Holland & Knight D.C. partner to open firm’s Colombia office

Enrique Gómez-Pinzón, a partner at Holland & Knight in Washington, will open the firm’s new office in Bogota next month, the firm announced.

Gómez-Pinzón, a transactional lawyer who has put together financing deals and cross-border mergers and acquisitions in several Latin American countries, will split his time between Washington and Columbia. Gómez-Pinzón co-founded the Colombian-Japanese Chamber of Commerce and later served as director of the Colombian Trade Bureau in Washington.

Holland & Knight is the second major U.S. law firm after Baker & McKenzie to open an outpost in Bogota, and its focus will be to help companies enter the Colombian market and counsel Colombian businesses looking to expand internationally. The move follows Congress’ approval of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, which firm leaders said would boost foreign investment and opportunities for Colombian companies to grow abroad.

Top GOP lobbyist leaves Quinn Gillespie

Republican lobbyist Marc Lampkin, a former general counsel to House Speaker John Boehner, has left lobbying firm Quinn Gillespie & Associates and will start at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck this week, said Al Mottur, co-chair of government relations at Brownstein Hyatt.

Lampkin is the second notable lobbyist to leave Quinn Gillespie for Brownstein Hyatt in less than a year, following Democratic lobbyist Manuel Ortiz’s departure last June. Lampkin has lobbied on behalf of AT&T, Blackstone Group, Microsoft and Sony.

Judge approves Howrey’s plan to return client files

The judge overseeing Howrey’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy has approved the estate’s plan to return paper and digital files currently stored in data centers and storage facilities across the country to more than 10,000 former clients of the defunct law firm.

The trustee of the Howrey estate, Houston attorney Allan Diamond, had already begun the process of finding, reviewing and sending 220,000 boxes of documents and digital files containing financial records, e-mail exchanges and other confidential information back to companies that once did business with Howrey. By law, the estate of a bankrupt law firm must notify former clients that they have the right to retrieve their old files or give the estate the authority to destroy them.

 
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