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, the chair of firmwide International Initiatives and is a member of the firm's Directors Committee. He practices principally in the areas of corporate and international law, with emphasis on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and joint venture transactions, dispute resolution, and administrative matters relating to international trade and commerce and the transportation industry. His clients include multinational concerns in the transportation, tourism, mining and agricultural sectors, major airlines, cruise lines, software and technology companies, operators and managers of hotel projects, and providers of goods and services in the international arena. Mr. Mencio has extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures; international commercial transactions, such as franchising, distribution and licensing agreements; and is accustomed to working with foreign counsel on cross-border transactions and disputes. Mr. Mencio has conducted multiple international arbitrations in the United States, Europe and Latin America.

At the University of Miami School of Law, he was Articles and Comments Editor of its Law Review, and authored "Civil Procedure, Developments in Florida Law," 35 U. Miami L. Rev. 855 (1981). Mr. Mencio began his law career with Holland & Knight in 1981 and was named partner in 1987.

Mr. Mencio is Past Chairman of the Global Initiatives Committee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.


  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Florida International University, B.S., Political Science
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • Inter-American Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association
  • Florida Bar
  • Miami-Dade County Bar Association
  • Cuban-American Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • Chambers Global – The World's Leading Lawyers for Business guide, Corporate M&A: Latin America-wide, 2018, 2019; Corporate/M&A (Experts Based Abroad) 2013-2016; Corporate/M&A (Foreign Experts), 2013-2016
  • Who's Who Legal: Transport, Aviation Finance, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Banking and Finance Law, 2006-2008, 2013-2020; Securitization and Structured Finance Law, 2007-2011, 2013-2020; Transportation Law, 2007-2020; International Trade and Finance Law, 2003-2020; Corporate Law, 2013-2020; International Mergers and Acquisitions, 2018-2020  
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Miami International Trade and Finance Lawyer of the Year, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Miami Securitization and Structured Finance Lawyer of the Year, 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Miami Transportation Lawyer of the Year, 2013, 2018 
  • Chambers Latin America – Latin America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide, Corporate/M&A, 2015-2019   
  • Latin America's Top 100 Lawyers, Latinvex, 2015, 2016 
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Latin American Investment, 2009-2018
  • The Legal 500 Latin America, International Arbitration, 2016; Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, 2012, 2019
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2009, 2017-2019  
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine
Spoken Languages
  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Speaking Engagements