Joel M. Nagel,
Joel M. Nagel is founder and managing partner of the international law firm of Nagel & Associates, LLC. The firm is Pittsburgh’s first law boutique focusing exclusively on international commercial transactions and immigration.
Nagel & Associates has grown 30-fold in business activity since its inception in 1992. In addition to his work as a lawyer, Mr. Nagel is known as a visionary and dealmaker providing international business leverage for leading corporations, entrepreneurs and individuals. In 2005, the Pittsburgh Business Times named him as a “Fast Tracker” for his accomplishments as a lawyer, investor and humanitarian.
Among Mr. Nagel’s successes is structuring the 2,500-acre, Gran Pacifica hotel resort complex in Nicaragua for an investor group. He also has structured a three-acre boutique resort in Ambergris Caye, Belize; helped create the first African and Central American motorbus distribution facility for a major US bus line; and established world wide financial institutions for banks, insurance companies, hedge funds and mutual funds.
Sought for his entrepreneurial instincts, Mr. Nagel serves on the boards of 15 client-companies, and is involved with strategic planning initiatives directed toward growth and “best practices” management.
With an investor’s perspective, Mr. Nagel also has helped fund technology ventures. He serves on the advisory board of the Western Pennsylvania Adventure Capital Fund, which invests in early stage, mostly technology companies in southwestern Pennsylvania. He also is board president of the Nicaraguan Development Corporation and is an advisory board member of the Oxford Club and Ireland-based Sovereign Society and the Violeta Barrios de Chamorro Foundation in Nicaragua.
Mr. Nagel has been quoted in U.S. News & World Report on the benefits of retiring abroad, and has been featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Pittsburgh Business Times. He has authored articles for International Living Magazine, The Oxford Club, Island Properties and Hemispheres and has lectured at conferences and seminars of the Central American International Investment Symposium, International Living and Assetstrategies.com, The Oxford Club, The Sovereign Society, The Hermitage Forum and The Money Expo.
In 2005-2006, Mr. Nagel is serving as Governor of Rotary District 7300, comprising 1,500 members in 51 clubs. In 2001-2002, he was President of the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh, and during his tenure, the club launched the widely publicized, first annual “Ducky Derby” to raise funds for charity. He also helped solicit donations and land for two Roberto Clemente Health Clinics in rural Nicaragua, to serve thousands of underprivileged citizens.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Nagel was an attorney with Buchanan Ingersoll, one of the nation’s largest law firms. Previously, he served in the Office of the Chief Counsel for International Commerce of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He also completed a clerkship at the Commission of the European Communities in Brussels, Directorate-General’s Office for Competition. Mr. Nagel is a former Fulbright Scholar and studied law in Europe. He speaks fluent German.
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