Ralf focuses his practice on construction law. He has experience representing domestic and international general contractors, construction managers, sureties, and other construction professionals in the United States and abroad in negotiation, litigation, arbitration, and mediation of construction and design defect claims, insurance claims, surety bond claims, and related matters.
Ralf also handles a broad range of matters including commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense, internal integrity reviews, risk assessment and management, regulatory compliance, business torts, employment litigation, insurance claims, environmental law, and transportation law. A large part of Ralf’s practice also involves representing corporate clients in completing internal investigations of sensitive matters and responding to governmental inquiries, defending regulatory actions and fraud claims, including advising on compliance with anti-corruption laws such as the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and similar legislation. He has worked with numerous corporate clients in structuring and reassessing their corporate compliance and training programs. He has aided clients in completing numerous investigations of sensitive matters in foreign jurisdictions, including Latin America and the Caribbean. Ralf has also handled litigation of shareholder disputes, white-collar criminal defense, enforcement of non-compete agreements, trademark rights, zoning waivers, landlord/tenant disputes, environmental compliance, bankruptcy litigation, and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Additionally, Ralf has represented motor carriers, freight forwarders, and cargo insurers in litigation involving cargo claims, freight charges, and insurance coverage issues.
Prior to joining the firm, Ralf was of counsel for an international law firm and before becoming an attorney, he served as a law enforcement professional with the Department of the Treasury. During this time, he completed many investigations relating to public corruption and organized criminal activity while working closely with the U.S. Attorneys’ Office for the Southern District of Florida.
Ralf earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. Ralf earned his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami, where he was a member of the University of Miami Law Review. Ralf was listed in the 2020 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers in the practice area of Construction.