Rafael Gonzalez, ESQ
Partner at Cattie & Gonzalez
Rafael graduated from Miami Senior High School in 1983. While at Miami High, Rafael won several local, state, and national awards, including the Miami Herald Silver Knight. After graduating from Miami High, he obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Florida in 1987. While at UF, Rafael received numerous scholarships and served in various leadership roles in a number of state and national organizations.
After graduating from UF, Rafael earned his Jurisprudence Doctorate degree from the Florida State University in 1990. During law school, Rafael interned for Rep. Lincoln Diaz Balart at the Florida House of Representatives. He also clerked for Judge Charles McClure at the Florida 2nd Circuit Court, Judge James Joanas at the Florida 1st District Court of Appeal, and Justice Gerald Kogan at the Florida Supreme Court.
After graduating from FSU, Rafael practiced work comp, liability, and social security law from 1990 to 2005. He then served as corporate counsel for FCCI Insurance from 2005 to 2008, Chief Executive Officer of The Center for Lien Resolution, The Center for Medicare Set Aside Administration and The Center for Special Needs Trusts Administration from 2008 to 2011, Vice President of Medicare & Medicaid Compliance for Gould & Lamb from 2011 to 2014, Vice President of Strategic Solutions at PMSI/Helios from 2014 to 2016, President of Flagship Services Group from 2016 to 2018, and President of UnitedHealth Group's Optum Workers Compensation and Auto Settlement Solutions from 2018 to 2020. Rafael is currently a partner in Cattie & Gonzalez, PLLC.
Over the last 30 years, Rafael has been recognized by City of Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and Hillsborough County Commissioner Ronda Storm for his work on behalf of the Hispanic community in Tampa and Hillsborough County. He was awarded the Governors Appreciation Award by Governors Bob Martinez and Jeb Bush for his work in improving Florida’s workers compensation system. He was awarded the Governors Leadership Award by Governor Charlie Crist for his work in improving Florida’s Medicaid system. He was awarded Florida’s Distinguished Service Award by US Senator Mel Martinez for his work and advocacy to improve the US Social Security disability system. He has also been awarded the Presidential National Service Award by President George W. Bush for his work on improving the Medicare Secondary Payer system through the addition of the Mandatory Insurer Reporting process, and by President Back Obama for his work and support of the Affordable Care Act.