Florida Bar Section Honors Cuban Dissident Lawyer

Cuban dissident and lawyer René de Jesús Gómez Manzano (center) receives an award from the Florida Bar’s international section, represented by outgoing chair Peter Quinter (left), incoming chair Eduardo Palmer and secretary Alvin Lindsay. Gómez accepted the award Friday at the 2015 Annual Florida Bar Convention at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.
Cuban dissident and lawyer René de Jesús Gómez Manzano (center) receives an award from the Florida Bar’s international section, represented by outgoing chair Peter Quinter (left), incoming chair Eduardo Palmer and secretary Alvin Lindsay. Gómez accepted the award Friday at the 2015 Annual Florida Bar Convention at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

Celia Ampel, Daily Business Review
June 26, 2015

The Florida Bar’s international law section on Friday recognized Cuban dissident lawyer Rene de Jesus Gomez Manzano for fighting human rights violations in his country.
“When we talk about sacrifice, we talk about maybe having to work on the weekend,” Miami attorney Jim Meyer said as he presented the award. “When we talk about courage, it usually involves driving on I-95 or U.S. 1. But there are people putting their lives in jeopardy every day fighting for things that we just take for granted.”
Gomez has been imprisoned in Cuba three times for his activism, once for co-authoring “The Homeland Belongs To All,” which called for economic, social and judicial reforms in the country. He also runs an organization of independent lawyers in Cuba.
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Robert J. Becerra named to the Florida Super Lawyers list for 2015

Robert J. Becerra
Robert J. Becerra
Becerra Law, P.A.

Becerra Law, P.A. is pleased to announce that Robert J. Becerra has been named to the Florida Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in Florida for 2015 in white collar criminal defense. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country.

Becerra is a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in International Law. His practice concentrates on civil and white collar criminal litigation in state and federal courts involving international trade, including disputes involving exports, imports, cargo losses, trade based money laundering, export enforcement, Customs and FDA seizures and investigations, and civil forfeitures.

Becerra Law, P.A.’s website may be found at www.rjbecerralaw.com

Daily Business Review Covers the Trip as Three From Buchanan Head to Cuba

Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez, Matt J. Feeley and Jose Rafeal Florez embarked on their trip to Cuba today. The trip, which includes a delegation of more than 30 lawyers from the Florida Bar’s international section, will offer information on investment opportunities, the legal system in Cuba and tourism, reports the Daily Business Review.

The Daily Business Review reports that on the agenda for the charter trip to Havana includes discussions from a 20-year Cuban journalist about the shifting economic and political climate, how to navigate Cuba’s legal system, architectural tours, a music performance from Alberto Faya and more.

Read more about the trip – “Florida Bar Delegation Checking Out Opportunities in Cuba and DBR Reporter Julie Kay Will be There” (Daily Business Review, May 26, 2015). Subscription required.

Jose Rafeal Florez Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Jose Rafeal Florez
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Matthew J. Feeley Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Matthew J. Feeley
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Shareholder Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez Appears on WPLG Local 10 to Discuss Recent Trip to Cuba

Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez joined host Michael Putney at the roundtable on “This Week in South Florida,” Sunday, May 31, following the United States and Cuba making a major move toward normalizing relations on.

Olmedo-Rodriguez told the roundtable that Cuba was described to them on the trip as an emerging market. “There are certain inherent risks in investing in Cuba because it’s an emerging market. Those risks are present in countries today where investors are heavily involved. They equated it to China, to Vietnam. And there are risks. There are certainly risks. But there are the potential for very high rewards, and so each company needs to make that decision on a case-by-case basis,” Olmedo-Rodriguez tells the roundtable.

“I think it’s going to be a slow process, and something we’re going to have to take step by step and see how it evolves,” she told the host regarding the relationship between Cuba and the United States.

See what else Olmedo-Rodriguez has to say and watch the full clip here.

Mr. Gilbert K. Squires becomes Board Certified in International Law

Gilbert K. Squires SquiresBenson, P.L.
Gilbert K. Squires SquiresBenson, P.L.

On June 1, 2015, Mr. Gilbert K. Squires became Board Certified in International Law.

Board certification is one of the highest recognitions a lawyer in Florida can receive. The very difficult testing and extensive background peer review to confirm professional conduct is such a high standard that just seven percent of our eligible membership has achieved this level of recognition. All board certified attorneys should be extremely proud of their accomplishment.” — Florida Bar President Gregory Coleman.

He co-founded the Law Offices of SquiresBenson, P.L., with offices in Miami Beach, and Miramar, Florida. A Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, he is an International Oil & Gas and Complex Commercial and Energy Arbitrator through the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) and American Arbitration Association. He has extensive global experience in International Energy, Arbitration, Litigation, and Mediation, Cross-Border Business, Corporate Law, in addition to an important background in Technology and Entertainment Law. The former President of Conoco Mexico, Ltd., and born in the Republic of Panama, he is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. Contact: gilbertsquires@squiresbenson.com; +1 305-575-2400.