James Ferraro

CATEGORY: Philanthropists
COMPANY: The Ferraro Law Firm

WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE: Between his local Miami firm and the Cleveland outpost, Ferraro has more than 40,000 asbestos cases, which is the largest inventory of such cases in the U.S. And with good reason—he was also awarded the largest compensatory amount in Florida history for an asbestos case. He is arguably the biggest advocate for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Florida, often buying dozens of wishes at the annual charity dinners. Ferraro purchased the Arena Football League’s New Jersey franchise in 2000 and relocated the team to Las Vegas in December of 2002. Following the 2007 season, Ferraro, along with new business partner Bernie Kosar, another local legend, relocated the Gladiators to Cleveland. The 2010 season marks Ferraro’s ninth in the Arena Football League.

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