Posted May 09, 2013 04:05 pm CDT
Jones Day has opened a new office in Miami, its first in Florida, in a move that is expected to expand its Latin American practice.
Bankruptcy partner Pedro A. Jimenez, who is a native of the city. will head the office, which the the 16th in the U.S. and the 40th globally for the 2,400-attorney megafirm. Enrique “Rick” Martin, an international transactions partner who recently joined Jones Day from Greenberg Traurig will serve as its lead administrator, according to the South Florida Business Journal.
“In years past, the Latin American practices of many major law firms, including Jones Day, were centered in New York City, primarily to access the debt and equity markets,” said managing partner Steve Brogan of Jones Day in a Thursday press release. “Today, corporate and business leaders in Latin America have increasingly made Miami their point of contact in the U.S.
“Along with our substantial capabilities in Mexico and Brazil, a presence in Miami allows us to establish a deep bench of gifted lawyers who can effectively guide our clients seeking to do business in the region,” Brogan continued. “An equally important reason for opening in Miami is to handle the growing litigation docket coming out of that state. Over the last half decade, Jones Day lawyers have tried more significant civil cases to verdict in Florida than any other leading law firm in the country. Our office in Miami will be staffed by lawyers who have the experience and ability to try cases throughout Florida.”
The Business Journal says Jones Day made an abortive effort three years ago to hire several Greenberg Traurig lawyers.
Another leading Greenberg Traurig partner, José A. Isasi II, also recently joined Jones Day, as a partner in its Chicago office. He formerly served as the vice-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s pharmaceutical, medical device, and health care litigation group.
A Jones Day press release provides further details.