Ronald Ravikoff, Esq.

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Ronald Ravikoff, Esq. has over 35 years of experience in mediation, arbitration, complex litigation, and dispute counseling. His litigation and dispute resolution practice focuses on complex commercial matters with a particular emphasis on matters involving parallel civil and criminal proceedings including antitrust and trade regulation, class actions, financial institution litigation, securities litigation and regulatory proceedings, health care litigation, and trade secrets matters. He is a retired senior litigation partner of Akerman Senterfitt. Prior to Akerman, he was the Managing Partner of the Miami office of Zuckerman Spaeder for over 25 years.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Participated in numerous mediations and arbitrations as both a neutral and an advocate
  • Certified Civil Court Mediator by the Florida Supreme Court
  • Adjunct Professor of University of Miami School of Law teaching negotiation and business dispute resolution techniques

Representative Matters as a Neutral 

  • Mediation of Multidistrict Federal consumer class action involving defective automobiles
  • Mediation of multi-million dollar M&A dispute over oil fracking acquisition
  • Mediation of antitrust claim between Latin American distributors brought against an international heavy machinery manufacturer
  • Mediation among adjoining condominium properties over use of common right of way
  • Multiple personal injury mediations including various personal injury and medical malpractice cases
  • Mediation among competing pari-mutuel facility operators over contract disputes
  • Mediation among members of hospital physicians group over financial disputes
  • Mediation between adult brother and sister over control of family trust 
  • Mediation between Florida Agency for Health Care and Medicaid provider over license revocation
  • Mediation between law firm and terminated partner over severance terms

Representative Matters as an Advocate

  • Arbitration among competing claims of ownership of a multi-million dollar hotel/resort complex
  • Mediation over Bond Premium for multi-million dollar construction project in the Middle East
  • Mediation involving Medicare fraud claims among private parties, Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General, the Florida Attorney General, and the Florida Agency for Healthcare
  • Mediation involving antitrust claims by stevedoring company against other stevedoring companies and a governmental agency for antitrust violations
  • Mediation between corporate interests alleging defamatory internet posting
  • Mediation between resort/spa and adjoining residents over objectionable use of resort property 
  • Mediation of 10b-5 class action suit between shareholders and company for alleged understatement of inventory in public filings
  • Mediation involving national manufacturer of medical devices and retailers for contractual violations of distribution agreement
  • Mediation between medical data management company and purchaser of company over data protection and HIPPA violations
  • Arbitration between national hospital chain and national health care insurer over pricing policies resulting in a difference of over a billion dollars in sought reimbursements
  • Mediation between Mexican soybean processor and United States based plant equipment manufacturer over defective equipment resulting in over $300 million in alleged damages
  • Mediation between National Sponsor and Sanctioning Body for rights to International Ballroom Dancing Competition
  • Mediation among competing multiple pari-mutuel permit holders over gambling rights at jai alai frontons
  • Mediation and Arbitration between hospital and contract provider of emergency room physicians over termination of contract
  • Arbitration between governmental entity and builder/operator of $500 million project over alleged impossibility of operation terms and conditions
  • Multiple personal injury mediations including 
    • Death of father of seven killed in accident with semi-trailer truck
    • Death of 14-year-old boy killed by driver while walking to school
    • Various personal injury and medical malpractice cases
  • Mediation between foreign government and national project contractor over failed project
  • Mediation between law firm and public company for malpractice claims arising out of a 10b-5 lawsuit filed against the public company
  • Mediation among members and sanctioning body of national show horse competition over alleged fraudulent judging and defamation
  • Mediation between investor and construction company involving claims of failure to pay and counterclaims of fraud and usury
  • Mediation among home owners, shopping center owner, dry cleaners, and governmental agency over ground water contamination damages and remediation
  • Mediation among Department of Justice, foreign product manufacturer, United States based real estate firms over violations of United States export laws and forfeiture of proceeds
  • Mediation among buyer and seller of radio stations over fraud and breach of contract
  • Mediation between two biotechnical manufacturers over patent infringement on certain enzymes
  • Multiple mediations for national franchisor against numerous franchisees as to misrepresentations in franchise offering documents
  • Mediation in class action by patients against national hospital company over pricing policies for uninsured patients
  • Mediation between Florida Department of Labor and Florida based retail chain over self-insured status for worker compensation
  • Mediation between staffing company and Florida Department of Labor over tax issues involving employees as independent contractors
  • Mediation over 10-b5 violations among investors and company over misstatements in offering statement for new cruise line
  • Mediation between company and ousted company president over ownership of patent rights

Published Decisions

  • MYD Marine Distributor, Inc. v. International Paint LTD, Donovan Marine Inc. and East Coast Marine Distributors, Inc., Case No. 4D10-2833 (Fla. 4th DCA December 14th, 2011) (dealer termination)
  • Florida Pritikin Center v. Turnberry Isle Condominium Center, 924 So. 2d 867 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2006) (condominium covenants)
  • Turnberry Isle Condominium v. Florida Pritikin Center, 931 So. 2d 934 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2006) (zoning) 
  • Quantum Communications Corp. v. Star Broadcasting, Inc., 382 F. Supp.2 1362 (S.D. Fla. 2005) (injunction)
  • MCI Worldcom v. Krantz, 2003 WL 25666724 (S.D. Fla. 2003) (evidence)
  • Kitchen of the Oceans Inc. v. McGladry and Pullen LLP, 832 So.2d 270 (Fla. 4th DCA 2002) (accounting malpractice)
  • Macro Capital v. Soffer Group, 822 So.2d 525 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2002) (arbitration)
  • MCI Worldcom v. Morris Plumbing, 2002 WL 34357201 (S.D. Fla. 2002) (evidence)
  • MCI Worldcom v. Morris Plumbing, 2002 WL 33004353 (S.D. Fla. 2002) (loss of use damages)
  • Government of Aruba v. Sanchez, 216 F. Supp.2 1320 (S.D. Fla. 2002) (construction contract)
  • The Soffer Group v. Macro Capital, 818 So.2d 619 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2002) (arbitration)
  • United States Securities & Exchange Comm. v. Ginsberg, 242 F. Supp. 2d 1310 (S.D. Fla. 2002) (insider trading)
  • Oleoproteinas del Sureste S.A. v. The French Oil Mill Machinery Co., 202 FRD 541 (S.D. Ohio 2000) (breach of warranty)
  • Abby v. Bill Ussery Moors, 74 F. Supp. 1217 (S.D. Fla. 1999) (patent infringement)
  • Metzler v. Bear Automotive Service Equipment, 19 F. Supp. 2d 1345 (S.D. Fla. 1998) (antitrust/monopolization)
  • Florida Breckinridge, Inc. v. Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 1999-1 Trade Cases 72414 (S.D. Fla. 1997)
  • Mac Tools, Inc. v. Griffin, 879 P.2d 1126 (Idaho 1994) (franchise litigation)
  • Grunert v. Machover, 617 So. 2d 1153 (Fla. 3d DCA 1993) (trust jurisdiction) 
  • Menowitz v. Brown, 991 F.2d 36 (2d Cir. 1993) (securities class action) 
  • In Re: General Development Corporation Bond Litigation, 800 F. Supp. 1128 (S.D. N.Y. 1992) (securities class action) 
  • Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith v. Hagerty, 808 F. Supp. 1555 (S.D. Fla. 1992) (non-competition agreement)
  • FSLIC v. Shelton, 789 F. Supp. 1367 (M.D. La. 1992) (S&L litigation/regulatory affirmative defenses against FSLIC)
  • FSLIC v. Shelton, 789 F. Supp. 1360 (M.D. La. 1992) (S&L litigation/standard of care)
  • FSLIC v. Shelton, 789 F. Supp. 1355 (M.D. La. 1992) (insurer’s regulatory exclusion)
  • Tapken v. Brown, Fed. Sec. L. Rpts, 96,805 (S.D. Fla. 1992) (securities class action)
  • Gibson v. Resolution Trust, 750 F. Supp. 1565 (S.D. Fla. 1990) (trust RTC)

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Honors
    • Voted 2015 Best Lawyer in ADR, Antitrust, Antitrust Litigation and Commercial Litigation
    • Named in 2014 "Best Lawyers" for the 8th year in a row
    • Named to 2014 Florida Trends Legal Elite for Arbitration and Mediation
    • Named Top Lawyer for Mediation and Arbitration in 2014 South Florida Legal Guide
    • Listed in Florida as Super Lawyer, 2006-2013
    • Listed in Florida for ADR, Antitrust, Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Antitrust, Litigation-Banking & Finance, and Litigation Securities, and Mediation The Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2015,  
    • Ranked in Florida for Antitrust, Chambers USA, 2003-2012
    • Ranked in Florida for Litigation, Chambers USA, 2006-2009
    • Listed in Florida for Antitrust Litigation and Business Litigation, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2006-2011 
    • Listed in Florida as a "Top 100 Miami Lawyer," Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010, 2011 
    • Legal Elite, listed for Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Florida Trend, 2009-2011 
    • Top Lawyers, Listed for Complex Civil Litigation, Antitrust Litigation, South Florida Legal Guide, 2010, 2011 
    • Who's Who Legal Florida, 2008
    • Listed in "Best of the Bar" for Commercial Litigation and Antitrust, South Florida Business Journal
  • Memberships
    • Member, American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), present
    • Certified Mediator, Florida Supreme Court, Circuit Civil
    • Member, American Bar Association, Litigation, Business Law, and Antitrust Sections
    • Past Chair, 11th Circuit Subcommittee Commercial and Banking Litigation
    • Member, American Bar Foundation
  • Publications/Speaking Engagements
    • Author, "HIPAA, Protected Healthcare Information and ADR: What Rules Apply?", 2014
    • Author, "Implement an Antitrust Compliance Program," Miami Herald, May 7th, 2007
    • Author, "Professor Daniel Murray: More Than Five Senses: A Tribute," 58 University of Miami Law Review 949, 2004
    • Author, "RTC Can Reject Lease Only Once," Florida Bar Business Quarterly Law, 1992
    • Author, "Making Claims Against Failed Financial Institutions," 66 Florida Bar Journal 40, 1992
    • Author, "Attorney-Client and Work-Product Privilege Issues in Failed Financial Institution Litigation," American Bar Association, 1991 
    • Author, "Litigating Claims Against Failed Financial Institutions," Florida Bar, 1991
    • Florida Bar CLE, Speaker, "Commercial Litigation in the 90's," 1991
    • Program Chair and Moderator, "Criminal Law Issues for Civil Litigators," Florida Bar CLE, 1989
    • Author, "Using Experts in Business Valuation Cases," II Florida Bar Business Law Quarterly, 1989 
    • Author, "The Antitrust Health Care Handbook," American Bar Association, 1988
    • Author, "Establishing An Antitrust Compliance Program," 57 Florida Bar Journal 254, 1983
    • Author, "Social Responsibility in Investment Policy and the Prudent Man Rule," 68 California Law Review, 518, 1980
    • Author, "Organizational Support to Fund Environmental Litigation," 6 Environmental Affairs 457, 1978
    • Speaker, "Unique Aspects of Healthcare Mediation", JAMS, October 2014
    • Speaker, "Ethics in Mediation", South Palm Beach Bar, April 2014
    • Speaker, "Managing the Complex Business Case in ADR", ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, April 2014
    • Speaker, "Managing the Complex Business Case in ADR", Florida Bar, August 2012
    • Speaker, "Florida's Revised Arbitration Act" Broward Bench and Bar Conference, October 2013
  • Academia
    • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law
    • Faculty Advisor, University of Miami Team, National Black Law Students Association, International Negotiations Competition, Washington DC, 2012
    • Advisor, Law Without Walls, University of Miami School of Law, 2012
    • Delegate, Center for International Legal Studies, Senior Lawyer Program, Salzburg, Austria, January 2008
    • Visiting Professor of Law, Catholic University, Lublin, Poland, Spring 2008 
    • Delegate, U.S.-Russia Joint Conference on the Rule of Law, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2007

Background and Education

  • Mediator and Arbitrator, JAMS, 2012-present
  • Litigation Shareholder, Akerman Senterfitt, Miami, Florida, February 2008-April 2012
  • Zuckerman Spaeder, Miami, Florida
    • Partner and Managing Partner, January 1985-February 2008
    • Associate, October 1983-December 1984
  • Greenberg Traurig, Miami, Florida, August 1980-October 1983
  • Arnold & Porter, Washington, D.C., September 1977-August 1980
  • Director of Planning, Pompton Plains, NJ, July 1972-August 1974 
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Miami School of Law, 1977 (Editor-in-Chief, University of Miami Law Review)
  • Post Graduate: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 1973-1974, Ph.D. Program – Urban Planning (no degree conferred)
  • M.R.P., City Planning, Cornell University College of Architecture, 1972
  • B.S., Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 1970