Maria is an expert in corporate and professionals’ #branding and a lawyer passionate by #innovation and #legaltech. Founding member of Madrid #LegalHackers and President of the Latin American Legal Professionals Women Association (AMJI).

She has successfully built and position many brands, such as Isofoton (renewable energy); Pérez-Llorca (law firm) and the Madrid region as investment destination. She is a founding partner at the Instituto de Innovación Legal and a managing partner at Emprendelaw, consultancy from which she advises many professional services companies -law firms and consultancies- in areas such as strategy, marketing, communications and people and knowledge management.

Maria Jesus devoted the first half of her career to the practice of law, specializing in #IP, #DataProtection and #Contracts’ Drafting. She was admitted to the Madrid bar in 1989 and practiced first as a solicitor at Clifford Chance and Gómez-Acebo&Pombo; and later as a corporate counsel at Orbis-Fabbri and Consodata.

She studied law at University Complutense of Madrid and European Law at Amsterdam University. She is DEA in Public Law by UNED. Her thesis dealt with #DataProtection. She has also received a solid education in business management and law, through various postgraduate courses in recognized institutions such as IESE (PLGP program), ESADE (SEP program) in Madrid and the Solvay Institute in Brussels (Master in Management).

She is the author of several books on management of law firms and is a regular contributor to professional media and a frequent speaker in training institutions such as Nebrija, ICADE, Centro de Estudios Garrigues, Centro Universitario Villanueva, IE Business School, FIDE o el ICAM. She can work in English, French, Italian, Dutch and Catalan, and is used to working in multinational teams, since she has spent parts of her career in the U.S., Belgium, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. She understands well the functioning of both the public and the private sectors, since she has extended working experience in both.