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 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, crop insurance, 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 the E.U., Canada, Spanish-speaking countries of the Western Hemisphere, and Spain with legal, regulatory, and commercial issues in the USA.
Addressed the food and agriculture section of the World Economic Forum in 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 commodity negotiations during the U.S.-Panama Free Trade Agreement negotiations.
Twice served as a staff lawyer to one of the major standing committees of the U.S. House of Representatives – first as counsel to the Subcommittee on Department Investigation Oversight and Research (1977-1980) of the House Committee on Agriculture 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 for eight years, where he coordinated the company’s legislative efforts in the areas of tax (IRS Code, Section 936), health, international trade, intellectual property rights, state government affairs, and companywide grassroots lobbying efforts.
Represents clients before the Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on food safety issues.
Represents clients before the Ways & Means and Senate Finance Committee on trade and tax issues.
Successfully represented Knapp Chevrolet of Houston, Texas during the worst economic crisis, since the great depression, when Knapp was added without due process to the General Motors termination list and worked with Congress to persuade the Obama Car Czar to remove Knapp from the termination list. Knapp continues to thrive economically in Houston and is one of GM’s top performing auto dealerships in the State of Texas.
Successfully obtained payments from the Dominican Republic Government owed to a U..S Citizen who owned an LPG business in the D.R. that supplied the DR Government with 35% of its LPG requirements. The D.R. Government attempted to ruin the U.S. Citizen’s business to force him to sell to a resident of the D.R. at a reduced cost. Working with the U.S. Congress and the US Department of State, Mr. Pena was able to compel the D.R. Government to pay the pending invoices to the US citizen.
Successfully represented Jack Kent Cooke on a celebrity divorce matter involving the Dominican Republic Government and the US Government.
For 13 years, successfully represented the Farm Credit Bank of Texas on all Farm Credit issues and matters before the U.S. Congress and the Farm Credit Administration.
Represented a major U.S. Oil Company on matters involving an LNG plant before the Government of the State of Baja California and the Government of Mexico on environmental and joint venture issues. Assisted the U.S. oil company with a meeting with the President of Mexico’s wife who was involved in the sensitive environmental issues in Baja California.
Successfully represented Jack in the Box restaurant chain on a key contractual franchise matter with 10 Mexican franchise owners who were not adhering to the franchise contract with Jack in the Box for the restaurants in Mexico.
Successfully represented a U.S. cellular phone carrier in their efforts to collect a debt of several million dollars from the largest telephone carrier in Mexico.
Represent a New Zealand dairy co-op on legislative and regulatory matters before the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch of the U.S. Federal Government.
Represent the peanut shelling industry before the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government on legislative, regulatory, and public policy matters.
Represented the upstream and downstream oil industry before the U.S. Congress.
Represent a major Canadian agriculture trade association on legislative, regulatory, and public policy issues before the U.S. Congress.
Principal representative of the Chamber of the Americas (COTA) in Washington, D.C. and advise the COTA member companies on the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch of the US Government.
Serves on the Board of Skyscraper Farms LLC, a vertical farming operation owned by a SDVOSB and provides advice and counsel to the vertical farming operation to assist the SDVOSB and staff with access to capital and to the public policy makers in the field of agriculture in Congress and the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government, as well as agriculture NGOs.
Represent an organization that provides sources of meat protein to the Department of Defense and the Defense Logistics Agency to feed the men and women that serve in the military of the USA with the goal of keeping the source viable and safe from terrorist attacks as well as interference in the sourcing of quality meat protein for our most important troops and soldiers who defend our country daily.
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
Staff Director, U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, 1988-1990
Legislative Counsel, Bristol Myers, 1980-1988
Subcommittee Counsel, U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, 1977-1980
Assistant District Attorney, State of Texas, 1974-1977