Areas of Practice
Languages
  • Spanish
Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., 2005
  • Columbia Law School, J.D., Whitney North Seymour Medal, 1996
  • Amherst College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1993
Judicial Clerkships
  • Hon. Baltasar Corrada del Río, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, 1996-1997
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Puerto Rico

Jose R. Gonzalez-Magaz

Partner
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 8110
FAX: +1 202 261 0598

Jose R. Gonzalez-Magaz, a partner in Steptoe's Washington office, has nearly twenty years of experience representing clients in litigation, international arbitration, and antitrust matters.  He has extensive corporate compliance experience in the US and abroad, responding to government regulators, defending against enforcement actions, and conducting internal investigations.  He also provides advice regarding the regulation of remittance transfers and the Bank Secrecy Act.

Litigation and International Arbitration

Mr. Gonzalez-Magaz has first-chair experience, having appeared in federal and state courts across the country for large commercial and insurance cases, construction disputes, and environmental and toxic tort claims.  Mr. Gonzalez-Magaz has also represented clients in international arbitrations under ICSID, ICC, and ad hoc rules, including the then highest NAFTA Chapter 11 award against Mexico for expropriation of investments.  Working with local counsel, he has advised multinational clients regarding commercial issues and disputes under the laws of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Brazil, Mexico, and other Latin American nations.

Mr. Gonzalez-Magaz is also recognized for his experience designing e-discovery processes.  Since 2007, Mr. Gonzalez-Magaz has managed Steptoe’s Complex Litigation and Discovery Center (CLDC), a facility in Rockville, MD, that provides mass litigation and e-discovery services.  The CLDC has developed a nationwide network of local litigation counsel under fixed fee arrangements.

Antitrust and Competition Law

Mr. Gonzalez-Magaz's competition practice covers several fields of antitrust litigation, focusing on Sherman Act Section 1 price-fixing and Section 2 “abuse of monopoly power” claims.  He has prepared complex merger-clearance submissions to US, European, and Latin American competition authorities; and has negotiated, and conducted “proffer” meetings, with the enforcement agencies for compliance with second requests.  Mr. Gonzalez-Magaz has provided advice on the interaction of US antitrust statutes and their Latin American counterparts, and is an advisor to Chile’s National Economic Prosecutor regarding competition policy.  He has led internal investigations and provided training and compliance manuals concerning search warrants and “dawn raids."

Energy

For the governments of the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, Mr. González-Magaz assisted in the development of energy and regulatory policy for the use of natural gas.  He also offers clients transactional experience negotiating and drafting engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts, operation and maintenance (O&M) contracts, and power purchase agreements (PPAs). 

Selected Presentations

  • “The Role of Corruption Allegations in International Arbitration Cases,” XLIII Conference of the Inter-American Bar Association, Mexico City, Mexico, June 15, 2007
  • “Electronic Data Discovery Technology & Terminology – A Primer for In-House Counsel,” Association of Corporate Counsel’s Litigation Committee webinar, July 26, 2007
  • “The Troubled Interaction of the Commercial Laws of Mexico and Recent ICC Arbitration Awards,” International Commercial Arbitration in the Americas: A Look Ahead Conference, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC, April 14, 2008
  • "Consideraciones Prácticas Sobre el Programa de Clemencia del Departamento de Justicia (División de Competencia) de EEUU”, 4th Colloquium on Competition, Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 16, 2009
  • “Evolving Case Law Yielding Higher Sanctions for Spoliation,” Puerto Rico Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, San Juan, PR, November 10, 2010
  • “E-Discovery Best Practices and Cost-Saving Preparations,” SIGMA (Fuel Marketers) Trade Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, November 12, 2010
  • “Adoption of the Noerr-Pennington Doctrine in Latin America,” São Paulo Chamber of Commerce, São Paulo, Brazil, November 25, 2010
  • “Analysis of the US Approach to Unilateral Anticompetitive Conduct,” Annual Conference of the Instituto Brasileiro de Estudos de Concorrência (IBRAC), Guarujá, Brazil, November 27, 2010
  • “Practical Considerations Regarding the Leniency Program of the US Department of Justice, Antitrust Division,” Lex Mundi Latin America/Caribbean Regional Conference, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, December 2, 2010
  • “Best Practices for Electronic Document Management,” SIGMA (Fuel Marketers) Trade Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, November 6, 2012
  • "Daubert Motions: Challenging Expert Witnesses & Class Certification Issues," My Legal Conferences webinar, July 9, 2013
  • “Best Practices for Managing Outside Counsel and Reducing Litigation Costs,” SIGMA (Fuel Marketers) Trade Association Spring Meeting, Rancho Mirage, CA, April 8, 2014
  • "Daubert Motions in Construction Litigation: Making and Defending Challenges," Strafford Publications webinar, April 29, 2014
  • "La Intervención Gubernamental Pro-Competencia Relacionada a Concentraciones Consumadas,” ForoCompetencia Meeting, Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 13, 2014

Noteworthy

  • Listed, Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2013-14), Dispute Resolution: Experts Based Abroad (Puerto Rico)

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