Meet the Woman Helping Holland & Knight's Global Arbitration Push
International Arbitration and Litigation attorney Katharine Menéndez de la Cuesta was featured in a Daily Business Review article recapping her journey to Holland & Knight and her role in strengthening the firm's global arbitration practice. Ms. Menéndez de la Cuesta, originally from Spain, began her career at the prestigious firm Uría Menéndez in Madrid. After a secondment to Holland & Knight in Miami, and inspired by the opportunities she observed there, she began working toward a law degree at Columbia Law School and was offered a full-time position at the firm. She's been there ever since, making partner in 2020.
In the article, she talks about some of the differences between the Spanish and U.S. legal systems as well as how her experience in both enables her to better serve clients.
"Because of my background, I often try to close the gap between both systems for clients and colleagues, addressing the differences and 'translating' concepts and issues into the other legal culture," she explained.
Adolfo Jimenez, who leads Holland & Knight's South Florida Litigation Practice Group, commented on her important contributions to the team, from her bilingual skills to her focus on international arbitration.
"She brings to matters a level of understanding and background which is very strong," he said. "She has been valuable as far as her input and insight on disputes and cases."
Going forward, Ms. Menéndez de la Cuesta said her goals include continuing to foster the firm's presence globally in addition to helping both her community and young immigrant lawyers.
"I enjoy and plan to continue strengthening the relationships that the firm has in Spain, Europe and Latin America," she said. "I truly enjoy what I do and the U.S., which has substantial international trade and business, is a great place to practice international litigation and arbitration. I also find it satisfying to give back, by doing pro bono work or mentoring younger attorneys, especially female lawyers who are beginning their journey."
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