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 our exclusively recommended Anti-Corruption Law expert in Washington, DC on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Brooke directly using the contact details listed above.

Brooke is a founding member, majority owner, and Managing Partner of Steinman & Rodgers. With nearly a decade of experience, Ms. Rodgers is recognised as a leading expert on the FCPA and anti-corruption matters in the defence 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, customised 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 organisations 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.