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.