University of Miami School of Law (J.D., Magna Cum Laude and LL.M. International Law, May 2012); Washington University in St. Louis (A.B. 2008).


Florida, California, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.


Law Clerk to the Hon. Edwin Torres, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Inter-American Law Review, Associate Editor
Writing Dean's Fellow, Academic Achievement Program
CALI Excellent for the Future Award and Book Award
Dean's List
Outstanding Public Interest Scholarship Recipient
Phi Delta Phi


Rafaela is admitted in both Florida and California and handles matter on both coasts. She specializes in maritime and travel law with an emphasis in international arbitration.  She is originally from Spain and was raised in Puerto Rico. Rafaella speaks English, Spanish, French and Italian.  

As editor of the Inter-American Law Review, Rafaela conducted extensive research on international arbitration and the enforceability of international arbitration agreements.  She is a former law clerk to the Hon. Edwin Torres at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She is currently a member of the Hispanic Bar Association, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution and the Young Arbitrators Forum of the International Chamber of Commerce.