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Richard C. Lorenzo
Partner, Miami
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Richard C. Lorenzo, Managing Partner of the Miami office, focuses his practice on international commercial litigation and arbitration.  He has represented foreign and domestic clients in various industries throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe in complex commercial international arbitration matters.  Richard has handled numerous dispute matters in both English and Spanish before the most important tribunals and institutions including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR).

Richard has lectured and published extensively in his practice area. He is an adjunct professor of International Arbitration and Litigation at St. Thomas University School of Law. He also comments on international legal matters in the national and international media, and has made numerous televised appearances on CNN En Español and served as a guest commentator on Bloomberg Radio.

Richard has resided in Brazil, Chile, and the Dominican Republic.

  • Representation of Venezuelan petrochemical joint venture corporation in ICC arbitration proceedings in Miami under Venezuelan law over disputes concerning the construction of a $750 million plant in Venezuela.
  • Representation of major U.S. power company in ICC arbitration proceedings in New York over disputes with Latin American sovereign concerning joint venture, power-generation facility. 
  • Representation of Dominican power corporation in Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission (IACAC) arbitration proceedings in Miami over disputes concerning construction of major LNG dock facilities in the Dominican Republic.
  • Representation of El Salvadoran telecommunications corporation in Spanish language ICDR arbitration proceedings in San Salvador under El Salvadoran law over disputes concerning inter-connect agreements.
  • Representation of the Mexican state-owned petroleum company in an effort to dismiss a petition to confirm an arbitral award in the Southern District of New York.
  • Representation of a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering over a joint venture arbitration dispute with a contractor who abandoned a transmission line project in Brazil and Chile.
  • Representation of a South American state-owned oil company in a US$250 million dispute in connection with a production of oil through water-injection platforms and water-treatment facilities.
  • Representation of a South American client in a multi-million dollar dispute in connection with a stock purchase agreement involving the sale of an interest in a financial and insurance group of companies.

September 2014
"Discovery Challenges and the Conduct of the Arbitration," International Maritime Arbitrations: You're Not in Florida Anymore, JAMS, Miami, Florida.

January 2014
"The Growth of Regional Arbitration Hubs in the Caribbean and Latin America," Bahamas Second Annual Arbitration and Investment Forum, Nassau, Bahamas.

November 2012
"The New York Convention and How it Has Aided Growth of Arbitration in Latin America," Columbia Law School, New York, New York.

Hogan Lovells Publications
04 February 2013 "If Argentina withdraws from the ICSID Convention: Implications for foreign investors." Hogan Lovells

01 March 2005 "Resolving Corporate Disputes—What are the Options?" Litigation, Mediation, and Arbitration Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

Published Works
August 2012 "Key Considerations When Negotiating and Drafting International Arbitration Clauses in Latin America." Latin American Law & Business Report

March 2011 "Aspectos Importantes a Considerar al Negociar y Redactar una Cláusula Arbitral Internacional." Tratado de Derecho Arbitral: El Convenio Arbitral, Tomo II, Instituto Peruano de Arbitraje

February 2011 "Getting the Deal Through - Arbitration 2011.", Global Arbitration Review

2010 "ICDR." Getting the Deal Through - Arbitration, Law Business Research

2010 "United States." Getting the Deal Through - Arbitration, Law Business Research

Winter 2008 "Does 'May' Mean 'Shall' in Arbitration?" International Law Quarterly, Vol. XXIII, No. 2, The Florida Bar

Litigation and Arbitration
International Arbitration
Latin America
Energy and Natural Resources
  • International, Cross-border Litigation and Arbitration
  • Latin American Litigation and Arbitration
  • EPC Disputes
  • Energy, Oil and Gas Disputes
  • Telecommunication Disputes
J.D., cum laude, University of Miami School of Law, 1995 B.S., magna cum laude, honors degree, Rollins College, 1992
  • Executive Council Member, The Florida Bar's International Law Section
  • Vice President and Board Member, Hispanic National Bar Foundation
  • Board Member, Miami International Arbitration Society
  • Dean's Advisory Council, Florida International University College of Law
  • Advisory Board Member, Centro de Arbitraje de la Industria de la Construcción
  • Chambers Global, Latin America: International Arbitration, 2009-2014
  • Chambers Latin America, International Arbitration, 2009-2015
  • Florida Super Lawyers, International, 2009-2014
  • The International Who's Who of Commercial Litigators, 2012-2014 
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2012-2016
COURT ADMISSIONS U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
LANGUAGES Spanish Portuguese