Raia will play a key role in the leadership of the 17,000-member section that has representation from over 100 countries worldwide.
He will be primarily responsible for coordinating the work of the section’s 62 committees and will work closely with the chair and chair-elect to advance the section’s strategic plan.
“I see the section’s mission as one of service,” Raia said in a statement. “We help our members to do well, by becoming better lawyers and improving their worldwide professional network. We help them to do good, by advancing the development of international law and the rule of law.”
Raia co-leads Gunster’s international law practice where he “represents foreign and domestic individuals and companies in court proceedings, government investigations, and arbitrations relating to commercial, trade and investment matters pending in the United States and abroad,” the firm said.
Prior to his role as vice chair, he served on the section’s executive committee and as its secretary and operations officer.