Areas of Practice
  • Spanish
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • Georgetown University, B.S.F.S., 1982
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Puerto Rico
  • US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Luis G. Fortuño

1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 8015
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Former Governor of Puerto Rico Luis G. Fortuño is a partner in Steptoe's Washington office, where he is a member of the Corporate, Securities & Finance Group and the Government Affairs and Public Policy Group.  He is also involved in Steptoe’s Latin American practice.  In private practice, Mr. Fortuño has represented Fortune 500 companies in regulatory, financial, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate matters throughout Latin America.

Under Mr. Fortuño’s leadership as governor, between 2008 and 2012, Puerto Rico implemented the largest tax cut in the territory’s history, right-sized its government, reined in deficit spending, and developed new sources of government revenue.  As a result, in the last two years of his term, Puerto Rico experienced economic growth for the first time in six years.  Additionally, Mr. Fortuño’s signature public-private partnerships law paved the way for two of the largest recent infrastructure investments in the US, one in Puerto Rico’s highway system and the island’s main international airport.

Following law school graduation, Mr. Fortuño joined the corporate practice of a leading Puerto Rico law firm.  In 1993, he was appointed executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company and president of Puerto Rico's Hotel Development Corporation.  In 1994, Mr. Fortuño was appointed Puerto Rico's Secretary of Economic Development and Commerce, a position he held until 1997, when he returned to private practice for another eight years.

Since 2001, Mr. Fortuño has served as Puerto Rico’s National Committeeman at the Republican National Committee.  In the 2004 general elections, Mr. Fortuño was elected as Puerto Rico’s sole representative in the US House of Representatives.  His peers in Congress then elected him vice-president of the House Republican freshman class.  He also served as vice-chair of the Congressional Hispanic Conference during the 109th Congress and as chair during the 110th Congress.  Additionally, he served as co-chair of the Congressional Friends of Spain Caucus.  In 2007, he was appointed as the Republican minority's Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs for the 110th Congress.  He also served as a member of the following House committees: Transportation and Infrastructure, Natural Resources, International Relations, and Education and Workforce.

Mr. Fortuño is a member of the American Law Institute.  He served as president of the Council of State Governments (2011-2012) and as chairman of the Southern Governors Association (2011-2012).  He also served on the Board of Directors of the Center for Best Practices of the National Governors Association (2010-2012) and was appointed by President Obama to be one of ten governors serving in the Council of Governors (2010-2012).

Speaking Engagements

  • "Development Agenda for the Caribbean," Iberoamerican University and Central Eastern University, May 2014
  • "Puerto Rico Fiscal Situation," Boston Municipal Analysts Forum, March 13, 2014
  • "The Market Potential of Latin America," Conservative Political Action Conference, March 8, 2014
  • "Constitutional and Legal Implications of the Status of Puerto Rico Discussion," Georgetown University Law Center, January 29, 2014
  • "Business Opportunities in Latin America," Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, October 28, 2013
  • "The Free Trade Agreement Between the US and the EU," Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, October 9, 2013
  • Keynote speaker, "Can-Do States: A New Era for Infrastructure Investment," Brookings Institution, July 12, 2013
  • "The Use of P-3s in Social Infrastructure Projects," High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus (US Congress), July 10, 2013
  • "Public-Private Partnerships in Infrastructure Projects," International Transportation and Logistics Conference, May 7, 2013
  • "Infrastructure Financing for Cities," Clinton Global Initiative & US Chamber of Commerce, April 19, 2013
  • Keynote speaker, "Public-Private Partnerships in Puerto Rico," Tunnel and Turnpike Association's Annual Transportation Finance and Mileage-Based User Fee Symposium, April 15, 2013

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