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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.’”

Chambers USA


Widely recognized as one of Florida's leading appellate lawyers, Raoul focuses on cross-border commercial disputes relating to Latin America.

Head of the Firm's Miami Commercial Litigation Practice, his reputation is based on more than 20 years' litigation experience, as well as a six-year tenure as a Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. Renowned for his intellect, integrity and commitment to professional excellence, Raoul brings the same dedication to his private practice that he brought to his distinguished public service.

Appointed to the Florida Supreme Court in 2002 by then-Governor Jeb Bush, Raoul was the first justice of Hispanic descent and one of the youngest ever to sit on the Court. He heard hundreds of appeals and authored well over 100 majority, concurring and dissenting opinions involving precedent-setting and evolving areas of law. Among these opinions, he was the sole dissenter in Cardegna vs. Buckeye Check Cashing, where the majority held that a borrowers' claim that an underlying contract was void was required to be resolved by a court, not the arbitrators. The United States Supreme Court later reversed the Florida Supreme Court, adopting Raoul's position.

Before his judicial appointment, Raoul spent 14 years in private practice, focusing on civil and criminal appeals. During this time he handled more than 300 appeals and more than 150 oral arguments in all five District Courts of Appeal of Florida, the Florida Supreme Court and several US Courts of Appeals.

Raoul's formidable track record, both as a justice and as a litigator, has given him a wealth of knowledge, which enables him to steer clients through even the most technically complex disputes.

Combining substantial international experience with broad sector knowledge, Raoul has represented an array of domestic and multinational companies and institutions. These include QBE Insurance Co., Odebrecht USA, Wells Fargo Bank, The Florida Senate, Honeywell International, Philip Morris USA, Mastec, Inc., Florida Power & Light Co. and the Village of Palmetto Bay.

Raoul also serves regularly as a certified arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution. Among his many other distinctions, he has also served as an adjunct professor at Florida State University College of Law.

Committed to issues of racial diversity within the legal community, Raoul was honored by the Cuban American Bar Association (CABA) with the creation of an endowment in his name, to financially assist those who share in CABA's mission to promote equality of its members. In 2008, Hispanic Business Magazine named Raoul as one of the top hundred Most Influential Hispanics.

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


  • JD, Harvard University
  • BA, Florida State University


  • English
  • Spanish


'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


  • 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