The focus of Mateo Paz-Soldan’s practice for over 22 years has been international trade, fisheries, immigration policy, and Alaska Native legislation. Before joining DTB Associates in 2008, Mateo practiced law and public policy at the law firms of Schmeltzer, Aptaker & Shepard, PC, and Saul Ewing, LLP, from 1996 to 2007.
Mateo has successfully represented foreign embassies, municipalities, and trade associations before federal and state agencies, the White House, the U.S. Congress, foreign governments, and international organizations on a variety of initiatives. On behalf of community-based interests in Alaska he has helped secure beneficial fisheries legislation, developed community protection mechanisms in the management of commercial fisheries, and successfully pursued fisheries-related infrastructure appropriations.
On the trade front he has represented a number of agricultural and textile/apparel interests during the negotiation, ratification, and implementation processes of U.S. free trade agreements with Central America, Colombia, Panama, and Peru, as well as the renewal and enhancement of the Andean, Caribbean, and Generalized trade preference programs. In the area of immigration policy he has represented foreign governments and domestic associations in promoting immigration reform and obtaining Temporary Protected Status for various affected nationalities.
Mateo has also participated as an international observer in elections in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Bosnia. He is a regular contributor to the Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Advisor.
In 2016, Mateo was recognized with the TUMI USA AWARD for his professional achievements and service over the years to the Peruvian American community in the United States. These awards are considered the "Hall of Fame" of the Peruvian American community.
Mateo earned his law degree from the George Washington University Law School and is a graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles and the Université de Haute Bretagne in Rennes, France. Originally from Lima, Peru, he is fluent in Spanish, French, and Portuguese.