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Issued : Wednesday, March 28, 2012 03:07 PM
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Top US law firm taps 2 PR partners

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Holland & Knight, one of the largest law firms in the United States, has added Puerto Rican lawyers Jesús E. Cuza and Ina María Berlingeri as partners in the South Florida Litigation Practice Group.

Both attorneys will maintain offices in Miami and Fort Lauderdale and work closely with the firm’s Commercial Litigation, International Litigation and Arbitration and Latin America Teams. The two were most recently shareholders with Greenberg Traurig where they represented a variety clients in cases heard before the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.

Cuza is one of a small number of attorneys in the United States who handles complex commercial and civil litigation matters filed in Spanish and English speaking jurisdictions. During the last 21 years, Cuza has represented numerous prestigious and well-known public companies as lead counsel in civil actions filed in Florida, Puerto Rico, New York, Georgia, New Jersey, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Ohio, Texas, Illinois and California.

Cuza started his career in Puerto Rico with Vicente & Cuebas and later was an associate with McConnell Valdes and Goldman Antonetti & Cordova, PSC. He is listed in Florida Trend magazine’s “Legal Elite” as a top attorney in his field.

During an interview with CARIBBEAN BUSINESS, Cuza said at Holland and Knight he will continue to represent island companies in litigation in the states as well as in Puerto Rico and vice versa.

“We represent Puerto Rican clients in matters in the United States. In Puerto Rico, we work in local and federal courts with local law firms,” he said.

Adolfo Jiménez, chair of Holland & Knight’s South Florida Litigation Practice Group described Cuza as a talented and versatile litigator who will provide depth and strengthen the firm’s international capabilities.

“Our litigation attorneys in South Florida are among the best. We’re focused on expanding our group with the highest quality lawyers and Jesús and Ina are perfect,” Jiménez said. “Their experience in cases around the country and Latin America are valuable assets to our team and clients.”

Berlingeri represents domestic and international clients in complex commercial litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels in both English and Spanish speaking jurisdictions. Her cases have included trademark, copyright, RICO, and mass tort litigation. She has represented private and public clients in the area of e-commerce and has participated in the negotiation of multimillion dollar software and system contracts. Additionally, she was responsible for drafting a bill for the development of Puerto Rico’s electronic signature infrastructure; that eventually became the law that served as the backbone of the island’s eGovernment initiative.

Berlingeri served as clerk to former Puerto Rico Supreme Court Chief Justice Jose Andreu García and worked with Goldman Antonetti & Cordova, PSC prior to moving to Florida. She received her LL.M. from Harvard Law School, her J.D. from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, and her B.A. from Amherst College.

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