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Ricardo “Rick” Arce

Ricardo “Rick” Arce is a dedicated and experienced attorney concentrating in the areas of complex commercial litigation and business-related disputes. He is known for his strong advocacy skills, meticulous attention to detail, and unwavering dedication to his clients.

Rick’s experience includes representing clients in a wide variety of industries including, technology, healthcare, banking, financial services and investment, real estate and construction, marketing and public relations, sports and entertainment, hospitality, among other industries.  Rick has also represented professional athletes in commercial disputes and investment transactions.  He has significant experience litigating claims involving breach of contract, fraud, negligence, defamation, deceptive and unfair trade practices, misappropriation of trade secrets, civil conspiracy, civil theft, breach of fiduciary duty, interference with business relationships, and injunctive relief, among other business-related torts.

Rick litigates cases in state and federal courts, through alternative dispute mechanisms, and has experience litigating multi-jurisdictional, multi-party disputes for clients with interests in Latin America and Europe, including Venezuela, Costa Rica, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Switzerland and Portugal, among other jurisdictions.  He also has experience drafting appellate briefs and presenting oral argument before Florida District Courts of Appeal.

 

Rick has extensive experience in litigating cases involving shareholder/member direct and derivative actions, “business divorces” cases (i.e., business breakups) and matters involving disputes among business investors, shareholders, partners and LLC members.  He also assists business clients with the preservation of their intellectual property rights including protection of trade secrets and the registration and maintenance of federally protected trademarks and copyrights, as well as the prosecution and defense of infringement and misappropriation claims in court or before administrative agencies.

Rick has a strong commitment to community service, actively supporting various local initiatives and charitable causes. Rick is a Board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, a non-profit organization which creates one-to-one mentoring relationships between adult volunteers and children between ages 5 to young adulthood in communities across the country.

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  • Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation/Arbitration
  • Shareholder Dispute Litigation/Arbitration
  • Restrictive Covenant Litigation/Arbitration
  • Trade Secret and Unfair Competition Litigation/Arbitration
  • Trademark Registration and Infringement Litigation
  • LL. M. (Taxation), University of Miami School of Law, Certificate in International Taxation
  • J.D., cum laude, St. Thomas University School of Law
  • B.S., cum laude, University of Florida, Business Administration: Finance
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Florida, Economics
  • Author, Navigating the Corporate Transparency Act and Beneficial Ownership Requirements, December 28, 2023.
  • Co Author, “Florida Civil Practice Before Trial,” Chapter 19 – Summary Judgment, Twelfth Edition, The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education, 2021.
  • Co-Author, “Florida Summary Judgment Standard Changing May 1, 2021,” February 25, 2021.
  • Author, “2015 Amendments to the Revised Limited Liability Company Act Broadens the Scope of Potential Fiduciary Duty Liability,” The Dade County Bar Association Bulletin, September 2015.
  • Co-Author, “ADA/FMLA Updates and Interplay,” SES 6th Annual Fundamentals of Employment Law Seminar, 2013.
  • Update: “Guidance on Economic Substance Doctrine and the Historic Boardwalk Hall Case,” The Florida Bar, Tax Section Bulletin, Spring 2011.
  • Neiman Nix and DNA Sports Performance Lab, Inc. v. The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball d/b/a Major League Baseball, Neil Boland, and Ricardo Burnham, 346 So. 3d 685 (Fla. 3d DCA 2022). Successfully reversed trial court’s dismissal of complaint based on Major League Baseball Defendants’ motion for judgment on the pleadings.
  • Successfully represented Coconut Grove real estate developer in settlement of claims for breach of contract, fraud, unjust enrichment, equitable liens, among other causes of action (2022).
  • Aristotle and Alexander Hren-Boulis v. Spiro Naos, Case No. 2019-020023-CA-01 (Fla. 11th Cir. Ct. 2019). Successfully prosecuted and obtained favorable settlement of claims involving, inter alia, breach of trust and civil theft.
  • Mauricio Donizeti Ramos Junior v. Banco Do Brasil Americas, Case No. 2017-24493-CV-UU (S.D. Fla. 2017). Successfully prosecuted and obtained favorable settlement of claims involving civil theft, conversion, conspiracy to convert, inter alia, for a professional Brazilian soccer player.
  • Para Todo Mal Mezcal, LLC v. Oaxaca Gourmet Salts, LLC, et al., Case No. 2017-023421-CA-01 (Fla. 11th Ct. 2017). Successfully defended former executive in alleged claims for breach of employment agreement and breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Negotiated successful settlement for national medical transportation provider client against various Medicaid managed care organizations in multi-suit litigation concerning claims for breach of contract, unjust enrichment, among other quasi-contractual claims. (2017).
  • Represented founder of formerly publicly traded grocery store chain in a multi-jurisdictional, multi-party dispute involving fraud, deceptive and unfair trade practices, breach of trust, breach of contract, among other claims, resulting in favorable settlement. (2016).
  • Successfully defended and secured a favorable settlement for one of the largest point-of-sale terminal manufacturers in Brazil and in the United States in a suit removed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida alleging damages in excess of $10 million for misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, and fraud in the inducement, among other claims. (2016).
  • Robbins v. 305 Concepts Holdings, LLC, et al. (Coyo Taco), Case No. 2015-018292-CA-01 (Fla. 11th Cir. Ct. 2015). Successfully prosecuted and negotiated favorable settlement of claims on behalf of co-founder of restaurant chain involving breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, civil conspiracy, tortious interference, among other business tort claims.
  • Represented telecommunications provider in class action lawsuit involving alleged claims for, inter alia, deceptive and unfair trade practices, injunctive relief and negligence, resulting in a dismissal with prejudice in favor of client.
  • Docassist, LLC v. Barberis, 3D13-2516, 2014 WL 3620450 (Fla. 3d DCA 2014). Obtained summary judgment in minority members clients’ favor in dispute between members of a limited liability company, invalidating actions taken by majority members.
  • In re DocAssist, LLC, 14-27625-JKO, 2014 WL 3955062 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. 2014). Majority members sought to reorganize company by improperly converting debt into equity. Assisted in obtaining Order from Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of Florida granting client’s Motion to Dismiss with prejudice.
  • Florida: all State trial and appellate courts
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, Board Member
  • American Bar Association, Member, Business Law, Taxation and Litigation Sections.
  • The Florida Bar Association, Member, Business Law Section, Tax Section
  • Miami-Dade Bar Association, Member
  • Cuban American Bar Association, Member
  • Rated, AV® Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest peer-review rating provided to an attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, “Rising Star,”  2017-2020

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