Raúl is a strategic business and management partner who works closely with clients to constructively evaluate and support their business strategies and initiatives.
Raúl is the Partner-in-Charge – Los Angeles at Frost Brown Todd, where he leads a team of attorneys dedicated to client service. Equally comfortable in the courtroom as he is in the boardroom, Raúl draws upon his extensive experience to help his clients create opportunities and overcome challenges in a wide range of areas including business, employment, healthcare, government and international affairs.
His litigation practice encompasses representing Fortune 500 companies, large multi-national corporations, government agencies, and small businesses in state and federal courts involving a variety of disputes, including in particular the defense of employment claims, civil public-integrity prosecutions, and matters involving complex cross-border agreements and regulatory disputes. In addition, he has argued numerous appellate matters that have become published decisions, including before the California Supreme Court.
Outside the courtroom, Raúl serves in a general counsel capacity for private, non-profit, and public entity clients on diverse matters, such as those affecting personnel, government contracts, real estate, and conflicts of interest. His corporate advice also includes boardroom governance matters and certain regulatory compliance issues.
An effective and practical problem-solver, Raúl helps his clients navigate and respond to complex and high-profile matters, drawing upon his crisis management experience as general counsel for both a major public sector client and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, to provide clear and consistent guidance across a wide range of issues. His collaborative approach, leadership and strategic insight, and legal judgment combined with a keen business acumen make him a sought-out trusted advisor for organizations of all sizes and types.
Raúl’s clients – including numerous well known Latin America-based companies with operations in the U.S – rely on his insight and experience to identify risks, set strategy, and develop plans to meet a wide range of objectives, including geographic expansion, market consolidation, and more. With a solid foothold in both the U.S. and Latin American business cultures (and fluency in Spanish and English), he helps them achieve their strategic, business, and financial goals.
That’s how he helped the U.S. division of a Mexican company with the world’s largest presence in the global market for animal protein, which imports beef from Mexico for American restaurants and retailers. Under Raúl’s legal and business guidance, the company has grown from $500 to $750 million in annual revenue, and expanded exports to countries across the globe.
Raúl has served as a member of the State Bar of California Judicial Nominees and Evaluation Commission and in 1993, he founded the California Hispanic Corporate Council Leadership Institute. He sits on the boards of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, Adventist Health White Memorial Medical Center, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, and the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he previously served as general counsel for a federally qualified health center with 16 clinics serving the Southern California region.
Georgetown University Law Center, 1985
Loyola Marymount University, 1982
Southern California “Super Lawyers,” Employment Law, 2012-2019
Humanitarian Award, Hollenbeck Police Activities League, Los Angeles Police Department, 2019
10th Anniversary Award Recipient, University of Guadalajara, 2019
“Adelante Award,” Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce, 2017
Executive Volunteer of the Year, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, 2016
“Hall of Fame,” California Minority Counsel Program, 2015
“Founders Award,” Alliance for a Better Community, 2013
“Top 100 Hispanic Influentials,” Hispanic Business Magazine, 2010
“Local Hero Award,” KCET Public Television, 2009
“Los Angeles Leader Award,” Loyola Marymount University (LMU), 2008
“Man of the Year,” White Memorial Medical Center, 2001
“Alumni Role Model,” LMU Latino Alumni Association, 1998
Governing Board, White Memorial Medical Center
Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles
Board of Directors, The Women’s Foundation of California
Board of Directors, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Board of Directors, Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce
Chairman, The Center for Hispanic Health (WMMC)
Founder, California Hispanic Corporate Council Leadership Institute
Former Commissioner, State Bar Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE) Commission
Past Member, Board of Directors, California Minority Counsel Program
Past President, Loyola Marymount University, Mexican American Alumni Association
Past Member, Board of Directors, Los Angeles Universal Preschool
Past Member, Board of Directors, San Gabriel Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America
Past Member, Rose Bowl Operating Company, Audit Committee
Past Member, Board of Directors, Alliance for a Better Community
Past Member, Advisory Board, Johns’ Hopkins University, Center for Talented Youth
Pasadena Task Force on Financial Administration and Internal Controls, 2015
Pasadena Task Force on Good Government, 2006
California State Bar Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation, 1993-1996
Los Angeles office, Partner-in-Charge
Partner Personnel Committee, Member
Panelist, “Doing Business with India & Mexico—Laws, Pitfalls and Best Practices” CLE webinar, International Section of the Orange County Bar Association, May 17, 2021
RETURNING TO WORK: What Employers Need to Know Now webinar, Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce, June 30, 2020
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