Antonio Leal Holguín / Director
Antonio Leal Holguín is a Colombian lawyer with nearly a decade of experience working as a corporate and project development attorney for law firms in New York and Bogotá, as in-house counsel, and as a government consultant. He is creative and forward-looking, and brings to the table experience in the U.S. and the Latin American legal markets to help Latin American law firms prepare for the future. Antonio is enthusiastic about creating idea-driven, data-led change in the legal profession and in legal education in Latin America.
In addition to doing legal and government relations work for private and public sector companies in diverse industries, Antonio was involved in the management and business development functions of a Colombian law firm. He is also trained in data-driven decision-making and project management (CCPM and Lean Six Sigma Yellow-Belt certifications.)
Antonio is a Team Leader at LawWithoutWalls, a global legal innovation think tank. He has conducted research on the Latin American and Colombian legal markets, focusing on the purchasing behavior of corporate counsel. Based on his research, Antonio presented on “What Latin American Clients Want” at Harvard Law School and at Universidad de Navarra Law School. He has also taught law at two Colombian law schools. In 2012, Antonio received Colombia’s National Economic Law Award for co-authoring the year’s best academic article.
Antonio obtained his law degree, cum laude, from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. He also studied law at Université Paris II, Panthéon-Assas, in Paris, and obtained a Master of Laws degree from Columbia University, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. His admission to the New York State Bar is pending.