Fernando Tamayo

Fernando Tamayo is a Partner with Coffey Burlington and is Co-Chair of the Firm’s International Law practice group. His practice focuses on anti-corruption/anti-bribery (FCPA) compliance, white collar criminal defense, complex commercial litigation and family law. Mr. Tamayo’s clients include companies and individuals based in the United States and abroad, including multinational energy and construction companies and international manufacturers and distributors. Mr. Tamayo provides anti-corruption training and advisory services to clients worldwide, and represents clients in white collar investigations and proceedings in the United States. Mr. Tamayo also has experience representing clients in actions before Interpol and the United Nations Human Rights Court, and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law, where he teaches International Anti-Corruption Law and Practice.

Prior to joining the firm in 2010, Mr. Tamayo worked for the Boston Red Sox from 2008-2010, where he was the Coordinator of International Scouting, and oversaw legal issues involving international player age and identity fraud and employment issues relating to foreign-based employees. Mr. Tamayo was also heavily involved in negotiating signing bonuses and contracts for international players signed by the Red Sox during his tenure. Prior to working with the Red Sox, Mr. Tamayo served as an assistant state attorney at the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office from 2006-2008, where he tried multiple jury and bench trials to verdict.

Legal Public Service

  • Assistant State Attorney, Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office (2006-2008)

Awards and Recognition

  • Certified by the FCPA Institute in FCPA compliance best practices and FCPA enforcement
  • Named a 2016 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation "40 Under 40" Outstanding Lawyer in South Florida
  • Legal Elite “Up-and-Coming Attorney”- Florida Trend Magazine (2012, 2014)


  • Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law, International Anti-Corruption Law and Practice (2019 - Present)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law, Professional Responsibility (2021)

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Publication and Newsletter Editor of the International Bar Association Business Crime Committee, 2022-2024
  • International Bar Association North American Regional Forum Liaison Officer of the Business Crime Committee
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America, Mentor
  • The Battier Take Charge Foundation, Mentorship Committee
  • Chair, White Collar Committee, Florida Bar International Law Section
  • Board Member, Ransom Everglades School Alumni Board

Articles and Presentations

  • Panelist: 2022 International Bar Association Transnational Crime Conference, London. Topic: “Companies, Individuals and Legal Fees Relevant to a White Collar Practice”
  • Panelist: 2021 Federal Bar Association Annual Conference. Topic: Emerging Frontiers on INTERPOL Abuse
  • Panelist: 2019 University of Miami School of Law Managing Compliance Across Borders Conference. Topic: Corruption and Bribery: Cross-Border Comparisons
  • Panelist: "The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Understanding the Key Issues and Ensuring Compliance in 2017", Live CLE Webcast Presented by the Knowledge Group, October 2017
  • Moderator: Fordham Law School 2011 Sports Law Symposium. Topic: Agents, Amateurism and Accountability
  • Panelist: Fordham Law School 2010 Sports Law Symposium. Topic: The Legality and Impact of Age Restrictions in Professional Sports
  • Guest Judge and Panelist: Tulane Law School 2011 National Baseball Arbitration Competition and Symposium. Topic: MLB in the Dominican Republic: Taming the Wild West of Professional Baseball
  • Guest Judge: Tulane Law School 2010 National Baseball Arbitration Competition


  • Born and raised in Miami, FL.
  • Languages: Spanish (Fluent)