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Ricardo R. Pesquera

Since 1979, Mr. Pesquera has represented clients in State and Federal Courts across the U.S. and in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico as a prosecutor and later as a private attorney. His experiences enable him to provide an effective, aggressive and extremely qualified representation for personal injury and criminal defense.

Notably, as a federal prosecutor in Puerto Rico, Mr. Pesquera consistently handled the largest and most important bank fraud investigations, including the prosecution of the CEO, Chairman of the Board and several members of the Board of Directors of a trust company doing business in Puerto Rico.

He also tried and convicted several mayors of different municipalities in Puerto Rico for charges that included extortion, bribery and money laundering. His tenacity and tirelessness attitude allowed him to try and convict a member of a local terrorist organization in Puerto Rico that later became a government informant.

While in Orlando, Mr. Pesquera continued to handle bank fraud investigation as well as Government procurement fraud. Among his most notorious cases, he tried and convicted a company based in California and its President for knowingly manufacturing and distributing defective bolts used in the rocket boosters of the space shuttle. Additionally, as a prosecutor, he handled a variety of other cases including violations of narcotic statutes, money laundering, wire and mail fraud, health care fraud and bank fraud.

In the civil area, Mr. Pesquera limits his practice to car, motorcycle and truck accidents, medical malpractice, slip and falls, defective products and workman’s compensation. In the criminal defense area, he concentrates in murder charges, complex white collar and health care fraud, government corruption, shaken baby syndrome cases and sexual crimes. (Also see the Verdicts section for review of significant cases handled by Mr. Pesquera.)


Recognition and Media

  • Legal analyst for WTMO Telemundo Channel 40
  • Legal analyst for WVEN Univision Channel 26
  • Commentator for the Casey Anthony trial on Spanish TV channels

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Legal consultant in a Pilot Court Seminar sponsored by Harvard Law School in Guatemala
  • Trail Advocacy Teacher with the National Institute of Trail Advocacy (NITA) teaching lawyers how to successfully try a case before a jury
  • Speaker in a seminar offered by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Sante Fe, New Mexico, regarding how to defend sexual offense charges


  • Interamerican University Law School, San Juan, Puerto Rico: Juris Doctor, 1980
  • Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana:
    • Bachelors in Science, Psychology
    • Minor in Languages, French and Italian
    • Honors Thesis completed in Psychology, 1976

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Court of Military Appeals
  • United States Claims Court
  • Supreme Court of the State of Florida
  • Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
  • United States District Court – Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court – District of Puerto Rico


  • United States District Court, District of Puerto Rico, 1980-1981
    Senior Law Clerk for Honorable Carmen C. Cerezo
  • Brown, Newsom & Córdova Law Office, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1981-1983
    Member of the litigation division with concentration in commercial and insurance litigation
  • United States Attorney’s Office, District of Puerto Rico, 1983-1989
  • United States Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division, 1989-1991