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WWL Ranking: Recommended

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Andrea Hulbert enjoys a “great reputation” and is revered for her profound expertise in complex commercial and civil disputes.


Mrs Hulbert has 25 years of professional practice. She is the founding partner of the Hulbert Volio Montero, a boutique law firm in Costa Rica. She has vast experience in national and international law, with special emphasis in dispute resolution and ADR on complex cases.

Mrs Hulbert is a specialist in civil and commercial liability; an international expert in litigation; an arbitrator; a mediator; and an international expert in anti-corruption. She has participated in more than 100 training courses and conferences in different areas of the law, with a special emphasis on matters relating to Costa Rican private law, domestic and international commercial arbitration.

She is a professor of international contracts and international law at Lead University and lectures on international commercial arbitration; investment arbitration; International Bar Association Rules; anti-corruption practices; female participation in arbitration; wills and probate proceedings; and other related matters. She has given lectures and conferences in Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, the USA, Spain and France.

Mrs Hulbert has served as international and domestic arbitrator since 2005. She is continually appointed as domestic arbitrator and has participated in several international arbitrations under the ICC, ICDR and UNCITRAL rules.

Andrea is on the list of domestic and international arbitrators for the following arbitration chambers: the International Centre for Conciliation and Arbitration (CCA) at the Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce; the Centre for Conciliation and Arbitration (CAM) of the Costa Rican Bar Association; the International Center for Conciliation and Arbitration’s American–Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce (CICA-AMCHAM); the Conflict Resolution Centre – Engineering and Architects Professional Federation (CFIA-CRC); the British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre (BVI/ IAC); the Arbitration Centre of the Caracas Chamber (CACC) in Venezuela; the Business Centre for Conciliation and Arbitration) in Venezuela (CEDCA); the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) in London; and the Iberoamerican Arbitration Centre (CIAR).

She is member of the Costa Rican Bar Association; the New York State Bar Association; the Spanish Arbitration Club; the International Bar Association; the Central American and Caribbean Group of Arbitration; the International Chamber of Commerce – Costa Rica; the ICC Institute of World Business Law; and the Latin America chapter of the Institute of World Business Law.

Her areas of practice include civil and commercial law; contracts; liability; damages; real estate; construction law; company and shareholder disputes; contracts; debt collection; insolvency; wills; estate planning and probate proceedings (national and international); wealth preservation; consumer protection; unfair competition; international transactions; international law (execution of international court orders; rulings or awards; international judicial cooperation; distribution and agency agreements); and notarial and registry law.

Mrs Hulbert articles are widely published. Her articles include "Wealth Preservation" in Plenitud Magazine (number XIII, 2012); "The Price of Gender Bias and the benefit of support" in Dos Magazine (volume two, edition six, number 12, 2014); "Analysis of the IBA Guidelines on Party Representation in International Arbitration" (2014); "The Creation of the Iberoamerican Arbitration Center and Costa Rica as the Presidential Headquarters" in International Law Magazine El Foro, (Costa Rican Bar Association, 2015); "The Wills in Costa Rica" (2015); "Bilateral Investment Treaties in Costa Rica" (2016); "Agency and Distribution Agreements-Costa Rica" in Wolters Kluwer International (2017 and 2018); "Judiciary control of arbitral awards in other countries: a brushstroke on the CAC Congress in Bogota" (2017); "What is the Probate Jurisdiction if the Decent had a Connection with Costa Rica?" (2017); "Repercussions of the Tax Law on Legal Entities"  (law number 9428, 2018); and "Award Annulment in International Arbitration" (2018) and "Reference on International Arbitration for Costa Rica" for Latin Lawyer (2018–2019).

In 2012, Mrs Hulbert received the Butterfly Award from the Association for Leadership and Social Ascent (ALAS) in recognition of "her leadership, courage and ability to evolve and change as a professional, building a highly inspiring legacy for the next generation of women". She is ranked by Chambers and Partners as one of the best dispute resolution lawyers in Latin America (2016–2020). In 2018, she won the Acquisition International Global Excellence Award for the Most Influential Woman in Civil Litigation in Costa Rica.

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