J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
B.A., Regis College
Raquel M. Matas is the Associate Dean for Administration and Counsel to the Dean at the University of Miami School of Law, and a member of the Dean’s Executive Cabinet. She is also Director of the Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig Real Property Development LL.M. 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.
In addition to her administrative duties, Ms. Matas often teaches or co-teaches with members of the Law School faculty. She has co-taught the Real Estate Documents Drafting Workshop and Selective Topics in Real Estate Development, a course in the Real Property Development LL.M. She regularly teaches a module in first year Property, on The Real Estate Transaction, and previously taught a module on Underwater Mortgages. She also co-developed and has taught Mindfulness and Leadership with Professor Scott Rogers, and a series on Marriage Equality with Professor Charlton Copeland. In 2020 and 2021 Ms. Matas taught modules on Real Property Development as part of Miami Law’s Summer Legal Academy.
Ms. Matas is an active community leader. She served for over two decades as a member of the Board of Directors of TotalBank, a $3 billion South Florida, full service community bank which was acquired by City National Bank, and chaired several committees including the Risk Committee, which oversaw corporate risk governance and risk management processes. She is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), and serves as National Law School Liaison. She served for three terms as National Chair of the HNBA LGBT Division, and also served on the HNBA’s Executive Committee as General Counsel and as Vice-President of External Affairs. She is a member of the Miami Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women and of the National Advisory Council of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. She was founding president of the Board of Directors of Americans for Immigrant Justice and served as President from 1996-2000. She served on the Florida Bar Board of Governors from 1992-1996. In 2018, Ms. Matas was invited to join the prestigious International Women’s Forum, an invitation-only, membership organization of diverse and accomplished women from 33 nations on six continents. She was also invited to participate in the 2018 LGBTQ Executive Leadership Program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, designed to grow LGBTQ leadership in the C-Suite nationally and internationally. In 2019 Ms. Matas was appointed to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI). In 2021 she joined the board of Stonewall National Museum and Archives.
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, is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell, 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. In May 2016, she received the Bob Balsam Civic Achievement Award from the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. In February 2019, she received the Miami Pioneer Award from SAGE, the nation’s premier organization for advocacy and services for LGBTQ elders. In 2021 Ms. Matas received the “Unsung Hero” Professional Excellence Award from the Daily Business Review, and the South Florida Business Journal’s Diversity and Inclusion Award.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Ms. Matas grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She received her Bachelor 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.