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Richard C. Lorenzo

Office Managing Partner

Richard C. Lorenzo
Portuguese, Spanish
Practice Group

Complex cross-border disputes are often critical to commercial interests. Richard Lorenzo, managing partner of the firm's 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.

"The 'very talented' Richard Lorenzo enjoys an impressive reputation for his work within the international commercial litigation and arbitration sphere."

Chambers Latin America 2016

Representative experience

Defending Pemex Exploración y Producción against a petition to confirm a US$300m Mexican ICC arbitral award nullified by the Mexican courts.

Representing a global technology company in a US$4bn ICC arbitration arising out of an IT-services agreement with a telecommunications company.

Representing Siemens in arbitration proceedings related to a US$2bn power generation facility in the United States.

Representing a South American government entity in an ICC dispute related to a long-term water supply and collateral services concession contract.

Representing a Dominican power company in IACAC arbitration proceedings concerning the construction of LNG dock facilities in the Dominican Republic.

Representing a Central American country in investment treaty arbitration related to the expropriation of real estate assets for an ecotourism project.

Representing major producer of fruit products in ICC arbitration relating to an agreement for the purchase and sale of a variety of pineapple.

Representing a Salvadoran telecommunications company in ICDR arbitration proceedings over disputes concerning inter­connection agreements.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Miami School of Law, 1995
  • B.S., magna cum laude, honors degree, Rollins College, 1992


  • Advisory Board Member, Centro de Arbitraje de la Industria de la Construcción
  • Board Member, Miami International Arbitration Society
  • Dean's Advisory Council, Florida International University College of Law
  • Executive Council Member, The Florida Bar's International Law Section
  • President and Board Member, Hispanic National Bar Foundation

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Florida

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th 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


Top Lawyer

South Florida Legal Guide


International Arbitration (USA), Foreign Expert for Latin America-wide

Chambers Global


International Arbitration (Latin America-wide)

Chambers Global


International Arbitration (Latin America-wide)

Chambers Latin America


Commercial Litigation

The Best Lawyers in America



Florida Super Lawyers


The International Who's Who of Commercial Litigators


International Arbitration (Latin America-wide), Up and Coming

Chambers Latin America

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

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

Latin American Law & Business Report

Published Works

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

Tratado de Derecho Arbitral: El Convenio Arbitral
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