H.R. Bert Peña

Partner

Washington, D.C.
Business Phone: 202.274.2845
Business Fax: 202.274.2994

hrbert.pena@troutmansanders.com

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H. R. Bert Peña has more than 30 years of legal experience in Washington, D.C. His practice focuses on legislative and regulatory matters before the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch of the U.S. government, including the White House, the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Treasury. Bert represents domestic and multinational organizations, trade associations, municipalities, counties and individuals with interests in a variety of areas, including domestic and international agriculture and trade policy, food safety, intellectual property rights, government contracts, contract disputes with foreign governments, international commercial transactions, financial services, franchise law, tax, environmental regulations, energy, health care, education, farm credit, and commodity futures trading commission regulations. He also represents clients from New Zealand, the EU, Canada, and Spanish-speaking countries of the Western Hemisphere and Spain with legal, regulatory, public policy and commercial issues in North America.

Representative Matters

  • Addressed the members of the food and agriculture section of the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland on the topic of the potential for terrorism in the food sector (1991).
  • Advised the Government of Panama on its negotiations with the U.S. government on all agriculture sector issues during the U.S.-Panama Free Trade Agreement negotiations.
  • Twice served as a senior lawyer to one of the major standing committees for the U.S. House of Representatives – first as subcommittee counsel to the Subcommittee on Department Investigation Oversight and Research (1977-1980) and later as chief of staff to the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture (1988-1990), with overall responsibility for all of the legislative and administrative issues before the 49-member committee.
  • Served as legislative counsel for a major pharmaceutical and consumer products company, where he coordinated the company's legislative efforts in the areas of tax, health, international trade, intellectual property rights, state government affairs, and company-wide grassroots lobbying efforts.
  • Represents clients before the House Energy & Commerce Committee on energy, food safety and environmental and commercial issues.
  • Represents clients before the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture on agriculture related matters, including the farm bill and key commodity issues.
  • Represents clients before the Ways & Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee on trade and tax issues.
  • Successfully represented Knapp Chevrolet from Houston, Texas in 2009 when it was added to the termination list by GM during the economic recession and successfully removed it from the termination list.
  • Represents clients before the Judiciary Committees of the House and Senate on key legal issues, including immigration and patent law.

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2013-present
  • Partner, Stinson Morrison Hecker, 2008-2013
  • Partner, Hunton & Williams, 2005-2008
  • Partner, Hogan & Hartson, 1992-2005
  • Partner, Hopkins & Sutter, 1990-1992
  • Chief of Staff, House Committee on Agriculture, 1988-1990
  • Senior Legislative Counsel, Bristol Myers, 1980-1988
  • Subcommittee Counsel, House Committee on Agriculture, 1977-1980
  • Assistant District Attorney for State of Texas, 1974-1977

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Education

  • St. Mary's University, J.D., 1974
  • University of Texas at Edinburg, B.A., 1971

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Texas

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States

Languages

  • Spanish