Born in Matanzas, Cuba, Mr. Vargas graduated from the University of Illinois and Chicago’s John Marshall Law School. Upon graduation from law school in 1985, he worked in an Illinois litigation firm.
In 1987 he was appointed by the Honorable Janet Reno, to serve as Assistant State Attorney in the Dade County State Attorney’s Office. As Division Chief, he prosecuted major felonies and narcotics cases.
Beginning in 1990 through 1994, Mr. Vargas worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, where he conducted grand jury investigations and prosecuted complex money-laundering and narcotics cases, asset seizures and forfeitures, and criminal environmental matters.
From 1994 to 2008, Mr. Vargas was a founding and named partner in a Miami litigation firm, where he litigated administrative, governmental, civil, criminal, forfeiture, Native-American rights, and environmental cases; and worked on transactional matters in labor and employment law, sports law and regulation, and appellate practice.
Subsequently, he became a sole practitioner concentrating on civil and criminal litigation and served as counsel for the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, handling transactional matters and litigation relating to sovereignty and environmental issues, law enforcement administration, and sporting-event management and regulation.