MIAMI — With their Miami firm just a year old, law partners Ignacio Alvarez and Carlos Gonzalez weren’t looking to make any career moves.
But when Rimon Law came calling, they listened — and liked what they heard.
“We weren’t looking for it. We liked the practice that we had. We weren’t looking to join another firm, to join the hierarchy, to join the committees,” Alvarez told the Florida Record. “The Rimon platform was too good to pass up.”
Alvarez and Gonzalez joining Rimon Law was announced in a Jan. 1 news release on Rimon Law's website.
It was the lack of bureaucracy at the company that lured the pair, Alvarez said.
“Rimon gives us the flexibility to run the Miami office and access a network of attorneys that are very qualified,” he said. “There is no bureaucracy. They take care of business.”
Alvarez predicts that more firms may go the Rimon way, as clients and lawyers demand it.
“The way I see the corporate clients, they want to get away from $1,000 an hour in billing and the marble and the view. They want high quality without paying. I do see this being the new trend for law practice,” he said.
Good service with low overhead is appealing to clients, Alvarez said.
Rimon Law has 17 offices internationally, according to its website. Alvarez and Gonzalez, whose boutique firm was called Alvarez Gonzalez, will stay in their downtown Miami office, according to a report by Daily Business Review.
“Alvarez Gonzalez’s broad legal experience, international network, and standing within South Florida’s diverse community make it an ideal choice for Rimon’s continuing expansion into Florida,” according to a news release on the Rimon Law website.
Alvarez focuses his practice on internal corporate investigations, corporate governance and compliance, civil litigation, regulatory matters and political advocacy, according to the news release. Also from the release, Gonzalez's representation includes individuals, corporations, financial institutions and government entities “in international and complex civil disputes and white-collar criminal matters.”
“What’s going to be new now is working together with not only the great attorneys that Rimon has, but the world platform that we can provide to our clients,” Alvarez said.
Alvarez earned his Juris Doctor from the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova University, according to the Rimon website, and has a bachelor’s and master’s from Florida International University. He is fluent in Spanish.
Gonzalez earned his J.D. at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law in Chicago, and degrees in political science and Middle Eastern studies from Emory University in Atlanta, according to Rimon. He is fluent in Spanish and Arabic.
“We are very excited to have Ignacio and Carlos join Rimon. As the gateway to Latin America, we believe that Miami is a major business hub. Our decision to expand into Miami reflects our belief that Miami is now one of the major centers for business, trade, and the practice of law in the Americas,” Michael Moradzadeh, CEO and founding partner of Rimon, said on the firm’s website.