Raymond L. Acosta

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Raymond L. Acosta
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
In office
June 1, 1994 – December 23, 2014
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
In office
September 30, 1982 – June 1, 1994
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Jose Victor Toledo
Succeeded by Jay A. Garcia-Gregory
Personal details
Born (1925-05-31)May 31, 1925
New York City, New York
Died December 23, 2014(2014-12-23) (aged 89)
Chapin, South Carolina
Alma mater Rutgers University School of Law in Newark J.D.
Profession Attorney

Raymond L. Acosta (May 31, 1925 – December 23, 2014) was a United States District Judge.

Born in New York City, New York, Acosta after serving in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946, during World War II, and participated in the D-Day Invasion of Normandy (Utah Beach) attended Rutgers University School of Law-Newark where received a Juris Doctorate in 1951. He was in private practice of law in Hackensack, New Jersey, from 1953–54, and was then a special agent at the F.B.I. field office in San Diego, California, Washington, DC, and Miami, Florida, from 1954-58. He was an Assistant U.S. attorney in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from 1958-61.

Acosta went into private practice in San Juan from 1962–80, specializing in banking and trust litigation.[1] In 1980 President Jimmy Carter named him U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, serving until 1982.

On September 9, 1982, President Ronald Reagan nominated Acosta to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico vacated by Jose Victor Toledo. Acosta was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 29, 1982, and received his commission the following day. He assumed senior status on June 1, 1994. He stopped hearing cases on February 1, 2010.[citation needed] He died on December 23, 2014.[2][3]

Acosta was perhaps best known for presiding over the complex litigation resulting from the DuPont Plaza Hotel arson, a disaster that claimed 98 lives. His "masterful and innovative handling of the complex mass disaster litigation" led to the approval of a $220 million settlement of the lawsuit which had involved 2,400 plaintiffs, 250 defendants, and three trial phases over 19 months.[4]

The Puerto Rico Chapter of the Federal Bar Association was renamed in honor of Acosta in 2008.[5]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jose Victor Toledo
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
1982–1994
Succeeded by
Jay A. Garcia-Gregory