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Member Profile: Ricardo J. Cata

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Upchurch, Watson, White & Max
19 West Flagler Street
Suite 420
Miami, FL 33130
Email: Click for email

Tel: 305-266-1224
Fax: 305-640-8447

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Ricardo J. Cata has substantive case experience in the following areas...

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Ricardo Cata practiced as a civil litigator and trial lawyer in South Florida for 38 years. His mediation practice focuses on:  construction and design defects; commercial, franchise and contractual disputes; trademark infringement and trade secrets disputes; cross border disputes (in litigation or arbitration); aviation, maritime and cruise passenger claims; general, resort, product and premises liability; medical malpractice; wrongful death, insurance coverage and e-discovery disputes.

He is certified to mediate civil cases by the U.S. District Court, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. Ricardo is a member of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Mediator Panel and a Florida Supreme Court Approved Arbitrator. He is also a member of the AAA Roster of Neutrals, the ICDR Cruise Line and Seafarer Arbitrator Panel, the CPR Panels of Distinguished Neutrals and the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN). Ricardo has served as arbitrator in AAA commercial disputes.

During his legal practice, Ricardo represented resorts and tour operators from Latin America in Florida’s circuit and federal courts, obtaining dismissals on forum non conveniens or lack of personal jurisdiction. Ricardo also represented domestic and international manufacturers of products on claims of design and/or manufacturing defects, and represented U.S. and Latin American clients in commercial and contractual disputes; and represented clients in claims of design and construction defects, wrongful death suits, franchise litigation, maritime disputes, insurance coverage disputes, and medical and chiropractic malpractice suits.

A native of Cuba, Ricardo is bilingual in Spanish and English, and has mediated in Spanish.

For more information and a list of my Publications and Presentations, see my Profile and C.V. under the "Our Team" tab, at:


  • B.A. ~ Long Island University, 1972, summa cum laude
  • J.D. ~ St. John’s University School of Law, 1975
  • M.A. ~ University of Miami Graduate School of International Studies


English, Spanish

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Sections of Dispute Resolution and International Law
  • Miami International Arbitration Society (MIAS)
  • The Florida Bar: Alternative Dispute Resolution and International Law Sections
  • Executive Council Member, Florida Bar’s ADR Section
  • AAA Mediator Panel
  • Chair, Mediation Committee, Florida Bar’s International Law Section, 2015-2017
  • AAA Roster of Neutrals
  • ICDR Cruise Line and Seafarer Arbitration Panel (CL & SAP)
  • CPR Panels of Distinguished Neutrals
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN)


Contact his Case Manager, Cristal Galvez, for details, at:, or at: 305-266-1224.


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Ricardo J. Cata is a member of our FL chapter, Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society, Florida's premier roster of distinguished attorney-mediators. The FCCMS profile includes more specific local information, such as counties and regions served, and can be visited directly at


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