Ricardo M. Martinez-Cid is a partner at Podhurst Orseck, P.A., in Miami. He earned his undergraduate degree in only three years at the University of Miami (B.A. cum laude 1997) and his Juris Doctorate at Yale Law School (J.D. 2000) where he was the William S. Beinecke Scholar. While a law student, Ricardo was a director at Yale's renowned clinical program. He served on the Board of Directors of the Latino Law Students Association, and was an editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. Before joining the firm, Ricardo served as a law clerk to the Honorable James Lawrence King on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He joined the firm in 2002 and was named a partner in 2005.
Ricardo is an accomplished trial lawyer, having obtained multi-million dollar verdicts on behalf of his clients in both federal and state courts. He has been named "Legal Elite" by Florida Trend Magazine, "Top Lawyer" by both Expert Guides and the South Florida Legal Guide, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. According to the National Law Journal, his verdict of over 195 million dollars in the Fondo Vision matter was one of the ten largest jury verdicts of 2010. On multiple years, The Daily Business Review has recognized him at its Most Effective Lawyers' event.
Although Ricardo handles select commercial matters, much of his practice involves personal injury, wrongful death, and product liability cases with a focus on mass torts and aviation litigation. He is experienced in Multi-District Litigation and currently serves on the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee for the NFL Concussion Litigation.
Ricardo is Board Certified in Aviation Law, thereby accrediting him as an expert within the field of practice. According to the Florida Bar, certification is its highest level of evaluation of competency and experience within an area of law, as well as professionalism and ethics in practice. In addition to handling general aviation cases involving fixed-wing and rotary aircraft, Ricardo regularly represents victims of commercial aviation disasters. He has been appointed lead counsel or otherwise taken a leadership role in many of these cases, including American Airlines Flight 331, Jamaica (2009); SpanAir Flight 5022, Spain (2008); TACA Airlines, Flight 390, Honduras (2008); Santa Barbara Airlines, S.A., Flight 518, Venezuela (2008); TAM Airlines, Flight 3054, Brazil (2007); GOL Flight 1906, Brazil (2006); Comair Flight 5191, Lexington, Kentucky (2006); Chalk's Ocean Airways Flight 101, Miami Beach, Florida (2005); Helios Airways Flight 2U522, Cyprus (2005); Tropical Air Flight 1301, Haiti (2003); Scandinavian Airlines Flight 686, Milan, Italy (2001); TAESA Airlines Flight 725, Mexico (1999); and Silk Air Flight MI 185, between Jakarta and Singapore (1997).
Ricardo was appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to serve on the Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity and by the Chief Justice to serve on his Pro Bono Advisory Committee. He is Co-Chair of the Aviation and Space Law Committee of the American Bar Association, a Past Chair of the Aviation Law Section of the American Association for Justice, the Immediate Past President of the Cuban American Bar Association, and he serves on the Board of Governors of the American Association of Justice and of the Florida Justice Association.
Ricardo has authored and published work for the American Bar Association, Westlaw Journal, and the American Association for Justice. He is a frequent lecturer on aviation law and general trial tactics. The many venues he has been invited to speak at include American Bar Association programs in New York and Washington, D.C.; the Southern Methodist University Air Law Symposium in Dallas; the PEOPIL/McGill University Conference on Aviation Law and Insurance in Amsterdam; the Embry-Riddle University Aviation Law and Insurance Symposium in Orlando, and AviCon Conferences in London and New York City. He has also served on the faculty of the Al J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute.
He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Ricardo was recently interviewed by LAW360.
Recent speaking engagements:
AAJ Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA Lecture: Recent Developments in Aviation Cases Involving the Doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens, 7/25-7/29/2009; ABA Publication for ABA Tips-published in The Brief Transferring a Forum Non Conveniens Case: Practical Consideration, Spring/Summer 2009 ABA NYC Bar Association, Litigation Section/Program: Aviation on Trial Lecture: Tips for Effective Opening Statements, 6/4/2009; AAJ, Aviation Law Section-2009 Annual Convention, Lecture Topic: International Air Carrier Disasters, 7/27/2009; SMU, Lecture: Handling Foreign Aviation Cases-From the Plaintiffs' Perspective (Representing Victims of Aviation Disasters), 2/21-2/22/2008; AviCON, Panel Discussion Member: Aviation Disasters-Investigating the Causes, Resolving the Claims, 5/12-5/13/2009; ABA, Lecture: Other Act Evidence in Aviation Cases, 10/16-10/17/2008; ABA, Panel Moderator: Aviation & Space Law Committee, Topic: Plaintiff's Marketing Strategies in the New Millennium: Solicitation and other 500 lb Gorillas, 10/26-10/27/2006; AviCON/London, Lecture: Handling Foreign Aviation Cases in the United States and Abroad, 10/9/2008; Federal Evidence Law on Admissibility of Prior and Subsequent Incidents Involving the Same Products in Product Liability Cases", Tort and Trial Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association, October 2008.
Recent Awards and Recognition
2017 Best Lawyers in America, 2017 2016 Best Lawyers in America, 2016 2015 Best Lawyers in America, 2015 2015 Florida Trend Magazine, "Florida's Legal Elite" 2015 2015 South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers" 2015 2014 South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers", 2014 2014 "The Best Lawyers in America", 2014 2014 Florida Trend Magazine, "Florida's Legal Elite" 2014 2013 Expert Guides - "Top Lawyers" 2013 2013 USA TODAY "FAA approves Boeing plan to fix 787 Dreamliners" 2013 Boeing's Dreamliner: Will Nightmares Recur in Future Litigation? 2013 "The Best Lawyers in America", 2013 2012 "America_s Leading Lawyers for Business 2012", Chambers & Partners 2012 Florida Trend Magazine, "Florida's Legal Elite" 2012 2012 South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers", 2012 2011 Florida Trend Magazine, "Florida's Legal Elite" 2011 2011 Jury Awards $195 Million Against Bank Ex-President 2011 " Most Effective Lawyers", 2011 2011 Judge Awards Family of Forgotten Miami Pilot 2011 South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers", 2011 2010 Ten Podhurst Orseck attorneys named Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2010 "Ricardo Martinez-Cid Receives Aviation Certification" 2008 "America_s Leading Lawyers for Business 2008", Chambers & Partners 2008 Florida Trend Magazine, "Florida's Legal Elite", 2008 2007 "America_s Leading Lawyers for Business 2007", Chambers & Partners
Yale Law School, J.D., 2000 University of Miami, B.A., cum laude, 1997
Fla. Supreme Court - 2000 USDC - Southern District of Florida - 2003 USDC - Middle District of Florida - 2005 USDC - Northern District of Florida - 2013 USDC - Eastern District of Pennsylvania - 2011 USDC - Southern District of Texas - 2011 US Court of Appeals 9th Circuit - 2011
Professional & Community Involvement
Dade County Bar American Bar Association ( Aviation and Space Law Committee, 2004-present , Co-Chair 2006-2007) Florida Bar Cuban-American Bar Association (Board of Directors, 2006-2011; Pres. 2012-2013) American Association for Justice, Board of Governors Florida Justice Association, Board of Governors Florida Bar Certification in Aviation Law
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Litigation Product and Premise Liability Aviation Litigation Commercial Litigation