Christopher R.J. Pace has joined the Miami office of Jones Day as a partner in its business and tort litigation practice. Before he was a partner at Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP. He is a former assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of Florida, law clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court , and law clerk to Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Pace has a bachelor’s of business administration from Southern Methodist University and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Robert J. Downing has joined Greenberg Traurig as a shareholder in its Latin American and Iberian Practice Group and Global Energy and Infrastructure Practice Group. He will split his time between the firm’s Miami and Houston office. Before, Downing worked as Associate General Counsel at Duke Energy International, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, the largest electric utility in the United States. His experience also includes having been senior attorney at the Cisneros Group and senior vice president of business and legal affairs at Telemundo Network Group. He has a bachelor’s in political science, a J.D. and an MBA from Columbia University, and a master of laws from the University of Houston.
Michael “Mike” Hornreich has joined Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial as a partner and will practice in the firm’s Miami office. Before, he was a shareholder and co-chair of the construction law practice at Greenberg Traurig‘s Orlando office. He received both his bachelor’s in environmental engineering and his J.D. from the University of Florida. A graduate of Hollywood Hills High School, he was All-State tackle on the school’s state championship football team in 1973.
Best advice he ever received: The only thing you should ever hope someone will give you is an opportunity to help other people.
Nelson Bellido has joined Roig Tutan, Rosenberg, Martin & Stoller as the managing partner of the firm’s downtown Miami office. Before that, he was a managing partner of the Miami office of Concepción Martinez & Bellido. Bellido has a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a law degree from the University of Florida.
Before, he was at Shendell & Pollock, P.S., in Boca Raton. He has also been in-house counsel to Travelers Insurance Company, was a solo practitioner for nine years, and also has worked at numerous law firms throughout Florida.
Other experience: He is a member and past chairman of the Broward County Florida Bar Grievance Committee and a past member of the Miami-Dade County Florida Bar Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. He is a Florida Supreme Court certified mediator. He was a captain in the Army JAG Corps, and also was a civilian attorney with the U.S. Army Claims Service, defending medical malpractice claims.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in English literature from Brooklyn College; J.D. from the University of Miami.
Best advice he ever received: Speak simply. Previous to attending law school, the words “before” and “after” worked fine and didn’t sound pretentious. They didn’t need to become “prior” and “subsequent.”