Bruce Horowitz

– Founding Partner, Paz Horowitz. Director, Anti-corruption and Compliance. Director of the Intellectual Property Section 1991 – present. Managing Partner (1991 – 2013).
– Manager of the IP Department, and Foreign Legal Counsel. Bustamante & Crespo, Quito (1989 – 1991).
– Director of Social Sciences, and Professor of Philosophy, Logic and Economics. Colegio Americano de Quito (1985 – 1989).
– Ohio State Legal Services Association, Executive Director direct local legal services for Southeast Ohio counties; Ohio Statewide Legal Services Training; and Multi-State Computer-Assisted Legal Research services. 1983– 1985.
– Program Evaluator for the Legal Services Corporation (1984 – 1985).
– Alaska Legal Services Corporation. (In chronological order: Law Clerk, Staff Attorney and Community Training Coordinator (Anchorage), Managing Attorney (Juneau), Supervising Attorney for Southeast Alaska, Statewide Impact Litigation Attorney, Statewide Legal Trainer, and Statewide Staff Mentoring and Evaluation (1974 – 1983).
– Volunteer, Peace Corps. Ecuadorian Amazon Basin. Land Surveyor for the Shuar Indigenous Federation (1970 – 1973).

Awards & Honors:

– LACCA Approved Attorney (2014)
– World Trademark Review (2014).
– Legal 500 (2012, 2013, 2014).
– Latin Lawyer (2012, 2013, 2014).
– IFLR 1000 (2012, 2013, 2014).
– Chambers Latin America (2012, 2013, 2014).
– Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers (2014).
– American Bar Association International: Best Community Outreach Program (2012).
– Acquisitions International: Anti-corruption Law Firm of the Year (2011).
– Award of Appreciation from Ohio State Legal Services Client Council (1985).
– Honorary Member of the Shuar Federation, Morona-Santiago, Ecuador (1973).

Professional Associations:

– Arbitrator, Quito Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Center (since 2013)
– Founder, Quito Common Law Bar Association (1996)
– American Bar Association, International Section
– International Trademark Association (INTA)
– State Capital Law Group
– International Association of Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM)
– Alaska Bar Association
– Juneau, Alaska Human Rights Commission

Jurisdiction:

– U.S. Court of International Trade (1992).
– U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1992).
– Alaska, admitted 1976, (retired 1991).
– Ohio (1985).
– U.S. Federal 9th Circuit (1982).
– U.S. Federal District Court Alaska (1977).

Pro Bono:

– Founder, and participant along with many other volunteer attorneys, in award-winning ABA International U.S. Lawyers Abroad Community Outreach Program (2010 – present), that so far has involved ABA member attorneys in (1) meetings with groups of immigrant students, (2) serving in a soup kitchen, and (3) blood drive.
– Pro bono trainings of law students, accounting and auditing graduate students, student teachers, and business graduate students in anti-corruption and anti-extortion methods (2006 – present)
– Advice, negotiations and drafting for government/private educational institution agreement on rights, use, and profits from Ecuadorian biodiversity
– Legal support for the creation of the first ecotourism joint venture between Ecuadorian and foreign environmental protection NGO’s
– Work with local legal services NGO and environmental NGO to create the first Ecological Easement in Ecuador
– Co-founder and first President of an NGO that protected Quito’s largest forested park from dismemberment by powerful private interests
– Partial, and then full pro bono project to successfully register and legally protect Ecuador’s first Denomination of Origin, MONTECRISTI, to protect the hat weavers of the world’s finest straw hats and other workers of the Montecristi region of Ecuador.
– Successful IP protection of the name and image of Mohandas K. Gandhi from being used and registered by a rice merchant in Ecuador.
– Ongoing successful protection against the use and registration as a trademark of PANAMA HAT, based on PAMANA HAT being recognized as an Ecuadorian geographical indication. (1997 – present). Partial financial support by an anonymous donor.

Firm Overview:

Paz Horowitz Abogados is widely regarded as one of Ecuador’s leading law firms.

Our recognition obeys to our professionals commitment to excellence, ethical and cost-effective legal service provided to our national and international clients.

Whether for a multinational company, an international NGO or a family business, the Law Firm provides legal advice and knowledge needed to fulfill clients’ goals.

In 1991, the Law Firm was founded by Jorge Paz Durini and Bruce Horowitz Rossen.

Currently new partners and associates are part of the Law Firm. Our efficient professional team, is always innovating in our services, facilities and technology required for a better and accurate service for our clients.

Brooke Rodgers

Brooke Rodgers is a founding member, majority owner, and Managing Partner of Steinman & Rodgers. With nearly a decade of experience, Ms. Rodgers is recognized as a leading expert on the FCPA and anti-corruption matters in the defense and aerospace industry. Clients seek her guidance to develop and implement effective compliance strategies in challenging jurisdictions and circumstances.

Ms. Rodgers guides her clients through the delicate balance of legal requirements and business needs. She offers comprehensive, customized solutions to address risks by coordinating directly with clients’ legal teams, audit committees, boards of directors, executives, and other business stakeholders.

She has extensive experience designing, implementing, and testing compliance programs in organizations of all sizes. Ms. Rodgers regularly assists with the establishment, maintenance, and upgrade of clients’ due diligence policies and procedures. She works extensively with our local counsel network on foreign legal issues and developing strategies to overcome the cultural challenges inherent in transnational operations. Ms. Rodgers regularly conducts anti-corruption training for marketing personnel and overseas intermediaries.

She has worked on secondment in several multinational corporations. This, as well as regular contact with both in-house counsel and business personnel, provides her with a unique perspective on compliance matters. She has eased clients through cumbersome adjustments in established procedures, developed staged implementation plans for resource sensitive compliance programs, and performed expedited reviews of relationships inherited in public acquisitions.

In addition to her anti-corruption work, Ms. Rodgers writes contracts with intermediaries that account for foreign legal issues, designs lawful compensation structures in restrictive jurisdictions, settles disputes with intermediaries, and negotiates settlements with former contracting partners. Ms. Rodgers also has experience conducting internal reviews and investigations and settling voluntary disclosures.

  • Best Female Anti-Corruption Lawyer, Corp America Large Cap Awards, 2016
  • Regulatory Lawyer of the Year, Acquisition Finance Magazine Law Awards, 2016
  • Regulatory Lawyer of the Year, Acquisition Finance Magazine Global Awards 2015 and 2016
  • Highly Commended for Best Regulatory Lawyer of the Year, Women in Compliance Awards, 2015, London, UK
  • Named “Female Powerbroker” by Law360, April 2014
  • Bar Admissions – Commonwealth of Virginia, and the District of Columbia
  • Education – J.D., Marshall-Wythe School of Law, The College
Steinman & Rodgers LLP:

Steinman & Rodgers LLP is a boutique law firm in Washington, D.C. specializing in international anti-corruption law. In 2016, we were featured among The Best Boutique Law Firms by Corporate America Magazine.

The world can be a dangerous place for U.S. companies doing business overseas. It is often impossible to navigate local markets and foreign government tenders without the help of local agents and consultants. Many of these intermediaries expect to be paid using sales commissions, which often create incentives for unethical behavior. These concerns are heightened given that corruption in many foreign markets is rampant. Faced with these challenges, U.S. companies must ensure that they comply with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”).

FCPA enforcement is at its highest levels ever. In a few short years, corporate fines have increased from the tens of millions to the hundreds of millions, and a record number of individuals are serving prison sentences for FCPA violations. U.S. enforcement officials aggressively expand their interpretation of the FCPA, and increasingly, U.S. and foreign governments cooperate on multi-jurisdiction prosecutions. In 2010, FCPA enforcement actions accounted for one-third of all criminal fines imposed by the U.S. Government, and the United Kingdom’s Bribery Act came into effect.

Steinman & Rodgers is recognized as a leading firm in the area of anti-corruption compliance. Our attorneys have assisted U.S. and multinational corporations to meet their obligations under the FCPA, the UK Bribery Act and the ever-growing list of international anti-corruption conventions, including the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention and the U.N. Convention Against Corruption.

Our capabilities cover both compliance and enforcement issues. In addition to helping clients comply with the FCPA’s requirements, Steinman & Rodgers’ attorneys successfully represent clients when potential or actual problems arise. We regularly assist our clients in conducting internal investigations around the globe and defending against government enforcement actions.

Our clients include Fortune 100 companies across numerous industries; major defense and aerospace companies and shipbuilders; food and household product manufacturers; energy developers; international construction contractors; high-technology engineering and manufacturing companies; human resources firms; insurance companies; pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers; consumer electronics firms; and information technology service providers. We are active participants in NGOs and bar organizations working in the anti-corruption field. Firm attorneys have also represented foreign governments in dealing with anti-corruption issues, most recently in West Africa and the Caribbean.

We are among the nation’s preeminent anti-corruption lawyers. We are a small, highly specialized law firm with large-firm capabilities and skills and a global reach.

Under the U.S. Federal Acquisition Regulations, Steinman & Rodgers qualifies as a Woman-Owned Small Business. Moreover, under the Size Standards published by the United States Small Business Administration, Steinman & Rodgers qualifies as a small business.