Manny Ortiz is considered one of Washington's top lobbyists. He is a trusted advisor to Fortune 50 CEOs as well as politicians. Foreign governments, as well as the world's leading corporate brands, depend on Manny for his Democratic ties, strategic advice and development of comprehensive government relations plans to advance and protect their interests. He successfully represents his clients on complex issues in the halls of Congress, the White House and executive agencies. Manny is well known for his recent work on healthcare and Wall Street reform bills.

Manny is an experienced corporate advisor with a strong, results-driven reputation for his blue chip clients, such as Sony, MetLife, Microsoft, Hilton, Qualcomm, Visa and Verizon. His expertise is focused in the areas of immigration, telecommunications, transportation, financial services, tax and energy.

As a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Manny 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.

Manny's clients in the U.S. territory include Puerto Rico’s Senate, the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, The University of Puerto Rico, the City of San Juan and Banco Popular, the largest Puerto Rican financial institution.

On behalf of clients, Manny has played prominent roles in recent successful efforts including:

  • Brownstein played a central role in Freeport LNG obtaining approval from the Department of Energy for a 20-year contract to Export LNG by Vessel from the Freeport LNG Terminal on Quintana Island, Texas to Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations. This is only the second permit issued by the U.S. Department of Energy to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States. Significant opposition to export licenses from domestic chemical companies as well as environmentalists made the process more dramatic.
  • On behalf of Puerto Rico, he led and facilitated an increase in its Medicaid and Medicare funding, from $500 million to more than $1 billion annually.
  • Led a telecom policy and economic initiative to persuade Congress, in the context of debt ceiling negotiations, to exclude our client from a new requirement for incentive auctions and fees on unlicensed spectrum. This prevented our client from having to pay billions of dollars in excessive fees to the government.
  • Lobbied Congress to include and reauthorize a "pro-investment provision" that allows businesses to deduct 100% of their equipment expenses to help stimulate the economy and job growth in 2008 and 2010.
  • On behalf of a Fortune 500 telecommunications company, Brownstein successfully lobbied Senate and House conference negotiators to accept a limited exception for telecommunications services. These related to the sanctions sections of the bill dealing with U.S. interest abroad. The bill was successfully passed in 2012.
  • Designed and executed strategy that led to successful congressional passage of the REIT Modernization Act.
  • Successfully lobbied for an education client to carve out from regulations advocated by the Department of Education by strategically demonstrating to the White House the adverse economic effects of the regulation.
  • Lobbied Congress and the White House to defeat a proposed rule from the Department of Labor, which would impose significant changes to our client's business model. We built significant policymaker opposition and the White House removed the rule from consideration.
  • Successfully lobbied the Securities and Exchange Commission to oppose money market rules proposed by the Chair of the SEC, and supported by the Administration.
  • On behalf of Verizon and Comcast, successfully helped guide efforts to secure approval of spectrum transaction by both the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice after significant congressional oversight.
  • On behalf of a Fortune 50 financial services company, successfully lobbied the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and White House over the course of two years to scale back proposed reforms to money market fund rules. This included securing changes for our client on the shifting of funds to a floating Net Asset Value (NAV).

Manny's reputation expands beyond the Beltway. He has been hailed as “the young lobbyist with the most influence in Washington” by Washingtonian Magazine. The New York Times has praised him as, “Puerto Rico's go to guy in Washington,” and CNN has touted him as, “one of Washington’s Powerhouse Lobbyists.” The Washington Post called him the "Democratic power broker regarded as one of K Street's most influential strategists." Lastly, Golf Digest gave Manny the nod in June 2011 for ranking 58 in Washington’s Top 150 Golfers.

Prior to joining Brownstein, Manny served as director at Quinn Gillespie & Associates, where he played an integral role in making the public affairs firm one of the top outfits in Washington. Previously, Manny worked as a transactional attorney with the international law firms of Verner Liipfert Bernhard McPherson & Hand and Greenberg Traurig LLP.

Prior to law and politics, Manny enjoyed a distinguished tennis career playing professionally in the ATP Tour, serving as Captain of the University of Kansas team and a member of the Puerto Rican Davis Cup team.

Representative Matters
  • On behalf of a transportation client, successfully defeated a provision proposed by the Department of Transportation to repeal self-insurance for motor carriers through coalition building and strategic outreach to Congress.

  • On behalf of a multibillion-dollar freight transportation and logistics company, worked with business and labor leaders and the House Education and the Workforce Committee to reform the multiemployer pension plan system. This bipartisan effort resulted in the enactment of legislation to protect multiemployer pension plans’ solvency and prevent a bailout of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

  • Successfully lobbied the Securities and Exchange Commission to carve out and improve money market rules proposed by the Chair of the SEC, and supported by the Administration.

  • Faced with intense Congressional scrutiny, Brownstein worked with our client to develop congressional messaging, engage in meetings in the United States Senate, and prepare for a high profile congressional hearing, ultimately mitigating Congressional concerns.

  • Brownstein advocated on behalf of DISH Network Corporation (DISH) for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to remove outdated regulations and grant terrestrial flexibility for most of the AWS-4 band. The FCC's actions directly facilitated wireless competition and innovation.

  • On behalf of a Fortune 50 company, successfully defeated an effort by Congress to impose a sanctions framework on foreign parent with devastating consequences to our client.

  • Secured $3.5 million in federal funding over the next three years under the Ryan White program to provide services to HIV/AIDS patients on behalf of our client.

  • Brownstein team for a major corporate client during a very intense period of crisis management when the company was under scrutiny from the Congress, including Hill outreach and extensive hearing preparation. This resulted in two successful hearings on Capitol Hill.

  • Successfully lobbied the NY Governors Office and state legislature to defeat a proposed budget measure that called for the revocation of a foreign tax credit treaty exemption. The measure would have raised billions by imposing a double tax on global companies paying taxation abroad with countries under an existing treaty.

  • Represented Native American tribe before the Bureau of Indian Affairs on an issue related to off-reservation policy and gaming. Also worked with Congressional appropriators to secure support for loan guarantees of economic development projects.

  • Brownstein successfully advocated against AT&T’s proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile for an informal coalition of companies seeking to preserve a competitive mobile wireless marketplace. AT&T abandoned the planned acquisition in December 2011.

  • Brownstein successfully guided major public policy efforts for Comcast Corporation, including advocating in favor of its acquisition of NBCUniversal, which was approved by both the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice after significant Congressional oversight.

  • Brownstein worked closely with industry leaders, House Committee on Ways and Means members, Senate Finance Committee members and the Joint Committee on Taxation to solve existing barriers to foreign capital. The firm represented a large coalition, leading industry trade groups to introduce bills significantly modifying provisions of the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA).

  • Brownstein, along with a coalition of businesses, successfully convinced Congress to pass legislation granting a five-year carry Back for net operating losses. This provision helped Fortune 50 companies to redirect billions of dollars for investment and job creation.

  • Brownstein successfully lobbied the State Department and White House Jobs Council to fix its visa processing backlog that was costing the government a significant loss of tourism income. Unable to secure tourist visas in a reasonable timeframe, many international travelers were forced to cancel vacations to the U.S. Brownstein approached and convinced the Administration that these small proposals would provide a big boost to the national economy. The State Department soon adopted and implemented an expedited processing service.

  • On behalf of Verizon and Comcast, successfully helped guide efforts to secure approval of spectrum transaction by both the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice after significant congressional oversight.

News & Events

Board of Directors, Community Foundation for the National Capital Region

Board Member, Washington Tennis & Education Foundation

Founding Member, Business Forward

Board of Directors, DC Bilingual Public Charter School

Chairman, U.S. Tennis Association

Public Affairs Committee

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Blessed Sacrament

University of Kansas Athletic Corporation

Publications & Presentations
  • J.D., 1998, University of Kansas School of Law
  • B.A., 1995, University of Kansas
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida

Minority 40 Under 40, National Law Journal, 2011

40 Lobbyists Under 40, Washingtonian Magazine, 2011

Top Washington Lobbyists, The Hill, 2004-2013


Florida Bar Association

District of Columbia Bar Association

American Bar Association

Hispanic Bar Association