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Carmen Manrara Cartaya

Senior Associate

Carmen Manrara Cartaya

Focusing on complex civil litigation and international arbitration, Carmen Cartaya represents clients in their most critical disputes in various areas, including construction, energy, telecommunications, and employment. As a fully bilingual lawyer, Carmen has the ability to represent clients before arbitral bodies in both English and Spanish, and has represented clients in state and federal court related to employment, securities litigation, and breach of contract matters.

Dedicating her time to pro bono efforts, Carmen is currently working on contract, intellectual property, and regulatory matters for The Underline—a proposed 10-mile linear park and urban trail below Miami's Metrorail. Carmen has also worked as a court-appointed guardian ad litem in domestic violence and divorce proceedings, and as an attorney ad litem representing clients in dependency court. She was recently selected for the Dade Legal Aid's Leadership Academy for Rising Stars as a result of her professional reputation and involvement in the community.

Carmen started her legal career clerking for The Honorable Chief Judge Federico A. Moreno, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida. During law school, Carmen was a member of The Journal of Technology Law and Policy.

Representative Experience

Represents a publicly traded Fortune 500 telecommunication company in an ICC arbitration with claims in excess of a billion dollars.

Successfully represented a foreign entity in an ICDR arbitration, dismissing all claims and awarding all attorneys' fees and costs.

Obtained favorable multi-million dollar settlement across multiple jurisdictions with numerous banking entities and commercial real estate properties.

Represented one of the world's largest engineering and construction companies in a AAA arbitration of a US$205m power plant.

Obtained favorable settlement for employer in federal action filed by former executive alleging breach of employment contract.

Represents U.S. and foreign nationals in federal and state employment disputes, including the EEOC, FCHR, and the MDCCHR.

Successfully represented a publicly traded energy company in a JAMS arbitration against the general contractor for a multi-million dollar claim.

Represented a global power generation and distribution company in an ICC arbitration regarding construction defects, scheduling delays, and labor issues for a project in Panama.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Florida, Levin College of Law, 2009
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Boston College, 2004

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Florida

Court admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida


Florida Rising Star, Business Litigation

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