Raoul Cantero | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Raoul Cantero
Raoul Cantero

Raoul Cantero

Partner, Miami

“Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero of White & Case LLP is known as the ‘cream of the crop.’ Commentators laud his ability to be ‘both an aggressive advocate and a gentleman.’” “He is ‘amazing’ and praised by sources for his ability to ‘communicate legal ideas to laypeople in a way that makes them able to make an informed decision.’” “He’s just an excellent lawyer with wonderful experience in the appellate system.”

Chambers USA

Overview

Former Justice Raoul G. Cantero leads White & Case's Miami Disputes Practice. He is board-certified in appellate practice and is ranked Band 1 by Chambers USA in Florida Appellate Practice. He also focuses on cross-border disputes relating to Latin America and is a certified arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution. Mr. Cantero has represented many global clients at the trial and appellate levels, specializing in complex, class-action, and high-profile litigation. In his 30 years as a lawyer, he has handled over 400 appeals. The publication LawDragon lists him as one of the top 500 lawyers in the U.S.; and Chambers USA has described him as follows:

"[He] is known as the 'cream of the crop.' Commentators laud his ability to be 'both an aggressive advocate and a gentleman.'" "He is 'amazing' and praised by sources for his ability to 'communicate legal ideas to laypeople in a way that makes them able to make an informed decision.'" "He's just an excellent lawyer with wonderful experience in the appellate system."

Justice Cantero is also the firm's Global Executive Partner for Diversity, in which position he oversees the firm's recruitment, retention, and promotion of minority lawyers. In 2016, Law360 found that White & Case was the most diverse law firm in the US, with over one-third of its attorneys being minorities. In addition, AmLaw has ranked White & Case #1 in the diversity of attorneys for three consecutive years.

Appointed to the Florida Supreme Court in 2002 by then-Governor Jeb Bush, Mr. Cantero was the first justice of Hispanic descent and one of the youngest ever to sit on the Court. In his six years as a justice, he heard hundreds of appeals and authored well over 100 opinions.

Bars and Courts

  • US District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Board Certified in Appellate Practice
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • US District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • Florida State Bar

Education

  • JD, Harvard University
  • BA, Florida State University

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Experience

'North Carillon, LLC vs. CRC 603, LLC', 135 So. 3d 274 (Fla. 2014)

'Sargeant v. Al Saleh', (Fla. 4th DCA 2014)

'Odebrecht Constr., Inc. v. Fla. Dept. of Transp.', 715 F.3d 1268 (11th Cir. 2013)

'Scott v. Williams', 107 So. 3d 379 (Fla. 2013)

'Chalfonte v. QBE Ins. Co.', 94 So.3d 541 (Fla. 2012)

'In re Legis. Reapportionment', 89 So.3d 872 (Fla. 2012)

'Florida Gaming Centers v. DBPR', 71 So. 3d 226 (Fla. 1st DCA 2011)

'Austin Building Co. v. Rago, Ltd.', 63 So.3d 31 (Fla. 3d DCA 2011)

'General Star Indemn. v. Atlantic Hosp.', 57 So.3d 238 (Fla. 3d DCA 2011)

'Buckley Towers. v. QBE Ins. Co.', 2010 WL 3551609 (11th Cir. 2010)

Speaking Engagements

"Florida's adoption of the UNCITRAL model rules", June 25, 2010: International Law Section of the Florida Bar

"Discretionary Jurisdiction in the Florida Supreme Court", May 18, 2010: Appellate Practice Section Telephone Seminar

"Effective Advocacy in State Supreme Courts", April 21, 2010: Heritage Foundation

"Fundamentals of Briefing and Oral Argument", June 17, 2009: Cuban American Bar Association

"Diversity and Access to Justice: Perspectives from the Bench and Bar", March 7, 2009: Hispanic National Bar Association

Publications

  • Three Simple Ways to Improve Your Briefs, Florida Bar Journal, February 2011
  • What I Learned from My Fiction Writing Professor, Part II, The Record, Winter 2011
  • What I Learned from My Fiction Writing Professor, Part I, The Record, Fall 2010
  • The Carrot and Stick Approach to Professionalism, The Professional, Summer 2008

Awards & Recognition

Lifetime Achievement Award, Daily Business Review, 2015

Leading Lawyer (Band 1), Chambers USA, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Appellate Litigation – Florida

Leading Lawyer, Chambers USA 2014

Appellate Law – Nationwide

Eleventh Circuit Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Florida Appellate

Local Commercial Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2012, 2013

Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend, 2011, 2012

Appellate Practice

Most Effective Lawyer, Daily Business Review, 2012

Appellate Law

The Best Lawyers in America, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016

Inducted into the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, 2010