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K Street Powerbroker Manuel Ortiz Joins Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
6/22/11

Top five lobbying firm’s depth and versatility grow with premier talent

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has brought on premier Democratic strategist Manuel Ortiz to its government relations team. Ortiz has been recognized by multiple major media and political outlets as a top lobbyist and strategist in Washington, and joins Brownstein after more than a decade of experience successfully representing clients in the halls of Congress and in the executive branch.

Brownstein’s reputation on K Street is already phenomenal, and I’m eager to help further propel its exceptional work,” said Ortiz. “I’m joining a collection of top talent whose strategies get results, and I look forward to being part of a team that pursues clients’ complex challenges with vigor.”

Ortiz will join the Washington D.C. office of the firm, ranked fifth for lobbying revenue in 2010, as a shareholder in the government relations department and co-chair of the office's management committee. He’ll focus in areas including telecommunications, transportation, financial services, tax and energy.

"Manny brings an unparalleled energy to client service and has more than a decade of experience in the lobbying arena," said Al Mottur, managing partner of Brownstein’s Washington office. "He is tireless in his devotion to his clients and to building political relationships. And unlike many, he is never afraid to use his political capital. We are tremendously excited about Manny’s talents, energy, relationships, and leadership, and look forward to immediately integrating him into our DC team.”

Most recently, Ortiz served as director at Quinn Gillespie & Associates (QGA) where he advocated for clients in the areas of telecommunications, transportation, financial services, tax and energy. He is also an experienced advisor to corporate leaders at companies such as Sony, MetLife, Microsoft, Hilton, Qualcomm, Visa and Verizon, in developing advocacy style campaigns to help achieve their goals. Prior to QGA, he was a transactional attorney with the international law firms of Verner Liipfert Bernhard McPherson & Hand and Greenberg Traurig LLP.

A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ortiz is nationally recognized for his work to advance the interests of U.S. territories and foreign governments with federal agencies, Congress and the White House. Dedicated to Hispanic causes, he has been influential in helping to formulate policy within the Hispanic community and helped to create a national political infrastructure for Hispanics within the umbrella of the Democrat party. On behalf of Puerto Rico, he facilitated an increase in its Medicaid and Medicare funding, from $500 million to more than $1 billion annually. Ortiz’s clients on the island have included Puerto Rico’s Senate, the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, the city of San Juan and the largest Puerto Rican banking institution.

Ortiz was honored as one of “the young lobbyists with the most influence in Washington” in this year’s 40 Under 40 listing by The Washingtonian alongside another Brownstein team member, Carmencita Whonder. For many years, The Hill has included him in its annual Top Lobbyists special section. Known as one of Washington’s top powerbrokers, Ortiz’s reputation expands beyond the Beltway. The New York Times has called him, “Puerto Rico's go to guy in Washington,” and CNN has touted him as, “one of Washington’s top power brokers.” Even Golf Digest, in its annual list of DC influencers, gave Ortiz the nod this month, recognizing him as one of Washington’s Top 150 Golfers.

Ortiz received his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Kansas where he was captain of the men’s tennis team.