In the course of his career at AMK, Carlos has been exposed to a wide range of international disputes where his strong foreign language skills have been a valuable asset. Matters that he has been involved in range from international contract, fraud, and intellectual property cases, through banking and investment matters, to shareholder and partnership disputes, the domestic enforcement of foreign judgments, the international procurement of evidence for foreign proceedings (“1782 Actions”), and liaison work with U.S. government law enforcement agencies in pursuing the proceeds of international financial crimes. In recent years Carlos has developed an increasing focus on the many and varied needs of Latin American entrepreneurs entering the North American market, often acting, effectively, as outside general counsel. In this capacity his tri-lingual skills and multicultural background have proved to be of great assistance, not just in surmounting linguistic but also cultural barriers, in detecting and explaining the differing legal and business norms and processes as they apply between the cultures.
Carlos is very active in The Florida Bar’s International Law Section where he holds an executive level position and is active in various committees.
Carlos Federico Osorio Montealegre was born in Managua, Nicaragua, in 1977. His mother’s side of the family is from the fertile lands of Chinandega in the extreme northwest where “Los Montealegre” are still cattle-ranching and planting today. His father, Alfredo Osorio Peters, was the architect of many of Managua’s major buildings and urban developments from the ’60s through the ’90s – whose major buildings were among the few to survive Nicaragua’s disastrous earthquake of 1972. In 1978, at the start of the Nicaraguan Revolution, several of Carlos’s family members joined the Contras, while his parents decided to take their young children to the safer environment of the U.S. where, in common with many other displaced Nicas, they settled in Miami. Carlos did not return to Nicaragua until 1994, to find a country slowly rebuilding after the long and bitter civil war. Most of his family have now returned and most people have, happily, reconciled. Nicaragua is now one of the safest countries in Central America.
Carlos graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1995 and then from Dartmouth College in 1999, where he added conversational Portuguese to his native fluency in Spanish. After six long years in the New Hampshire cold (very nice people, though) he returned to Miami and subsequently obtained his J.D. (cum laude) from the University of Miami School of Law in 2002. He was admitted to The Florida Bar that year and started the practice of international law with Aballi Milne Kalil, becoming admitted as a shareholder (“partner”) of the firm in 2011.
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS / CONFERENCES:
2012 – 10th International Litigation and Arbitration Conference (ILAC). Conference Chairman.
2013 – 11th International Litigation and Arbitration Conference (ILAC). Panelist: Legislative initiatives affecting Florida International Practitioners.
International Law Section of the Florida Bar – Conference at Northern Trust Bank on Asset Protection Issues. Conference Chairman.
2014 – FIBA and VENAMBAR Conference on Venezuelan Currency Issues; Panelist: Currency Frauds – Civil and Criminal Perspectives.
2015 – 13th International Litigation Arbitration and Transactions (ILAT) Conference. Panelist: Out-of-Country Judgment Domestication in Florida.
FIBA and VENAMBAR Conference on Venezuelan Currency Issues. Panelist: Currency Frauds – Civil and Criminal Perspectives, an Update.
International Law Section of The Florida Bar Conference on Litigation in Commonwealth/Island Jurisdictions. Conference Chairman.
2016 – 14th International Litigation Arbitration and Transactions (ILAT) Conference. Panelist: International Copyright Matters.
Carlos is active in the American Nicaraguan Foundation (ANF), a major Nicaraguan charity founded by the Pellas Family which annually donates millions of dollars to construct homes and supply food, medicine, and other necessaries to the poor in Nicaragua. He serves as a member of the ANF Development Committee and helped organize the annual Marlins-ANF Nicaraguan Heritage Baseball Game at Marlins Park.
Carlos is also an Advisory Board Member of the Fabretto Children’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to feeding and educating thousands of children in Nicaragua, daily. He has served as Chairman of the Annual Night for Niños fundraiser held at Nikki Beach, South Beach.
S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
S. District Court, District of Colorado
S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Florida Bar – International Law
PRO HAC VICE:
Executive Level, Treasurer, 2015-2016, International Law Section of The Florida Bar
Member, Executive Council, International Law Section of The Florida Bar
Senior Advisor, Legislative Committee, International Law Section of The Florida Bar
Committee Member, International Law Section of the Florida Bar Cuba Committee
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