Central America: Administrative & Public Law 2019

In this chapter we identify 46 individuals for their leading expertise handling a range of public law matters including public-private partnerships, free trade zones matters and public procurement.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Aldo Milano Sánchez Consultores en Derecho Público SA, San José
2. Luis Ortiz BLP, San José
3. Alejandro Batalla Batalla, San José
4. Rúben Hernández Oller Abogados, San José
5. Armando Manzanares Consortium Legal, Tegucigalpa
6. Diego Herrera Dutari Galindo Arias y López, Panama City 

Costa Rica

Aldo Milano Sánchez at Consultores en Derecho Público is “one of the most distinguished lawyers in the field” according to impressed peers who “would definitely list him”. He runs a “very active practice” and is “well-known in public and administrative law”.

BLP’s Luis Ortiz provides “creative solutions and a very quick response” along with “great expertise and knowledge”. Peers describe him as “a very strong lawyer” who is “an expert in public law”.
David Gutiérrez is a top-notch practitioner with a stellar reputation in the market that wins him effusive praise this year. He excels assisting large multinationals on transactional issues in the country.

Interviewees state that Batalla’s Alejandro Batalla is “a very well-known lawyer in public law” and “an excellent litigator”. He has an “very visible practice” that features a deep understanding of administrative contracting.

The “very impressive” Rúben Hernández at Oller Abogados is “a statesman in Costa Rica”, say sources. A “well-known constitutional lawyer in the jurisdiction”, he is considered a “renowned figure in the public law arena”.

At Consortium Legal - Costa Rica, Carlos Andrés Arguedas Vargas is credited by peers for being “a very well-known practitioner in public contracting”, with sources lauding him as “an excellent lawyer” in our research this year.

Manrique Jiménez Meza with Corporación JIME is “a very impressive lawyer” according to respondents to our research who note him to be “particularly strong in public law”.

At Arias, Carlos Ubico is a distinguished individual whose standout practice wins him widespread plaudits this year. He possesses in-depth knowledge of public procurement regulations, with additional expertise in litigation.

Jose Enrique Rojas Franco at Rojas Franco & Asociados is “a father of the public law field” according to peers who commend his broad experience in the field.

Aguilar Castillo Love’s Ruben Zamora Castro is “an authority on public law in Costa Rica” who market observers state is “very involved in public tariffs and concessions”.

At Facio & Cañas, Alfonso Liao is very active in the field of public procurement, with a wealth of understanding of related administrative proceedings and regulations.

El Salvador

At Arias, Zygmunt Brett is a go-to name in the jurisdiction who draws effusive praise from interviewees for his adept handling of issues arising out of acquisitions and mergers.
Armando Arias is an excellent lawyer with a standout reputation among sources for his profound ability on issues as diverse as M&A through to free trade agreements.
Eduardo Ángel is “an excellent professional” who has “an impressive knowledge of the law” according to sources, who praise his “strategic thinking and vast expertise”.

Benjamin Valdez Iraheta at Benjamín Valdez & Asociados receives widespread plaudits from interviewees this year for his wide-ranging experience in administrative and public law matters.


Rafael Briz at Mayora & Mayora is a pre-eminent figure in the Guatemalan market who is recommended by sources thanks to the breadth of his expertise in administrative law issues.

At QIL+4 Abogados, Gabriela Roca continues to be lauded by peers across the region. She conducts excellent work on major projects relating to energy and infrastructure.


Oscar Armando Manzanares at Consortium Legal is “a great lawyer” who sources state is “very professional” and has “deep knowledge on administrative law” issues arising out of financing projects.

At Arias, Evangelina Lardizabal is a very strong practitioner with a well-recognised practice that sees her engaged on matters such as renewable energy and telecommunications projects in the jurisdiction.
Fanny Rodríguez is an excellent litigator who garners much applause from peers this year. She runs an enviable practice with particular expertise in the financial sector.


Ana Teresa Rizo at Arias draws strong praise from interviewees and possesses impressive ability on regulatory issues arising out of corporate transactions.
Róger Pérez has a sterling reputation in the field with sources continuing to speak highly of him in our research. His practice features a wealth of experience on free trade zones and inbound investment issues.


At Galindo Arias y López, Diego Herrera Dutari is a fantastic lawyer who attracts much support from respondents for his insight into corporate transactions in the telecommunications, financial and industrial sectors.
Carlos Lucas López Tejada is a dean of the field, with wide-ranging experience that commands great respect from interviewees. He is particularly adept on administrative law issues relating to the banking sector.

Siaska Lorenzo at Arias has a stellar reputation among respondents to our research who commend her expertise on public bids and negotiation procedures as well as in litigation.

Annette Bárcenas Olivardia at Alfaro Ferrer & Ramírez is a top-notch practitioner who runs an impressive practice, featuring in-depth understanding of administrative issues in the telecommunications and energy sectors.

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