Raúl J. Chacón Jr.

Raúl J. Chacón Jr. Partner

P 305 537 3416 F 305 537 3411
600 Brickell Avenue
Suite 1400
Miami, FL 33131
600 Brickell Avenue, Suite 1400, Miami, FL 33131
Overview

Raúl is a partner in MG+M’s Miami office and is the Chair of the firm's Maritime Practice Group. His practice focuses on a variety of litigation areas, including maritime, personal injury, products liability, premises liability, and commercial litigation. He has extensive experience as national and local counsel on marine products liability matters and has represented clients from jurisdictions as far north as Canada and throughout the Continental U.S., Hawaii, the Caribbean and South America. He has tried numerous 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.  

Bar Admissions
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court - Middle District of Florida
Education
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1993
  • University of Miami, College of Engineering, 1990

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 and has presented on various topics, including maritime law and practice, handling maritime claims in the U.S., management of maintenance and cure, risk shifting in maritime contracts, products liability, and analysis of U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

Raúl earned his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 1993. He graduated with a B.S.E.E from the University of Miami College of Engineering in 1990. He is admitted to the Florida Bar, United States District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, and the United States 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.

Recognition

Recognition

  • Top Lawyers, Admiralty and Maritime Law, South Florida Legal Guide, 2012-2018
  • Best Lawyers In America, Admiralty and Maritime Law, 2019
  • Board Certified Admiralty & Maritime Law, 2012; Re-certification in 2017
  • American Boat & Yacht Council, Standards Certification, 2010
  • Super Lawyers, 2013 – Present
  • 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

Involvement

  • Yeoman, 2019; Program Chair, 2018; Bosun, 2017; Historian, 2016; Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club
  • 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, 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
  • Cuban American Bar Association
  • League of Prosecutors
  • Adjunct Professor of Marine Insurance Law, University of Miami School of Law, 2010 - Present
News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

  • 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

Publications

  • 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
     

News

Raúl J. Chacón Jr. Discusses the Shipowner's Limitation of Liability Act of 1851 on "The Ozarks Today"
The interview deciphers filing under this act in light of the Table Rock Lake duck boat accident this past summer.
Best Lawyers in America
Martindale Hubbell AV Rating
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