Central America: Dispute Resolution 2019

In this chapter we recognise 68 lawyers who stand out as the leading litigation and arbitration practitioners in the region.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Alejandro Pignataro Pignataro Asociados, San José  
2. Rodrigo Oreamuno Independent Arbitrator Rodrigo Oreamuno, San José
3. Jorge Molina Mendoza Fábrega Molino, Panama City
4. Víctor M I Garita Facio & Cañas, San José
5. Róger Guevara Batalla, San José
6. Ulises Mejía León Gómez Consortium Legal, Tegucigalpa 
7. Humberto Sáenz Marinero Sáenz & Asociados, San Salvador

Belize

At Balderamos Arthurs, Ashanti Arthurs Martins is a well-recognised figure in the Central American market, where she stands out for her expertise handling contentious issues across an array of areas from real estate to IP and labour law.

Costa Rica

Alejandro Pignataro at Pignataro Abogados is a Thought Leader in the litigation field, where he is renowned for his expert handling of cross-border fraud proceedings.

Independent arbitrator Rodrigo Oreamuno is “very active” in the disputes arena, say peers. They note he is at the “top level” of the market and is “very reputable in international investment arbitration”.

Víctor Garita at Facio & Cañas is “a very good litigator” who is “very active in the market” comment peers. He is commended for his impressive work handling litigation across the banking and finance sector, as well as international arbitration proceedings.
Carlos Oreamuno is credited as “a top name” for contentious matters according to market commentators. His first-class practice spans a range of complex commercial and civil disputes.

At Batalla, Róger Guevara enjoys “a strong presence” in the market say respondents. One source adds, “If I had a corporate commercial case I had to refer, I would go to him.”
Alejandro Batalla is a well-respected name in the Costa Rican market. His work encompasses complex litigation and arbitration proceedings across a spectrum of matters from administrative to transactional issues.

Roy Herrera at Dentons Muñoz is endorsed as “a standout name in the market”. One client applauds his “firm understanding of the legal issues needed to achieve our targeted goals”.

At Hulbert Volio Montero, Andrea Hulbert is “a practical and solution-oriented lawyer” who stands out for her valuable ability to “identify alternative approaches to resolve a dispute". One source effuses: “Her strength is her knowledge of the law.”

Dominican Republic

At Medina Garrigó Abogados, Fabiola Medina Garnes is a long-standing figure in the Dominican market. She enjoys a strong international reputation for her impressive work handling commercial and investment arbitration proceedings.
Jesús Francos Rodríguez is “very knowledgeable on constitutional and administrative processes” say respondents who add he “blends being a litigation attorney with a business-oriented mind-set”.

Andrés Bobadilla Fernández at Bobadilla Abogados draws high praise from sources for his work in the areas of litigation and arbitration. Sources note he is “very insightful” when it comes to assessing the key issues of a dispute.

El Salvador

At Sáenz & Asociados, Humberto Sáenz Marinero “works a lot in arbitration” say peers, and stands out as one of the foremost disputes lawyers in the region. He is described as “an exceptional commercial arbitrator” and is highly recommended by widespread international sources.
Mario Enrique Sáenz gains recognition in this chapter for his top-tier handling of complex commercial disputes. One source says, “We see him frequently in the courts of law.”

Guatemala

Alvaro Rodrigo Castellanos Howell at Consortium Legal draws high praise from peers who would “absolutely recommend” him for his work on high-value international commercial arbitrations.

At Arias, 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.

Honduras

Consortium Legal’s Ulises Mejía León Gómez is highlighted by sources as “a very good litigator” who “handles complex cases” before courts and arbitral tribunals.

Fanny Rodríguez at Arias is a “knowledgeable and reliable” practitioner who focuses her practice on handling corporate and commercial dispute resolution for domestic and international clients. 

Nicaragua

Luz Marina Espinoza Ruiz at Alvarado y Asociados “has been a litigator for a long time”, say sources who credit his extensive experience handling contentious matters relating to labour law.

Central Law’s Soraya Montoya Herrera held in high esteem by sources who applaud her excellent work handling sophisticated commercial conflicts.

Panama

Jorge Molina Mendoza at Fábrega Molino stands out as one of the most prominent disputes lawyers in Central America. He is recognised as “a very good and active practitioner” who excels when it comes to advising clients on complex commercial litigation and arbitration.

At Alemán Cordero Galindo & Lee, Jorge Federico Lee is “a great attorney” who is singled out by market sources for his first-class work in international and domestic arbitration.
Alejandro Ferrer is “one of the best” in the market say peers. They note he is “super well prepared” and add that he “really is a delight to work with”.

Morgan & Morgan’s José Carrizo leads the firm’s litigation and arbitration group. He is a first-rate lawyer whose expertise spans a range of matters including disputes in the banking and insurance sectors.

At Katz & Lopez, Esteban López Moreno is “an active arbitrator” who is highly commended for his leading work in international commercial and investment disputes.

Evans González Moreno at Evans Gonzalez Moreno & Associates is distinguished as a strong litigator who is “really well prepared” when it comes to handling civil and commercial litigation proceedings.

Independent arbitrator Katherine González Arrocha enjoys a great international reputation for her work in the arbitration sphere, an area in which she is considered “extremely good and knowledgeable”. 

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