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Maria Eugenia Ramirez

Partner
Miami

Maria Eugenia Ramirez

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Maria Eugenia Ramirez is passionate about international law. In 2002, she joined our newly opened Miami office, where Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) was seeking bilingual lawyers to establish an international arbitration practice. Maria Eugenia helped create and develop the practice, which over the years has grown exponentially not just in Miami but around the world.

Today, Maria Eugenia still focuses her practice on international arbitration, with an emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean. She has represented clients from El Salvador, Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, Chile, Argentina, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico with respect to contract, construction, and telecommunications disputes. She handles international arbitration matters in both English and Spanish before the International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association (ICDR), the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Maria Eugenia began her legal career in the litigation group of the largest law firm in Puerto Rico. She moved to the mainland United States in the hopes of working with more international clients, choosing Miami due to its proximity to Latin America. Her current practice allows her to travel all around Latin America and the world, an opportunity she did not have in previous positions.

Before entering private practice, Maria Eugenia worked for the Honorable Juan M. Pérez-Giménez, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Puerto Rico, in San Juan. She also served as legal counsel and sat on the board of directors of the March of Dimes, Puerto Rico Chapter, also in San Juan. She is the only lawyer at Hogan Lovells licensed to practice law in Puerto Rico state courts.

She has been ranked in Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution (Puerto Rico) and Litigation (USA) (2013-2014) and received the Daily Business Review's Most Effective Lawyers - Pro Bono Award (2007) for successfully representing a pro bono client in a federal jury trial concerning disability discrimination and retaliation claims.

Representative Experience

Represented a Venezuelan company against an Italian contractor in an ICC arbitration regarding construction of a Venezuelan fertilizer plant.

Represented a major Spanish contractor in litigation proceedings concerning the construction of Puerto Rico's "Tren Urbano" metrorail system.

Represented a United Kingdom satellite company in an ICC arbitration under English law regarding a breach of contract dispute.

Represented a Salvadoran telecommunications company in arbitral award enforcement proceedings in federal district and appellate courts.

Represented Venezuelan citizens in an ICDR international arbitration, regarding the breach of a share-purchase agreement (Spanish).

Represented a Dominican power entity in an ICC arbitration against a Dominican government agency regarding the sale of electric power (Spanish).

Represented a Salvadoran telecommunications company under the ICC rules where the arbitrations were conducted in Miami (Spanish).

Represented a Salvadoran telecommunications company under the ICDR rules where the arbitrations were conducted in El Salvador (Spanish).

Education and admissions

Education

  • J.D., Cornell Law School, 1998
  • A.B., Georgetown University, 1995
  • A.B., cum laude, Georgetown University, 1995

Memberships

  • Administrative Vice-chair, International Litigation and Arbitration Committee, Florida Bar Association, 2009
  • Ambassador, Puerto Rico Convention Bureau
  • Fellow, 2014-2015 Fellows Program, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
  • Member, American Bar Association  
  • Member, Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico  
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Florida Bar Association  
  • Member, Puerto Rico Bar of Florida

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Florida
  • Puerto Rico

Court admissions

  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

2013-2014

Dispute Resolution (Puerto Rico) and Litigation (USA)

Chambers Global

2007

Most Effective Lawyers - Pro Bono

Daily Business Review

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

Enforcement of International Arbitral Awards in Florida and the United States: Judicial Consistency?

Legitimacy: Myths, Realities, Challenges

Published Works

Arbitraje Internacional: Pasado, Presente y Futuro. Libro Homenaje a Bernardo Cremades y Yves Derains

Arbitraje Internacional: Pasado, Presente y Futuro. Libro Homenaje a Bernardo Cremades y Yves Derains

Published Works

Key Considerations When Negotiating and Drafting International Arbitration Clauses in Latin America

Latin American Law & Business Report

Published Works

Negotiating and Drafting an International Arbitration Clause with a Focus on Latin America: A Primer.

International Law Quarterly

Published Works

Aspectos Importantes a Considerar al Negociar y Redactar una Cláusula Arbitral Internacional

Tratado de Derecho Arbitral: El Convenio Arbitral

Published Works

International Arbitration-Telecommunications: Outside Counsel Perspective

International Commercial Arbitration Practice: 21st Century Perspectives
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