Robert J. Becerra
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Robert J. Becerra

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Biography

Robert J. Becerra is a Florida Bar Board Certified expert in International Law. He concentrates his practice in the areas of civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, grand jury investigations, cargo loss, federal agency investigations, disputes between exporters and importers, trade based money laundering, export enforcement, FDA detentions and investigations, Customs seizures and civil forfeitures, and other proceedings related to international trade.   He has been counsel of record in a number of reported decisions, some of which resulted in changes in the law, and he has tried a large number of cases, mostly jury trials in both civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts.

Mr. Becerra has consistently received the highest “AV” rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory for legal skills and professional ethics and is rated “Superb” in the lawyer rating website www.avvo.com.  He is listed as a "Super Lawyer" in the 2014 edition of Super Lawyer Magazine. He is rated a "Top Lawyer" in the 2014 edition of the South Florida Legal Guide.  He is a member of the Dade County Bar Association; the International Law Section of the Florida Bar, the American Bar Association, where he is a member of the Criminal Justice and Litigation Sections, and the Federal Bar Association.

Mr. Becerra has been quoted and published in a variety of publications both web based and in print, on issues involving international trade such as cargo issues, criminal enforcement in the food and drug industry, and has presented at seminars before both attorney and industry trade groups.

 

Practice Areas

  • International Trade Litigation

Professional Associations

  • Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, Present
  • Dade County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice and International Law, Member
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Florida Bar International Law Section, Secretary
  • Florida Bar’s International Law Certification Committee, Member

Certified Legal Specialties

  • International Law, Florida Bar, 2014

Honors

  • “AV Preeminent” rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Super Lawyer
  • Top Lawyer, South Florida Legal Guide
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense-White Collar
  • “10.0” in the lawyer rating website, www.avvo.com

Classes & Seminars

  • International Trade & Customs Law 2013, Florida Bar International Law Section, 02/28/2014
  • Criminal Enforcement in the Seafood Industry and the Park Doctrine, Seafood Expo North America, 03/17/2014

Past Positions

  • Devine Goodman Rasco Watts-FitzGerald & Wells, P.A., Of Counsel, 06/2012 to 04/2014
  • Fuerst Ittleman, Attorney, 09/2009 to 06/2012
  • Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., Member, 10/2004 to 09/2009
  • Raskin & Raskin, PA, Partner

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
    • University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
      • B.B.A.

    Bar Admissions

    • Florida, 1990
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1991
    • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1991
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1991
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994

    Published Works

    • Co-author, "Criminal Liability for Corporate Officers-The Resurrection of the Park Doctrine in Food and Drug Cases", Practical Trade & Customs Strategies, Thomson Reuters, April 15, 2013
    • “Trade Based Money Laundering – South Florida is in the Bulls Eye”, The Daily Business Review, July 25, 2018
    • The Black Market Peso Exchange and the Small Exporter”, International Law Quarterly, Florida Bar International Law Section, Winter, 2015
    • A Review of the Adequate Forum Factor in Forum Non Conveniens Analysis in Florida’s State and Federal Courts”, The International Law Quarterly, Florida Bar International Law Section, Summer, 2014
    • Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation (chapter 18, “Intellectual Property”), Committee on Business and Corporate Litigation for the American Bar Association, 2005
    • “Threats of Criminal Action for Advantage in a Civil Dispute: Legal and Ethical Consequences”, International Litigation Update, Third Annual

    Languages

    • English
    • Spanish