MIAMI (March 5, 2019) – Holland & Knight Partner Wifredo A. "Willy" Ferrer has been named executive partner of Holland & Knight's Miami office. Mr. Ferrer will oversee the day-to-day management of the office, while continuing his white collar defense, corporate compliance, and internal investigations practice. Holland & Knight's Miami office is one of the firm's largest, with 260 attorneys and staff.
Mr. Ferrer succeeds labor and employment litigator Kelly-Ann Cartwright, who held the position for the past 12 years. In 2018, Ms. Cartwright was named chair of Holland & Knight's Directors Committee.
Mr. Ferrer served as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida for nearly seven years. His distinguished career also includes working as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel to former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. He joined Holland & Knight in 2017, and he leads the firm's Global Compliance and Investigations Team.
"Kelly-Ann led the Miami office through a long period of sustained growth and success. We greatly appreciate her service as executive partner," said Steven Sonberg, managing partner of Holland & Knight. "While serving as the U.S. Attorney, Willy led a department of nearly 500 lawyers and staff. Since joining Holland & Knight, he has earned the respect and admiration of his colleagues and inspires the best in everyone. I'm confident he will accomplish great things for the office and the firm."
"Holland & Knight is filled with superb lawyers and wonderful staff who work hard to provide excellent representation to our clients and many hours of dedicated service to our community," said Mr. Ferrer. "My commitment is to continue to build on the great work that Kelly-Ann and others have done over the years to ensure our office continues to be defined by excellence, collegiality, and teamwork."
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