Mélida Hodgson focuses her practice on investor-state and commercial arbitrations, counselling governments and state-owned entities, as well as corporate entities, with respect to international investment protection provisions, business disputes and World Trade Organization dispute resolution and international trade policy issues.
Ms Hodgson has been recognised by Latinvex as one of the top 50 female practitioners, and one of the top 100 lawyers, with a Latin America-focused practice. Additionally, she has been ranked in The Legal 500: Latin America, as well as Chambers Latin America, Chambers USA and Chambers Global.
Ms Hodgson is an arbitrator of international disputes and is inscribed on various’ arbitral institutions’ list of arbitrators, including AAA/ICDR, the British Virgin Islands’ International Arbitration Centre and the NAFTA Chapter 19 list of panellists.
Ms Hodgson began her career in private practice before becoming a US government litigator at the US Department of Justice. She then joined the Office of the United States Trade Representative as an associate general counsel, where she litigated international trade disputes before the WTO; provided counsel in NAFTA Chapter 11 investor-state arbitrations involving the US, Canada and Mexico; and defended the US in ad hoc arbitrations under the 1996 Softwood Lumber Agreement between the US and Canada.
Ms Hodgson has been appointed to the International Chamber of Commerce’s Commission on Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution, as well as the councils of the AAA, the ICC Institute of World Business Law and the American Society of International Law. She is a founding member of DC Women in International Arbitration. Ms Hodgson is a native Spanish speaker. Prior to attending law school she was a banker at JP Morgan Chase’s predecessor, the Chemical Bank.