MIAS Mission Statement

Board of Directors

The Miami International Arbitration Society (MIAS) was founded in order to promote the use of international arbitration and mediation and the selection of Miami as the situs for international arbitration proceedings related to the resolution of transborder commercial and investment disputes. The Society works to maintain and enhance the extensive infrastructure developed to encourage international arbitration in Miami by supporting appropriate legislation, relevant academic programs at area universities, local international arbitration conferences, featuring distinguished practitioners as guest speakers, and providing training and legal updates to its members on the latest developments in international arbitration. The Society also provides a forum where practitioners and others interested in international arbitration can network and exchange ideas and information about this growing practice area.

Contact MIAS

Miami International Arbitration Society

1200 Anastasia Ave., Suite 213
Coral Gables, FL 33134

(305) 476-5452

Ines Calderon

Executive Director


Luis O'Naghten
Adolfo Jimenez
Carlos Concepción
John H. Rooney, Jr.
Rudy Pittaluga, Jr.
Cristina Cardenas
Judith A. Freedberg
Daniel E. Gonzales
Don Hayden
Richard Lorenzo
Silvia Marchili
Deborah Mastin
Edward Mullins
C. Ryan Reetz
Harout Samra
Quinn Smith
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Academic Board Members
MIAS Founding Chairman                Director Emeritus
Burton A. Landy

Burton A. Landy


Jose I. Astigarraga 

Sandra Friedrich

Manuel Gomez

Joan Stearns Johnsen


Carlos F. Concepción (Past Chair)

Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
Citigroup Center
201 South Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33131-4332

Phone: (305) 755-8975   



Carlos Concepción is Chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group at Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. His practice concentrates on international litigation and arbitration involving financial services, construction disputes involving audit and defect claims, and transnational disputes involving parties and witnesses from multiple jurisdictions. He has substantial trial experience with multilingual and multicultural teams that provide a strategic advantage in dealing with parties and evidence from different legal systems, especially in South America, Brazil, and the Caribbean. Carlos also has extensive experience in international corporate investigations and special litigation committees. He led an internal investigation and litigation team representing a special litigation committee in the failure of a major bank in Puerto Rico and a related shareholder derivative action. In addition, Carlos was lead counsel for several Canadian investors in a multidistrict litigation dispute regarding a time-share resort in the Dominican Republic. Carlos also represents parties in international arbitrations in a number of industries. He has worked with all the leading arbitration organizations and has conducted proceedings in Spanish and English in which the seat of the arbitration and governing laws has been in multiple countries. He also has experience under the UNCITRAL Rules and the International Bar Association Rules. Carlos is a member of numerous organizations, including the International Chamber of Commerce, Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), which is the highest level of arbitration training and experience recognized by that institution.


Luis O'Naghten (Chairman)
Hughes Hubbard and Reed, LLP

201 South Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, Florida 33131

Phone: (305) 379-7230



Luis M. O’Naghten’s primary area of practice is international complex commercial litigation and arbitration. He has represented parties in disputes before United States courts and before international arbitration panels (under ICC, AAA/ICDR, and UNCITRAL rules) in a wide range of disputes, including matters in the United States, and several countries in Latin America and Europe. Mr. O'Naghten has provided advice to major international banks, United States and foreign multinational corporations, energy companies, foreign sovereigns and parties adverse to foreign sovereigns, and companies involved in maritime disputes. His practice focuses on international financial frauds, energy, construction and telecommunication disputes, and corporate commercial disputes. 
Mr. O'Naghten is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration, the ICC Task Force for the Revision of the ICC Rules, chair of the USCIB’s Arbitration Florida Sub-Committee, and is a fellow in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He also teaches a course on Federal and State Arbitration at the University of Miami School of Law, and a class on International Arbitration at Universidad Panamericana (Mexico). He is fluent in Spanish and has handled arbitrations in that language.


Cristina Cardenas 

Reed Smith LLP
1001 Brickell Bay Drive, Floor 9
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: (786) 747-0204
Fax: (305) 372-8202


Cristina Cárdenas focuses her practice on international litigation and arbitration. Her experience includes the representation of U.S. and Latin American corporate clients in a variety of business related disputes. She serves as counsel in US courts and in arbitral tribunals in the US and abroad.

Cárdenas has been recognized as an “Up and Coming Individual” by both Chambers Latin America and Chambers USA. She has also been named a 2012 and 2013 “Florida Rising Star” by the publication Super Lawyers, and was named in “20 Under 40” by the publication Poder 360, which highlighted 20 people under age 40 who have exerted influence over the arts, business, education and media in Miami.

Cárdenas serves as chair of the Disputes Division of the ABA’s Section of International Law. She also served as Vice Chair to the 2014 ICCA Congress host committee. She has lived, studied, and traveled extensively throughout Europe and Latin America. She has native professional fluency in Spanish.

Cárdenas received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double major in Political Science and Latin American Studies. Cárdenas obtained her J.D. from the University of Florida, where she also served as Assistant Editor in Chief of the Florida Journal of International Law. Following her graduation from law school, Cárdenas obtained an LL.M. in International Law from the University of Miami.

She is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida and all Florida state courts.

John H. Rooney Jr. (Vice-Chair)
John H. Rooney, Jr., P.A.
3250 Mary Street, Suite 100
Miami, FL 33133
Phone: (305) 804-4084
Fax: (786) 220-8361


Prior to starting his private practice, John Rooney was a partner in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen. He was a member of the firm's International Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group, and is admitted to practice law in Florida, Texas and  Louisiana (the only state of the United States with a civil law as opposed to common law system of private law). As an arbtirator, Mr. Rooney has arbitrated under the rules of the Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, and the International Chamber of Commerce.

In addition, he has served as counsel in arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and the rules of other institutions, and represented clients in arbitration-related litigation. He is the Chair of the International Arbitration Law Committee of the Inter-American Bar Association, and represents the IABA in the meetings of the UNCITRAL Arbitration Working Group. Mr. Rooney conducts the International Commercial Arbitration Seminar at the University of Miami School of Law, and is the coach of the University of Miami Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot team.

He speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish (and is presently chairing an arbitration conducted in Spanish), and has written and spoken extensively on the subject of international arbitration both in the United States and abroad.

Rodolpho "Rudy" Pittaluga, Jr. (Treasurer)
Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP (retired)
333 SE 2nd Ave., Suite 3600
Miami, Florida 33131
Phone: (305) 372-3210
Fax: (305) 960-1710



Rudy has been admitted to practice law for more than 30 years, and over the course of his career, he has advised financial and other lending institutions before state and federal regulators, and represented same in complex commercial litigation, national and cross-border disputes, in courts (tribunals) in the USA and in other countries.

Before retiring from Deloitte Advisory LLP (f/k/a Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP - "Deloitte FAS") in late 2015, Rudy held various leadership positions within the firm, including serving as the leader of the Deloitte FAS Florida/Puerto Rico practice. In that capacity, Rudy was not only responsible for various areas of Deloitte’s FAS practice, including the Forensic & Dispute Services (Litigation & Arbitration Support), Corporate Restructuring, Valuation, Corporate Finance, and Mergers & Acquisitions practices, but he also worked closely with the Latin American/Caribbean Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (“DTTL”) member firms on their cross-border, financial advisory engagements in and throughout that region. 

Rudy has maintained an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell since 2000. He was named as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” by the publication of the same name (2004 - 2006); and has been recognized as one of Florida Monthly magazine’s “Florida’s Top Lawyers” in (2005), one of Florida Trend‘s “Florida Legal Elite” (2005); and named a “Florida SuperLawyer” (2006).

He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Middle District of Florida (General and Trial Bars), and is a member of the Florida, Miami-Dade County, Bankruptcy Bar for the Southern District of Florida, and Cuban-American Bar Associations. In addition, he has been active in the United States Council for International Business [“USCIB” – the U.S. National Committee to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)], where he served as a member of the Arbitration Committee and USCIB Florida Sub-Committee and on the International Chamber of Commerce’s Task Force on Arbitration Involving States or State Entities; and currently serves as a member of the South Florida Group of Regional Counsel (Co-Chair, Advisory Committee), and on the Boards of Advisors to The Inter-American Dialogue’s Financial Advisor Services Newsletter and The Idea Center at Miami-Dade College.

An adjunct professor at Florida International University School of Law, he is a frequent lecturer and has authored materials (in English and Spanish) on variety of subjects, including US and International Bankruptcy Laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Anti-Corruption in Latin America, diversity, inclusion, leadership, sponsorship, and mentoring. Rudy obtained his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration (major in Economics) from the University of Miami (Dec. 1981), his Juris Doctor from Boston College (May 1985), and is fluent in Spanish.

Adolfo Jimenez (Vhair-Elect)

Holland & Knight

701 Brickell Avenue, Suite 3000
Miami, FL 33131

Tel: 305-789- 7720

Fax: 305-789-7799



Adolfo E. Jimenez is a partner in Holland & Knight's Miami office. Mr. Jimenez practices in litigation with emphasis in international disputes. He is the practice group leader for Holland & Knight's South Florida Litigation Group and the team leader for the firm's International Arbitration and Litigation Team. He also practices in the areas of media law, maritime and transportation with extensive litigation and trial experience. In addition to his civil litigation practice, Mr. Jimenez has represented clients in arbitrations administered by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the China International Trade and Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and cases administered under the UNCITRAL Rules. He has also served as an arbitrator in ICC and ICDR cases.

Silvia Marchili (Director)
White & Case LLP
1200 Smith Street, Suite 2300
Houston, Texas 77002
Phone: (713) 496 9728

Fax: (713) 496 9701



Silvia M. Marchili focuses on complex international arbitration cases involving investment and commercial claims. She handles international arbitration and litigation matters involving Latin America and Africa, and a variety of sectors, including oil and gas, power, construction, mining, air transportation, and infrastructure. Silvia is bilingual and trained in both civil and common law.

With more than 15 years of experience, Silvia represents parties in investment arbitrations before international tribunals under the World Bank’s International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes Convention, as well as under other arbitration rules. In recent cases, she has obtained some of the largest ICSID Bilateral Investment Treaty awards ever received by foreign investors. An expert in investment arbitration, Silvia co-authored, with R. Doak Bishop, the treatise Annulment Under the ICSID Convention (Oxford University Press).

In commercial arbitrations, Silvia has represented parties in cases under the International Chamber of Commerce, London Court of International Arbitration, UN Commission on International Trade Law, Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission, International Centre for Dispute Resolution, and Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association rules.

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Silvia is fluent in Spanish and English, and has working knowledge of Italian and French, along with a basic understanding of German. She is a frequent author and speaker on arbitration and dispute resolution.

Judith Ann Freedberg (Director)
ICCA Publications

3530 SW 22nd Street, #516
Miami, FL 33145

Tel: (617) 347 0350


Judith Ann Freedberg earned a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and a J.D. from Leiden University Faculty of Law in the Netherlands. Mrs. Freedberg is presently Publications Consultant for the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). Previously, as the Director of Professional Programs, she coordinated the University of Miami School of Law's International Arbitration Program. She served as the General Counsel for the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague from 1997 to 2007. Mrs. Freedberg also served as head of the Department of International Commercial Arbitration at the T.M.C. Asser Institute for International Law at The Hague. She has taught at Utrecht University, VU Amsterdam (Vrije Universiteit), and Leiden University, among others, and was the Managing Editor of the ICCA publications, Yearbook Commercial Arbitration, International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration and ICCA Congress Series. In addition, she is the author of publications and a conference speaker in Dutch and English on topics of international arbitration.


Daniel E. González (Director)
Hogan Lovells US LLP
600 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2700
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: (305) 459-6649 
Fax: (305) 459-6550 



Daniel E. González serves as Global Head of Hogan Lovells’ international arbitration practice. Dan dedicates his full-time practice to international commercial litigation and arbitration, representing clients' interests in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. With a focus on construction and infrastructure, as well as energy, financial services, securities, and telecommunications, Dan provides deep acumen into industry matters involving commercial, distributorship, technology, engineering, procurement, construction, and design/build contracts, among others. He helps clients handle issues arising during projects, as well as dispute avoidance, and dispute resolution. These include mediation, expert determination, adjudication, dispute boards, arbitration, and court proceedings. He provides fully bilingual (English and Spanish) counsel in both common and civil law jurisdictions to effectively provide strategy and analysis in achieving favorable results. As lead trial and arbitral counsel in multijurisdictional disputes, Dan has tried matters from inception through to judgment or confirmation of the award.

 As a leading practitioner in the field of international arbitration, he has also been appointed as arbitrator in numerous matters.  He is a frequent speaker on issues related to arbitration in emerging markets and is currently a professor at the University of Miami School of Law where he is teaching Forensics of Advocacy in International Arbitration. In addition to teaching and speaking, he serves on the board of several industry organizations including the Miami International Arbitration Society, the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Technology in International Arbitration.

Don Hayden (Secretary MIAF)
Mark, Migdal & Hayden

80 SW 8th Street Suite 1999

Miami, FL 33131



Don Hayden has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation, particularly in the areas of international arbitration and dispute resolution. Don’s diverse practice involves all facets of multijurisdictional commercial litigation particularly for companies involved in cross border transactions. He represents multinationals, mid-size firms and high net worth individuals in commercial disputes. Don has a particular emphasis in international arbitration and alternative disputes resolution. He has successfully resolved significant multi-faceted matters that involving parallel proceedings in multiple jurisdictions and served as lead counsel in high profile national class litigation.

Richard Lorenzo (Director)

Hogan Lovells

600 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2700

Miami, FL 33131 

Phone: (305) 459 6652

Fax: (305) 459 6550



Richard Lorenzo, managing partner of Hogan Lovells’ Miami office, uses creative and nuanced strategies to manage international commercial litigation and arbitration for foreign and domestic clients with interests throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe.

Whether it's a dispute in English or Spanish, or before any of the most important tribunals or institutions — the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), or the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), to name a few — Richard effectively analyzes the matter and collaborates with clients to figure out the best strategy. Time spent living in Latin America attuned Richard to the civil law system and political landscape of Spanish-speaking jurisdictions, which complements his English-language arbitration practices and procedures.

Richard is actively involved in academia, extensively lecturing and publishing in his practice area. He is an adjunct professor of International Arbitration and Litigation at Florida International University. He also maintains a national and international media presence on topical international legal issues, and has appeared on CNN En Español and served as a guest commentator on Bloomberg Radio.

Deborah Mastin (Director)

Law Office of Deborah Mastin, PLLC
Miami, FL
Phone: (305) 505-7448 

Deborah Bovarnick Mastin mediates and arbitrates large complex and multi-party construction disputes in the USA and internationally. She is on the neutral panels of the American Arbitration Association (Mega Projects Panel, Large Complex Construction Panel, Master Mediator Panel, Dispute Board Panel, International Centre for Dispute Resolution Panel), International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (Construction Panel), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and Trinidad Dispute Resolution Centre. She is a faculty for the AAA and the ICDR, and is a tutor for international arbitration at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She is a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers, the College of Commercial Arbitrators, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and the Dispute Board Federation. Deborah is a past president of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation Region 1 (USA and Canada). 

As an Assistant County Attorney for Miami-Dade and Broward County, Deborah drafted contracts and litigated claims on public infrastructure projects, including $6 billion Miami International Airport expansion, $2 billion Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport expansion, bridges, tunnels, museums, performing arts centers, stadiums, power plants, light rail, and information technology systems. 

She graduated from Northeastern University School of Law and MIT School of Architecture and Planning. 

Harout J. Samra (Director)

200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 2500
Miami, FL 33131 

Phone: (305) 423-8534 

Fax: (305) 468-6348   



Harout J. Samra is a Board Certified Specialist in International Law with the law firm of DLA Piper LLP. He concentrates his practice on international dispute resolution and arbitration matters, and has represented clients from both the public and private sectors, including foreign governments, government officials, and clients from a variety of industries. Harout has experience in international arbitrations administered under the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), JAMS, Bogota Chamber of Commerce (CCB), Madrid Court of Arbitration, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), and International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) arbitration rules. Harout currently serves as a member of the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission by appointment of Governor Ron DeSantis. He formerly served as the Chair of the Florida Third District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission by appointment of former Governor Rick Scott. Harout is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Miami School of Law. He also received B.A. (cum laude) and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Miami. Harout frequently writes and lectures on arbitration and litigation topics.

Edward Mullins (Director)

Reed Smith

1001 Brickell Bay Drive, 9th Floor
Miami, FL, 33131

Phone: (786) 747-0203

Fax: (786) 747-0299



Ed Mullins is the Managing Partner of the Reed Smith Miami office and focuses his trial, arbitration, and appellate commercial litigation practice on international commercial litigation, international commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration, and complex commercial litigation. He brings to this practice broad experience as a commercial litigator, having handled an array of commercial disputes over the years, including contract, business tort, media, intellectual property, shareholder, and class action disputes. He also serves as arbitrator and mediator, and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Commercial Arbitrators and is a member of the commercial panel of arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association. He has served as arbitration counsel and trial counsel in international and trial disputes throughout the country. Ed has served as appellate counsel, having appeared in almost 100 appeals and appellate proceedings in federal and state courts including the Florida Supreme Court, and the United States Supreme Court.

C. Ryan Reetz (DIrector)
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
200 S. Biscayne Blvd., #400
Miami, Florida 33131
Phone: (786) 322-7370
Fax: (786) 322-7470



C. Ryan Reetz is the managing partner and co-founder of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner's Miami office. He represents clients as trial counsel in international and domestic commercial and regulatory disputes, including investor-state arbitration, international commercial arbitration, enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, foreign sovereign immunity litigation, class actions, complex commercial litigation, and administrative proceedings. In addition to acting as counsel, he serves as an arbitrator in international commercial disputes.

Mr. Reetz frequently writes and lectures on arbitration and litigation topics. He teaches transnational civil litigation and arbitration as an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law, and taught the same subject at the University of Miami School of Law from 2003 to 2010. He also serves as a visiting professor at the University of Navarra School of Law in Pamplona, Spain. Mr. Reetz is also an instructor for the Florida Regional Program of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and has lectured at the Swiss Arbitration Academy and at a number of law schools, including Doshisha University, Marmara University, Istanbul Bilgi University and Istanbul Kültür University. He is the co-author (with Pedro J. Martinez-Fraga) of Public Purpose in International Law: Rethinking Regulatory Sovereignty in the Global Era (Cambridge University Press 2005).

Mr. Reetz served as chair of the Florida Bar’s International Law Section from 2013-14, and he is currently active in several other professional organizations, including the American Law Institute, where he serves on member consultative groups for the Restatement (Third), The U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration and the Restatement (Fourth), The Foreign Relations Law of the United States.


Quinn Smith (Director)
175 Southwest 7th Street #2003
Miami, Florida 33130
Phone: (305) 856-7723


Mr. Smith is a partner in the law firm of GST LLP, a boutique firm specializing in international dispute resolution and advising on cross-border investments. Based in Miami, the firm represents foreign governments and their instrumentalities, private businesses, and high net-worth individuals in a variety of sectors. Mr. Smith has acted as counsel in high-value arbitrations under the rules of a variety of international and regional institutions with experience in both commercial and investment cases, including the ICC, ICSID, ICDR, UNCITRAL, IACAC, CAM-CCBC, CAM-FIESP, and ad hoc clauses. He has represented clients with matters in the Americas, Europe, and Africa. Quinn frequently writes and lectures on topics related to the field in three working languages: English, Spanish, and Portuguese. He has also helped form and lead teams to handle complex litigation matters in federal and state courts in the United States.

Manuel A. Gomez (Academic, Ex-Officio)
Profesor, College of Law,
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street, RDB 2015
Miami, Florida 33199
Phone: (305) 348-1158


Manuel A. Gómez has years of law teaching experience, both in the U.S. and in Latin America, and professional practice in Latin America, Professor Gómez brings a valuable international scholarly experience to the College of Law. He currently serves at the College of Law’s Coordinator of International Legal Projects and leads the Global Legal Studies Initiative. Before joining FIU, Professor Gómez was a Lecturer in Law and a Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School, where he had academic responsibility for the Stanford Program in International Legal Studies. Professor Gómez also led a working group on Law and Policy in Latin America sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies at Stanford University.

Since 1995 he has also been a member of the Faculty at the Universidad Central de Venezuela Law School (Caracas, Venezuela), and in different occasions, a visiting professor at the Universidad Católica del Táchira (1996), Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (2000-2001), Universidad Metropolitana Law School (2005), and Universidad Sergio Arboleda of Colombia (2009-present) Professor Gómez teaches, conducts research and writes academic papers in a variety of areas including the impact of social networks on dispute processing, private order, international arbitration, complex litigation in Latin America, legal and institutional reform in Latin America, legal education reform and the globalization of the legal profession.

In the Spring of 2011, Professor Gómez received FIU’s inaugural Bhagwan Mahavir Junior Faculty Summer Fellowship to conduct research on dispute resolution among Jain diamond merchants. Professor Gómez’s work has appeared in a number of prestigious publications in the U.S., South America and Europe, and has received several prestigious awards, including the Law and Society Association’s Dissertation Prize, the Richard S. Goldsmith Award in Dispute Resolution at Stanford University, as well as the annual prize awarded by the Venezuelan Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).

Professor Gómez’s latest book, Law in Many Societies (Stanford U. Press 2011, co-edited with Lawrence M. Friedman and Rogelio Pérez-Perdomo) has already received several accolades in the academic world. Professor Gómez has also served as expert in domestic and international arbitration proceedings, as well as in court proceedings involving foreign parties in the U.S. Professor Gómez has also been appointed as an international arbitrator under the rules of the ICC, and is a founding member of the Miami International Arbitration Society.

Sandra Friedrich (Academic, Ex-Officio)

Director, White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Graduate Program; Lecturer in Law

University of Miami School of Law.

1311 Miller Road,

Coral Gables, FL 33146

Phone: (305) 284-1965



Professor Sandra Friedrich is the Director of the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Graduate Program and a Lecturer in Law at the University of Miami School of Law. Previously, she practiced law at Latham & Watkins in New York, focusing on complex commercial and investment arbitration proceedings, as well as related litigation.  She teaches courses on international arbitration, and has taught courses on International Business Transactions, European Union Law and German Law at Miami.  She is co-author of several publications on international commercial and investment arbitration, including an article on Disclosure in International Arbitration Proceedings in the United States published in the American Review of International Arbitration, an article on Investment Arbitration in East Asia and the Pacific published in the Journal of World Investment and Trade, and a book chapter on Witnesses, Subpoenas, Documents and the Relationship Between the FAA and State Law published by Wolters Kluwer.
Professor Friedrich is admitted to the New York Bar.  Before she obtained her J.D. from Miami Law, she received a maîtrise en droit from the Université Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and then an LL.M. degree with a specialization in international economic law from the University of Cologne and the Université Paris I. 

Joan Stearns Johnsen (Academic, Ex-Officio)


University of Florida Levin College of Law 

Box #117626

Gainesville FL 32611

Phone: (617) 549-0742



Joan Stearns Johnsen is a skills professor specializing in areas related to alternative dispute resolution. Professor Johnsen has been mediating and arbitrating large complex commercial cases primarily in the areas of securities, general corporate, and employment law for over twenty years. Professor Johnsen is on the arbitration and mediation panels of the American Arbitration Association , the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the American Health Lawyers Association and mediation panels of The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and for the New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division. Professor Johnsen’s legal experience includes as a trial attorney in the Enforcement Division of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington, D.C., and as Corporate Counsel for Smith Barney and as Associate General Counsel for the Commodity Exchange, Inc. both in New York. Professor Johnsen was also a visiting assistant clinical professor and the director of the securities arbitration clinic at Albany Law School.

Professor Johnsen also is in the leadership of the American Bar Association’s sections of Dispute Resolution and Litigation. She serves as the Dispute Resolution section’s continuing legal education officer and as a member of that section’s executive committee. She is also co-chair of the Mediation Subcommittee of the Section of Litigation’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. She also serves on the New York State Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee, and on the Banking and Financial Services Committee for the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution. She is also a member of the Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution where she sits on the Banking and Financial Services Committee. Professor Johnsen is Vice Chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute (CIArb) and has been certified by the International Mediation Institute (IMI).

Burton A. Landy (Founding Chairman & Director)

Harper Meyer Perez Hagen O'Connor Albert & Dribin LLP

201 S. Biscayne Blvd.

Miami, FL  33131

Phone: (305) 577-3443



Burton A. Landy is Senior Counsel with the Harper Meyer law firm. He is one of Florida's pre-eminent international lawyers and has been at the forefront of Florida's development into a leading international trade and finance center.

His practice spans over a period of more than fifty years and involves both counseling foreign firms and investors on structuring their U.S. operations and investments and U.S. companies on their worldwide operations and investments. He travels frequently to Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe and is fluent in Spanish.

Mr. Landy is the Founding Chairman of the Miami International Arbitration Society and is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator. He actively serves as both a sole arbitrator and as Chairman and member of tribunals in a wide variety of transborder arbitrations under ICSID, ICC, ICDR and UNCITRAL Rules.

He has served as President of the Inter-American Bar Association and is Founding General Counsel to the Florida International Bankers Association. Mr. Landy is a past Chair of the U.S. Department of Commerce and Agency for International Development's Latin American Business Promotion Advisory Council as well as the City of Miami's International Trade and Development Board.

A two-term president of the World Trade Center in Miami, he has also chaired the Florida Council of International Development, and the Beacon Council, Greater Miami's Economic Development organization. He currently serves as Honorary Consul General to the Republic of Korea for the State of Florida, is founding, chairman of the Southeast US/Korea Economic Committee. He was awarded the Heung-In Medal (Order of Diplomatic Service Merit) by the Government of the Republic of Korea, and the Order of the Rising Sun by the Emperor of Japan.

Mr. Landy earned his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law and has also studied at the National University of Mexico and the University of Havana. He lectures frequently, has taught graduate courses on Latin America Commercial Law at the University of Miami and has published articles on international aviation law, foreign trade zones, aquaculture, tax planning for foreign investors and related topics. Mr. Landy has received numerous awards, among which are the University of Miami School of Law's "Lawyer of the Americas," and the Inter-American Bar Association's "Diploma de Honor."

Jose I. Astigarraga (Director Emeritus)
Reed Smith LLP
1001 Brickell Bay Drive, Floor 9
Miami, FL 33131
(786) 747-0201
Fax: (305) 372-8202


Described as "a major figure for Latin American litigation and arbitration [who] represents large U.S., European and South American corporations" by Chambers Global Guide to the World's Leading Business Lawyers, Jose Astigarraga has accumulated broad experience in international business disputes in his 30 years of practice. Recently given the "Lawyer of the Americas" award by the University of Miami School of Law Interamerican Law Review for distinguished contribution to the field of international law, Astigarraga has handled business disputes emanating from most countries in Latin America.

The U.S. Government appointed him as one of 10 representatives to the tri-partite committee advising the NAFTA commission on international arbitration and alternative means of resolving private commercial disputes as well as an expert to the international law conference of the Organization of American States. His experience goes beyond Latin America - he serves as vice president of the 35-member London Court of International Arbitration. Recently he was recognized as one of the year's "Most Effective Lawyers" by a legal journal for leading the team that won an arbitral award of U.S. $52 Million plus attorneys' fees in a claim over international licensing rights in the Mercosur region that included parallel litigation proceedings in the U.S. , Brazilian and Argentine courts.

As Vice Chairman of the Board of the National Law Center for Interamerican Free Trade, he is active in efforts to promote commercial law reform and modernization in the Americas.


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