Central America: Dispute Resolution 2018

This chapter sees 70 practitioners listed for their exceptional work in the field of dispute resolution. These individuals advise and represent clients in both litigation and arbitration proceedings across the region and globally. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Dyalá Jiménez Figueres DJ Arbitraje, San José
2. Rodrigo Oreamuno Facio & Cañas, San José
3. Ricardo A Cevallos BLP, San Salvador
4. Alejandro Pignataro Pignataro Abogados, San José
5. Víctor M I Garita Facio & Cañas, San José
6. José Carrizo Morgan & Morgan, Panama City
7. Mario Archila Arias, Guatemala City
8. Fabiola Medina Garnes Medina Garrigó Abogados SRL, Santo Domingo



Ashanti Arthurs Martin of BALDERAMOS ARTHURS is “a very important player” in the dispute resolution market and a leading name in the country. She has extensive experience across a range of areas including real estate and commercial disputes as well as labour disputes and asset recovery litigation. 

Costa Rica

FACIO & CAÑAS performs well in our research this year with two impressive lawyers nominated for their disputes work.
Víctor Garita is “a great attorney” and “very well regarded in the field” according to market sources. He acts for clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings, with issues such as mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance being particular areas of expertise.
Rodrigo Oreamuno is described by one commentator as “Costa Rica’s foremost arbitrator”. Sources praise his extensive breadth of experience and note that he also “excels at complex litigation”.

BATALLA also achieves two listings in this chapter.
Alejandro Batalla is a highly distinguished name in the Costa Rican market noted by sources for his “great experience”. He has extensive knowledge of industries including consumer goods, construction and insurance and is noted to be “very well regarded in litigation”.
Róger Guevara is noted as “a very serious adversary to have” and someone with “a very good presence in Costa Rica”. He is “very solid technically” with a wealth of knowledge on consumer goods, transport and insurance disputes.

DJ ARBITRAJE’s Dyalá Jiménez Figueres is “a very well-reputed lawyer” who “has a lot of experience as an arbitrator in ICC cases”. She stands out in the market as “an expert in international arbitration”.

PIGNATARO’s Alejandro Pignataro is described by sources as “the standout attorney in Costa Rica”. He regularly advises both domestic and foreign clients on a range of issues including asset recovery and M&A.

John Aguilar-Osborne at AGUILAR CASTILLO LOVE “stands out in the field” according to market players. His practice encompasses a wide range of matters including real estate and mergers and acquisitions.

At DENTONS MUÑOZ, Roy Herrera is “very well regarded as a litigator” according sources who commend his exceptional experience on issues such as assets securitisation and commercial contracts.

Sources describe BLP’s Mauricio Salas as “one of the top five” in the country for dispute resolution. He offers clients over 20 years’ experience into issues including labour and distribution disputes, as well as environmental litigation.

Dominican Republic

At MEDINA GARRIGÓ ABOGADOS, Fabiola Medina Garnes is “a go-to lawyer for public policy issues” who sources praise highly in our research. She is “a very well-known practitioner” who is “very active in administrative matters”.

RAFUL SICARD & POLANCO’s Maria Esther Fernández Alvarez de Pou is a top-tier practitioner and a standout name in the Dominican Republic. Sources note, “She’s wonderful at competition work,” and compliment her “strong practice in aviation matters”.

At BOBADILLA ABOGADOS Andrés Bobadilla Fernández is “a wonderful attorney” and “a very seasoned lawyer” with a “strong practice in litigation”. Market commentators praise him highly stating, “He really goes deep into the issues at hand.”

Sources describe Aimee Prieto of PRIETO CABRERA & ASOCIADOS as “a brilliant practitioner” and commend her specialist knowledge of real estate and asset forfeiture.

El Salvador

SÁENZ & ASOCIADOS receives two nominations in this chapter.
Humberto Sáenz Marinero is a first-rate practitioner and has spent over 20 years advising and representing clients in disputes in areas such as intellectual property and corporate affairs.
Mario Enrique Sáenz is praised by sources as “a very good attorney” and someone who is “very experienced and active in the field”. He has extensive knowledge of a range of areas including mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property and antitrust.

BLP’s Ricardo Cevallos is “an outstanding arbitrator” who has “great experience in the region”. He advises international and domestic clients, helping them to solve disputes relating to banking, finance and corporate affairs.

José Roberto Romero of ROMERO PINEDA & ASOCIADOS offers clients over 30 years’ experience in the field, with sources mentioning in particular his strength in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and corporate structuring.


ARIASMario Archila is an exceptional practitioner who is one of the most highly rated individuals in the region. He has an enviable practice that sees him advise and represent clients on issues including real estate and intellectual property.

CONSORTIUM LEGAL’s Alvaro Rodrigo Castellanos Howell is a first-rate attorney who regularly advises clients in arbitration proceedings involving banking and finance, and mergers and acquisitions.

Juan Carlos Castillo-Chacón of AGUILAR CASTILLO LOVE is “very active in the field” and “a very important player in arbitration”. He is recognised for his excellent work handling disputes relating to energy, infrastructure and international investment.


GARCIA & BODAN’s Jazna Vanessa Oqueli De Riera is an outstanding lawyer who receives strong praise from market sources for her wealth of knowledge in areas such as aeronautics, renewable energy, and banking and finance.


MORGAN & MORGAN receives two nominations this year.
José Carrizo is a pre-eminent practitioner in the region who receives strong praise from sources for his work handling banking, insurance and commercial disputes.
Simón Tejeira boasts over 40 years’ dispute resolution experience and stands out for his work on banking and insurance matters in international and domestic arbitrations.

ALEMÁN CORDERO GALINDO & LEE sees two of their top lawyers highlighted in this chapter.
Jorge Federico Lee is a first-rate practitioner who is highly regarded by sources for his wealth of knowledge of real estate and antitrust matters.
Alejandro Ferrer is well regarded by market sources for his invaluable experience handling disputes in areas including antitrust, energy and mining.

FÁBREGA MOLINO’s Jorge Molina Mendoza is a highly respected lawyer with over 25 years’ experience advising and representing clients in disputes ranging from intellectual property, to insurance and government contracts.

At KATZ & LOPEZ, Esteban López Moreno is described by one respondent as “one of the best arbitration practitioners in Panama” and wins praise for his expertise in areas including corporate structuring and due diligence.

INDEPENDENT PRACTITIONER Katherine González Arrocha is a highly distinguished arbitrator who is given strong praise in our research for her work handling disputes across a range of industries.

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