Gerardo J. Rodriguez-Albizu is a seasoned attorney who represents domestic and international clients at both the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu has litigated a wide variety of cases, including matters under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), complex commercial matters, international copyright infringement, Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) cases, foreign asset seizure, international commercial arbitration, partnership break up disputes, theft of trade secrets, disputes involving banks and financial institutions (including claims under Regulation X), commercial and residential landlord-tenant disputes, among other matters. Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu also has experience with matters pending or involving foreign jurisdictions, including Central and South America, the Dominican Republic, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Throughout his legal career Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu has represented a wide spectrum of clients, including banks, small business owners, real estate developers, individuals, and mid-size companies.
As a member of The Fund, Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu also has experience in representing U.S. and international clients with their real estate needs. Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu’s experience includes assisting clients in all facets of a real estate transaction – from negotiating the purchase and sale agreement, to conducting the closing and issuing title insurance. In this regard Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu possesses experience in handling construction to permanent financing transactions, transactions involving national lenders, and all cash deals. Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu also assists clients with drafting and negotiating both commercial and residential leases, either on behalf of landlords or prospective tenants.
Additionally, Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu represents international and domestic intended parents with their reproductive law needs. Having battled infertility for years with his wife, Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu understands the challenges intended parents face in attempting to start their own families. Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu’s experience includes representing intended parents and gestational surrogates in gestational surrogacy agreements and pre-planned adoption agreements (commonly used by same-sex couples), along with representing intended parents and donors in anonymous and known gamete donation agreements.
Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu has received numerous accolades from both clients and the local community in recognition of his legal services, including the “Most Effective Lawyers” award from the South Florida Daily Business Review and the “Outside Counsel of the Year” award from Areas USA, Inc. In 2016 and once again in 2017, Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu was designated a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers; a distinction bestowed on only 2.5% of all Florida attorneys under the age of 40.
Prior to starting Rodriguez-Albizu Law, P.A., Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu worked at the international law firms Greenberg Traurig, P.A., and Diaz, Reus, and Targ, LLP. While in law school Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Edwin G. Torres, Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida. Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu is a magna cum laude graduate from the University of Miami School of Law, where he also served as a member of the International and Comparative Law Review.
Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu is admitted to practice before all state courts in Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan.
– Represented a privately held marina owner challenging the constitutional ad valorem tax exemption of nearby municipally owned marinas in St. Lucie County, Florida
– Argued before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida that the Eleventh Circuit’s prior decision holding the federal RICO statute applied extraterritorially was undermined to the point of abrogation following the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Morrison v. Nat’l Australia Bank, Ltd., 130 S. Ct. 2869 (2010)
– Represented a national airport food and beverage concessionaire in disputes with subconcessionaires at various airports across the country
– Represented real estate developers in general commercial disputes, including landlord tenant disputes, disputes over pre-construction unit deposits and purchase agreements, and other foreclosure-related matters
– Represented and defended a business partner from allegations of theft of trade secrets during a contentious partnership break up
– Conducted internal investigations in response to employee discrimination and retaliation claims
– Argued and defended on appeal the trial court’s discharge of defendants under Florida’s speedy trial rule
– Represented claimant seeking $5 million international manhunt reward from the Republic of Peru before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court
– Represented over 350 plaintiffs in an international Ponzi scheme involving a Dominican Republic resort development under the federal RICO statute, including freezing two hotel properties in the Dominican Republic from defendants’ attempts to dissipate assets
– Represented a receiver appointed by a U.S. district court in an S.E.C. civil action to freeze significant assets in Latin America
– Represented an aviation manufacturer in seeking to uphold the trial court’s grant of summary judgment under the federal General Aviation Revitalization Act (GARA)
– Represented Panamanian aircraft lessor in breach of lease in international arbitration against Venezuelan aircraft lessee, including confirming an arbitration award in excess of $3 million before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
– Represented a U.S. subsidiary in seeking to collect a significant judgment against its Central American distributor pursuant to Florida’s Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act
– Mentioned, “Telemundo Runs Off With Atty Fees in Telenova IP Row,” Law360, January 15, 2015
– Featured, “Marina Owner Wins Challenge to Tax-Exempt Public Docks,” Daily Business Review: Most Effective Lawyers 2014, December 8, 2014
– Co-Author, “Do Extraterritorial RICO Claims Still Exist in a Post-Morrison World?” The Federal Lawyer, Vol. 59, Issue 9, October/November 2012
– Co-Author, “Eleventh Circuit Holds that Private Arbitral Tribunals Fall Within Section 1782’s Purview,” Lexology, July 24, 2012
– Co-Author, “Southern District of Florida Holds Morrison v. Nat’l Australia Bank Not Limited to Exchange Act Cases,” Lexology, February 6, 2012
– Co-Author, “Judges’ Intensified Scrutiny of Criminal Plea Agreements: What Impact on White Collar Defendants?” WASH. LEGAL FOUND., Legal Backgrounder, January 28, 2011
– Author, “Two New U.S. Supreme Court Decisions Will Likely Impact Companies’ Drafting of Arbitration Clauses,” Lexology, August 3, 2010
– Author, “Proving Money Laundering Just Got Tougher,” WASH. LEGAL FOUND., Legal Pulse, August 3, 2010
– Author, “U.S. Courts on Legal Basis for Jurisdiction,” Lexology, April 30, 2010
– Co-Author, “Motions for Rehearing and Rehearing En Banc: Tips for the Trade,” 17 The Record 1, Spring 2010
– Co-Author, “China and Latin America: Striking a New Balance,” 1 CHINA BUS. L.J. 82, 2009
– Co-Author, International Arbitration – Sports: Outside Counsel Perspective, in International Commercial Arbitration Practice in the 21st Century 40-1, 2010
– Speaker, “Southern District of Florida Holds that RICO Does Not Apply to Regulate the Activities of a Foreign-Based RICO Enterprise,” The Florida Bar’s 10th Annual International Litigation and Arbitration Conference, Miami, FL, February 24, 2012