McEwan, Martinez & Dukes
Rafael “Ralph” Martinez has been selected as Orlando’s Best Medical Malpractice Lawyer. Mr. Martinez is a Shareholder/Partner at McEwan, Martinez & Dukes P.A. The firm was established in 1948, housed in the historic downtown McEwan building where medicine was practiced from 1918-1949.
Mr. Martinez has a very active litigation practice with heavy emphasis on medical malpractice defense. He has tried to verdict over 100 complex litigation cases in Products Liability and Medical Malpractice. In 2007-2008 Mr. Martinez spent more days in the courtroom trying cases than in his office. When asked what his favorite part of the trial was, he indicated Closing Argument—“I like to put it all together at the end.”
Tom Dukes, one of Mr. Martinez’ partners, said that Ralph has mentored many of Orlando’s finest medical negligence attorneys. The Orange County Bar Association has honored Mr. Martinez with the Bill Trickel Professionalism Award, a coveted recognition and lifetime achievement.
A Cuban refugee before he became a proud naturalized citizen, Mr. Martinez has lived the American dream. When he arrived in the U.S. at the age of 12 he did not speak English. He came as part of Operation Pedro Pan where 14,500 children escaped from Cuba without their parents at the height of the Cold War. He learned English, put himself through school, graduated from the University of Florida with a journalism degree, and obtained his Juris Doctor at Florida State University. Mr. Martinez said he was one of the few Gators happy with FSU winning this year’s BCS Championship!
Mr. Martinez was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as one of 10 voting delegates to the U.N. General Assembly in 2002 where he served for a year while maintaining an active litigation practice in Orlando. In 2008 he was appointed by President Bush and again confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a commissioner of the U.S. Dept of Justice Foreign Claims Commission where he, in a non-adversarial manner, adjudicated claims of U.S. citizens against foreign countries. In the claims against Libya he adjudicated over $300 million of compensation to victims of 11 terrorist acts sponsored by Libya in the previous 30 years.
Mr. Martinez lectured at the 2005 College for the Judiciary on the subject of Medical Malpractice and in 1996 at the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges on the same subject. He has taught at the prestigious IADC (International Association of Defense Counsel) Trial Academy at Stanford University and the Florida Trial Academy at the University of Florida. He served on the Valencia Community College Board of Directors for 8 years and the Board of Trustees of the University of Richmond for 4 years. When asked about running for office, he said no—he would leave that to brother Mel and nephew John!
Mr. Martinez is very involved in community activities including the Central Florida Fair and the Central Florida YMCA where he served as Chairman of the Metropolitan Board of Directors and is active on the Camp Wewa and Metro Board. He also serves on the CNL Bank Board.
He and his wife Becky have been married for 30 years. They have 3 grown children and a granddaughter. He has practiced law at McEwan, Martinez & Dukes, P.A. since 1981 at 108 E. Central Boulevard, Orlando, FL.
McEwan, Martinez & Dukes
108 E. Central Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32801
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