Kevin A. Rames is a native Crucian who has been a member of the Virgin Islands Bar Association since 1985. Kevin commenced the practice of law in 1988 at the historic Apothecary Courtyard, Christiansted where he maintains a broad-based and diverse practice.
Kevin has correlated his practice to the needs of the local business community. He serves individuals and corporations who are navigating the complexities of starting a business and those managing, protecting and expanding local and global business interests in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Kevin has practiced before the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, the U.S. District Court of the Virgin Islands, the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Throughout the course of his career, he has been a key participant in developing a modern jurisprudence in constitutional, land use, labor, renewable energy, administrative and business law. Kevin has represented the local interests of Fortune Fifty companies in toxic tort, cost allocation and natural resources damages cases and has successfully represented private corporations, utilities and media clients before territorial and federal courts and administrative boards and commissions. He has been a member of the Ethics and Grievance Committee of the Virgin Islands Bar Association for over two decades and has served as Bar Counsel, prosecuting serious grievances against Virgin Islands attorneys accused of malpractice.
Kevin is the Chairman and a founding Board Member of a local IRS 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the holistic personal growth, development and education of local at-risk youth. He is an equity partner of a local development company that is engaged in the enhancement of the local tourism related infrastructure. Kevin is the also the owner of Caledonia Communications Corporation, which owns and operates the seminal news-talk radio station (WSTX-AM) and conscious reggae station (WSTX-FM) in the Virgin Islands.
Semaj Johnson is an associate with K.A. Rames, P.C. and focuses on Business Litigation and Dispute Resolution. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University, and Howard University School of Law.
Following law school, Semaj served as the Senior Law Clerk to the presiding Judge of the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands (2005). He later served Judge Raymond L. Finch, Judge Curtis V. Gómez and Chief Judge Wilma A. Lewis as a Staff Attorney for the U.S. District Court of the Virgin Islands, Appellate Division (2006-2012).
While in law school, Semaj was a member of the International Moot Court team, where he won Best Oralist recognition at the Niagara International Moot Court Competition at Loyola University in Chicago. He was also a member of D.C. Law Students in Court, a law clinic where he represented indigent clients in housing-related matters in the U-Street corridor of Washington, District of Columbia. He interned for the Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress during the 108th Congressional session and was awarded a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, under the Executive Office of the President of the United States, where he worked on sub-Saharan free trade agreements and trade and investment framework agreements.
Before beginning his legal career, Semaj worked for The Ford Foundation Study Group under Franklin A. Thomas, former president of the Ford Foundation and then-Board Member of ALCOA, Dupont-Conoco, CitiGroup and PepsiCo. Semaj later served in a leadership capacity with various non-governmental sustainable development agencies, including as a Vice-President of Carolina for Kibera, Inc., in Nairobi, Kenya and as the Director of Commercial Revitalization for the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation in New York. He currently serves on the Virgin Islands Bar Association’s Board of Governors. Semaj joined K.A. Rames P.C. in 2012.
Board of Governors, Virgin Islands Bar Association
Board of Trustees, St. Croix Country Day School
Board of Trustees, The Virgin Islands Humanities Council
Former President, Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts
1998, Wesleyan Trailblazer Award, Office of the Provost, Middletown Connecticut
2001, 138th Street Merchant’s and Professional’s Association Leadership Award, Bronx, NY
2004, Best Oralist, Niagara International Moot Court Competition, Loyola University, Chicago, IL
2005, Charles Hamilton Houston Scholar, Washington Bar Association, Washington, D.C.
2010, Unsung Heroes Award, V.I. Delegate to Congress, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands