Ronald Ravikoff, Esq.

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Financial Markets

Ronald Ravikoff, Esq. has over 40 years of experience handling financial market matters in mediations, arbitrations, complex litigation, and dispute counseling for both plaintiffs and defendants.

His litigation and dispute resolution practice focuses on complex commercial matters with a particular emphasis on matters involving healthcare, parallel civil and criminal proceedings including False Claims Act matters, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters, class actions, financial institution litigation, securities litigation, and regulatory proceedings.

Mr. Ravikoff’s financial markets experience includes securities and shareholder class actions, cases involving allegations against brokerage and investment firms, and fraud and breach of fiduciary duty cases against banks as well as bank directors and officers. The financial markets cases he has handled have involved complex corporate, financial, and insurance issues as well as federal and state court procedural issues.

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.

Representative Financial Markets Matters as a Neutral

  • Arbitration among competing claims of ownership and funding of a multimillion dollar hotel/resort complex
  • Mediation over Bond Premium for multi-million dollar construction project in the Middle East
  • Mediation between public corporate interests alleging defamatory internet posting alleging financial wrongdoing
  • Mediation of 10b-5 class action suit between shareholders and company for alleged understatement of inventory in public filings
  • Arbitration between national hospital chain and national healthcare insurer over pricing policies resulting in a difference of over a billion dollars in sought reimbursements
  • Arbitration between governmental entity and builder/operator of $500 million project over alleged impossibility of operation terms and conditions
  • Mediation between foreign government and national project contractor over failed project due to inaccurate financial projections
  • Mediation between law firm and public company for malpractice claims arising out of a 10b-5 lawsuit filed against the public company
  • Mediation between investor and construction company involving claims of failure to pay and counterclaims of fraud and usury
  • 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

Representative Financial Markets Matters as Counsel

  • Securities and Class Actions:
    • Representation of a publicly traded company in both securities and bond class actions alleging violations of 10b-5
    • Representation of a national law firm in malpractice action alleging failure to warn of violations of 10b-5 by a publicly traded company
    • Representation of individuals charged with insider trading by the Security and Exchange Commission
    • Defense of directors and officers in a 10b-5 securities class action involving understated inventory
    • Representation of a publicly traded company in a shareholder class action alleging proxy misrepresentation
  • International:
    • Represented Kuwait Social Security Administration and Monaco based hotel company in international arbitration involving U.S. investment
    • Represented Canadian publicly traded company in dispute over conflict between U.S. Court order and Canadian securities laws
    • Representation of the largest processor of soybeans in Mexico in a multi-million dollar products liability and breach of contract suit against manufacturer of soybean processing equipment based in Ohio resulting in funding default
    • Representation of a French bank with respect to multi-million dollar loss in the Caribbean due to Ponzi scheme promulgated by a Florida resident
    • Represented Panamanian banker against DOJ subpoena which conflicted with Panamanian privacy laws
  • Financial Institutions: 
    • Represented Chief Financial Officer of national mortgage purchaser in OFHEO proceeding
    • Representation of the president of a Louisiana federal savings & loan association in action brought by federal government agency for alleged negligent lending practices
    • Representation of the president of a Florida federal savings & loan association in action for alleged negligent lending practices
    • Representation of several directors of Florida Savings Bank for alleged negligent lending practices
    • Represented national brokerage firm in litigation involving non-competes and brokerage accounts
    • Represented national accounting firm for alleged negligence in a fraud audit
    • Represented national accounting firm for alleged negligent tax advice
    • Represented national law firm for alleged negligence in giving advice on challenged tax shelter

Published Decisions

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Brumfield v. Shelton, 722 F. Supp. 282 (E.D. La. 1989) (ERISA)

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Honors
    • Voted 2017 Best Lawyer in ADR, Antitrust, Antitrust Litigation and Commercial Litigation
    • South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyer Mediation and Arbitration 2014-2017
    • Recognized by Best Lawyers as one of the 2016 Best Lawyers in America for ADR
    • Listed in The National Law Journal TRAILBLAZERS edition under Mergers & Acquisitions and Antitrust, 2015
    • Named in 2015 "Best Lawyers" for the 9th 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, 2014
    • 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 Panel (AHLA), present
    • Certified Mediator, Florida Supreme Court, Circuit Civil
    • Member, American Bar Association, ADR, Litigation, Business Law, and Antitrust Sections
    • Past Chair, 11th Circuit Subcommittee Commercial and Banking Litigation
    • Member, American Bar Foundation
    • University of Miami Citizens Board (Past President)
    • University of Miami Law Alumni Association (Past President)
    • Past member University of Miami Board of Trustees
    • Past Member Cornell Counsel
    • Dade County Bar Association
  • Publications/Speaking Engagements
    • Author, "Using ADR to Streamline the Complex Case," The American Lawyer, January 2016
    • Author, "The Use of Protected Health Care Information in Mediation," JAMS Healthcare Matters Newsletter, Fall 2015
    • Author, "Your Arbitration Is Private, But Is It Confidential?," Daily Business Review, May 26, 2015
    • Presenter, "What Lawyers Need to Know About Drafting Arbitration Clauses for Healthcare Clients" (CLE March 10, 2015)
    • Author, "HIPAA, Protected Healthcare Information and ADR: What Rules Apply?", Inside Counsel 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 2008-2015
    • 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

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