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Adolfo Menéndez Menéndez


Adolfo Menéndez Menéndez


Counsel de Derecho Público ONTIER


Global Public Law and Governance

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Adolfo is currently chairman of Asociación Empresas Tecnológicas de Defensa, Seguridad, Aeronáutica y Espacio, member of the Board of Directors of Indra and responsible for the “Cátedra José María Cervelló”, that promotes research and teaching on deontology among lawyers.

Adolfo began his professional career as a State Attorney for the Tax Delegation, for the Courts of Toledo (1984), for the Ministry of Presidency (1986), and, finally, as chief State Attorney of the legal department of the Ministry of Health and Consumption (1987). In 1988, he joined Ernst and Whinney, which merged with Arthur Young and became Ernst and Young, where he was a partner of the tax and legal department until 1996. He has been Subsecretary of Defense (from 1996 to 2000) and of Public Works (from 2000-2004), partner of the law firm Uría Menéndez (from 2004 to 2016), assistant professor of Public Law at Universidad Complutense de Madrid and at “Centro de Estudios Sociales y Jurídicos Ramón Carande” of Universidad Rey Juan Carlos I.

Since 1986 he teaches at IE, where he has boosted the design and creation of its legal programs and taught Public Economic Law. He is admitted to Madrid’s Bar, and a member of the State Attorneys’ Association. He was founder and Vice President of Asociación Española de Derecho Aeronáutico y Espacial, member of Sociedad Aeronáutica Española, founder and member of Corte Civil y Mercantil de Arbitraje, member of Tribunal Arbitral del Fútbol and Vice President of Asociación Española de Derecho de la Contratación Pública y Regulada.

He is currently the general secretary of Asociación Española de Fundaciones and chairman of Foro de la Regulación Administrativa. He has been awarded with the Gran Cruz de Isabel la Católica and the Gran Cruz del Mérito Marítimo de la Liga Naval Español and he has been recognized as Práctico de Honor del Colegio de Prácticos de España.

Academic background:

  • State Attorney (1984).
  • Graduate in Law, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (1980).


Adolfo has written many articles and conducted several collective research works. He is and has been a member of different scientific magazines, such as “Revista de Derecho del Transporte (Terrestre, Marítimo, Aéreo y Multimodal)” or “Actualidad Jurídica Uría Menéndez”.