Carlos Urrutia-Valenzuela is Senior Partner at Brigard & Urrutia, Colombia’s oldest and one of the largest and most prestigious law firms. Mr. Urrutia attended the Johns Hopkins University for two years of undergraduate studies, and then transferred to the Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá Colombia, to pursue his legal education; he graduated in 1974 and obtained a Doctor at Law degree.
In 1975, Mr. Urrutia was appointed Secretary General of the Governorship of the State of Cundinamarca, and subsequently Secretary of Finance. In 1977, Mr. Urrutia joined Brigard & Urrutia and was made a Partner in 1981. Mr. Urrutia served as the firm’s Managing Partner between 2000 and 2012. From August 2012 to November 2013, Mr. Urrutia was Ambassador of Colombia to the United States of America. In 2014, he returned to Brigard & Urrutia as Senior Partner.
During his 40 years career at the firm, Mr. Urrutia has advised clients in a wide variety of matters, concentrating in aviation law, commercial law, banking, international financial transactions, arbitration and litigation, particularly in the context of complex cost overrun claims arising under construction contracts.
Brigard & Urrutia has been involved in many of the most important transactions that have taken place in the past six years and has represented clients in landmark cases involving disputes before the courts and arbitration panels (national and international).
Mr. Urrutia’s clients are some of the world’s leading national and multinational companies, as well as banks and financial institutions with interests in Colombia.
In addition to Spanish, Mr. Urrutia is fluent in English and French.
Firm: Brigard & Urrutia Attorneys
Entry Year: 1977
University: Universidad de los Andes
Degree: Doctor of Laws