Javier Fernández-Samaniego is Managing Director of SAMANIEGO Law, an alternative Iberoamerican law firm specializing in technology law and dispute resolution. Javier is licensed to practice law in Spain and is a Certified Foreign Legal Consultant (Spanish Law) by the Florida Bar. Javier's practice focuses mainly in Commercial/IT disputes and major Tech & Privacy projects, including GDPR advocacy and compliance. Before launching Samaniego Law, Javier was the founding and managing partner of the Spanish office of Bird & Bird and previously he worked in the law firms Linklaters and Cuatrecasas and in the public body CDTI (Spanish Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology and representative body of the European Space Agency in Spain).
Javier seats as an arbitrator and mediator. He is a CEDR accredited mediator and member of CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals and its European Advisory Board. He was one of the first lawyers to represent a private sector data controller during an inspection and the subsequent enforcement proceedings by the Spanish Data Protection Agency back in 1996.
Educational background: He has a Law Degree from San Pablo CEU (Madrid, Spain) and a Business Administration degree from Università Politecnica delle Marche (Ancona, Italy). Javier is a Senior Fellow at Steven Green School of International & Public Affairs at FIU (Florida International University) (Miami, FL).