Mario Archila leads the firm’s litigation practice in Guatemala. His work spans litigation and arbitration proceedings across a range of areas from IP to real estate, areas in which he is considered a go-to name.
Mario Archila has been a partner at Arias since August 2014, and has practised law for 30 years. His practice is devoted to dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration. He is recognised for his mediation and negotiation skills. He is also a vastly experienced expert on intellectual property, healthcare and real estate.
Mr Archila leads the litigation department and he specialises in resolving conflicts through creative and cost-efficient solutions including out-of-court settlements, alternate dispute resolution mechanisms and, if necessary, skilful litigation. His dispute resolution practice covers the following areas of law: corporate, commercial, real estate, taxes, constitutional, administrative, labour, transportation, intellectual property, criminal law and international arbitration.
Mario’s roles include treasurer of the Bar Association of Guatemala (1996-1999); substitute magistrate of the Court of Appeals (1999-2004); and member of the academic council of the Faculty of Law and Justice at Universidad San Pablo de Guatemala (where he was also the dean). He is an appointed arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport based in Lausanne, Switzerland (2009–).
He holds a master's degree in commercial and economic law from Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala (2007) and earned his postgraduate degree in civil appeals from Universidad San Pablo in Guatemala (2009). Mr Archila holds a diploma in fiscal and tax aspects from the Chamber of Commerce in Guatemala (2002) and the legal aspects of international legal acts from INCAE Business School (Nicaragua, 2000).