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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
Fax: 305-567-9401
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021
Licensed in Florida Since: 1991
Practice Areas: Family Law (80%), Appellate (10%), Business Litigation (10%)
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Attorney Profile

Raymond J. Rafool, II, a partner at Rafool, LLC, is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Marital and Family Law and certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as an expert in Family Trial Law. He concentrates his practice on domestic and international family law. He is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a 2013-2020 Super Lawyer, consistently rated a Florida Top Lawyer in Family Law by ALM, has a perfect 10 rating from Avvo, is named amongst the Top Lawyers by South Florida Legal Guide, among the Top 100 Lawyers by The National Advocates and in the Top One Percent by The National Association of Distinguished Counsel. He was named to Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite in 2017, 2019 and 2020. He has represented many celebrities and individuals in complex family, high net worth divorces, same sex, and business litigation, and lectures and has authored numerous publications on aforementioned practice areas. Mr. Rafool is a past Vice Chair and member of the Florida Family Law Rules Committee, the past Chair and member of the Florida Criminal Rules Committee, a past Vice Chair and member of the Florida Judicial Administration, Selection and Tenure Committee and a past Representative on the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Committee. Mr. Rafool is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, all courts in the state of Florida, the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, and the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Family Law
  • 10%Appellate
  • 10%Business Litigation
Focus Areas

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

Selections

9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021

About Raymond J. Rafool, II

First Admitted: 1991, Florida

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

Honors/Awards

  • AV® Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013 - 2020, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters
  • 2017, 2019, 2020, A Florida Trend Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine
  • Rated Lead Counsel, Thomson Reuters
  • Rated a Florida Top Lawyer, ALM
  • 10 Superb, Avvo Rating
  • Top Lawyers, South Florida Legal Guide
  • A Top 100 Lawyer, The National Advocates
  • A Top 10 Family Law Attorney, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, Inc.
  • A Top 30 Matrimonial and Family Law Lawyer, The National Advocates
  • Top One Percent, The National Association Of Distinguished Counsel 
  • 2015 - 2020, 10 Best Attorney, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019 - 2020, Top 100, American Academy of Attorneys
  • 2020, Litigator of the Year, American Institute of Trial Lawyers

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

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)

Pro bono/Community Service

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

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

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

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

Videos

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

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: 305-567-9400

Fax: 305-567-9401

Last Updated: 4/12/2021

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