Ramon A. Abadin (J. Albert Diaz)
Ramon A. Abadin, a partner in Sedgwick’s Miami office, is The Florida Bar’s president-elect designate to be sworn in at its annual convention in June.
Abadin, who ran unopposed, will become president of the 98,130-member bar—the third-largest state bar in the country—in June 2015. He will succeed Gregory W. Coleman of Burman Critton Luttier & Coleman in West Palm Beach.
“I’m overwhelmed,” Abadin said. “But I worked hard to get here. I’ve been on The Bar board of governors for a long time, since 2006.”
Abadin, a lawyer since 1987, said he has no particular agenda for the post except to “do the best job I can do.”
“There are big changes going on in the profession,” he said. “There are sweeping changes in technology. We need to rethink how we transform individual human beings into lawyers.”
Abadin will be the third Bar president from South Florida in a row after Eugene Pettis of Fort Lauderdale and Coleman.
Elected to the Bar’s board of governors in 2006, Abadin has chaired several board committees and served on the executive committee. He has served on several special committees, such as court funding, and diversity and inclusion, and on the strategic planning committee.
His practice focuses on complex commercial, insurance and corporate litigation as well as specialty tort defense litigation and premises liability.
Abadin is a former president of the Cuban American Bar Association and is a lifetime fellow of The Florida Bar Foundation. He represented the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on the American Bar Association standing committee on the federal judiciary, evaluating federal judicial nominees from 2010 to 2013.