Ricardo Martinez is a partner at Podhurst Orseck, P.A., in Miami. He earned his undergraduate degree in only three years at the University of Miami (B.A. cum laude 1997) and his Juris Doctorate at Yale Law School (J.D. 2000) where he was the William S. Beinecke Scholar.
While a law student, Ricardo was a director at Yale’s renowned clinical program. He served on the Board of Directors of the Latino Law Students Association, and was an editor of the Yale Journal of International Law.
Before joining the firm, Ricardo served as a law clerk to the Honorable James Lawrence King on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He joined the firm in 2002 and was named a partner in 2005.
Although Ricardo handles select commercial matters, much of his practice involves personal injury, wrongful death, and product liability cases with a focus on mass torts and aviation litigation. He is experienced in Multi-District Litigation and currently serves on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for the NFL Concussion Litigation.
Ricardo was appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to serve on the Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity and by the Chief Justice to serve on his Pro Bono Advisory Committee. He is Co-Chair of the Aviation and Space Law Committee of the American Bar Association, a Past Chair of the Aviation Law Section of the American Association for Justice, the Immediate Past President of the Cuban American Bar Association, and he serves on the Board of Governors of the American Association of Justice and of the Florida Justice Association.
Ricardo has authored and published work for the American Bar Association, Westlaw Journal, and the American Association for Justice. He is a frequent lecturer on aviation law and general trial tactics.
The many venues he has been invited to speak at include American Bar Association programs in New York and Washington, D.C.; the Southern Methodist University Air Law Symposium in Dallas; the PEOPIL/McGill University Conference on Aviation Law and Insurance in Amsterdam; the Embry-Riddle University Aviation Law and Insurance Symposium in Orlando, and AviCon Conferences in London and New York City. He has also served on the faculty of the Al J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute.
Bar & Court Admissions:
- Florida, 2000
- Fla. Supreme Court – 2000
- USDC – District of Florida – 2005-2011
- US Court of Appeals 9th Circuit – 2011
Professional & Community Involvement:
- Dade County Bar
- American Bar Association ( Aviation and Space Law Committee, 2004-present , Co-Chair 2006–2007)
- Florida Bar
- Cuban–American Bar Association (Board of Directors, 2006–2011; Pres. 2012-2013)
- American Association for Justice, Board of Governors
- Florida Justice Association, Board of Governors
- Florida Bar Certification in Aviation Law
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