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MIAMI – December 11, 2019 – Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney announces that Raquel “Rocky” Rodriguez, notable business litigator and former general counsel to former Governor Jeb Bush, joins the firm as a shareholder. The firm also welcomes Daniel L. Gold, a 15-year bankruptcy and professional liability attorney, as counsel. Both additions further the firm’s focus on growth in South Florida and on expansion of core practice areas in finance and life sciences.

Rodriguez brings with her more than 30 years of experience in law, business and government. She is a trusted advisor to companies in the life sciences, financial, healthcare and nonprofit industries, as well as regarding matters concerning financial and healthcare regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, economic incentives, state and local government, and election and political law. Rodriguez also has extensive international arbitration experience and currently serves on an arbitration panel in an investment treaty dispute at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. In addition to her time in private practice, Rodriguez spent four years as general counsel to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush during which time she worked on complex issues, including conceiving and co-drafting the legislation for and negotiating the largest economic project in Florida history – a $310 million economic incentive grant to The Scripps Research Institute.

“We are excited to welcome Rocky and Dan to Buchanan’s Miami team. Their background and experience further deepens our bench in South Florida and allows us to service our clients in the healthcare, life sciences and finance sectors right from our Miami office,” said Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez, shareholder and head of Buchanan’s Miami office. “Our targeted and strategic growth plans continue to come to fruition, and we expect to bring on additional talented lawyers well into 2020.”

“Joining Buchanan is a win-win move for me and my clients. There are a number of areas of expertise that have impressed me, especially the firm’s emphasis and work in the life sciences sphere, as well as its comprehensive tax and government relations practices,” said Rodriguez. “I also appreciate Buchanan’s strategic relationship with former Governor Bush, and I look forward to helping continue growing the South Florida presence.”

Gold has extensive experience counseling clients in bankruptcy matters, business disputes, general corporate transactions and the defense of professional liability claims across a broad range of industries, including banks, hedge funds, accounting and insurance.

“I’m thrilled to be working with the terrific people at Buchanan and to be joining a firm with so many accomplished attorneys in the finance group, especially within the bankruptcy and insolvency areas. I know my clients will benefit tremendously from Buchanan’s national platform,” said Gold.

Rodriguez received her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Miami. She has received numerous honors and awards, including being named one of the Best Lawyers in America© since 2016, named to Chambers USA® for eight years and receiving the “Exceptional Participation Pro Bono Service” award from the Dade County Bar Association and the Eleventh Judicial Circuit “Put Something Back” award. She serves on the board of directors of BioFlorida and is the co-chair of its Government Affairs Committee. Additionally, Rodriguez serves in various capacities on several nonprofit boards and is an active member of key professional organizations.

Gold received his J.D. from Boston College Law School, his M.A. from the University of New Mexico and his B.A. from Vanderbilt University. He is a member of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida and the American Bankruptcy Institute and spends time as a CARE Program volunteer. He has been named to the Best Lawyers in America© list since 2018.