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: 3055679400
Fax: 305-567-9401
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (80%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Appellate (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
    • 80%Family Law
    • 10%Business Litigation
    • 10%Appellate
    Focus Areas

    Alimony & Spousal Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Marital Property

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020

    Certificates and Credentials

    Florida Bar Board of Legal SpecializationNational Board of Trial Advocacy

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    About Raymond Rafool, II

    Admitted: 1991, Florida

    Professional Webpage: https://www.rafool.com/attorneys/raymond-j-rafool-ii/

    Honors/Awards:

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

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • 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
    • Nationally Board Certified As An Expert In Family Trial Law By The National Board Of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)

    Bar/Professional Activity:

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

    Pro bono/Community Service:

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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Florida Dissolution Of Marriage, 9th Edition, Florida Bar Publications
    • Florida Dissolution Of Marriage, 8th Edition, Florida Bar Publications
    • Alimony in Florida 101: Types of Alimony, Defenses & Modification, Speaker, mylawCLE and the Palm Beach Bar Association , 2017
    • Child Support Law in Florida, Speaker, mylawCLE and the Palm Beach Bar Association , 2017
    • Basic Family Law CLE, Presented By the Florida Bar's Young Lawyers Division - "Alimony and Child Support." , Lecturer, 2015
    • The 22nd Annual Nuts and Bolts Of Family Law Seminar, Dade County Bar Association - "Experts" an "Discovery."  , Lecturer, 2014
    • 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
    • What Every Plaintiff’s Lawyer Should Know About Criminal Law”, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 1997 Winter CLE Ski Seminar, Colorado,, Lecturer, 1997
    • American Bar Association, Collaborative Law Panel, Roundtable Program, Moderator, 2016
    •  “Summary Judgments In Family Law,” American Bar Association, Sound Advice, Digital Asset Abstract., Lecturer
    • “Legal Effects Of Cohabitation”, Adoption, Paternity, And Other Florida Family Practice, Florida Bar practice series/treatise., Author, 2014
    • “Legal Effects Of Cohabitation”, Adoption, Paternity, And Other Florida Family Practice, Florida Bar practice series/treatise., Author, 2013
    • “Top 10 Tips For Celebrity Divorce Or Paternity Action,” American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Family Law, Practice Points., Author, 2016
    • “Legal Effects Of Cohabitation”, Adoption, Paternity, And Other Florida Family Practice, Florida Bar practice series/treatise., Author, 2011
    • “The Potential Family Law Client (Initial Consultation Topics, Retainer Agreements)” Basic Family Law 2012, November 9, 2012, Speaker, Florida Bar, 2012
    • “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
    • 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
    • “Legal Effects Of Cohabitation”, Adoption, Paternity, And Other Florida Family Practice, Florida Bar practice series/treatise., Author, 2012
    • “Legal Effects Of Cohabitation”, Adoption, Paternity, And Other Florida Family Practice, Florida Bar practice series/treatise., Author, 2010
    • “Legal Effects Of Cohabitation”, Adoption, Paternity, And Other Florida Family Practice, Florida Bar practice series/treatise, Eighth Edition, 2009
    • “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, 2005/2006 – Co-Author with Associate Adam Cowhey, Esquire
    • “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
    • Co-author of "Know Your Confidential Informant," The Florida Police Chief, February 1991.
    • Florida Dissolution Of Marriage, 10th Edition, Florida Bar Publications

    Representative Clients:

    • Represented former priest David Dueppen in his paternity matter
    • Represented former NFL great Samari Rolle in his child support matters, 2013
    • 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 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   
    • Represent Samantha Rotunda in her divorce against her husband Windham Rotunda a/k/a WWE Superstar Bray Wyatt, 2017
    • Represented Angela Velkei in her divorce against her husband Jose Alberto Rodriguez a/k/a WWE Alberto Del Rio, 2016
    • Represented Toni Layton in her same sex action against former lover Tennis Legend Martina Navratilova  
    • Represented Liz Cena in her divorce against WWE Superstar John Cena.   
    • Represent Monique Idlett Mosley in her divorce against her husband Timothy Z. Mosley a/k/a Timbaland , 2017
    • Represented Cristy Rice in her divorce and post-divorce matters against NBA star Glen Rice   
    • Represented Natasha Williams in her paternity action against Tramar Lacel Dillard a/k/a Flo Rida, 2014
    • Represent Miami Housewife Joanna Krupa against Beverly Hills Housewife Brandi Glanville for Glanville's slander/libel/defamation, 2017

    Videos:

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

    Educational Background:

    • 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
    • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, B.A. in History, Phi Alpha Theta (Honor Society), Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, April 1988

    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
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    Office Location for Raymond J. Rafool, II

    2665 South Bayshore Drive
    Suite 1204
    Miami, FL 33133

    Phone: 3055679400

    Fax: 305-567-9401

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