Raúl J. Chacón Jr.

Raúl J. Chacón Jr. Partner

P 305 537 3416 F 305 537 3411
701 Brickell Avenue
Suite 2000
Miami, FL 33131
701 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2000, Miami, FL 33131

Raúl chairs MG+M’s Maritime Practice and represents clients facing litigation in a variety of areas, including maritime, personal injury, products liability, premises liability, infectious disease counseling and litigation, COVID-19, and commercial litigation. He has extensive experience as national and local counsel for various insurers and corporate entities handling litigation in general liability, maritime, transportation, USCG administrative proceedings and various recreational industry–related matters. He has represented clients from jurisdictions as far north as Canada and throughout the Continental United States, Hawaii, the Caribbean and South America, and has tried over 100 cases to verdict in the state and federal courts of Florida. He is regularly appointed to act as national and local counsel by insurance companies on admiralty and maritime matters. 

Raúl has served in executive capacities on the Florida Bar Admiralty & Maritime Law Board Certification Committee, the Florida Bar Maritime Law Committee, the Cuban American Bar Association, and the League of Prosecutors. He is an adjunct professor of Marine Insurance Law at the University of Miami School of Law, and is Board Certified in Admiralty and Maritime law by the Florida Bar. He has been published, including as a co-author of Florida Maritime Law Practice and Procedure, and has presented on various topics, including maritime law and practice, handling maritime claims in the United States, management of maintenance and cure, risk shifting in maritime contracts, products liability, and analysis of US Supreme Court decisions. Raúl and other MG+M maritime attorneys partner with 360 Coverage Pros to man a 24/7 legal hotline and provide insured crews with skilled legal representation in maritime law issues, including related to marine licenses, insurance, depositions, court proceedings, witness statements and responses to letters of warning notices. 

Raúl earned his JD from the University of Miami School of Law in 1993. He graduated with a BSEE from the University of Miami College of Engineering in 1990. He is admitted to the Florida Bar, US District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, and the US Court of Appeals of the Eleventh Circuit.

Raúl is AV© Preeminent rated.  He has been recognized by Super Lawyers, Top Lawyers in Florida (Admiralty & Maritime Law), Top Rated Lawyer (Commercial Litigation), Top Attorneys in Florida, Best Lawyers listing for Admiralty and Maritime Law, and the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

Bar Admissions
  • Florida
  • US District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • US District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • University of Miami School of Law, JD, 1993
  • University of Miami, BSSE, College of Engineering, 1990


  • Top Lawyers, Admiralty and Maritime Law, South Florida Legal Guide, 2012–2018
  • Best Lawyers In America, Admiralty and Maritime Law, Commercial Litigation, 2019–2023
  • Board Certified Admiralty & Maritime Law, 2012; Re-certification in 2017
  • American Boat & Yacht Council, Standards Certification, 2010
  • Thomson Reuters, Super Lawyers, 2013, 2015–2022
  • Rated AV© Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell
  • Top Attorneys in Florida, Wall Street Journal & Miami Magazine, 2013–Present
  • De Los Más Destacados Abogados, Almirantazgo y Marìtimo, Revista Abogados
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers


  • Member of the Board of Directors, University of Miami College of Engineering Alumni Association, 2020-Present 
  • First Mate, 2021; Purser, 2020; Yeoman, 2019; Program Chair, 2018; Bosun, 2017; Historian, 2016; Member, 1997 – Present; Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club
  • Associate Member, The Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA), 2015-present
  • Member, 1994 - Present; Florida Bar Association
  • Chair, Maritime Law Committee, Florida Defense Lawyers Association 2011-2013
  • Vice Chair, 2014-2016, Admiralty Law Committee, Florida Bar, 2007-Present
  • Chair, 2016; V. Chair, 2015, Admiralty & Maritime Law Board Certification Committee, Florida Bar, 2013-Present
  • Council Member, Boating Industry Risk Management Council, NMMA, 2013-Present
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Boat Political Action Committee, 2015 – Present
  • Member, National Marine Manufacturers Association, 2012-Present
  • Member, American Boat and Yacht Council, 2010-Present
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 1988-Present
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, 1999-Present
  • Vice President, 2010 – 2012; Member of the Board of Directors, 2005 – 2012; Member, 1997 – Present; Cuban American Bar Association
  • President, 2010; Vice President, 2003 – 2009; Treasurer, 2014 – Present; Member of the Board of Directors, 2004 – Present; Member, 1997 – Present; League of Prosecutors
  • Adjunct Professor of Marine Insurance Law, University of Miami School of Law, 2010-Present
News & Insights
  • Author, "Florida Maritime Law and Practice," Practice and Procedure, 6th edition, 2019
  • Author, "Florida Maritime Law and Practice," Practice and Procedure, 5th edition, 2017
  • Author, Watch Your Wake, Seaworthy Magazine, October 2015
  • Author, What’s Really In Your Marina Contract, BoatUS Magazine, January 2015
  • Author, All That Floats is Not a Boat, The Supreme Court’s Lozman Decision Makes Waves Impacting Multiple Areas of Law, Trial Advocate Quarterly, Summer 2013
  • Author, Products Liability: Man, Machine and Environment of Use, August 2008
  • Co-Author, “Maritime Law and Practice”, Admiralty and Maritime Jurisdiction, Fall 2008

    Speaking Engagements

  • Introduction to Marine License Insurance & Captain's Liability, 360 Coverage Pros, Berkley Offshore, MG+M The Law Firm
    May 3, 2022
    • Speaker, "Anatomy of an Accident," at the American Boat and Yacht Council Marine Law Symposium, April 20, 2018
    • Radio Interview, Maritime Salvage Laws, Bob’s No Wake Zone, October 2017
    • Radio Interview, Boat Wake Damage Liability, Bob’s No Wake Zone, November 2015
    • Speaker, Issues Regarding ABYC & NMMA Standards Raised in Bowman v. Nautic, Miami International Boat Show 2014
    • Speaker and Moderator, Cruise Industry Seminar, 2012
    • Speaker, Deposing Experts, Florida Defense Lawyers Association, 2011
    • Speaker, Retaining Experts, Florida Defense Lawyers Association, 2010
    • Speaker, Risk Shifting in Maritime Contracts, Chubb, 2010
    • Speaker, Management of Maintenance and Cure, Chubb, 2009
    • Speaker, Products Liability: Man, Machine and Environment Use, Chubb, 2008
    • Speaker, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Light the Night Kick-off Luncheon, July 2008
    • Speaker, Handling Maritime Claims in the U.S.: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You! 2008
    • Speaker, Cuban American Bar Association, Spring and Fall Mentor Programs, 2004 - 2011
    • Speaker, Florida Supreme Court Justice Raoul G. Cantero Reception, July 2007
Best Lawyers in America
Martindale Hubbell AV Rating
Super Lawyers