Raquel Matas, B.A., J.D.
Associate Dean for Administration
Counsel to the Dean
Telephone: 305-284-3418 | Office: B357A
Raquel M. Matas is the Associate Dean for Administration and Counsel to the Dean at the University of Miami School of Law. Previously, she was a partner in the law firms of Ferrell Worldwide and Carlton Fields, where she practiced commercial real estate law and business transactions. Ms. Matas is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar. She serves on the Florida Supreme Court Standing Committee on Diversity and Fairness, and previously served as the Law School's liaison to the Florida Bar's Committee on Continuing Legal Education.
Ms. Matas is an active community leader. She is a member of the Board of Directors of TotalBank, and chairs its Risk Committee which oversees corporate risk governance and risk management processes. She previously chaired the Board's Consumer Compliance/Community Reinvestment Act Committee and the BSA Committee. She is also a member of the Miami Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women, of the Board of Trustees of the Coral Gables Congregational Church, of the LGBT Section of the Hispanic National Bar Association, and of the National Advisory Council of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. She was the founding president of the Board of Directors of Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (FIAC), and served as President from 1996-2000.
Ms. Matas is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions. She was named by The Miami Herald as one of 12 women in South Florida who "Set the Agenda" in their fields, and has been recognized as one of South Florida's top real estate lawyers by Florida Trend Magazine, South Florida Legal Guide, and South Florida Business Journal.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Ms. Matas grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She received her Bachelor's of Arts degree in Economics, magna cum laude, from Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts, and her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts.