John Arrastia focuses his practice on domestic and international litigation, arbitrations, and appeals, with a focus on business, commercial, and insurance disputes.
Prior to joining the firm, Arrastia established Arrastia Capote Partners, LLP and was also an attorney and partner with large national and regional law firms. He has represented various Fortune 500 companies and insurers, as well as smaller publicly-traded companies, privately-held businesses, and individuals in a variety of disputes at all stages of litigation, pre-litigation, and appeals. Arrastia has been the lead attorney in jury and bench trials, appeals, arbitrations, and dispositive motions in state and federal jurisdictions.
Arrastia is also an experienced arbitrator, representing clients before arbitration panels and tribunals. He is a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association and as an associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. As an arbitrator, he has presided over cases involving a wide variety of issues including contracts, fraud, banking, real estate, personal services contracts, consulting agreements, and other business relationships. As an advocate, he has represented clients before arbitration panels on claims arising from diverse issues including real estate transactions, business dissolutions, fraud, and contracts. Additionally, Arrastia has also served as a court-appointed fiduciary as a receiver in both state and federal courts.
Arrastia is rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale Hubbell and named as a Trial Lawyer Honorary Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. He has been recognized as a "Top Lawyer" by South Florida Legal Guide, "Legal Elite" by Florida Trend, "Top Lawyers in Florida" by Legal Leaders, and "America's Most Honored Professionals, Top 5%". Arrastia is actively involved in the Hispanic National Bar Association, Cuban American Bar Association, Dade County Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, American Bar Association, and Leadership Council for Legal Diversity.
Arrastia is a frequent speaker and lecturer on arbitration, litigation and diversity topics and has authored numerous articles including, "Why Trial Lawyers Should Love Arbitration, Conflict Management, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Section of Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee," Spring 2011, Vol. 15, No. 1, originally published in Minority Trial Lawyer, Fall 2010, Summer 2010, Vol. 8, No. 4.; "Discovery in Arbitration: Subpoenas, Documents, and Depositions", Commercial & Business Litigation, Vol. 12 No. 4, Winter (2011); and "Arbitration? Litigation?: Control Over the Process v. Process Controls You" J. Arrastia, Jr. and C. Underwood, Part I Dispute Resolution Journal (Winter 2010); "The Nitty-Gritty of Starting your Own Law Firm" Minority Trial Lawyer, Summer 2009, Vol. 7, No. 4; "The Nitty-Gritty of Starting your Own Law Firm" Minority Trial Lawyer, Summer 2009, Vol. 7, No. 4; "U.S. Supreme Court Defines Approach to be Used in Determining Excessiveness of Criminal Forfeiture", 2 Journal of Money Laundering Control 4, (Spring 1999); and "Money Laundering -- A U.S. Perspective", Money Laundering Control, T.M. Ashe QC & B.A.K. Rider, Eds. (1996).
Arrastia is a member of The Florida Bar and admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida. He earned his Master of Laws, (2:1) from Cambridge University in 1996, his juris doctor from the University of Florida College of Law in 1995 and his bachelor of arts from the University of Notre Dame in1986.