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Central America: Dispute Resolution 2017

We highlighted 61 practitioners in this chapter for their expertise and experience handling a range of disputes including litigation and arbitration. These practitioners act for major clients involved in disputes across Central America and globally. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Rodrigo Oreamuno Facio & Cañas, San José
2. José Carrizo Morgan & Morgan, Panama City
3. Víctor Garita Facio & Cañas, San José
4. Alejandro Batalla Batalla Salto Luna Abogados, San José

Belize

Ashanti Arthurs Martin at BALDERAMOS ARTHURS receives nominations from across Central America for her impressive work in the field. She is particularly renowned for her excellent litigation work, and has been involved in significant constitutional and trademark cases, fraud and asset recovery cases and a wide variety of commercial disputes.  

At COURTENAY COYE, Eamon Harrison Courtenay focuses his practice on civil litigation and is well versed when it comes to handling disputes relating to fraud and asset recovery, insurance and environmental law.

Costa Rica

Two leading names at FACIO & CAÑAS are highlighted in this chapter for their impressive work in the area.
Rodrigo Oreamuno is a pre-eminent name in the market known for his fantastic work in the area of international arbitration. He receives praise from clients and peers alike who consider him “an absolute pleasure to work with”.
Víctor Garita draws widespread praise from across the region and is commended for his first-rate practice comprising both international and domestic litigation and arbitration.  

BATALLA SALTO LUNA ABOGADOS also achieves two listings this year.
The “terrific” Alejandro Batalla is widely respected for his extensive experience handling complex litigation, particularly across the banking and finance, commercial and public law sectors.
Róger Guevara acts for foreign and domestic clients in relation to commercial arbitration and litigation proceedings. Civil liability and damages, criminal fraud, product liability and insurance claims are just some of the areas in which he excels.  

At DENTONS MUÑOZ founding partner Pedro Muñoz has worked with many clients involved in complex civil and commercial litigation, and has particular experience of acting on matters involving the construction and real estate sectors.
Roy Herrera enjoys a strong reputation in the market for being “efficient and pragmatic when handling complex matters.” He focuses his practice on both international and domestic litigation and arbitration across a range of industries.

At PIGNATARO ABOGADOS Alejandro Pignataro is frequently engaged in representing foreign and national corporations, individuals and financial institutions involved in commercial litigation. He is known for his particular expertise in asset tracing.
Carlos Valenciano is highlighted for his top-tier dispute resolution work, most notably in relation to the renewable energy and infrastructure sectors.

Alberto Fernández Lopez at CJA ABOGADOS is a true dispute resolution specialist whose impressive practice encompasses litigation, arbitration and mediation.
Jorge Manuel Chacón Mora is considered “an excellent choice” for both domestic and international clients when it comes to commercial arbitration, where he has acted as both counsel and arbitrator.    

Dominican Republic

Three standout practitioners at PELLERANO & HERRERA are highlighted in this chapter, illustrating the depth of the team’s expertise. 
Lucy Objío is highly recommended by sources for her excellent litigation and arbitration practice. They praise her “professionalism” as well as her “extensive knowledge” and “unbiased approach” when handling disputes.
Vitelio Mejía Ortiz has over 38 years of experience as a litigator, acting in civil, commercial and administrative law proceedings. He is well known in the market for his particular expertise relating to aviation law.
Juan Pellerano is a well-established figure in the Central American market. He possesses an impressive 60 years of experience handling corporate litigation matters for high-profile clients and has been involved in some of the country’s largest and most pioneering cases.

HEADRICK RIZIK ALVAREZ & FERNANDEZ also achieves an impressive three listings this year.
Head of the litigation group Julio Cesar Camejo Castillo impresses clients with his invaluable experience in the field, having acted on a range of cases primarily relating to economic fraud, environmental law and general commercial matters.
Francisco Álvarez Valdez focuses his practice on litigation and alternative dispute resolution work, and is widely recognised for his particular expertise in banking, corporate and telecommunications law.
Tomas Hernández Metz receives international praise for his excellent practice which focuses on civil, commercial, criminal, administrative and labour litigation.

El Salvador

ROMERO PINEDA & ASOCIADOS leads the research in El Salvador with two nominations in this chapter.
José Roberto Romero receives wide acclaim for his top-notch practice and is highlighted for his particular focus on intellectual property-related matters.   
Carlos Castillo is frequently engaged in arbitration, mediation and litigation proceedings, primarily handling complex intellectual property and corporate matters.

Mario Enrique Sáenz at SÁENZ & ASOCIADOS is regarded as a fantastic trial lawyer. He also gains recognition for his alternative dispute resolution work and frequently participates in national and international proceedings in which he has acted as both counsel and arbitrator.
Humberto Sáenz Marinero impresses clients and peers with his handling of litigation relating to corporate and banking issues. He is also well versed in acting as both counsel and arbitrator for a range of companies across Central America, Mexico and the US. 

Guatemala

CARRILLO Y ASOCIADOS boasts the foremost dispute resolution group in Guatemala, with four impressive practitioners highlighted for their work in the field.
Rodrigo Callejas enjoys a strong reputation among peers for his dispute resolution practice that encompasses matters relating to fraud, insolvency and asset recovery tracing.
Francisco Chávez is widely respected across the region for his leading litigation practice that extends across all areas of dispute resolution including arbitration and mediation.

At ARIAS, Mario Archila is a dispute resolution specialist according to sources who attest to his exceptional work handling both litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Honduras

Regional giant CONSORTIUM LEGAL achieves two listings in this jurisdiction.
José Ramón Paz impresses peers and clients alike with his expert handling of complex local and cross-border disputes for major national and international clients.
Ulises Mejía León Gómez stands out for his impressive dispute resolution practice. He is particularly well respected for his excellent work handling construction and contract-related disputes.

Nicaragua

CONSORTIUM LEGAL also dominates the area in the Nicaraguan market with two practitioners recognised for their top-tier work.
“Leading litigator” José Evenor Taboada possesses over 40 years of experience acting as local counsel for major domestic and international companies including Wal-Mart, Sony, and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration.
Gerardo Hernandez heads the firm’s arbitration and litigation practice and has been involved in many high-profile civil and commercial disputes in the country.  

Panama

Full-service domestic outfit MORGAN & MORGAN achieves two listings in this chapter.
José Carrizo receives widespread praise from sources who consider him “an excellent attorney”. He leads the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice and focuses his work on commercial, civil and administrative conflicts.
Simón Tejeira boasts over 40 years of experience in the field and is a well-established name in the Panamanian market. He has been involved in various landmark litigation cases in the country and frequently handles both international and domestic arbitration proceedings.

At ARIAS FÁBREGA & FÁBREGA, the “brilliant” Octavio Amat co-heads the firm’s litigation and arbitration team and focuses his practice on commercial and civil litigation matters as well as administrative cases and tax disputes.
Fernando Arias is highly respected throughout the country for his prominent disputes practice that encompasses administrative, tax, commercial and civil litigation matters. 

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