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Thomas L. Raleigh, III

Partner 
420 South Orange Avenue
Suite 1200
Orlando, FL 32801
 
Tel:
407.419.8555
Fax:
407.843.6610
 
 

Tom Raleigh has transactional experience assisting corporate entities and private clients with establishing and expanding their businesses in the U.S. and abroad. In his role as Akerman's U.S. market entry coordinator, he has managed multi-million dollar corporate transactions on behalf of foreign clients establishing U.S. market presence and has advised U.S. public and private clients expanding their businesses outside the U.S. As co-chair of the Akerman Immigration Planning & Compliance Practice, he has assisted public companies, sports teams, investors, and professionals in obtaining U.S. work authorization, preparing petitions, and applications with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and U.S. Embassies overseas.
 
Representative Experience
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U.S. Market Entry Counsel - Planning advice regarding entity formation, investment and tax incentives, facility leasing, employment policies, licensing/permitting, financing/fundraising, sales/purchase contract terms and conditions, internet sales portal terms, intellectual property rights protection, U.S. work authorization, etc.
 
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Corporate General Counsel - Management of transactional, real estate, administrative, and litigation needs of various Florida businesses, including computer software companies, retail/wholesale businesses, healthcare technology, major hotel/restaurant properties and service organizations.
 
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International Legal Counsel - Advice to both multinational and family-owned foreign and domestic corporations. Assist with establishment of European, Canadian, Latin American, Asian and U.S. subsidiaries; administrative counsel concerning immigration and U.S. Customs; liaison with local counsel overseas and preparation of contract documents. Co-counsel for significant agricultural project in The Bahamas and joint venture project in Asia.
 
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Acquisitions/Mergers/Corporate Reorganizations - Lead attorney managing multi-million dollar corporate acquisition by a French multinational corporation. Participant in mergers and divestitures of a major Florida banking institution and other public companies. Reorganization of wholesale product distribution multinational located in U.S./Canada/Europe.
 
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Sports - Advice and counsel to the organization hosting an annual college football bowl game, including negotiation of its stadium agreement, product sales/licensing agreements, trademark registrations and related contract issues.
 
Awards & Recognition
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Board Certified in International Law, The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education, 1999 - Present
 
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Chambers USA 2013-2016, Ranked in Florida for Immigration
 
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The Legal 500 2011-2016, Recommended for Labor & Employment-Immigration
 
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The Florida Bar, International Law Certification Committee, Certificate of Meritorious Service, 2010-2016
 
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International Community Award, 2006
 
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Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
 
Published Works & Lectures
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fiCFO Orlando, Panelist, "Immigration Policy Under the Trump Administration," December 15, 2016
 
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ALM-Akerman Latin America Legal Summit, Panelist, "International Trade, Customs and Regulatory Due Diligence in M&A," November 7, 2016
 
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ALM-Akerman U.S. Latin America Legal Summit, Moderator, "Market Entry: A Conversation among Outside General Counsel and U.S. Local Counsel," November 10, 2015
 
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Urban Land Institute (Central Florida Young Leaders Group), Panelist, "Developing Expertise: International Business in Central Florida," June 2013
 
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Akerman and ACC of Central Florida Legal Roundup: Recent Developments and Practice Applications, Presenter, "What's New in Real Estate," June 2012
 
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'World Trade Connections: No Passport Required' Forum, Speaker, "EB-5 Visa Program," May 2012
 
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Akerman Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Immigration Planning and Compliance: Demystifying the Rules," October 2011
 
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Quebec City Bar Seminar, "International Aspects of Cross Border Insolvencies: A U.S. Perspective," 2002
 
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Professional Publishing Ltd. CLT Due Diligence & Risk Management, "Technology Beyond Borders -- Limits from the U.S. Perspective," Winter, 2000
 
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International Professional Practice, "Florida: United States of America," 1992
 
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Kluwer Law and Taxation Publishers, Doing Business in North America and Canada, Volume 6/7, "Legal Aspects of Doing Business in Florida," 1987
 
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Journal of the Section on Business Law of the International Bar Association, International Business Lawyer, "The U.S. Caribbean Basin Initiative," Vol. 15, No. 3, March 1987
 
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Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, "Recent Decisions - Jurisdiction," 1980
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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The Florida Bar, International Law Certification Committee, Founding Committee Member (1999), Past Chair, Member, 2012-2016
 
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The Florida Bar, International Law Section, Past Chair and Former Executive Committee Member
 
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Orlando, Inc. (Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce), Board of Directors, 2012 - Present
 
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Central Florida International Business Task Force, Member, 2016
 
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Interlaw (global law firm referral network), Past Member of the Board of Directors and Former Treasurer
 
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American Bar Association, International Law Section, European Law Committee, Former Vice Chair
 
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American Bar Association, International Law Section, Annual Meeting, Past Co-Chair
 
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Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (Young International Lawyers Association) Brussels, Belgium, Past Member
 
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Vanderbilt Journal of Transactional Law, Past Student Writing Editor
 
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Leadership Orlando, Member
 
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Mayor's Task Force on Educational Partnerships, Past Member
 
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Metro Orlando International Affairs Council, Past Member
 
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Orlando Sister Cities Executive Committee, Past Member, and Past Vice Chairman
 
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Orlando Area Committee on Foreign Relations, Founding Member and Past President
 
Other Languages
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French
 

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Thomas L. Raleigh, III

Practice
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Education
J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1980
B.A., Princeton University, 1976; cum laude
Bar Admissions
Florida
 
 
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