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The firm was organized on February 1, 1987 under the name of Goytisolo & S�ez. In July of 1991, Messrs. Jose E. Martinez (University of Miami B.B.A., 1962, and LL.B., 1965) and Renaldy J. Gutierrez (University of Miami J.D. 1985 cum laude and Harvard University LL.M., 1988), joined the firm as counsel, and became name partners in September 1992 (later to be known as Martinez & Gutierrez). In September 2002, as a result of Mr. Martinez’s judicial appointment to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the firm was renamed Gutierrez & Associates. The firm is “av” rated by Martindale-Hubbell.


Mr. Gutierrez was in-house counsel to an important international investment group before joining the firm. He is admitted to the Nicaragua Bar Association. He is a Commissioner of the East Everglades Acquisition Project; and a panel member under ICDR International Commercial Arbitration and of the ICSID (World Bank).


Kathleen M. Sales, (Duke University, B.A., 1989, and New York Law School, J.D., 1997), born in Newton, Massachusetts, June 15, 1967; admitted to Bar: Florida, 1998. Practice area: General Civil Litigation; Product Liability Litigation. Ms. Sales became an associate in April 1999

Lourdes N. Gutierrez, (Florida International University, B.A., 1989, and St. Thomas University School of Law, J.D., 2008), born in Managua, Nicaragua, October 23, 1975; admitted to Bar: Florida, 2008. Practice area: Real Estate; Corporate Law; and Commercial Transactions. Ms. Gutierrez became an associate in October 2008.

Of Counsels

Robert J. Schaffer, (Indiana University, J.D., cum laude, 1971). Practice Areas: General Civil and Trial Practice; Appellate Practice in all Courts; Commercial Litigation; Collections; Corporate Law; Business Law.

Daniel H. Forman, (Antioch School of Law, Washington D.C., J.D. 1976). Practice Areas: Criminal Litigation. Appellate Practice in all Courts.

Primary Areas of Practice

The firm has extensive experience in litigation relating to insurance defense, product liability defense, collections, construction, and civil litigation, in general. Likewise, its attorneys have substantial experience in business and corporate law, real estate acquisitions and development. The firm is an approved title agent for Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund.


Mr. Gutierrez: Judd L. Kessler, Esq., (301/320-9170) and Theodore O. Prounis, Esq. (212/421-0306).

Representative Clients

American Airlines, Borden, Inc., California Insurance Commissioner, United States Tobacco International, Ford Motor Company, The Philip Morris Companies, Florida Department of Insurance, Emerson Electric Co., E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, and U.S. Education Finance Corporation.


1200 Brickell Ave., Suite 350, Miami, Florida 33131, Tel: (305) 577-4500 Facsimile: (305) 577-8690
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