Giffin Winning Attorney Travels to Cuba

Date Posted: 5/8/2015

SPRINGFIELD – On March 23, 2015, David A. Herman, partner at Giffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes, P.C. in Springfield, Illinois, traveled to Havana, Cuba with a group of attorneys as part of a cultural exchange focused on legal dialogue.   The trip was organized by Luis Alcalde, a dual American-Cuban citizen, of the law firm Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter in Columbus, Ohio.


During their stay, they met with legal experts on a variety of topics, including Cuba’s new investment laws and protections for foreign investors. In addition to meeting with legal experts, the attorneys had a chance to explore the city. With the University of Havana, Hemingway’s house, the Havana Art Museum and the Fort of San Carlos de la Cabaña on the tour list, the attorneys were able to immerse themselves in Cuban culture. Herman was able to see first-hand the many business opportunities available as trade with Cuba expands.


“It’s a beautiful country and I really enjoyed the experience,” said Herman. “Interacting with a variety of Cuban citizens gave me a better understanding of how the United States’ renewed efforts to ease trade restrictions will have a positive influence on their daily lives.”


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