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MIAMI – September 2, 2020 – Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney names Raquel “Rocky” Rodriguez as chair of the firm’s Florida offices. In this role, Rodriguez will provide strategic guidance to the firm’s four Florida offices as Buchanan continues its growth focus in the state, especially in South Florida. Rodriguez was also recently selected to the Florida Council of 100, a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of business leaders, which exists to promote the economic growth of Florida and improve the economic well-being and quality of life of its residents.

Rodriguez, a fixture in Florida’s legal and political circles, served as general counsel to former Governor Jeb Bush. She joined Buchanan’s Miami office in the Litigation section in December 2019.

“I’m glad to be able to use my statewide perspective and experience as general counsel to Governor Bush in this new role as Buchanan expands its presence and services across the state,” said Rodriguez. “As a lifelong Floridian and former public servant, I am honored to be a part of the Florida Council of 100 and to provide insights that will continue to improve our great state.”

Rodriguez is a trusted advisor to companies in the life sciences, financial, healthcare and nonprofit industries, as well as regarding providing counsel on dispute resolution, matters concerning financial and healthcare regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act financial regulations, economic incentives, state and local government, and election, government and political law. Rodriguez also has extensive international arbitration experience in commercial and international disputes and currently serves on an arbitration panel in an investment treaty dispute at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. During her four years as general counsel to Governor Bush, she worked on complex issues, including conceiving and co-drafting the legislation for and negotiating the then-largest economic project in Florida history – a $310 million economic incentive grant to The Scripps Research Institute. Including the Scripps deal, she has guided over $750 million worth of economic incentive deals in Florida.