Patricia Núñez is a talented practitioner who earns widespread praise from peers for her vast experience within the mining and natural resources sectors.
Ms Núñez was educated at the University of Chile Law School (LLB, 1991). While at university, Ms Núñez was awarded the Montenegro Award for the best graduate student of her class. In 1995, she was also awarded a Fulbright scholarship for continuing on to postgraduate studies in the USA. In 1996, she was admitted as an LLM candidate at Harvard Law School, Cornell Law School and Yale Law School, receiving her master’s degree (LLM) from the latter in 1997.
Ms Núñez has been praised as a leading attorney by publications such as Chambers; Latin America Corporate Counsel Association; The Legal 500; Best Lawyers; and Latin Lawyer.
She worked with Claro y Cía (Chile) from 1990 to 2000 and with Debevoise & Plimpton (New York) from 1997 to 1998. She was a professor of economic law at the University of Chile Law School from 1992 to 2013, trustee at large at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation from 2005 to 2007 and a board member of the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources of the International Bar Association (IBA) from to 2007 to 2016. Ms Núñez is also member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), the Center for International Legal Studies and Women Corporate Directors.
Ms Núñez was the co-chair of the IBA mining committee from 2004 to 2006, and chair from 2006 to 2008; and chair of the section on energy, environment, natural resources and infrastructure of the IBA (SEERIL) from 2015 to 2016. She is a founding partner of the law firm Núñez, Muñoz & Cía Ltda Abogados, based in Santiago, Chile.