Meet the Team
Meet the Team
Gerardo J. Rodriguez-Albizu is a seasoned attorney who represents domestic and international clients at both the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu has litigated a wide variety of cases, including matters under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), complex commercial matters, international copyright infringement, Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) cases, foreign asset seizure, international commercial arbitration, partnership break up disputes, theft of trade secrets, disputes involving banks and financial institutions (including claims under Regulation X), commercial and residential landlord-tenant disputes, among other matters.
Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu also has experience with matters pending or involving foreign jurisdictions, including Central and South America, the Dominican Republic, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Throughout his legal career Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu has represented a wide spectrum of clients, including banks, small business owners, real estate developers, individuals, and mid-size companies.
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As a member of The Fund, Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu also has experience in representing U.S. and international clients with their real estate needs. Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu’s experience includes assisting clients in all facets of a real estate transaction – from negotiating the purchase and sale agreement, to conducting the closing and issuing title insurance. In this regard Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu possesses experience in handling construction to permanent financing transactions, transactions involving national lenders, and all cash deals. Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu also assists clients with drafting and negotiating both commercial and residential leases, either on behalf of landlords or prospective tenants.
Additionally, Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu represents international and domestic intended parents with their reproductive law needs. Having battled infertility for years with his wife, Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu understands the challenges intended parents face in attempting to start their own families. Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu’s experience includes representing intended parents and gestational surrogates in gestational surrogacy agreements and pre-planned adoption agreements (commonly used by same-sex couples), along with representing intended parents and donors in anonymous and known gamete donation agreements.
Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu has received numerous accolades from both clients and the local community in recognition of his legal services, including the “Most Effective Lawyers” award from the South Florida Daily Business Review and the “Outside Counsel of the Year” award from Areas USA, Inc. In 2016 and once again in 2017, Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu was designated a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers; a distinction bestowed on only 2.5% of all Florida attorneys under the age of 40.
Prior to starting Rodriguez-Albizu Law, P.A., Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu worked at the international law firms Greenberg Traurig, P.A., and Diaz, Reus, and Targ, LLP. While in law school Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Edwin G. Torres, Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida. Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu is a magna cum laude graduate from the University of Miami School of Law, where he also served as a member of the International and Comparative Law Review.
Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu is admitted to practice before all state courts in Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan.
Margaret T. Lai
Margaret T. Lai joined the firm in 2019 after a successful career as a litigator at several of Miami’s top boutique litigation firms. Ms. Lai’s experience includes practicing before state and federal courts, representing individual and corporate clients at trial and appellate levels and also in arbitration. Ms. Lai also advises corporate clients on transactional and real estate matters.
Ms. Lai’s prior experience include obtaining a multi-million dollar jury verdict against a franchisor on behalf of a franchisee for breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, representing a majority shareholder of an electronic financial services company in a corporate dissolution action, an investor in a breach-of-contract action related to a multi-million dollar real estate developer, and defending Global 500 companies in products liability matters. Ms. Lai also has experience representing foreign nationals and corporations in business disputes.
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Ms. Lai was most recently recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2018, a distinction awarded to only 2.5 percent of Florida lawyers. Ms. Lai was also recognized as a Florida Legal Elite Up and Come by *Florida Trend* from 2014 to 2017.
Prior to joining Rodriguez-Albizu Law, P.A., Ms. Lai worked at Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito, P.A., Srebnick Kornspan & Stumpf, P.A., and Diaz, Reus, and Targ, LLP, where she first met and worked with Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu.
As a member of the Florida Bar and Ohio Bar, Ms. Lai is admitted to practice before all state courts in Florida and Ohio. Ms. Lai is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.