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Introduction to the President

Ramón A. Abadin, President of The Florida Bar, 2015-2016

Ramón A. Abadin is a partner in the Miami office of Sedgwick LLP, where he focuses on complex commercial, insurance and corporate litigation.

Abadin's focus as Bar president is on technology and challenging the Bar’s membership and leadership to recognize the transformation revolutionizing the legal services marketplace and to embrace that change. He joined the Bar's Board of Governors in 2006. He has chaired the Legal Education Committee of the Vision 2016 Commission, an in-depth study of the future practice of law.

Abadin, who received his J.D. degree from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law in 1985 and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University in 1981, is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

His family immigrated to the United States from Cuba in 1961, when he was 2 years old. His father, who was a lawyer in Cuba, worked odd jobs in this country to support his family.
Abadin worked his way through college with jobs that included laboring on a dredge boat in the Mississippi River. As an adult, he has had a taste for adventure, trying anything from rafting to cave diving.

He is married to Kimberly Cook, who is managing partner in the same Miami office of Sedgwick LLP, and they have three children.

Abadin was recently inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a member of the Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, and the International Association of Defense Counsel. He is a past president of the Cuban American Bar Association (2004) and is a lifetime fellow of The Florida Bar Foundation. He was a member and chair of the 3rd District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission (2004-2008). He was the 11th U.S. Circuit representative to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary (2010-2013).

Abadin is certified “AV” by the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating system and has received numerous awards, including the prestigious G. Kirk Haas Humanitarian Award from The Florida Bar. He also has been recognized by the Haitian Lawyers Association, with that group’s Significant Contribution Award, and has received the Passing on Leadership Award from the Cuban American Bar Association.


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Messages from the President




Dear Florida Bar Leaders,

The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division recently solicited feedback from its female members, including associates, partners, sole practitioners, and state, federal and corporate counsel, to gain a better understanding of workplace issues and learn how our profession can do better. From the 400 female members who provided feedback, their answers imbued the results of the 2015 YLD Survey on Women in the Legal Profession with an open and, at times, sobering honesty, including:

  • Forty-three percent indicated they had experienced one or more serious issues, such as gender bias and harassment.
  • More than one-quarter reported resigning from a position due to a lack of advancement opportunities, a lack of work-life balance and/or employer/supervisor insensitivity.
  • Many of the respondents indicated they have been practicing law five years or less.
  • Nearly one-quarter said they have minor children.

The true takeaway from this survey lies in the comments – 90 pages of eloquent, often troubling, personal accounts and opinions – that reflect how important these issues are to our profession.

It is not appropriate for any lawyer, regardless of gender, to be made to feel diminished or disrespected by a colleague, a client or a member of the court. No lawyer, male or female, should feel forced to choose between family and career or be penalized for trying to balance work and home, just as no law firm should place unfair expectations on its young attorneys.

I trust you agree that together we have an obligation to address these issues head-on and continue working diligently to improve workplace conditions while also promoting the positive advancements our legal community is making. This is an important opportunity, not only for The Florida Bar but for lawyers across the nation, because this truly is an exciting time of change and progress.

Law schools across the country are nearly evenly split between men and women striving to become members of the bar. Aspiring female attorneys hold 46 percent of the leadership positions at the law reviews of the top 50 colleges and universities ranked by U.S. News & World Report. And the ABA’s top four leadership positions could soon be held exclusively by women, including the recent nomination of Florida attorney Hilarie Bass for president-elect.

My life has been shaped and defined by strong female leaders, including my grandmothers, my mother, the women who participated in my education, many close female friends, my wife who is an accomplished professional and trial lawyer, and my daughter, who is just now charting her own career path and will hopefully never feel restricted by her gender. As President of The Florida Bar, I am proud more female lawyers serve in committee positions for The Florida Bar than at any point in the history of our organization, and to truly make a difference, our efforts are ongoing.

In April, the YLD will host a series of events through its “Women in Law” initiative, and, in partnership with the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL), as well as various local FAWL chapters, The Florida Bar also will host a number of upcoming discussions on gender diversity. Please participate. As fellow leaders and colleagues, I ask that you encourage others to participate also. The March 1 issue of The Florida Bar News also covers the survey results.

The future of our profession depends on our ability to acknowledge and ensure that there is room for talented attorneys at the top who will be given the respect they deserve.

Respectfully,

Ramón A. Abadin
Florida Bar President


President Ramón Abadin Presents: Care (42:05 Min. YouTube)


As part its ongoing commitment to address gender inequality with the goal of engaging members to improve the legal profession, The Florida Bar is offering a free online continuing legal education (CLE) course. "CARE to Improve the Conversation" (Course 1602559N) -- addresses gender bias and discrimination in the legal profession. The course, based on a presentation delivered by The Florida Bar President Ramon A. Abadin to a number of voluntary bar associations and local chapters of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers statewide, aims to bring greater awareness to sensitive workplace issues and elevate the conversation on how the profession can do better to narrow the gender gap. The course is designed to be completed over a single sitting taking roughly one hour to complete. Participants will receive one CLE credit upon completion.

President Ramón Abadin's November 2015 Video Message (2:56 Min. YouTube)

President Ramón Abadin's November 2015 Video Message (2:56 Min. YouTube)

Message from Florida Bar President Ramón A. Abadin regarding Inquiries on Admission by Motion/Reciprocity, July 16, 2015 PDF document opens in new window




President Ramón Abadin's July 2015 Video Message (1:33 min. YouTube)


Florida bar President Ramon A. Abadin installation speech
June 26, 2015 - Installation Speech Of President Ramón A. Abadin (19:11 min. YouTube)


YLD President Gordon J. Gover installation speech
June 26, 2015 - Installation Speech of Young Lawyers Division President, Gordon J. Glover (9:09 min. YouTube)



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The President's Schedule

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The President's Contact Information
Ramón A. Abadin
Sedgwick LLP
One Biscayne Tower, Ste. 1500
Two South Biscayne Blvd.

Miami, FL 33131
Phone: (305) 670-4777
Fax: (305) 437-8144
president@flabar.org
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Officers of The Florida Bar

President-elect 2015-16
William J. Schifino, Jr.
Burr & Forman, LLP
201 N. Franklin St., Ste. 3200
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 221-2626
Fax: (813) 221-7335
wschifino@burr.com
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President-elect designate 2015-16
Michael J. Higer
Berger Singerman LLP
1450 Brickell Ave., Ste. 1900
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: (305) 755-9500
Fax: (305) 714-4340
mhiger@bergersingerman.com
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Executive Director
John F. Harkness, Jr.
651 E. Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2300
Phone: (850) 561-5758
Fax: (850) 561-5826


Past Presidents of The Florida Bar

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