Eliot Pedrosa is a first-chair litigator and trial lawyer with over 20 years of experience representing businesses in complex and challenging products liability and commercial litigation.
Eliot has first chaired more than a dozen products liability jury trials including as lead trial counsel for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and one of its predecessors in smoking and health cases throughout Florida since 2008. In addition to serving as one of the company's first-chair trial lawyers, for nearly a decade, Eliot managed over one thousand cases as jurisdictional lead for South Florida..
Eliot has also led trial teams in numerous commercial jury trials and arbitrations involving M&A, software licensing, broadcast media rights, and international commercial transactions. A native Spanish speaker, Eliot has in-depth knowledge of Latin American law and finance, having recently completed a term as the Senate-confirmed Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank. He also often counsels and defends clients in connection with investigations by regulatory and law enforcement agencies, and earlier in his career he served in the SEC's Enforcement Division, investigating violations of the federal securities laws.
Throughout his career, Eliot has provided pro bono legal services in high-profile matters including representing human trafficking victims, an unaccompanied minor seeking asylum, and bringing a First Amendment challenge to a ban on the use of a stadium loudspeaker for a prayer at a high school game between two private, Christian schools.
- Harvard University (J.D. 1999); Florida International University (B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology summa cum laude 1995)
- Florida, District of Columbia, New York, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Northern, and Middle Districts of Florida
- United States Executive Director, InterAmerican Development Bank (2018-2020); Enforcement Attorney, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (2003-2004)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation
Recognized in Florida Super Lawyers