Top 30 Matrimonial and Family Law
2665 South Bayshore Drive
Miami, FL 33133
Raymond J. Rafool, II, a partner at Rafool, LLC, is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Marital and Family Law and certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as an expert in Family Trial Law. He concentrates his practice on domestic and international family law. He is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a 2013-2020 Super Lawyer, consistently rated a Florida Top Lawyer in Family Law by ALM, has a perfect 10 rating from Avvo, is named amongst the Top Lawyers by South Florida Legal Guide, among the Top 100 Lawyers by The National Advocates and in the Top One Percent by The National Association of Distinguished Counsel. He was named to Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite in 2017, 2019 and 2020. He has represented many celebrities and individuals in complex family, high net worth divorces, same sex, and business litigation, and lectures and has authored numerous publications on aforementioned practice areas. Mr. Rafool is a past Vice Chair and member of the Florida Family Law Rules Committee, the past Chair and member of the Florida Criminal Rules Committee, a past Vice Chair and member of the Florida Judicial Administration, Selection and Tenure Committee and a past Representative on the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Committee. Mr. Rafool is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, all courts in the state of Florida, the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, and the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.
MembershipsMr. Raymond Rafool was a member of the Florida Committee from Rules of Criminal Procedure, Chair (2001-2002) and Vice Chair (1999-2000; 2000-2001) and Secretary (1997-1998; 1998-1999).
Mr. Rafool was also a member until 2008 of Florida Family Law Rules Committee and Vice Chair (2004-2005).
He was a member on the Florida Judicial Administration, Selection and Tenure Committee and Vice Chair (2002-2003).
Mr. Rafool is a member of the Miami Family Law Inns of Court and Dade Bar Association.
Mr. Rafool was a representative of The Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Committee and was a Member and the CLE Chairman for Willson American Inn of Court.
Mr. Rafool is a member of Who's Who in American Law.
Past Legal AffiliationsMr. Raymond Rafool's past legal affiliation and training prior to forming his own law firms are as follows:
October 2008 - Present
Rafool LLC, Coral Gables/Miami.
October 2006 - October 2008
Barranco & Kircher, P.A., Miami, Florida.
January 1998 - October 2006
Partner: Rafool & Rafool, P.A., Winter Haven, and Lakeland, Florida.
June 1996 - January 1998
Raymond J. Rafool, Attorney
June 1994 - June 1996
Associate: Curtis, Alexander and Varner, Winter Haven, Florida. Associate in civil and criminal litigation firm.
February 1993 - June 1994
Assistant State Attorney: Office of the State Attorney, 10th Judicial Circuit, Bartow, Florida. Felony and Misdemeanor Prosecutor.
May 1991 - February 1993
Associate: Gentry and Phillips, P.A., Jacksonville, Florida. Associate in civil litigation firm.
Clerk: Frank de la Grana, P.A., Tampa, Florida. Clerk in criminal law and First Amendment (U.S.) law firm.
Clerk: Howard C. Coker, Esquire (Past Florida Bar President) Coker, Myers, Schickel, Cooper and Sorenson, P.A., Jacksonville, Florida. Clerk in civil litigation and insurance defense firm.
Florida Dissolution Of Marriage, 8th Edition, Florida Bar Publications.
Florida Dissolution Of Marriage, 9th Edition, Florida Bar Publications.
Lectures and Publications
Mr. Raymond Rafool has given the following lecture and published the following articles:
Lecture:The Potential Family Law Client (Initial Consultation Topics, Retainer Agreements); Basic Family Law 2012, November 9, 2012.
"What Every Plaintiff's Lawyer Should Know About Criminal Law," Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers,1997 Winter CLE Ski Seminar, December 15, 1997
Publications:“Legal Effects Of Cohabitation” Adoption, Paternity, And Other Florida Family Practice, Florida Bar practice series/treatise, 2012 (work in progress) (12th Edition).
“Legal Effects Of Cohabitation” Adoption, Paternity, And Other Florida Family Practice, Florida Bar practice series/treatise, 2011 (11th edition).
“Legal Effects Of Cohabitation” Adoption, Paternity, And Other Florida Family Practice, Florida Bar practice series/treatise, 2010 (10th edition).
“Legal Effects Of Cohabitation” Adoption, Paternity, And Other Florida Family Practice, Florida Bar practice series/treatise, Eighth Edition, 2009.
“Legal Effects Of Cohabitation” Adoption, Paternity, And Other Florida Family Practice, Florida Bar practice series/treatise, Seventh Edition, 2007.
"Legal Effects Of Cohabitation" Adoption, Paternity, And Other Florida Family Practice, Florida Bar practice series/treatise, 2005/2006 - Co-Author with Associate Adam Cowhey, Esquire.
"It Must Be Relevant To A Felony Or The Means To Commit A Crime And Facts In Support Must Be Clearly Stated In The Supporting Affidavit For A Search Warrant," Florida Criminal Law Journal, Vol. 21, No. 2, Summer 1998.
"There Is No Better Late Than Never: The Filing Of A Charging Document Stops The State's Free Vacuum Of Discovery," The Florida Defender, Vol. 10, No. 1, Spring 1998.
Co-author of "Know Your Confidential Informant," The Florida Police Chief, February 1991.