Raoul Cantero

Partner, Miami


Raoul Cantero of White & Case LLP is a former Florida Supreme Court judge with an “outstanding” presence in the appellate field, offering clients market-leading abilities in their most challenging litigation matters. He also offers notable experience in international matters involving Latin-American jurisdictions. Clients say: “Raoul’s greatest strengths are his ability to analyze, distill and argue complex issues in a simple, understandable way.” “He’s an excellent advocate - he’s great with strategy and his work product is impeccable.”
Chambers USA


Former Justice Raoul G. Cantero leads White & Case's Miami office and its 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.

Justice Cantero is consistently recognized in leading independent legal directories, including: named Miami Appellate Practice "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America in 2017; listed as one of the "Top 500 Lawyers" in the US by LawDragon in 2016; has ranked in "Band 1" Florida Litigation: Appellate by Chambers USA every year since 2012.

Justice Cantero is also the firm's Office Executive Partner in Miami, leading a contingent of 95 lawyers and over 100 support staff. From 2014-2019, he was Global Executive Partner for Diversity, in which position he oversaw 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 four 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
Florida State Bar
US District Court for the Northern District of Florida
US District Court for the Middle District of Florida
US District Court for the Southern 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
Florida Supreme Court
Legal Practice Course
Leadership in Law Firms, Executive Education
Harvard Law School
Harvard University
Florida State University
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IDS Prop. Cas. v. MSPA Claims I, 263 So. 3d 122 (Fla. 3d DCA 2019)

Halifax Hosp. Med. Ctr. v. State, 278 So. 3d 545 (Fla. 2019)

Villella v. Ansin, 263 So. 3d 823 (Fla. 3d DCA 2019)

League of Women Voters v. Scott, 43 Fla. L. Weekly S 577 (Fla. 2018)

IDS Property Casualty Insurance Company, v. MSPA Claims 1, LLC, etc., 43 Fla. L. Weekly D 2403 (Fla. 3d DCA 2018)

Hudson v. Marin, 259 So. 3d 148  (Fla. 3d DCA 2018) 

Bean v. Univ. of Miami, 252 So. 3d 810 (Fla. 3d DCA 2018)

People's Trust Ins. Co. v. Tracey, 251 So. 3d 931 (Fla. 4th DCA 2018)

Marin v. Infinity Auto Ins. Co., 239 So. 3d 751 (Fla. 3d DCA 2018)

State v. Bayfront HMA Med. Ctr., LLC, 236 So. 3d 466 (Fla. 1st DCA 2018)

Venice HMA, LLC v. Sarasota Cnty., 228 So. 3d 76 (Fla. 2017)

Kopel v. Kopel, 229 So.3d 812 (Fla. 3d DCA 2017)

Reyes v. Infinity Ins. Co., 221 So. 3d 775 (Fla. 3d DCA 2017)

Wells Fargo Bank v. Pruco Life Ins., 200 So. 3d 1202 (Fla. 2016)

Okeechobee Aerie 4137 v. Wilde, 199 So. 3d 333 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016)

McCall v. Scott, 199 So. 3d 359 (Fla. 1st DCA 2016)

DynCorp Intern. v. AAR Airlift Group, 664 Fed. Appx. 844 (11th Cir. 2016)

Broward Exec. Builders v. Zota, 192 So. 3d 534 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016)

Advisory Opinion re Solar Energy Choice, 188 So. 3d 822 (Fla. 2016)

Yacht Club v. Lexington, 599 Fed. Appx. 875 (11th Cir. 2015)

Solares v. City of Miami, SkyRise Miami, 166 So. 3d 887 (Fla. 3d DCA 2015)

Fla. Bankers Ass'n v. Fla. Dev. Fin. Co., 176 So. 3d 1258 (Fla. 2015)

Citizens Prop. Ins. v. Perdido Sun, 164 So.3d 663 (Fla. 2015)

Advisory Opinion re Solar Initiative, 177 So. 3d 235 (Fla. 2015)

200 Leslie v. QBE, 616 Fed. Appx. 936 (11th Cir. 2015)

Garden-Aire v. QBE Ins. Corp., 591 Fed. Appx. 868 (11th Cir. 2014)

Sargeant v. Al Saleh II, 137 So.3d 432 (Fla. 4th DCA 2014)

Travelers Ins. Co. v. Harrington, 154 So. 3d 1106 (Fla. 2014)

North Carillon, LLC v. CRC 603, LLC, et al., 135 So. 3d 274 (Fla. 2014)

Florida Power & Light Co. v. Hayes, 122 So. 3d 408 (Fla. 2013)

Odebrecht Construction, Inc. v. Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation, 715 F 3d 1268 (11th Cir. 2013)

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy v. Graham, 113 So. 3d 742 (Fla. 2013)

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

Speaking Engagements

"Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Talent", Dade County Bar Association Annual Bench and Bar, Miami, FL, March 6, 2020

"Technology & Appeals," ABA's 2019 Appellate Practice Regional CLE Program, Miami, FL, May 16, 2019

Keynote Address for Florida's Hispanic Heritage Judicial Reception & Celebration, March 8, 2018: Miami, FL

Moot Court Panelist, Jenny Rubin v. Islamic Republic of Iran, November 8, 2018: Rosemary Barkett Appellate American Inn of Court, Miami, FL

"Diversity in the Law: Implicit Bias vs. Effective Inclusion", October 26, 2018: Hispanic Heritage Month Program, The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

"Can You Spot Your Implicit Biases?", June 29, 2017: Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers

ABA Section of Litigation Practice Committee, April 28, 2017: Moot Court Judge at CLE Appellate Practice Workshop, Miami, FL

"Civility and Professionalism in the Practice of Law", March 30, 2017: St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, FL

"Revisiting the Relationship Between Outside Counsel and In-house Counsel", March 3, 2017: Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

"Arbitration in the Finance and Banking Industry", February 24, 2017: Institute of Transnational Arbitration Conference, White & Case, Miami, FL

"Effective Oral Arguments", February 3, 2017: National Organization of Bar Counsel Conference, Miami, FL

Asian Pacific American Bar Association, September 7, 2016: South Asian Bar Association, and the Florida Muslim Bar Association: Student Mentoring, Miami, FL

Practicing Before the Florida Supreme Court: Oral Arguments, The Florida Bar, June 9, 2016: Miami, FL

"How Florida Protects the Legal Profession & the Public", April 19, 2016: Dade County Bar Association, Miami, FL

"How to Persuade a Tribunal: The Fundamentals of Advocacy in International Arbitration and Litigation", April 12, 2016: the International Arbitration Master Series, Miami International Arbitration Foundation and the University of Miami International Arbitration Institute, Miami, FL

Constitutional Revision Commission Conference, April 11, 2016: The Good Government Initiative, University of Miami, Miami, FL

"Don't Print! Legal Writing & Reading in The Digital Age", March 17, 2016: Hispanic National Bar Association's 2016 Corporate Counsel Conference

"A Frank & Open Discussion with the Bench & Bar", February 20, 2015: Dade County Bar Association

"A Corporate Counsel Series: International Dispute Resolution in the Americas", January 28-30, 2015: The ICDR Miami International Arbitration Conference

Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Opportunities, December 11, 2014: Wellington, FL

"Keeping the Faith: A discussion on the role of religion in the legal profession", November 20, 2014: FIU Law School, Miami, FL

"Risks and Challenges in International Arbitration: The Judge's Perspective", October 28, 2014: 3rd Joint International Arbitration & Mediation Conference, International Centre for Dispute Resolution and the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá

"Does the Application of Citizens United to Judicial Elections and Merit Retention Efforts Implicate Judicial Independence?", October 11, 2014: American Academy of Appellate Lawyers Fall Meeting

"Preserving a Fair and Impartial Judiciary", October 2, 2014: National Association of Women Judges, Florida International University College of Law, Miami, FL

"Preparing for and Delivering an Effective Oral Argument", August 21, 2014: Eleventh Circuit Appellate Practice Institute’s 5th Annual Seminar Series

"How to Develop an Appellate Practice", March 26, 2014: Barkett Inn of Court, Miami, FL

"How to Develop an Appellate Practice", March 18, 2014: Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section, Tallahassee, FL


Florida Should Review Entire Death Penalty Process, Tallahassee Democrat, March 2017

Three Simple Ways to Improve Written Advocacy, Trial Advocate Quarterly, Summer 2015

Six Former Florida Justices Speak Up against GOP Attempts to Politicize Judiciary, The Miami Herald, September 2012

Board of Contributors: Ex-Justice Doles Out Advice on Improving Appellate, Daily Business Review, September 2011

Former Justice Cantero: Florida Supreme Court Does Not Need More Members, The Miami Herald, April 2011

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 and Recognition

Lex Christi, Lex Amoris Award by the Miami Catholic Lawyers Guild 2018

Southern District of Florida's Hispanic Heritage Month Committee 2018

Band 1 Florida Appellate Litigation, Chambers USA, 2011-2020

Distinguished Leaders in Law Award Honoree, Daily Business Review, 2017

Nominated: Appellate Practice, The Best Lawyers in America, 2011-2017

The Best Lawyer in America: Lawyer of the Year, Appellate Practice, 2017

Leading American Lawyers Honoree, Lawdragon 500, 2016, 2017

Eleventh Circuit Litigation Star (Florida Appellate), Benchmark Litigation, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Florida Legal Elite (Appellate Practice), Florida Trend, 2011, 2012, 2017

Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree, Daily Business Review, 2015

Order of Certus, Litigation Counsel of America, 2014

Jurisprudence Award Honoree, The Anti-Defamation League, 2014

Miami's 100 Most Influential People, Poder Hispanic Magazine, 2013

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2013

Lex Christi, Lex Amoris Award Honoree, Miami Catholic Lawyers Guild, 2018

Local Commercial Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2012, 2013

Most Effective Lawyer, Winner, Appellate Law, Daily Business Review, 2012