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Status Active
Gender Male
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Contact information
First name Ricardo Last name Cata
Full name Ricardo J. Cata
Corporation Upchurch, Watson, White & Max
Address 1 19 West Flagler Street
Address 2 Suite 420
City Miami
ZIP Code 33130
State Florida
Phone 305-266-1224 Cell 305-807-4575 Fax 305-640-8447
Cell public? Yes URL
Assistant name Cristal Galvez Assistant email
CC name   CC email  
Formal Qualifications & Memberships
Judge? No
ADR services 4,1,2
  • 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, 1991
  • American Bar Association: Sections of Dispute Resolution and International Law (up to 2018)
  • Miami International Arbitration Society (MIAS) - up to 2018
  • The Florida Bar: Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • The Florida Bar: International Law Sections - up to 2019
  • Executive Council Member, Florida Bar’s ADR Section - up to 2018
  • AAA Mediator Panel- 2015 to the present
  • Chair, Mediation Committee, Florida Bar’s International Law Section, 2015-2018
  • AAA Roster of Neutrals - 2015 up to 2019
  • ICDR Cruise Line and Seafarer Arbitration Panel (CL & SAP) - 2016 up to 2019
  • CPR Panels of Distinguished Neutrals - 2016 up to 2019
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN)
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, partnership and contractual disputes; trademark infringement and trade secrets disputes; class action disputes, cross border disputes (in litigation or arbitration); aviation, maritime and cruise passenger claims; general, resort, product and premises liability; medical malpractice; wrongful death, third-party and first-party 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 has been a member of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Mediator Panel since 2015, and a Florida Supreme Court Approved Arbitrator. He was also a member of the AAA Roster of Neutrals (2015 - 2019), the ICDR Cruise Line and Seafarer Arbitrator Panel (2016 - 2019), the CPR Panels of Distinguished Neutrals (2016 -2019), and the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN). Ricardo has served as arbitrator in four 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, general aviation 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. Ricardo served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969 with the Armed Forces Police in Washington, D.C., with an honorable discharge. 

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

ADR Practice & Case Experience
Additional languages 1,17
Practice started 2014

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

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Calendar last update time Jun 19 2019
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Longitude -80.2587967
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