Meet Your Attorneys
Andrew Lopez, Founding Partner
Andrew Lopez is the founder and managing member of Sequoia Legal, LLC. Andrew advises domestic and foreign companies and organizations, entrepreneurs and individuals on a variety of corporate and international regulatory and transactional matters. He has broad experience counseling both publicly-traded and privately-held clients on securities and regulatory matters, various commercial agreements, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and numerous other corporate matters. As a corporate and transactional attorney, clients rely on Andrew for guidance in all phases of their businesses, including entity formation, reorganization, fundraising, growth planning, and dissolution. He also advises health care practitioners and companies on these same issues as well as Stark Law, Anti-Kickback and other laws and regulations applicable to the medical industry.
On international business issues, Andrew counsels clients on all aspects of U.S. national security and foreign policy export controls, sanctions and embargoes administered by the Department of Commerce, the Department of State, and the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and he has experience with licensing and compliance in these same areas. He routinely assists U.S. companies and foreign issuers to evaluate and address situations implicating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), in pre-contract due diligence, evaluation of relationships with local distributors and agents, and in internal investigations of past activity. He has also worked on a number of voluntary disclosures and enforcement cases involving Commerce Department and State Department export controls and financial sanctions administered by OFAC.
Andrew Lopez is a graduate of Columbia University and the New York University Law School. He is admitted to practice in Alaska, Colorado and New York. Before moving his practice to Colorado in 2009, Andrew was an associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Investment Management Groups in the law firm of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in New York City. After Skadden, Andrew worked as an Assistant General Counsel for a multi-platform consulting and merchant banking firm focused on the gaming and hospitality industry. Most recently, Andrew was an attorney and counselor with the Schuchat International Law Firm, LLC. Andrew was selected to Super Lawyers in 2019.
Hunter Boone is an attorney at Sequoia Legal, LLC. Hunter advises clients on international trade, general corporate and healthcare compliance matters. Hunter’s international practice focuses on compliance with U.S. international trade and anticorruption laws and regulations. Hunter has experience drafting and implementing export and anticorruption compliance policies based on each client’s specific legal and business needs.
Hunter also assists clients with export licensing for goods destined for customers in embargoed countries. Hunter’s general corporate practice focuses on advising businesses regarding entity formation, corporate governance, and commercial agreements. Hunter’s healthcare practice focuses on advising healthcare providers and practices regarding regulatory, compliance, employment and general corporate and commercial matters, including structuring transactions to be in compliance with the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law.
Hunter worked as an associate at Schuchat International Law Firm from October 2015 to April 2017. A Colorado native, Hunter is a graduate of the University of Colorado and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. As a law student, Hunter interned for two Colorado District Judges and worked as a Student Honors Program Intern at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Laura A. Lopez
Laura A. Lopez is an attorney at Sequoia Legal, LLC. Laura advises domestic and foreign companies and organizations, entrepreneurs and individuals on corporate and commercial issues, dispute resolution matters and government investigations.
For the past decade Laura has served as General Counsel of a private global merchant advisory and investing firm in the real estate and hospitality industry. As General Counsel, Laura negotiated various contracts, provided strategic advice on mergers and acquisitions, and supervised and coordinated the work of outside legal counsel.
Prior to her role as General Counsel, Laura was a Litigation Associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. During her time at Davis Polk, Laura defended securities enforcement actions brought by government regulators and also litigated general commercial, civil RICO, securities and pro bono matters. Prior to Davis Polk, Laura was a Law Clerk for the Honorable John M. Duhe, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Laura graduated with honors with a B.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from NYU School of Law. At NYU Laura was Managing Editor of the NYU Law Review, Junior Fellow at the Center for International Studies, and Recipient of the Judge Rose L. and Herbert Rubin Law Review Prize.
Laura has been a board member of the Columbia College Alumni Association since 2008, serving in various capacities including Vice-President and Secretary. She has also volunteered as a pro bono attorney on numerous cases, including working on behalf of victims in Colorado’s first civil human trafficking jury verdict in federal court in 2018.
Laura is admitted to practice law in Colorado and New York. Please contact Laura at [email protected] or 917-494-6147.
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