Former Attorney General Of Puerto Rico Joins Akerman Senterfitt In DC

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - 00:00

Akerman Senterfitt has announced that Jos A. Fuentes has joined the firm's Government Affairs group as a shareholder in the Washington, DC office. Mr. Fuentes will advise clients on Federal Legislative and Government Affairs as well as litigation strategies.

Mr. Fuentes joins from Reed Smith LLP, where he was a partner and the marketing chair of the Federal Government Relations practice group.

Prior to that he was co-chair of the Bush 2000 Presidential Election Committee for Puerto Rico and the Hispanic surrogate speaker for the campaign in Washington, DC, handling more than 200 debates and interviews on such media outlets as CNN en Espaol, Telemundo and Univision.

As Attorney General of the Government of Puerto Rico for three years, he was responsible for the legal representation of the entire Puerto Rican government and legislature, managing a staff of 500 attorneys and 2,200 employees. During that time he served as chairman of the Puerto Rico-U.S. Virgin Islands High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Executive Committee, established a compensation fund for victims of crime, and helped to establish an office providing counseling to families dealing with child or spousal abuse.

Akerman Senterfitt also has announced that Jane Wexton has joined the firm as its Compliance Practices and Advisory Services leader, working from the New York and Washington, DC offices. She will assist national and international clients in assessing corporate risk and establishing and evaluating corporate compliance programs and best practices.

Over the past two decades, Ms. Wexton's career in international and corporate regulatory compliance has included the creation of prevention, detection and remediation programs in over 100 countries. Previously, Ms. Wexton was senior vice president and chief compliance officer for GE Consumer Finance, leading a team of 350 compliance officers in 50 countries.

A member of Akerman Senterfitt's recently launched White Collar, Parallel Proceedings and Corporate Advisory Group has authored a chapter in the American Bar Association's recently published Criminal Antitrust Litigation Handbook (Second Edition). Keith Rounsaville, a nationally-recognized expert and Florida Bar Board Certified practitioner in antitrust and trade regulation law, has more than 35 years of experience defending corporations and individuals in federal grand jury proceedings and other federal and state investigations of economic crimes, and is ranked number one in Antitrust Law in Florida by Chambers USA .

Mr. Rounsaville's chapter, Disclo-sure of Exculpatory Evidence, focuses on government prosecutors' constitutional obligation under the Brady rule to provide to the defense any evidence that is potentially exculpatory or that could bear on the credibility of government witnesses.