Lowenstein Sandler has named partner Zarema A. Jaramillo as head of its Washington, D.C., office, effective as of January 1, 2020. Jaramillo will further the firm’s efforts to strategically grow Lowenstein’s presence in the nation’s capital. The D.C. office was founded in 2014 by Jeffrey Blumenfeld, who has led its expansion over the past five years.      

“Zarema’s extensive experience in both government and the private sector will strengthen the impressive foundation laid by Jeff Blumenfeld, the founding partner of our D.C. office,” said firm Chair and Managing Partner Gary M. Wingens. “Zarema is universally respected by everyone she works with, both inside and outside of the firm, making her the right leader to continue the growth of the D.C. office.” 

Blumenfeld joined the firm in 2013 as Chair of Lowenstein’s antitrust practice and with the aim of founding a D.C. office for the firm. The office officially opened in 2014 and has grown to include Insurance Recovery, Global Trade & Policy, and an expanded Antitrust/Competition practice. Blumenfeld will continue as Co-chair of the firm’s Antitrust/Competition group, representing companies and their investors on competition issues.

“The synergy of these practices with the firm’s wide range of transactional work enables Lowenstein’s D.C.-based lawyers to offer a multidimensional, global perspective to businesses operating around the world,” said Blumenfeld. “Zarema’s experience further enhances our ability to serve as strategic partners for clients who must keep informed of constantly evolving government regulations and policies governing their global businesses.”

“All of our D.C.-based teams provide essential services to facilitate and maximize Lowenstein’s ongoing work in private equity, M&A, trade, and antitrust matters,” said Jaramillo. “I look forward to not only building on the strengths we have already established but to expanding our D.C. presence and growing our White Collar Criminal Defense, Intellectual Property Litigation, and other practices here.”

Jaramillo served as a trade specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration in the Office of China and as the Acting Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Corporate Governance Program in the Office of Russia. During her tenure in these roles, she provided guidance to U.S. companies regarding bilateral and unilateral treaties and trade agreements and compliance with international standards. 

At Lowenstein, Zarema advises clients from the financial services, technology, life sciences, telecommunications, and other sectors on complex antitrust matters such as government investigations, M&A transactions, and complex litigation, including high-stakes class action defense. She also defends clients in enforcement matters before state and federal agencies and foreign regulators, and she counsels clients on compliance with U.S. and foreign anti-bribery and anti-corruption regulations and trade laws, including U.S. sanctions, export controls, and import tariff matters.