Mark F. Raymond is the Managing Partner in the Miami office of Broad and Cassel and serves on the Firm’s Executive Committee. He is a member of the Firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Estate Planning and Trusts and Securities Litigation Practice Groups.
Mr. Raymond has been involved in complex commercial litigation for over 30 years. His extensive practice has included advising the Boards of Directors and General Counsel of many prominent companies. He has litigated numerous high profile cases, principally throughout Florida, in the past quarter century. Mr. Raymond focuses his practice in resolving complex matters and aggressively litigating them as a last resort. He is experienced in complex commercial litigation in both state and federal courts, and arbitrations before FINRA, ICDR and AAA. His practice includes defending class actions.
Mr. Raymond has been repeatedly honored for Bet-the-Company Litigation by the leading legal guide "The Best Lawyers in America," published by Woodward and White and has been recognized in other publications for his commercial litigation skills, including the Business Leader honored him as a "2009 South Florida Power Player." In 2017, Mr. Raymond was named Best Lawyers Miami Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions "Lawyer of the Year." He also holds an AV Preeminent® rating with Martindale-Hubbell, a rating achieved by only 5 percent of attorneys. The rating indicates that the attorney “has reached the height of professional excellence” and is “recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.” Mr. Raymond repeatedly has been designated a "Florida Legal Elite" in Florida Trend Magazine, a "Florida Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers magazine and a "Top Lawyer" in the areas of Securities Litigation and Complex Commercial Litigation by the South Florida Legal Guide.
Mr. Raymond successfully defended the Brussels-based company of BDO International B.V. against claims that it was liable for $520 million in damages resulting from allegedly failed audits of a Florida-based factoring company, E.S. Bankest, LLC. The audits were performed by the U.S. member firm of the BDO International Network. After a three-week trial the jury took less than one hour to reach its verdict for Mr. Raymond's client.
Mr. Raymond obtained a resounding victory for a defendant in a high profile accounting malpractice suit. After a five-week trial, Mr. Raymond convinced the Court that the case against his client should be dismissed in its entirety, and the Court agreed.
Mr. Raymond regularly represents Trustees or Beneficiaries of Trusts in all aspects of probate litigation in state courts in Florida.
An International Arbitration Panel found that the subsidiary of a foreign government had "patently breached its contract" with Mr. Raymond's client, a Fortune 100 company.
In a case against Raytheon Corporation where they were seeking $18 million from Mr. Raymond’s client, he developed and executed a strategy that was a reversal of fortune for Raytheon Corporation and a tremendous victory for his client, where the client instead of having to pay $18 million to Raytheon, recovered $8.8 million.
Mr. Raymond’s practice also includes Federal Court litigation, defending corporations, as well as representing Receivers appointed by the courts and agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Trade Commission, CFTC, and the Florida Attorney General’s Office.
Mr. Raymond was the lead attorney for the Plaintiff, a Fortune 100 Company, against an industrial contractor for breach of contract. The case resulted in a $50 million settlement for the client.
He is highly regarded in the legal community for his ability to assist clients in addressing and extricating themselves from difficult and potentially costly situations, often without litigation.
He represented the FTC Receiver of a company in a diet products fraud case, and obtained a trial judgment of $8.5 million for the benefit of fraud victims.
Mr. Raymond's representation of investors has resulted in tens of millions of dollars of settlements and arbitration awards in favor of his clients. On behalf of private investors, Mr. Raymond has received numerous favorable settlements and judgments for his clients.
Mr. Raymond served as the lead counsel to the Receiver appointed by the Broward Circuit Court, upon the application of the Florida Attorney General's Office, where he oversaw all aspects of a $10 million multi-state telemarketing scam involving the fraudulent pooling of lottery tickets. The case involved over 8,000 defrauded consumers.
Mr. Raymond represented numerous investors against a national broker/dealer for fraud which resulted in settlements exceeding $6.2 million. He also represented an investment banking firm against a company which resulted in a $1.2 million arbitration panel award for the client.
Mr. Raymond is active in various professional and community organizations.