involving multiple jurisdictions, including the treaties and principles that govern jurisdiction, choice of law, service of judicial papers abroad, obtaining evidence for use abroad, and the complexities of obtaining and protecting electronic communications and data. He has worked with the major arbitration regimes, including ICC, ICDR, UNCITRAL and AAA. His practice includes the preparation and enforcement of agreements to arbitrate, as well as the enforcement of arbitral awards and court judgments.

He strives to bring a personalized approach to client matters. He also works with clients to assess potential disputes and business strategy, and to identify their options. He regularly works with clients outside the United States, including Europe, Latin America and Asia, and has established relationships with counsel, diplomats and government representatives throughout the world.

Joe serves as the vice chair of the ABA Section of International Law, which has approximately 17,000 members from over 100 countries worldwide, and is primarily responsible for coordinating the work of the section’s 62 committees. He is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Beacon Council, the economic development agency for Miami-Dade County, Florida. He frequently speaks on matters relating to international dispute resolution.

In recent years, Joe has been working with Florida charter schools. As that sector has experienced explosive growth, Joe has dealt with the cutting edge issues presented by sponsors, state and federal departments of education, as well as other regulators. This practice includes dealing with sponsors in connection with charters, local and state rule making, dispute resolution, legal reform and strategic planning for growth oriented schools.

June 2018 – Eduardo “Eddie” Palmer

Eduardo is an experienced big firm lawyer, whose boutique business litigation practice facilitates a better focus on providing top-notch service to a select group of clients. Mr. Palmer has been a litigator for over 30 years and has had an exciting career working in both the private and public sectors. His practice areas include complex commercial litigation, international litigation and arbitration, and white collar criminal defense. In a day and age where many litigators have little trial experience, Mr. Palmer has had over 25 jury trials in federal and state court and has argued various times before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit and before several Florida District Courts of Appeal. He is a bilingual, bicultural attorney who has lived in Miami most of his life and is ideally suited to litigating in South Florida’s multi-ethnic community.

His litigation experience includes, among others, class actions, securities fraud, large multi-district litigation matters, civil RICO, breach of contract, fraud, intellectual property claims, appeals, money laundering, FCPA, forfeiture, tax and bank fraud. He has conducted numerous internal investigations for public companies, has provided compliance training for public companies in the U.S. and abroad, and has represented clients in connection with Congressional investigations and international extradition proceedings.

Mr. Palmer also has an avid interest in international law. He has extensive experience handling international litigation and arbitration matters. In his role as the former Chair of the International Litigation and Arbitration Group at Steel Hector & Davis LLP, Mr. Palmer was responsible for overseeing the international litigation and arbitration practice in the firm’s offices throughout Latin America. He is fluent in Spanish and has conducted international arbitrations in Spanish. He has served as counsel for parties in international arbitration disputes and as an arbitrator in such proceedings. He is often asked to speak at international arbitration conferences in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe.

May 2018 – James M. Meyer

A Rebuttal in Defense of Offshore/Onshore Planning

James Meyer Headshot

James M. Meyer concentrates his practice on the representation of U.S. and Latin American-based multinational corporations, financial institutions, manufacturers, franchisors, family offices and private high net worth clients in general corporate matters, commercial transactions, cross-border leasing, financing, sales and acquisitions of capital equipment, including aircraft and yachts. His experience in such matters also extends throughout the Caribbean.

James is Chairman of the L2B Aviation Group, which is the world’s largest and most highly ranked international network of aviation law firms,­ which specializes in providing legal advice to the aviation industry.  Mr. Meyer serves on the Executive Council of the International Law Section of the Florida Bar.   He is a member of the Steering Committee for International Law Studies at Florida International University College of Law.  He has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Law, teaching International Secured Finance, and is a frequent lecturer and commentator on international commercial matters. He is also President of Asopuente International, (a charitable organization dedicated to supporting women’s causes in the lower income sectors of society). He also serves on the Host Committee for Dwyane Wade’s charitable organization Wade’s World Foundation, and its Night at the RunWade. He is a member of the Council of the Americas, Inter-American Dialogue and the Caribbean Central American Action organization.

He has been ranked by Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News & World Report for Corporate Law. He has also been named to the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers by the WHO’S WHO LEGAL organization as well as Florida’s Who’s Who Legal. He is also listed in The Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Aviation Lawyers, named by Latin Lawyer as one of the “leading Miami-based Latin America focused practitioners,” and repeatedly named by Florida Trend Magazine as one of the state’s Legal Elite®. Law & Politics Magazine has also recognized him as a Florida Super Lawyer® and Miami Today nominated him as one of the best legal leaders in Miami. He has also been named as one of Florida’s “Top Lawyers” by South Florida Legal Guide®.

Mr. Meyer received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Arizona State University, Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law, where he served as Articles and Comments Editor of the Law Review.

November 2017 – Raquel (Rocky) A. Rodriguez

Q&A with Rocky

Raquel (Rocky) is the managing member of McDonald Hopkins Miami office. She has counseled clients on a wide variety of government, business, and litigation matters for over 30 years, providing unique insights and solutions to the legal, business, political, and public relations challenges that private and public companies face. Whether representing Fortune 500 clients, closely held companies, foreign governments, family businesses, nonprofit entities, or entrepreneurs, Rocky focuses on developing creative approaches and innovative strategies to complex issues. From 2002 through 2006, she was general counsel to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. In that capacity, Rocky worked on some of the most complex and urgent issues facing the state. This included conceiving and co-drafting the legislation for and negotiating the largest economic development project in state history, a $310 million economic incentive grant to The Scripps Research Institute. She counseled Governor Bush with respect to over 200 judicial appointments at all levels of the Florida judiciary.

September 2017 – Joseph Kellogg

The Rise of the Family Office

Joseph Kellogg has more than 15 years’ experience working with wealthy families. As partner of WE Family Offices, Joseph works with clients to identify their unique objectives and challenges and to implement a comprehensive planning strategy in coordination with their estate and tax planning professionals.

Prior to working with WE Family Office, Joseph provided wealth-planning services for international private clients of UBS AG (Miami) and of HSBC Private Bank (Miami). In 2002, he opened and managed the Miami representative office for the Amicorp Group, providing corporate and fiduciary structures to both corporate and private clients. From 1997 to 2002, Joseph worked with the Citco Group and was based in Curaçao, and later in the British Virgin Islands. He is former president of STEP Miami Branch and currently serves on committees for STEP USA and STEP Worldwide.

Joseph is an attorney licensed in New York and Florida and received his JD from the American University in Washington DC and his LLM (Tax) from the University of Miami, as well as a one-year Master in Law program at the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico. He is fluent in Spanish.

July 2017 – Edward Davis

International Fraud and Asset Recovery

Ed Davis focuses his practice on the representation of individual, corporate and institutional victims of fraud throughout the world.  In the course of his practice, he conducts financial fraud investigations, prosecutes civil claims for fraud and pursues misappropriated assets.  Today’s nature of money flow allows for stolen funds to be instantaneously transferred; Davis has pursued such funds in jurisdictions across the globe including Japan, the Bahamas, Latin America, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, among others.

Davis often lectures on the subject of financial fraud and corruption to groups ranging from the global fraud investigation units for asset recovery of one of the world’s largest banks, to associations of certified public accountants, to investigative agencies.  Additionally, Davis often counsels clients in fraud response crises.   He has served as lead counsel in the Piarco Airport civil claims for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, lead civil counsel for the Government of Antigua & Barbuda in the civil case relating to the alleged fraud in the payment of debt resulting from the building of the Crabbs Desalination facility and he serves as co-General Counsel and primary US counsel to the Joint Liquidators of Stanford International Bank in what is the second largest Ponzi scheme in world history.  Davis also filed the first Chapter 15 bankruptcy petition in Florida on behalf of the custodian of Bancafe International Barbados.

May 2017 – Marike Paulsson

Cross-Border Recognition of Arbitral Awards and the Possibility of Arbitrating T&E Disputes

Marike Paulsson has more than 14 years’ experience in international arbitration and cross-border litigation, and she teaches courses on the New York Convention and treaty interpretation for the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. program at Miami Law. She regularly speaks on international agreements and has taught at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Royal University for Women in Riffa, Bahrain; KITT School of Law in Bhubaneswar, India; American University in Washington DC; and the University of Versailles in Paris, France.

Marike has extensive knowledge of the 1958 UN Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards. She authored the bestseller The 1958 New York Convention in Action, which examines the worldwide application of the treaty, and advises judges worldwide on the convention’s application in the national space. She has also written several publications on international arbitration, including the Netherlands report for the International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration, and co-authored the ICCA’s Guide to the Interpretation on the 1958 New York Convention.

April 2017 – Jeffrey Fisher

International Matrimonial Law and Challenging Estate Planning Structures

Jeffrey D. Fisher is a nationally recognized divorce attorney and occasional international asset-recovery litigatorJeff Fisher became one of the “top ten” divorce lawyers in the country by bringing the skills that he learned as a federal prosecutor to his family law practice. Early in his career, at the height of the South Florida drug wars, he worked for the United States attorney’s office in Miami, prosecuting cocaine smugglers and money launderers. When he opened his own firm with a partner in West Palm Beach in the late 1980s, he began specializing in cases that were equal parts divorce and white-collar litigation, representing the discarded wives of rich men with complex business concerns.

Jeff’s foray into the world of international asset-recovery litigation was recently featured in How To Hide $400 Million, a New York Times investigative piece reporting on the divorce of Sarah Pursglove (Jeff’s client) from internet entrepreneur Robert Oesterlund, and the almost impenetrable array of offshore shell companies, bank accounts and trusts used by the very wealthy to hide their assets from creditors, ex-spouses and taxing authorities.

March 2017 – Arturo Aballí

Global Wealth Management and International Transactions

Arturo J. Aballí, Jr. has been at the center of these trends for over 40 years. He is a top multilingual, international tax, trust and estate planning specialist, and counselor to many of the world’s wealthiest families. With over 40 years of experience in global wealth management and international transactions, Mr. Aballí is among the tiny group of international practitioners who are Board-Certified in International Law by The Florida Bar. He trained in New York and Spain and practiced at the New York Bar for many years before moving to Florida, and subsequently founding Aballí Milne Kalil, P.A. in Miami in 1993.

Over his decades-long legal career Mr. Aballí has gained a vast depth of experience in all aspects of global wealth management. While clients seek his advice from all over the world, his particular focus has been on the representation of U.S.-based foreign clients in their international business and investment transactions. In terms of disciplines, this practice is concentrated in international tax, trusts, corporations, and estate planning for high-net-worth families and individuals; international financial transactions; cross-border corporate acquisitions; and international license agreements. In this last category, with the growth of the Latin entertainment industry in Miami, he has had increasing involvement in the legal representation of Latin American TV stations, independent TV producers, and authors.

Mr. Aballí has been a frequent speaker at international seminars on hot topics including tax planning, international contracts, exchange of information treaties, and asset protection structures. He has served as a director of the Colombian and Spanish Chambers of Commerce, and the Florida International Banking Advisory Council to the Florida State Banking Department. He is a member of the American Bar Association (Committee of U.S. Activities of Foreigners, Tax Section, and International Law Section); The Florida Bar (International Section, Tax Section, and Foreign Tax Committee); the Cuban American Bar Association; the Estate Planning Council of Greater Miami; and the London-based Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), (Miami Chapter).