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Q&A- Zarema Jaramillo, Office Managing Partner, Washington DC, for Lowenstein Sandler 

 

Why did Lowenstein open a Washington D.C. office?

Lowenstein Sandler opened its Washington, D.C. location in 2014 as part of the firms national expansion efforts, after having added a Palo Alto office to its legacy officesIt was a natural outgrowth of the firm’s need for traditional regulatory support for its strong corporate client base. Five years later, I assumed the role of managing partner in D.C, with a focus on further growing the Washington office into a full service office consistent with the needs of our clients. (For a video overview of the firm’s DC office, click here).

How does it fit in with the firm’s larger efforts to serve clients?

The synergy of our core practices here in D.C. seamlessly complement the firm’s wide range of transactional work in technology, private equity, and life sciences, as well as others, and enables us to offer a multidimensional, global perspective to businesses operating around the world. For example, our M&A and Tech Group colleagues rely on us for advice on premerger clearance issues, due diligence related to trade, privacy, and other regulatory compliance aspects of our clients’ transactions.  At the same time, our DC-based multi-disciplinary team advises, counsels, and represents clients in a wide range of issues that arise through their lifecycles, calling on our labor and employment, litigation, M&A, and tech group colleagues, as needed.

To what do you attribute the growth of the office?

We are growing quickly because we are attracting the highest caliber of attorneys who are able to collaborate in a great culture that encourages an entrepreneurial mindset. It’s a collection of highly experience lawyers who are smart but humble, and are committed to giving the best service to their clients.

We also have been successful in attracting diverse lateral candidates. As a woman-led office, we are focusing our efforts on making it a place where all lawyers can grow and succeed and shape their practices in a way that allows them to be all that they can be. And they have the support of the entire firm in doing so. Lowenstein is consistently named one of the “Best Places to Work” by numerous rankings; this year The Vault named us one of the “2021 Best Law Firms in the Mid-Atlantic.” I also had the recent privilege of accepting on behalf of the firm an award from Working Mother magazine for being a top law firm for women.

 

How do you and your colleagues work with the tech community?

We understand the business, the science, and the legal issues shaping the technology sector. With deep domain experience in technology and media, we provide effective solutions for established brands and more than 500 startups annually. Our passion is helping innovators achieve their goals. Lowenstein represents some of the most iconic companies in the tech landscape like Applied Materials, Intel, Google, Red Hat, Cypress Semiconductor, and Electronic Arts. They depend on us to anticipate –- and meet –- their needs rather than merely react.

What are some of the services offered through the Washington D.C. office?

For tech clients, we focus on Antitrust/Competition, Global Trade & Policy, Insurance Recovery, and White Collar Criminal Defense matters, but the interdisciplinary nature of the firm’s practices and our collaborative culture means we work seamlessly with our colleagues across all of the firm’s other offices and practice areas.

Our antitrust work in the tech space includes the intersection of IP and antitrust, such as patent pools, licensing issues for standard essential patents (SEPs), and FRAND/RAND licensing terms, as well as complex antitrust issues faced by fintech companies. Our trade practice helps tech clients with issues like CFIUS clearance for foreign investments in technology that has national security implications and we are providing guidance on the critical technology pilot program and recent changes that have broadened the law and added a mandatory filing requirement.

What unique experience do you have?

Like many of my colleagues, I bring a unique perspective of a former government official to help our clients address and anticipate regulatory challenges. I served at the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration in the Office of China and, later, as the Acting Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Good Governance Program in the Office of Russia. We also have on our team former regulators from the U.S. Department of Treasury, the Department of Justice, and Security and Exchange Commission. We understand how the government works, and our clients value our insight and our ability to provide practical and tailored approach for responding to government inquiries and mitigating regulatory risks. This helps our clients so that they can focus on what they do best: innovating and growing their business.

 

Why is your firm interested in NVTC?

As a firm, our tech clients run the gamut across industries, products, and services. Many are on the leading edge of biotech and life sciences, semiconductor and LED technologies, biometrics, and software.  We work with innovators of emerging technologies ranging from low-orbit satellite to generic pharma, as well as with clients in traditional industries such as government contracting, manufacturing and logistics, and investment management. We’re a firm that gets tech, and we want to support the local burgeoning tech industry through our participation in NVTC, among other groups focused on the technology sector.

 

Questions

Responses

Where were you born?

I was born in the former Soviet Union, and my family immigrated to the United States when I was fourteen.

What was your first job?

I started working at 16. During the week, after school, I worked at a retail store in the local mall, and later, as a cashier, at a grocery store. I also worked as an organist at a local church.

Did you learn anything at that job you still do today?

Client service and community strength.

What did you imagine you’d be doing right now when you were a kid and how did you decide to become a lawyer?

My mother was a concert pianist. I grew up playing the piano and never considered a career in anything other than music. When I was applying to colleges, we only had been in the US for three years. My parents were still trying to land on their feet and provide for the family, so they could not afford to contribute for my college education. I applied to several music conservatories with the hope that my piano playing skills would result in a scholarship and, luckily, was accepted and received a scholarship that covered my tuition from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.

After I had an opportunity to intern in Washington with the United States Agency for International Development and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Those experiences made me realize I wanted to be a lawyer.

I certainly never imagined I would be where I am today. And I am thankful to everyone who supported me and provided me with leadership and growth opportunities along the way.

If I wasn’t working at Lowenstein, I would be:

Working for a non-profit organization that helps protect children. Children are one of the most vulnerable groups within society and are, literally, our future. As Nelson Mandela said: “There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.” There are so many kids who need our protection and support when their parents, teachers, or governments cannot, or choose not, to do so. And I would love an opportunity to make even a small change for the better, personally and/or as part of an organization.

What are your hobbies?

I enjoy interior design, reading historical fiction, and exploring the world. I have a list of trips I’m going to book as soon as the pandemic-triggered restrictions are lifted, time-permitting, of course.