John Arrastia, Jr. focuses his practice on domestic and international litigation in state and federal courts, arbitrations, appeals, and counseling with an emphasis on a broad spectrum of business and commercial disputes, receiverships, and fiduciary practice. He is an experienced lead trial and arbitration attorney, with significant representations, including as Special Litigation Counsel to the Committee ofo Unsecured Creditors of Title III debtors in the current Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Electric and Power Authority, Employees Retirement System, and the Highways and Transportation Authority.
In addition to representing clients before the courts and arbitration tribunals, John is an experienced commercial arbitrator, having presided over 130 contested matters. He is a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. As an arbitrator, he has presided over cases involving a wide variety of issues including contractual relationships, fraud, banking, real estate, healthcare, and other business relationships.
John practiced at national and regional law firms, including founding his own minority-owned law firm boutique. He has represented various Fortune 500 companies, fiduciaries, government and quasi-governmental entities, as well as smaller publicly-traded companies, privately-held businesses, and individuals in a variety of industries.
John has been honored as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of U.S. attorneys. He is rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale Hubbell and has been further 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%".
John has also had significant involvement in diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. He has been highlighted as a "Champion of Diversity" by the Defense Research Institute' For the Defense magazine and selected as a Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. he has served as Board Member of the Hispanic National Bar Foundation, on the Executive Committee of the Hispanic National Bar Association as Vice-President of External Affairs, a member of the Board of Governors, and President of Region XIII, encompassing the State of Florida. He has also been active in Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Firms, and the American Bar Association's Minority Trial Lawyers Committee and the Committee on Ethnic and Racial Diversity in the Profession.
John is a frequent speaker and lecturer on substantive legal issues relating to litigation and arbitration. He has authored numerous articles in publications such as the Dispute Resolution Journal, Commercial & Business Litigation, The Minority Trial Lawyer, and Journal of Money Laundering Control.
John 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, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He earned his Master of Laws (2:1) from the University of Cambridge, Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Florida College of Law, and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame.
He is fluent in the Spanish language.
- Commercial Transactions
- Dispute Resolution
- Domestic and International Litigation
- Florida, 1996
- U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
- University of Cambridge, Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge
- LL.M. - 1996
- Honors: With High Honors
- Honors: (2:1)
- University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
- J.D. - 1995
- Honors: With Honors
- Honors: Best Oralist and First Place, Coker, Meyers, Shickel, Cooper
- Honors: Runner-Up in National Trial Competition
- Honors: Outstanding Graduate, Trial Competition Team
- Honors: Coker, Meyers, Shickel, Cooper and Sorenson Trial Advocacy Scholarship
- Honors: Dan Bradley Memorial Scholarship
- Honors: Deputy Attorney General, University of Florida Honor Court
- University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
- B.A. - 1986
- Honors: Jonathan and Mary Doyle Memorial Scholarship