Making Connections Across Borders

We are excited to be part of IBA Miami and look forward to reconnecting with old friends and making new connections. For inquiries regarding formal meeting requests with members of our team, please get in touch.

Holland & Knight Members in Attendance During IBA Week

Steven Sonberg
Managing Partner
Miami

Steven Sonberg is the Managing Partner of Holland & Knight. As Managing Partner, Mr. Sonberg is the chief executive officer of the firm, overseeing the strategic growth and direction of the firm and the management of all aspects of the firm's operations.


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David A. Barkus
David A. Barkus
Partner
Miami

David A. Barkus is a business attorney in Holland & Knight's Miami office and co-leader of the firm's Corporate, M&A and Securities Practice Group and the leader of the firm's Private Equity Team. Mr. Barkus focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions and private equity.


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Robert Grammig
Robert J. Grammig
Partner
Tampa

Robert J. Grammig is a lawyer in Holland & Knight's Tampa office and leader of the firm's Corporate, M&A and Securities Practice Group. Mr. Grammig has practiced for more than 30 years in the areas of public company mergers and acquisitions, securities law, general corporate law and international business transactions. He serves on the firm's Directors Committee.


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George Mencio
George Mencio Jr.
Partner
Miami

George Mencio Jr. is a partner in Holland & Knight's Miami office and serves as the firmwide co-leader of the Corporate, M&A and Securities Practice Group and serves as chair of firmwide International Initiatives. He practices principally in the areas of corporate and international law, with emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and joint venture transactions, cross-border transactions and dispute resolution, commercial contracts, international trade and commerce with industry specialties in the agribusiness, mining and transportation sectors.


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Amy S. Leder
Amy S. Leder
Partner
New York

Amy S. Leder serves as the executive partner of Holland & Knight's New York office and as co-leader of the firm's Corporate, M&A and Securities Practice Group in the Northeast region. Ms. Leder advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, strategic alliances, capital-raising transactions and general corporate matters.


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Adolfo E. Jimenez
Adolfo E. Jiménez
Partner
Miami

Adolfo E. Jiménez is a Miami litigation attorney whose practice focuses on international disputes. Mr. Jiménez leads Holland & Knight's South Florida Litigation Practice Group, which consists of more than 80 attorneys, and also leads the firm's International Arbitration and Litigation Team. He is Board Certified in International Litigation and Arbitration by The Florida Bar.


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Roberto R. Pupo
Roberto R. Pupo
Partner
Miami

Roberto R. Pupo is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Miami office and co-chair of the South Florida Corporate, M&A and Securities Practice Group, as well as chair of the Latin America Practice Group. He has substantial experience in complex domestic and international mergers and acquisition matters, corporate financings, joint ventures and cross-border transactions.


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Stephen B. Shapiro
Stephen B. Shapiro
Partner
Washington, D.C.

Stephen B. Shapiro is an attorney and firmwide Construction Industry Practice Group leader in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., and New York offices. He focuses on domestic and international construction, government contracts, commercial litigation and public-private partnerships.


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Jose Sirven
Jose E. Sirven
Partner
Miami

Jose E. Sirven is a partner in Holland & Knight's Miami office. He has practiced in the financial services, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and cross-border fields for more than 35 years. A significant part of his cross-border work has involved Latin American and Caribbean jurisdictions, including Mexico and nearly every country in South and Central America.


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John M. Toriello
John M. Toriello
Partner
New York

John M. Toriello is the practice group leader for the firm's New York Litigation Group and co-chairs the firm's Insurance Industry Team. Mr. Toriello has extensive experience in jury and nonjury trials, appeals to both federal and state appellate courts and international arbitrations of contract disputes.


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David C. Whitestone
Partner
Washington, D.C.

David Whitestone is the executive partner of the Washington, D.C., office of Holland & Knight. Mr. Whitestone's practice focuses on the representation of corporations, nonprofits and municipalities whose business practices are impacted by governmental regulation and legislative activity.


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Alexandra Maria Aguirre
Partner
Miami

Alexandra Aguirre is a corporate attorney in Holland & Knight's Miami office. Ms. Aguirre focuses her practice on international mergers and acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures and cross-border financing transactions, as well as private equity and venture capital investments throughout Latin America and the United States.


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Peter Baumgaertner
Partner
New York

Peter Baumgaertner is a partner in the New York office and a member of Holland & Knight's Corporate, M&A and Securities Practice Group. Mr. Baumgaertner has significant experience in handling multibillion-dollar matters for clients worldwide. He is highly knowledgeable in handling capital markets, project financing, restructuring, public-private partnership (P3) and lending transactions for a global clientele.


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Robert S. Bernstein
Robert S. Bernstein
Partner
New York

Robert S. Bernstein is an attorney in Holland & Knight's New York office and a member of the firm's Construction Industry Practice Group. Mr. Bernstein focuses his practice on heavy construction, infrastructure and significant real estate development projects in both domestic and international markets.


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Jose A. Casal
Jose A. Casal
Partner
Miami

Jose A. Casal is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Miami office. Mr. Casal practices in the areas of business and real estate litigation, international litigation and arbitration, and bankruptcy and creditors' rights. He handles civil trials in Florida state and federal courts, and has conducted international arbitrations in Miami and New York.


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Glynna K. Christian
Partner
Chicago

Glynna K. Christian is a data strategy and business attorney in Holland & Knight's Chicago office and the head of the firm's Global Technology Transactions Practice. Ms. Christian helps clients navigate complex legal issues and mitigate business risks associated with emerging and transformative technology and data.


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David S. Cole
Partner
Tysons

David Cole is a partner with Holland & Knight’s corporate and securities groups. He assists public and private companies to complete domestic and overseas merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions; raise equity and debt capital in public and private securities offerings; and obtain financing through private equity and venture capital investments.


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Enrique A. Conde
Partner
Miami

Enrique A. Conde is a corporate attorney in Holland & Knight's Miami and New York offices. Mr. Conde focuses his practice on domestic and international cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A), corporate financings, private equity and venture capital financings, joint ventures and general contractual matters throughout North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean and Europe.


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Louis Conti
Louis T.M. Conti
Partner
Tampa

Louis T. M. Conti is a partner in the Tampa office of Holland & Knight. Mr. Conti's practice includes serving as outside counsel to domestic and foreign businesses of all sizes, mergers and acquisitions, corporation, LLC and partnership formation and owner disputes, cash flow and asset-based financings, leveraged buy-outs, public and private equity placements, venture capital investments, corporate and LLC governance, complex domestic and cross-border transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances.


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Andrea Darling de Cortes
Andrea Darling de Cortes
Partner
Tampa

Andrea Darling de Cortés is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Tampa office. Ms. Cortés focuses her practice in the areas of inbound international income and estate tax planning, international tax controversy and compliance, cross-border tax planning and related transactional matters.


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Stephen J. Double
Stephen J. Double
Partner
New York

Stephen J. Double is a financial and corporate transactions attorney in Holland & Knight's New York City office and a member of the firm's Financial Services Team. Mr. Double regularly represents a wide range of lenders and underwriters, as well as corporate and financial institution issuers and borrowers, on cross-border and domestic capital markets, syndicated lending, acquisition finance, structured finance, project bond and trade finance transactions.


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Cheryl A. Feeley
Partner
Washington D.C.

Cheryl A. Feeley is a Washington, D.C., litigation attorney and a member of the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. Ms. Feeley represents clients in complex business disputes involving breach of contract, shareholder rights and business torts, including fraud-based claims. She has extensive experience in federal and state court litigation and international arbitration.


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Manfred J. Gabriel
Partner
New York

Manfred J. Gabriel is an attorney in Holland & Knight's New York office who leads the firm's Legal Support Services organization. In this role, Mr. Gabriel oversees Holland & Knight's comprehensive and integrated eDiscovery and fact-finding unit, which assists clients in managing the risks and costs of eDiscovery by leveraging advanced technology and workflows.


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Danielle N. Garno
Partner
Miami

Danielle Garno is a transactional and litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Miami office. Ms. Garno focuses her practice on issues faced by the fashion community, including startup phase and commercial advice, intellectual property such as trademark and copyright infringement, social media marketing, licensing, digital assets, advertising and marketing, as well as general business litigation.


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Leonard H. Gilbert
Partner
Tampa

Leonard H. Gilbert is a partner in Holland & Knight's Tampa office. He practices in the areas of banking, commercial finance, asset based lending, creditors' rights, insolvency, arbitration and commercial litigation, as well as maintaining an active transactional practice. He is a member of the firm’s Financial Services Practice Group. Mr. Gilbert’s emphasis has been in the representation of financial institutions and other institutional lenders.


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Ronald Klein
Ron Klein
Partner
Fort Lauderdale and Washington, D.C.

Ron Klein, a member of Holland & Knight's Public Policy & Regulation Group, has worked in the private sector as a business and transactional attorney for over 25 years and in the public sector as an elected official in both Tallahassee and Washington, D.C.


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Katharine Menendez de la Cuesta
Partner
Miami

Katharine Menéndez de la Cuesta is a litigator who handles international disputes and is based in Holland & Knight's Miami office. Clients rely on her experience to represent them in international arbitration proceedings in English and Spanish, and in litigation matters before U.S. federal and state courts in New York and Florida.


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Elena Otero
Elena Otero
Partner
Miami

Elena Otero is a transactional attorney in Holland & Knight's Miami office. Ms. Otero’s practice primarily focuses on advising ultra-high-net-worth individuals, families and family offices on real estate investments, including luxury residential and high-end commercial real estate transactions.


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Norberto E. Quintana
Partner
Miami and New York

Norberto E. Quintana is a financial transactions attorney in Holland & Knight’s New York City and Miami offices, and a member of the firm's Financial Services Team. Mr. Quintana represents a wide range of lenders, corporate borrowers, project sponsors and developers and private equity sponsors in cross-border and domestic financing transactions.


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Lara M. Rios
Lara M. Rios
Partner
Miami and New York

Lara M. Rios is a financial transactions attorney in Holland & Knight's New York and Miami offices. Financial institutions, corporate borrowers, private equity sponsors and project developers rely on Ms. Rios' extensive experience to represent them in connection with structuring complex finance and capital markets transactions, both domestic and cross border, with a particular focus on the energy/infrastructure industry and Latin America.


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Danilo Romero Raad
Partner
Bogotá

Danilo Romero is a Bogotá litigation attorney and focuses on antitrust litigation, intellectual property, consumer protection law, copyright and data protection, and media and entertainment law.


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Qian (Sheila) Shen
Associate
Los Angeles

Sheila Shen is an attorney in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group of Holland & Knight's Los Angeles office, and maintains her New York and New Jersey practice. Ms. Shen is a trial and arbitration lawyer who has secured favorable outcomes for clients in state and federal court actions, as well as in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.


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William B. Sherman
William B. Sherman
Partner
Fort Lauderdale and Miami

William B. Sherman is a partner in Holland & Knight's Miami and Fort Lauderdale offices. Mr. Sherman concentrates his practice in the area of domestic and international taxation. He provides sophisticated tax planning for mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, joint ventures and investments for clients in diverse industries, such as private equity, healthcare, hospitality, petrochemicals, aluminum, real estate, transportation, telecommunications, retailing, investment management, pharmaceuticals and numerous others.


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Emma C. Solaun
Partner
Miami and Tampa

Emma C. Solaún is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Miami and Tampa offices. Ms. Solaún is a member of the firm's Business Law Section and International & Cross Border Transactions Group, and concentrates her practice on complex mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, asset sales, international and domestic joint ventures, corporate finance, restructurings, minority investments, private equity transactions, and other strategic corporate transactions.


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Meital Stavinsky
Meital Stavinsky
Partner
Miami and Washington, D.C.

Meital Stavinsky is a Miami and Washington, D.C., attorney, member of Holland & Knight's Public Policy & Regulation Group and co-chair of the firm's Israel Practice. She focuses her practice on business and government relations, with a particular emphasis on Israeli emerging and advanced technologies companies. Ms. Stavinsky assists Israeli companies seeking to enter the U.S. market and expand their operations in the United States.


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Aymee Valdivia
Aymee D. Valdivia Granda
Partner
Miami

Aymee D. Valdivia is an attorney in the International and Cross Border Transactions Practice of Holland & Knight's Business Section and a member of Holland & Knight's Cuba Action Team. Ms. Valdivia focuses her practice on corporate and transactional matters, representing foreign and domestic clients in joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and a broad variety of commercial transactions, with a focus in Latin America and Cuba.


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Rebecca Wilsker
Partner
Boston

Rebecca Wilsker is a business attorney in Holland & Knight's Boston office. Ms. Wilsker focuses her practice on advising private equity funds, growth equity funds and their portfolio companies on critical transactions, including acquisitions, equity investments, sales and other significant life cycle events.


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Alan Winston Granwell
Of Counsel
Washington, D.C.

Alan Winston Granwell is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office with 50 years of experience representing multinational and globally oriented high-net-worth clients in a wide variety of international tax planning, transfer pricing and competent authority matters. In his long and wide-ranging career, Mr. Granwell has had the opportunity and privilege to work both in the public and the private sector.


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Jose V. Zapata
José V. Zapata
Partner
Bogotá

José Vicente Zapata is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Bogotá office and has more than 30 years of experience in the natural resources sector. He focuses his practice on corporate, contractual and commercial matters, with a strong focus in spin-offs, mergers and acquisitions.


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Laura Yvonne Zielinski
Laura Yvonne Zielinski
Attorney
Mexico City

Laura Yvonne Zielinski is an international arbitration lawyer who focuses on commercial, investor-state and state-state arbitration. Ms. Zielinski has been involved in proceedings before the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal (IUSCT), the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ).


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