Raoul G. Cantero, III

Raoul G. Cantero, III

Infobox person
name = Raoul Cantero

image_size = 150px
birth_date = 1960
birth_place = Madrid, Spain
death_date =
death_place =
nationality =
alma_mater = Florida State University
Harvard University
known_for = Being a Justice on the Florida Supreme Court
spouse = Ana Maria Perdomo
Raoul G. Cantero, III (born Raoul Roberto Garcia-Cantero y Batista in 1960 in Madrid, Spain) is a Florida lawyer and a former Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. He is the grandson of Cuban president and dictator Fulgencio Batista, who was overthrown in 1959 by Fidel Castro.


Cantero graduated from Florida State University as an undergraduate and from Harvard University's law school and a Fulbright Scholar. Prior to his appointment to the Florida Supreme Court, he was a shareholder in the Miami firm of Adorno & Yoss.

On July 10, 2002, Governor Jeb Bush appointed Cantero to the Florida Supreme Court. Cantero had not previously served as a judge, although he had extensive experience as an appellate attorney.

He has been frequently mentioned as a potential Supreme Court nominee.

On April 11, 2008, Cantero announced he would resign from the Florida Supreme Court, due to his family's desire to return to Miami, their hometown. His last day on the court was September 6, 2008. He had announced his intention to thereafter join leading international law firm White & Case LLP as a partner in the Miami office and head of the Miami Appellate Practice group.


His father is Raoul Garcia-Cantero y Parajon and his mother is Elisa Aleida Batista y Godinez (born 1933). He married Ana Maria Perdomo on June 17, 1983 and they have three children. He attended the Sisters of St. Joseph run St. Theresa School in Coral Gables, Florida and later graduated high School from the Marist brothers run Christopher Columbus High School in Miami. His maternal grandfather was former Cuban President and dictator Fulgencio Batista.

ee also

*George W. Bush Supreme Court candidates

External links

* [http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/justices/retired/cantero.shtml Florida Supreme Court page on Raoul G. Cantero, III]
* [http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1120640710962 Fla. Justice Gets Backing for U.S. Supreme Court Seat]
* The Miami Herald, April 12, 2008, "First Cuban Justice Says He Will Leave the Bench" by Marc Caputo, Page 1B

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