Our lawyers have significant experience before state and federal trial and appellate courts across the United States and before arbitral tribunals around the world. Our practice includes representation in both domestic and international disputes as well as white collar criminal defense matters and internal investigations.
For many clients, we are lawyers of last resort. We are regularly engaged to represent individual and corporate clients in civil and criminal matters before state appellate and federal circuit courts of appeal across the United States.
We draw from experience litigating complex matters to represent clients before trial courts and arbitral tribunals in the United States and around the world. Our lawyers have handled matters before JAMS, the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), the Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá, Colombia, the London Court of International Arbitration (“LCIA”), International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”), International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”), the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”), and other arbitral bodies.
Class action lawsuits are the most effective means of helping groups of individuals whom have been injured. Our team focuses on claims of discrimination. Civil rights violations are often too expensive to prosecute on an individual basis and class action lawsuits provide our clients an excellent mechanism for obtaining justice. In these cases, class actions offer an effective means to remedy all forms of discrimination.
Crisis Management & Communications
Our clients invest considerable time and effort to build their personal and professional brands. A sudden crisis can destroy their good name, their business, and in the most extreme situations their family. If not handled quickly and effectively, clients may find themselves subject to civil and potential criminal liabilities. During these complex and sensitive moments, you need a team that can quickly help you get ahead of and regain control of the story. We leverage our experience as trial lawyers and our contacts in a variety of non-legal sectors to help you defend yourself both in court and in the public arena.
Complex Commercial Disputes
Our team represents individual and corporate clients in a wide variety of business disputes, including breach of contract, fraud, RICO, partnership or corporate dissolution, and trade secrets matters. We leverage our skills as trial lawyers to achieve the best results for our clients. However, we also understand that litigation is not always the best method for resolving business disputes. As such, we work closely with our clients to learn the unique nature of their business, their long-term goals, and the impact that litigation, even if they are victorious, might have on their standing in the marketplace. By considering these additional factors, we help our clients make decisions that will help meet their legal objectives and protect their businesses.
Corporate & Compliance
We offer clients the advice and representation necessary to maintain a competitive edge in a constantly changing business and regulatory landscape. Our lawyers work closely with start-ups as well as more established companies. We provide advice and representation on a variety of matters, including initial formation, capital raises, investor relations, managerial and operational challenges, representation of clients in both traditional and non-institutional financing transactions, as well as asset acquisition transactions and compliance issues both domestically and internationally. Our extensive experience working in international and frontier markets makes us uniquely suited to represent those companies that are operating or looking to expand globally.
Criminal Defense & Investigations
We bring a unique perspective to the defense of criminal and white-collar matters. This practice is led by Carlos F. Gonzalez and Ignacio M. Alvarez. Carlos started as a criminal defense attorney at the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s Office where many of the nation’s top criminal defense attorneys began their careers. Prior to pursuing a career as an attorney, Ignacio served with the Miami-Dade Police Department for nearly three decades, rising to become one of the department’s senior officers where he led several investigative bureaus. Together, Carlos and Ignacio bring decades of experience investigating and defending criminal cases, including the most serious offenses under state, federal, and international law.
Our attorneys have significant on-the-ground experience in Latin America, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. They have led sensitive internal investigations, conducted discovery, negotiated and successfully settled claims with public and private entities, and have appeared as counsel in foreign arbitral tribunals. In addition to representing clients in civil and commercial disputes involving parties outside of the United States, we also represent plaintiffs in matters that fall under the U.S. Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, the law that governs private civil actions against foreign states and their agencies.
Employment Counseling & Dispute Resolution
We work closely with our clients on a variety of employment-related matters. We help negotiate employment contracts, termination agreements, and severance packages. Our attorneys also represent clients before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), state and local human rights commissions, as well as in state and federal courts across the United States. Outside of the courtroom, we work with our clients to reach amicable resolutions of employment disputes that limit the disruption that accompanies litigation and preserves the dignity of all parties involved.
Public Interest & Pro Bono
Our firm believes that all lawyers should give back to their community. We are committed to making a difference in the lives of our clients and have devoted countless hours to various pro bono and charitable causes. This work includes the defense of minors accused of committing violent crimes, providing free legal services to individuals involved in civil litigation, and fundraising for a variety of charitable organizations.
Hemp & CBD
As a Florida-based law firm, we worked with clients in preparation for the legalization of Hemp and cannabidiol (“CBD”). We represent clients operating at every point of the hemp and CBD market in Florida and across the United States. Our clients include farmers, growers, brokers, consultants, laboratories, and other parties providing ancillary services. We advise clients on all aspects of the hemp/CBD industry, including corporate, regulatory, and financial issues.
Alvarez | Gonzalez | Menezes, LLP represents clients in a wide range of civil and criminal litigation, arbitration, and investigations throughout the United States and around the world. We are not simply litigators, we are trial lawyers. We have appeared in trial and appellate courts across the United States and arbitral tribunals around the world. Our practice has taken us throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and the Middle East. Together, our lawyers have decades of combined experience in the public and private sectors.
In addition, we offer our clients representation in select corporate and real estate matters. We represent entrepreneurs dealing with the challenges of launching their first company, established businesses navigating the hurdles of operating in frontier markets, and investors who have been defrauded. Our Criminal Defense and Investigations Team is also ready to assist private individuals and corporations facing serious criminal charges or investigations. In addition, we have served as lawyers for victims of human rights abuses and other violations of international law.
Our team’s commitment to excellence, experience in the global marketplace, and concern for each of our clients’ needs makes Alvarez | Gonzalez | Menezes, LLP the ideal choice for clients as they navigate these turbulent times.