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Rafael R. Ribeiro


Rafael R. Ribeiro
French, Portuguese, Spanish
Practice Group

For over 12 years, clients have relied on Rafael Ribeiro to handle their multi-jurisdictional disputes, international arbitrations, and corporate investigations. Leveraging his dual citizenship in Brazil and the U.S. — and his fluency in Portuguese, Spanish, and French — Rafael has significant international experience, particularly in the energy and healthcare sectors.

Clients have described Rafael as a "business lawyer" who has a "good way of seeing the business picture and empathizing with the client and the case," and Chambers USA has described Rafael as "developing a fine reputation for his work in the international arbitration arena" and noting that "he is also recognized for adept counsel in internal investigations and in class action litigation."

Rafael regularly is invited to speak and write on issues relating to compliance, internal investigations, and international dispute resolution.

"Somebody with a real understanding of the different things going on in international law, and he is also an excellent commercial litigator."

Chambers US

Representative experience

Currently representing Brazilian state-owned energy company in high-profile internal investigation relating to allegations of corporate misconduct.

Represented one of Russia's largest fertilizer products manufacturer in two ICDR international arbitrations, and in a related 28 U.S.C. § 1782 action.

Currently representing Japanese automobile manufacturer in multi-district litigation relating to airbag product liability claims.

Currently representing worldwide medical devices manufacturer in internal investigation regarding Brazilian subsidiary's activities.

Member of team selected by New Jersey U.S. Attorneys' Office to act as the Corporate Monitor for medical device manufacturer as part of DPA.

Represented former supplier of hemoderivative products involved in regulatory proceedings brought by Brazil's antitrust regulator (CADE).

Currently representing beneficiaries of foreign trusts in multi-jurisdictional litigation pending in The Bahamas and U.S.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Florida, 2004
  • B.A., New College of Florida, 2001


  • The Florida Bar, International Law Section, Executive Council Member, 2010–present; Education/CLE Committee, Co-Chair, 2013; International Litigation and Arbitration Committee, Co-Chair, 2010–2011; 8th Annual International Litigation and Arbitration Conference, Co-Chair, 2009–2010
  • Editor-in-Chief, The International Law Quarterly
  • Cuban American Bar Association (CABA)

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Florida

Court admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida


Top Up & Comer

South Florida Legal Guide


Commercial Litigation

The Best Lawyers in America


Alternative Dispute Resolution

Florida Super Lawyers


Florida Rising Star

Florida Super Lawyers


Up & Coming

Florida Trend's Legal Elite


Litigation: General Commercial (Florida), Up and Coming

Chambers USA

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