The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every calling, is diligence.
- Abraham Lincoln
Rafael J. Roca., Esq. BCS. is a Board-Certified Civil Trial Law® and AV Preeminent Rated® attorney with the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A.
Mr. Roca joined the firm in early 2020. Mr. Roca is fluent in Spanish and is proud to serve the Hispanic population of Palm Beach County, both by representing individuals and families, as well as civil and legal associations that benefit these communities.
Mr. Roca was born in Holguin, Cuba, and immigrated to the United States when he was only 10 months old in 1961. He was raised in Miami, Florida, and attended Florida State University for his undergraduate program. In in 1987, Mr. Roca received his J.D. degree from St. Thomas University School of Law, and soon after moved to Palm Beach County, where he’s lived and practiced law for more than thirty years.
Prior to joining LOCG, Mr. Roca operated a solo practice for more than a decade. He began his legal career as a law clerk for prominent personal injury law firms beginning in 1986. Mr. Roca cut his teeth in the courtroom advocating for his injured clients as an associate attorney for many years before earning his first partnership at what is today Lytal, Reiter, Clark, Smith, Ivey, and Fronrath.
Mr. Roca has successfully earned many important accolades and secured millions in verdict and settlement recoveries for hundreds of injured clients he’s had the privilege to serve over his decorated career. Mr. Roca has demonstrated a level of expertise achieved by only 1% of Florida attorneys as a Board-Certified Civil Trial Lawyer® for cases involving wrongful death, catastrophic automobile accidents, and slip and falls.
Leadership, Honors, & Community
What has set Mr. Roca apart from his peers throughout his long and successful career is his commitment and dedication to his professional volunteer activities, serving in leadership roles on many boards, associations, and non-profit efforts that are near and dear to his heart.
Among his many endeavors is his continued commitment to serving the Hispanic communities of South Florida, serving as past President of the Minority Affairs Committee for the Palm Beach County Bar Association, and past Chairman of the Hispanic Affairs Committee for the City of West Palm Beach. His other affiliations include leadership roles at the Hispanic Bar Association.
In 2021, Mr. Roca was appointed as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Hispanic Human Resources Council, Inc, an organization dedicated to advancing the rights of the hispanic community in Palm Beach County. Mr. Roca has volunteered with the HHRC for more than 16 years.
In addition, Mr. Roca boast many professional achievements and associations, including consistent rankings by SuperLawyers®, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, The Florida Justice Association, The American Association for Justice, The Florida Lawyers Action Group, and the Endowment for Academic Giving to Law and Education.
St. Thomas University School of Law
Doctorate of Jurisprudence – 1987
Florida State University
Bachelor of Arts – 1984
• Florida Bar Association
Board Certified: Civil Trial Law
• Hispanic Human Resources Council
Vice President of Board
Past President (2000-2001)
• 15th Judicial Circuit,
Judicial Nominating Committee
• PBC Hispanic Bar Association
Vice President of the Board
• Palm Beach County Justice Association
Past President + Current Member
• Legal Aid Society
Board of Trustees Member
• St. Thomas School of Law
Board of Advisors Member
$2.7M – SETTLEMENT
Truck collision on I-95
$2.5M – Servin v. Construction Co.
Workplace death involving boom lift
$1.7M – Burge v. School Board PBC
Jury Verdict on sexual assault
$1.22M – Paul A. Dunay v. Wardle et al.
Settlement for auto accident death
$1.1M – Massey v. Pine Ridge
Jury Verdict on slip and fall
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— Trudy Quesada
Excellent experience. From my initial meeting, through the updates and delays, they kept me in the loop. They responded quickly to any of my status requests. They overdelivered on the amount promised.
— Walter Lopez
Everyone we met was very helpful and understood just how traumatic our experience had been. Based on what we were told initially, the case was completed much more quickly and the outcome was much better than we had expected.
— Harmon Garfinkel
Jeff, Kasten and Donald were an amazing support during a very hard time. I can’t recommend this law firm enough. They have the expertise you need when you get injured, and are looking out for your best interests.
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