Ramsey Villalon is an attorney with Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph. He primarily practices in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Corporate Matters. Mr. Villalon has represented clients in private party actions as well as civil, criminal, and administrative actions against the government.
Prior to joining Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph, Mr. Villalon was a litigation associate in Miami, Florida, where he represented clients in a variety of adversarial matters ranging from civil contract disputes to criminal conspiracy and racketeering charges.
Mr. Villalon is also adept with public procurement, bid protests, and vendor debarment having represented several government contractors. He has represented clients through the competitive bid process established by the Miami-Dade Home Rule Charter, and the waiver of competitive bidding, for matters related to the Miami-Dade Aviation and Internal Services Departments. He has also represented government contractors against allegations of False Claims Act violations and attempts to place vendors on debarment lists, including the Convicted Vendors List.
In addition, Mr. Villalon represents clients in the recovery of assets seized pursuant to the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act (FCFA), RICO forfeiture, and other state and federal statutes. He has represented auto dealers and money transmitters in the recovery of property and currency seized by government agencies in both civil in rem and criminal in personam proceedings.
In criminal matters, Mr. Villalon focuses on “white-collar” offenses like financial institution fraud, § 371 Klein tax conspiracies, RICO, anti-kickback violations, and healthcare fraud. He has represented persons of interest that have received target and proffer letters (a/k/a “Queen for a Day” letters) from enforcement agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), and the Office of Inspector General for both Health and Human Services (OIG-HHS) and Housing and Urban Development (OIG-HUD). He has ample experience in cases of Medicare fraud involving assisted living facilities (ALF), pharmacies (Medicare Part D), and home health agencies (HHA).
As General Counsel for a multinational company with extensive business interests in South and Central America, Mr. Villalon advised the company on corporate entities and structure (including corporations, LLCs, sociedades anonimas, sociedades de responsibilidad limitada, and sucursales), shareholder or operating agreements, the development and implementation of a transfer pricing policy, and compliance with FinCEN Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) disclosures. He also applied for and maintained Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) status with the U.S. Department of Transportation.
As a life-long resident of Miami, Florida, and three-time University of Miami graduate, Mr. Villalon is deeply rooted in the South Florida community. He is a member of numerous professional organizations and regularly assists entrepreneurs with guidance for start-up businesses.
University of Miami School of Law, 2014