Andrés Rivero is a commercial litigator who, for 28-plus years, has focused on business controversies. In Chambers USA, he has been called “a brilliant lawyer with an inquisitive mind.” A skilled trial lawyer, Rivero has tried many cases to jury verdict during his career. He was one of the lead lawyers in U.S. v. GDC, one of the longest trials in the history of the Southern District of Florida. He has also argued many cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Third Circuit and Eleventh Circuit and Florida appellate courts. His background as a litigation partner at Greenberg Traurig, a federal prosecutor, and a partner of his own entrepreneurial litigation law firm over the last 16 years adds both breadth and depth to his business litigation practice.

Rivero has substantial experience in representing corporations and entrepreneurs in intellectual property disputes, antitrust and securities claims, and partnership and shareholder controversies. Along with many other members of the firm, Rivero is fluent in Spanish, and has conducted litigations and arbitrations, including an arbitration trial in Mexico, in Spanish.

Rivero has served as an adjunct professor in the LL.M. program at University of Miami Law School, where he taught U.S. litigation practice, and has taught at the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute. He recently served as chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 11th Circuit Court for Miami-Dade County, Florida. AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell, he repeatedly has been voted one of the Best Lawyers in America and one of Florida’s Legal Elite commercial litigators in a Florida Trend survey of Florida lawyers.

EXPERIENCE

Past Professional Experience

Litigation Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, Miami, Florida (1996-1998)


Litigation Attorney, Greenberg Traurig, Miami, Florida (1994-1996)


Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Miami, 1989-1994
1992-1994 Public Corruption Section
1989-1992 Economic Crimes Section
1989 Appeals and Major Crimes Section


Litigation Attorney, Greenberg Traurig, Miami, Florida (1986-1989)

PUBLICATIONS

Publications

Deposing Nonhumans: Corporate Representative Depositions in Florida, The Florida Bar Journal, Volume 79, No. 1, January 2005


A Comity of Errors: Understanding the International Abstention Doctrine, University of Florida Journal of International Law, Volume 17, Issue 2, June 2005

RECOGNITIONS

Recognitions and Honors

Rivero Mestre honored by The American Lawyer as a winner of a Global Legal Award for its work on the Chevron v. Donziger case in the category of Global Dispute of the Year: U.S. Fraud Litigation


Ranked in Chambers USA in General Commercial Litigation (Florida), 2014 – present


AV Preeminent, Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence by Lexis-Nexis Martindale Hubbell


Rivero Mestre ranked as a Tier 1 law firm in White-Collar Governmental Investigations and White-Collar Litigation by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers, 2013


Rivero Mestre ranked as a Tier 1 law firm in White-Collar Criminal Defense by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers, 2014 – present


Recognized by American Lawyer Media and Martindale Hubbell as a Top-Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property, 2013 and 2015


Recognized by American Lawyer Media as a South Florida Best Lawyer in Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2012


Included in The Best Lawyers in America©: Criminal Defense-White Collar, 2009 Edition to present; Litigation-Securities, 2016 Edition to present; Commercial Litigation, 2018 Edition


Selected by Who’s Who Legal as one of world’s leading practitioners in Business Crime Defence 2013 and 2014


Recognized by Florida Super Lawyers 2010 – present (voted for by members of the Florida Bar)


Recognized as Florida Legal Elite 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2014 – present by Florida Trend Magazine (voted for by members of the Florida Bar)


Ranked by South Florida Legal Guide as a Top Lawyer in Commercial Litigation, 2014 – present


Commissioner, Florida Judicial Nominating Commission for the 11th Judicial Circuit (2005-2010), Vice–Chairman (2008), Chairman (2009)


Election Crimes Coordinator, United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida (1993-94)

ENGAGEMENTS

Representative Speaking Engagements

National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms Annual Meeting (Houston), Moderator, On High Alert: rising and shifting liability in the face of increased data breaches, September 2016


National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms Business Meeting (New Orleans), Moderator, Navigating a Cybersecurity Investigation Conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, February 2016


National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms Annual Meeting (Los Angeles), Moderator, Get Smart: The DOJ Rewrites Its FCPA Screenplay, September 2015


Florida Managing Partners Association Annual Dinner (Miami), Speaker, Diversity:  a Goal Worth Pursuing or a Failed Experiment?, April 2015


National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law firms Annual Meeting (Minneapolis), Moderator, The Expansion of Cybersquatting Beyond Domain Names: Should the Lanham Act Protect the Use of Trademarked Names in Post-Domain Paths?, September 2013


American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Committee’s 25th Annual CLE Seminar (Tucson), Moderator, Practitioner’s Pulse: Enforcing D&O Insurance Coverage Subject to the Insured v. Insured Exclusion, March 2013


University of Miami School of Law Diversity Week, Speaker, Networking and Diversity Panel and Luncheon, January 2013


University of Miami, School of Business Administration, Business Law Department, International Business, Guest Lecturer, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, November 2011


American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation’s Annual Conference (Miami), Speaker, Updates in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, April 2011

COMMUNITY

Associations & Activities

Cleveland Orchestra Miami, Board of Directors (2016)


Co-Chair, National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms White-Collar Practice Area Committee (2015-present)


Commissioner, Miami-Dade County Circuit Court Judicial Nominating Commission (2006-2010), Vice-Chairman (2008), Chairman (2009)


President, Assistant U.S. Attorney Association (2002-2003)


Coach, Coral Gables Elementary School County Champion Geography Club (2001-2003; 2005-2007)


Treasurer, Assistant U.S. Attorney Association (2001-2002)


City of Coral Gables Retirement System Board (1996-2000)


Volunteer Reader, WLRN Radio Reading Service, Miami, Florida (1993-1996)


Adjunct Professor/Advisor, Comparative Trial Practice Program, University of Miami Law School (1990-1996)


Faculty member, Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute (1993)


Advisory Committee, Carol City High School, Pre-Law Magnet Program (1990-1993)

Education

Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, J.D., 1986 Finalist, McBaine Moot Court Competition, 1986.


Harvard College: A.B., magna cum laude, 1982 (concentration in Social Studies)


Miami Killian Senior High School, 1978

Admissions

Florida Bar, 1986


United States District Court, Southern District of Florida


United States District Court, Middle District of Florida


United States District Court, Northern District of Florida


United States District Court, District of Colorado


United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit


United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit


United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit


United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit


United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia

News & Engagements