An attorney with extensive trial and arbitration experience has been named executive vice president and general counsel for Spanish Broadcasting System Inc. (SBS).
Richard D. Lara will handle all legal affairs and plan legal strategy for SBS, under the direct authority of Raul Alarcon, chairman, CEO and president of the firm.
“Richard is a premier legal executive and will play a critical role on our leadership team and within the organization," Alarcon said. "We look forward to Richard's many contributions as we continue executing our multi-platform strategy and positioning SBS for growth over the long-term.”
Lara’s more than 20 years of legal experience includes work with domestic and international clients at trials in both federal and state courts. Much of his litigation background is as a defense attorney in cases brought under government statues, such as Florida’s Whistleblower Act and Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and others.
“I am grateful and excited to join an organization that is dedicated to delivering leading news, entertainment and information to diverse audiences through multiple platforms across the nation," Lara said.
Before joining SBS, Lara was an attorney and co-owner at Mase Lara P.A., a boutique firm in Miami. Gov. Rick Scott appointed Lara to serve as commissioner of the judicial nominating commission for Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal.
Lara, a speaker of English and Spanish, earned his law degree from Boston College Law School, with an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.
Headquartered in Miami, SBS operates radio stations and a TV production and distribution network that delivers Hispanic programming to nearly 90 percent of the Spanish-speaking U.S. population.