Central America: Aviation 2018

This year we recognise 17 leading aviation lawyers in the Central American market who stand out for their work handling a range of financial, regulatory and contentious matters including aircraft purchase, leasing and financing, competition matters and major disaster claims.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Alina Nassar Nassar Abogados, San José
2. Tomás F Nassar Perez Nassar Abogados, San José

Costa Rica

NASSAR ABOGADOS performs well this year and sees two of its partners recognised as the most highly regarded aviation lawyers in the region.
Alina Nassar is highlighted as “an authority on aviation law” and is very well known as “a key player in the market”. She is well versed in the whole gamut of sector-related matters including aircraft financing, competition law and advising airlines on regulatory issues.
Tomás Nassar Perez enjoys a strong reputation among peers as “one of the go-to players” for aviation law matters in the country with one source noting, “He is a top attorney in this space.”

Carlos Camacho at ARIAS is “very experienced in the practical aspects of the requirements of the Costa Rican aviation authority” according to sources who commend his “very clear and succinct advice”.

Dominican Republic

Urania Paulino at PELLERANO & HERRERA is well known in the market for her first-rate aviation law practice, which encompasses assisting airlines on their operations and regulatory needs in the country.

At RAFUL SICARD & POLANCO, Maria Esther Fernández Alvarez de Pou impresses market sources who commend her “thorough knowledge of aviation requirements” and note, “She is always on top of all the issues.”


At GARCIA & BODAN, managing partner Jazna Vanessa Oqueli De Riera is widely recognised in the region for her strong corporate expertise as well as her work with many high-profile aviation clients including United Airlines and Aerovías de Mexico.


GALINDO ARIAS Y LÓPEZ sees two standout names highlighted for their work in the aviation space.
Ramón Ricardo Arias Porras “absolutely deserves to be on the list” according to sources who highlight his fantastic corporate work on behalf of notable aviation clients.
Cristina Lewis de la Guardia impresses market sources who note, “She handles a lot of work in this field,” and praise her expert handling of aviation-related regulatory and commercial matters.

Juan José Espino at PARDINI & ASOCIADOS is “an excellent litigator and negotiator” according to respondents who commend his impressive aviation practice as well as his “responsive and efficient approach”. 

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