Javier Gómez Bermúdez

Partner
Madrid
+34 91 576 19 00
Arbitration
Insolvency
Criminal

Experience

He has been a partner of the criminal litigation practice since he joined the firm in 2017.

Javier Gómez Bermúdez has enjoyed an outstanding career in the judiciary. In 1999 he was appointed judge of the Criminal Chamber of the Spanish Audiencia Nacional, being elected its President in 2004, a position which he held until 2012.

He has also been judge of the Central Examining Magistrates’ Court, judge of the Central Juvenile court and Prison Supervision judge of the Spanish Audiencia Nacional. In May 2015 he was appointed Spanish Liaison Magistrate in France by the Spanish Council of Ministers, a position which he held until joining the firm.

Although he has extensive experience in relation to terrorism, of both Islamist extremists and ETA –he is regarded as the originator of the Parot doctrine-, Gómez Bermúdez specialises in particular in financial criminal law. As an authority in this regard, in 2000 he was responsible for enforcing the judgment in the “Banesto” case and presided as judge at the courts trying high-profile cases relating to financial crimes, such as the “Torras”, “Interfur”, “PSV”, “KIO” and “Huarte” cases, among others. In more recent times, he has been the judge examining the case of corruption among senior officials of the Regional Government of Madrid.

He is also an expert in penitentiary law, having been the first Prison Supervision judge. 

Education

  • Degree in law from the Universidad de Granada (1984).
  • Judge by competitive examination, entering the judiciary in 1987 and being promoted to senior judge in 1989.

Teaching

  • Professor of Commercial Law and Company Law at the UNED (1990-1999).
  • Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Litigation Law at the Universidad Europea de Madrid (2007-2016).
  • Speaker at national and international conferences. 

Publications

He is co-author of a manual on judicial journalism and monographs on criminal law reforms. In 2010 he was awarded the prize for non-political essays by the publisher Temas de Hoy (Planeta group). He has also participated in various collective works regarding the political meaning of victims of terrorism. 

Languages

French