Raymond J. Rafool, II

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Miami, FL

Rafool, LLC
 | 2665 South Bayshore Drive, Suite 1204
Miami, FL 33133
Phone: 305-567-9400
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (80%),
  • Appellate (10%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Raymond J. Rafool, II, graduated from University of Florida, and earned his Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law in 1991.  Mr. Rafool is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law By the Florida Bar.  Mr. Rafool is also Nationally Board Certified as an Expert in Family Trial Law by the National Board Of Trial Advocacy (NBTA).  He is a member of The Florida Bar, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Federal District Courts for the southern and middle districts of Florida, the Dade County Bar Association and other professional associations.  Mr. Rafool practices throughout the State of Florida and, as pro hac vice, in other states of the Untied States.  

Mr. Rafool has been listed in Who's Who in American Law and in Who’s Who Executive and Professional Directory (Cambridge). He has received Martindale-Hubbell's highest peer review rating of AV Preeminent* and achieved an Avvo rating of 10.0 ("Superb").  Mr. Rafool is a Florida Trend Magazine Legal Elite, Florida Top Lawyer in Family Law (ALM), a rated as as a Top Lawyer by the South Florida Legal Guide and many other distinctions.  

Mr. Rafool is on the Executive Comiittee for the National Advocates.  

Mr. Rafool has lectured and lectures on both family law and criminal law matters and written a number of articles on these topics. He also served on the steering committees for the 8th, 9th and 10th editions of "Florida Dissolution Of Marriage," a Florida Bar publication.

 

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (80%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Marital Property

Appellate (10%)

Business Litigation (10%)

Focus Areas

Family Law: Alimony & Spousal Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Marital Property

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 5 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2017

Certificates and Credentials

Florida Bar Board Certified

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About Raymond Rafool, II

Admitted: 1991, Florida

Professional Webpage: www.rafool.com

Honors and Awards:

  • A Florida Trend Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine
  • Top One Percent, The National Association Of Distinguished Counsel 
  • Top 100 Lawyer, Florida, The National Advocates
  • Florida Top Lawyer, ALM
  • Top Lawyer, South Florida Legal Guide
  • Who's Who Executive and Professional Directory (Cambridge)
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • 10 Superb – Avvo Rating
  • AV® Preeminent™ - Martindale-Hubbell

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Nationally Board Certified As An Expert In Family Trial Law By The National Board Of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)
  • Board Certified in Marital and Family Law
  • The Florida Bar United States of America, Supreme Court Federal District Court, Southern District of Florida Federal District Court, Middle District of Florida

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Executive Committee For The National Advocates - thenationaladvocates.org, 2017
  • Executive Committee For The National Advocates , 2016
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • Board Certified in Marital and Family Law
  • Subcommittee I Chair, Florida Bar, 1998 - 1999
  • Secretary, Florida Bar, 1997-1999
  • Member (current), CLE Committee, Florida Bar Family Law Section
  • Member, Dade County Bar Association
  • Member, Willson American Inn of Court, 1997-2005
  • Executive Committee, Willson American Inn of Court, 1997-1998
  • CLE Chairman, Willson American Inn of Court, 1998-2005
  • Former Member, Polk County Family Lawyers Association/Bar
  • Former Member, Polk County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Former Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Legislative Committee, Criminal Section, Florida Bar Committee, 2001-2002
  • Member, Polk County Family Lawyer’s Association, 2001-2004
  • Secretary, Polk County Family Lawyer’s Association, 2002-2003
  • Treasurer, Polk County Family Lawyer’s Association, 2003-2004
  • Representative, Florida Rules of Judicial Administration, Florida Bar Committee, 2001-2002
  • Member, Florida Family Law Rules Of Procedure Committee, Florida Bar Committee, 2002-2008
  • Subcommittee Chair, Florida Family Law Rules Of Procedure Committee, Florida Bar Committee, 2003-2004
  • Vice Chair, Florida Family Law Rules Of Procedure Committee, Florida Bar Committee, 2004-2005
  • Member, Florida Judicial Administration, Selection and Tenure Committee, Florida Bar Committee, 1998-2004
  • Vice Chair, Florida Judicial Administration, Selection and Tenure Committee, Florida Bar Committee, 2002-2003
  • Member, Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure Committee, Florida Bar Committee, 1996-2002
  • Chair, Florida Bar, Fast-Track Committee, 2000-2001
  • Vice Chair, Florida Bar, 1999-2001
  • Chair, Florida Bar, 2001-2002
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • Florida, 1991

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, City Of Winter Haven, Florida, Board of Adjustment, 1995-2002

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Child Support Law in Florida, Speaker, mylawCLE and the Palm Beach Bar Association , 2017
  • Alimony in Florida 101: Types of Alimony, Defenses & Modification, Speaker, mylawCLE and the Palm Beach Bar Association , 2017
  • “Top 10 Tips For Celebrity Divorce Or Paternity Action,” American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Family Law, Practice Points., Author, 2016
  • American Bar Association, Collaborative Law Panel, Roundtable Program, Moderator, 2016
  • Basic Family Law CLE, Presented By the Florida Bar's Young Lawyers Division - "Alimony and Child Support." , Lecturer, 2015
  • “Legal Effects Of Cohabitation”, Adoption, Paternity, And Other Florida Family Practice, Florida Bar practice series/treatise., Author, 2014
  • The 22nd Annual Nuts and Bolts Of Family Law Seminar, Dade County Bar Association - "Experts" an "Discovery."  , Lecturer, 2014
  • “Legal Effects Of Cohabitation”, Adoption, Paternity, And Other Florida Family Practice, Florida Bar practice series/treatise., Author, 2013
  • “The Potential Family Law Client (Initial Consultation Topics, Retainer Agreements)” Basic Family Law 2012, November 9, 2012, Speaker, Florida Bar, 2012
  • “Legal Effects Of Cohabitation”, Adoption, Paternity, And Other Florida Family Practice, Florida Bar practice series/treatise., Author, 2012
  • Basic Family Law CLE, Presented By The Florida Bar's Young Lawyers Division - "The Potential Family Law Client (Initial Consultation Topics, Retainer Agreements)." , Lecturer, 2012
  • “Legal Effects Of Cohabitation”, Adoption, Paternity, And Other Florida Family Practice, Florida Bar practice series/treatise., Author, 2011
  • “Legal Effects Of Cohabitation”, Adoption, Paternity, And Other Florida Family Practice, Florida Bar practice series/treatise., Author, 2010
  • What Every Plaintiff’s Lawyer Should Know About Criminal Law”, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 1997 Winter CLE Ski Seminar, Colorado,, Lecturer, 1997
  •  “Summary Judgments In Family Law,” American Bar Association, Sound Advice, Digital Asset Abstract., Lecturer
  • Florida Dissolution Of Marriage, 8th Edition, Florida Bar Publications
  • Florida Dissolution Of Marriage, 9th Edition, Florida Bar Publications
  • Florida Dissolution Of Marriage, 10th Edition, Florida Bar Publications
  • Co-author of "Know Your Confidential Informant," The Florida Police Chief, February 1991.
  • “There is No Better Late Than Never: The Filing Of Charging Document Stops The State’s Free Vacuum Of Discovery,” The Florida Defender, Vol. 10, No. 1, Spring 1998
  • “It Must Be Relevant to A Felony Or The Means to Commit a Crime and Facts in Support Must Be Clearly Stated in the Supporting Affidavit for A Search Warrant,” Florida Criminal Law Journal, Vol. 21, No. 2, Summer 1998
  • “Legal Effects Of Cohabitation”, Adoption, Paternity, And Other Florida Family Practice, Florida Bar practice series/treatise, 2005/2006 – Co-Author with Associate Adam Cowhey, Esquire
  • “Legal Effects Of Cohabitation”, Adoption, Paternity, And Other Florida Family Practice, Florida Bar practice series/treatise, Seventh Edition, 2007
  • “Legal Effects Of Cohabitation”, Adoption, Paternity, And Other Florida Family Practice, Florida Bar practice series/treatise, Eighth Edition, 2009
  • Lecture: “What Every Plaintiff’s Lawyer Should Know About Criminal Law”, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 1997 Winter CLE Ski Seminar, Colorado, December 15, 1997

Representative Clients:

  • Represent Samantha Rotunda in her divorce against her husband Windham Rotunda a/k/a WWE Superstar Bray Wyatt, 2017
  • Represent Monique Idlett Mosley in her divorce against her husband Timothy Z. Mosley a/k/a Timbaland , 2017
  • Represent Miami Housewife Joanna Krupa against Beverly Hills Housewife Brandi Glanville for Glanville's slander/libel/defamation, 2017
  • Represented Angela Velkei in her divorce against her husband Jose Alberto Rodriguez a/k/a WWE Alberto Del Rio, 2016
  • Represented Natasha Williams in her paternity action against Tramar Lacel Dillard a/k/a Flo Rida, 2014
  • Represented former NFL great Samari Rolle in his child support matters, 2013
  • Represented Liz Cena in her divorce against WWE Superstar John Cena.   
  • Represented former priest David Dueppen in his paternity matter
  • Represented Major League Baseball Whistle Blower Porter Fischer in steriod violations involving Tony Bosch, MLB great Alex Rodriguez, MLB All-Star MVP Melky Cabrera, etc...
  • Represented Toni Layton in her same sex action against former lover Tennis Legend Martina Navratilova  
  • Represented Cristy Rice in her divorce and post-divorce matters against NBA star Glen Rice   
  • Represented Linda Bollea a/k/a Linda Hogan in her divorce and post-divorce matters and civil litigation matters against Terry Bollea a/k/a WWE Hulk Hogan   

Video:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMVpm1cpZsA

Educational Background:

  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, B.A. in History, Phi Alpha Theta (Honor Society), Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, April 1988
  • Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida, J.D., Dean's List; Spring 1990, Fall 1989, Fall 1991, Vice President, Student Bar Association, Representative, Student Bar Association, Who's Who Among American Law Students, Member, Advisory Committee on Annual Budget, Chairman, Committee on Revision of Campus Alcohol Policy, Member, Trial Advocacy Society, Commissioner of Intramural Softball, May 1991

Industry Groups

  • Alimony
  • Appeals
  • Appellate
  • Business
  • Celebrity
  • Children
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Custody
  • Dissolution Of Marriage
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • High Worth
  • International Children Issues And Custody
  • International Divorces
  • Marital And Family
  • Support
  • Time Share
  • Visitation
Office Location for Raymond J. Rafool, II

2665 South Bayshore Drive
Suite 1204
Miami, FL 33133

Phone: 305-567-9400

 

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Last Updated: 10/18/2017

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