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International Counsel,  Independent Arbitrator and Mediator, Rio de Janeiro and Miami specializing in advising and helping foreign companies coming to Brazil, negotiating international contracts worldwide, and resolving business disputes through negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.

Of counsel, Veirano Advogados (Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasília, Porto Alegre), one of Brazil's leading law firms with strong international clientele, infrastructure and energy practice, 2011 - 2013.

International Counsel, Arbitrator and Mediator, Bastos-Tigre, Coelho da Rocha e Lopes Advogados (Brazil) and Diaz Reus (Miami), 2004 - 2011.

International Counsel, Arbitrator and Mediator in private practice, Miami and Brazil, 2001 - 2004

In-House Director, Latin America Legal and Government Affairs – 3Com/Palm (Latin America and Canada), Oracle Latin America, and Digital Equipment Corp. (Latin America/Caribbean and Russia) - Miami, Boston and California, 1988 – 2001.

U.S. Legal Counsel for Módulo S.A., a leading Brazilian IT security firm – Florida, 1997 – 98,  a top Brazilian firm responsible for IT security for Brazilian banks, companies, and national elections.

President, Commercial Dispute Resolution Center of the Americas - Miami, 1996 – 98.

Legal Advisor, International Group, Bank of Boston - Boston, 1986 – 87.

LANGUAGES: Portuguese (fluent), Spanish (business proficient), Russian (proficient), French.

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION

International contracts and transactions (see List of Representative Clients below): (energy/oil & gas/biofuels), information technology (hardware, software, networks, IT services), intellectual property (software, trade and service marks, patent licensing, domain names technology transfer), licensing, leasing, M  & A, purchase & sales, manufacturing projects, product distribution.  With multinational in-house counsel experience and perspective, I coordinate and manage client matters with law firms in Latin America.

First Arbitration:  Arbitrated first international case in 1986 as panelist for the AAA in product distribution case between Spanish and U.S. companies, on Panel with Willem Vis. Served on arbitration panel for case conducted entirely in Portuguese in 2012 between Brazilian and American parties (São Paulo - CCBC).

First Mediation: Helped parties settle complex case in 1983, a $50 million dispute over responsibility for pollution of groundwater between eight multinational oil companies and local community represented by state attorney general. 

Mediate large complex commercial cases often with value over U.S.$ 1 million, bilingually in Portuguese and Spanish as well as English, some also with Russian parties and documents, yielding high percentage of settlements.

Arranged and participated in first successful international commercial mediation using videoconferencing between U.S.and Brazilian parties (2006).

Arbitrator, Mediator and Advocate for cases at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)/American Arbitration Association, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC), International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR/New York),  Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) Panel of Arbitrators and Specialized Panel of Arbitrators for Intellectual Property Disputes, Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC), The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO/Geneva),  Florence International Mediation Chamber (FIMC), India Mediation & Conciliation Network (MCN).

In Brazil:  the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce (CAM-CCBC/São Paulo),  Brazilian Center for Mediation and Arbitration (CBMA/Rio de Janeiro), CAMARB (Belo Horizonte/São Paulo/Rio de Janeiro), Mediation and Arbitration Chamber of the European Chambers of Commerce (CAE/São Paulo), Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI), WIPO - INPI Brazil Panel of Neutrals for Intellectual Property Disputes (CEDPI), CAMFIEP/Curitiba (Chamber of Arbitration & Mediation/Paraná state Federation of Industries), CAMEDIARB (State of Santa Catarina), and ARBITAC (Curitiba). 

TECHNOLOGY SPECIALTY: Member, Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (SVAMC) List of World's Leading Technology Neutrals - 35 Arbitrators and Mediators worldwide (2017).  Member, CPR Technology Panel (2017);  Panel of Intellectual Property Arbitrators, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC);  Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators, WIPO/Geneva.  Specialized areas:  IT, IP, telecommunications, medical technology, aerospace.


INVESTOR-STATE DISPUTE SETTLEMENT - Invited by host government to consult on features and possible use of investor - state mediation (2017).

Invited to serve as Conciliator for World Bank financed Latin America long-term energy contract (2014).

Conducted several arbitrations under Brazilian law and/or with Brazilian parties:

- As Arbitrator: Import-export of construction products - ICC/Miami;  M & A in petrochemical industry, Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce/São Paulo (conducted in Portuguese);  Investment banking - ICDR/Miami.

- As Mediator: M & A in oil & gas industry - ICDR/Rio de Janeiro.

- As Counsel: Offshore oil drilling - LCIA/New York; Project finance - ICDR/São Paulo.

Arbitrations and mediations in these sectors: Aerospace & aviation, oil & gas, energy, environmental, project finance, medical technology, financial markets & investments, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, reinsurance, construction, product sales, marketing, representation, distribution and import-export (steel, wood, agricultural products, personal care, etc.), telecommunications, information technology, internet, intellectual property, outsourcing, executive compensation, travel, sports, shipping.

Parties from Argentina, Australia, Brazil (several cases), Canada, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany, Honduras, India, Malaysia, Norway, Panama, Russian Federation, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela.

REPRESENTATIVE ARBITRATIONS

Sole arbitrator in AAA case between U.S. companies over customized software compatibility with banking sector client objectives.

Sole arbitrator in ICDR case between Canadian and American companies over IT cloud computing services.

Arbitrator on Panel in $70+ million health care and financial services simulated arbitration under CPR Rules. This simulation was contracted to help evaluate the actual arbitration which was proceeding at the same time.

Sole arbitrator in ICDR case between South American and North American parties in medical equipment sector.

Sole arbitrator in AAA $MM case between two American companies in aerospace sector.

Arbitrator on AAA Panel in $20M dispute between Chinese and U.S. companies over unfair competition in marketing and distribution of consumer products.

Arbitrator on AAA Panel in $30M+ dispute between Caribbean entities in data communications sector.

Arbitrator on AAA Panel in $30M dispute between two large U.S. corporations in IT outsourcing sector.

Arbitrator on Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce Panel (CCBC) in $5M dispute between Brazilian and U.S. parties over M&A in petrochemical sector (in Portuguese).

Arbitrator on ICC Panel in $5M dispute between two Brazilian companies over import-export of wood products.

Arbitrator on AAA Panel in $MM dispute between U.S. and Mexican companies in telecommunications sector.

Sole Arbitrator in AAA $3M case between British and U.S. companies in aerospace sector.

Chair of AAA Panel in $39M dispute between U.S. and Chinese companies in financial services sector.

Arbitrator on ICDR Panel in $1M dispute between Brazilian and U.S. parties in financial services sector.

Sole Arbitrator in ICDR $1M dispute between U.S. and Indian companies in IT outsourcing sector.

Sole Arbitrator in ICDR $1M dispute between Panamanian and U.S. companies over sales of large quantities of steel.

Lead Counsel in LCIA arbitration of $MM dispute between Norwegian and Brazilian parties in offshore oil exploration sector.

Counsel in ICDR arbitration of $MM dispute between U.S. sports marketing firm and Central American football (soccer) federation over broadcast rights to World Cup qualifying matches.

Arbitrator on AAA Panel in $2M dispute between Canadian and U.S. parties in medical technology sector.

Arbitrator on AAA Panel in $1M dispute between Spanish and U.S. companies over importation and distribution of footwear.

REPRESENTATIVE MEDIATIONS

Mediator in $3M cases from the Florida courts between British and Russian companies in the aviation sector (settlement accord reached).

Mediator and Co-Mediator in several ad hoc cases between Brazilian parties in residential construction and family disputes (in Portuguese, settlement accords reached with all relationships preserved).

Mediator in $3M dispute at ICDR  between U.S. and Brazilian companies over M & A in oil & gas sector (settlement accord reached). 

Mediator in $1.5M Miami Federal Court case between Argentine and U.S. companies in reinsurance dispute on government bid performance bond (settlement accord reached).

Mediator in $5M complex, multiparty dispute at ICC between Central American electric company and Swiss reinsurer over damage claims to power generators (settlement accord reached, bilingual mediation in English and Spanish, 11 participants from six countries).

Mediator in $1.5M dispute at ICDR between Costa Rican party and U.S. travel service company over charter flight to 2010 World Cup (settlement accord reached).

Mediator in ad hoc dispute between U.S. and Russian companies over shipping of agricultural commodities to Russia (settlement accord reached, documents in Russian and Ukrainian).

Counsel in $200K dispute at ICDR between Brazilian executive and U.S. energy generating company over executive compensation for attaining project finance goals (settlement accord reached via first ever international mediation by videoconference). 

Mediated numerous internal disputes between regional groups as in-house counsel for major multinational IT company.

REPRESENTATIVE TRANSACTIONAL CLIENTS

Oil & gas - ARCO, BW Offshore, Estaleiro Atlântico Sul

Bioenergy - GA Expertise

IT/Communications - Flextronics, IDT/telecom, Varian Medical Systems, Indústria de Filmes Brasileiras/IBF, Shotspotter Inc.

Entertainment - HBO Latin America, Rovi Corporation

Agribusiness - Instituto de Fosfatos Biológicos (IFB)

Import-Export - W3, Royce Trading

Manufacturing - Sealaska                                                           

Transactional experience in biofuels area, representing Brazilian patent holder of efficient process for breaking down sugar cane into biofuel (2011 - 2012) in negotiations for use in India; European company specializing in project design & engineering for palm oil processing facilities negotiating joint venture in Brazil (2011 - 2012) and construction of a palm oil plant (2014); and German company seeking Brazilian palm oil (dendê) sources for conversion into biofuel (2007).                                  

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Member, International Task Force on Mixed Mode Dispute Resolution organized by Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution/Pepperdine School of Law - College of Commercial Arbitrators - International Mediation Institute.

Member, 2016 ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, the ICC's rule-making body and think tank for new ideas and publications to improve arbitration practice worldwide.

Member, ICC Brasil 2016, the ICC's Brazilian National organization.

Helped create the Miami International Arbitration Society (MIAS), host organization for the 2014 ICCA Congress in Miami.  Member, 2014 ICCA Congress Steering Committee.

Co-Founder and former Vice-President of the International Litigation and Arbitration Committee, International Law Section of the Florida Bar (since 2002, with over 100 members).

First Mediator certified in Brazil by the International Mediation Institute, The Hague (www.IMImediation.org).  Member, IMI International Standards Commission Appraisal Committee, evaluating Mediator Certification Programs (QAPs) in India, Israel, Italy, Russia, and the U.S.A.; Founder and former Co-Coordinator, IMI - Brasil (40+ members).

Member, Mediation Commission, Brazil - Canada Chamber of Commerce.  The Commission sets mediation policy and standards for the CCBC.

Former Chair, Arbitration Committee, Inter-American Bar Association; U.N Activities Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law & Practice (75 attorneys). The Committee prepared a proposal for U.N.mediation of regional conflicts, which proposal was presented at the Harvard Program on Negotiation and published in the SAIS Review foreign policy journal (Washington, D.C.) and is now being implemented by the UN.

Member, Russia/CIS International Arbitration Network (London).

Former company representative on Brazil – U.S. Business Council, Council of the Americas, Brazil and Mexico ad hoc Groups for IP Law Reform.

Admitted to practice, Massachusetts and Maine state and federal bars; Brazilian Bar/Rio de Janeiro as Foreign Legal Consultant.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

"Key Changes to the Brazilian Arbitration Law: A Foreign Practitioner's Perspective", chapter in the book Métodos Extrajudiciais de Resolução de Conflitos Empresariais (Extrajudicial Methods for Resolution of Business Disputes), IOB/São Paulo, July 2017.

International Commercial Arbitration Practice: 21st Century Perspectives. Creator and General Editor of book with 50+ chapters, with Horacio Grigera-Naon, Co-Editor, Lexis- Nexis/Matthew Bender books, New York, October 2010 - present, with annual updates.

"The Brazilian Mediation Wave - Will it Rise?", Kluwer Mediation Blog online, October 21, 2016, at http://kluwermediationblog.com/2016/10/21/the-brazilian-mediation-wave-will-it-rise/

"Proposed UNCITRAL Convention on Mediated Settlements of International Commercial Disputes", co-authored with IMI Chair Deborah Masucci, published in September 2016 at IBA Mediation Committee internal publications link http://www.ibanet.org/LPD/Dispute_Resolution_Section/Mediation/Publications.aspx

"Brazil's New Mediation Law and the Impact on International Business Disputes", co-authored with Brazilian lawyer and mediator Alexandre Simões, AAA Dispute Resolution Journal, Vol. 70, no. 4 (December 2015), pp. 13 - 19.

"The Law, Exposed", a translation and brief commentary on the new Brazilian Mediation Law, co-authored with Brazilian lawyer and mediator Alexandre Simões, part of Building a Mediation Structure in Brazil in the International ADR section of CPR's Alternatives journal, Vol. 33, No. 11, December 2015, pp. 163 - 170.

"Arbitration and Mediation of Brazilian M & A Disputes", Beijing Arbitration Commission column in the Disputes Digest section of the China Business Law Journal, Beijing, Vol. 6, issue 8, September 2015.

"Brazil: Changes Enacted to Arbitration Law" at website www.ChinaGoAbroad.com (for Chinese entities interested in markets abroad), May 2015.  Article published in English and Chinese.

"Multi-dimensional Mediation", chapter in the book Contemporary Tendencies in Mediation, Humberto Dalla and Juliana Loss de Andrade, Co-Editors, Editorial Dykinson, Madrid, 2015.

Co-author with Leandro Tripodi and Andrea Maia, "Arbitration and Mediation of Contracts Governed by the CISG", Working Paper for the II CPR Brazilian Business Mediation Congress, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, April 2014; Portuguese version published in bulletin of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce for Foreign Trade (FCCE), March 2014.

"Brazil:  Proposed reforms to arbitration law ready for scrutiny". Global Arbitration Review (London) online,          7 October 2013.

"Brazil: Reforms to Dispute Resolution", Latin Lawyer (London) online, 15 October 2013.

"Suggested Changes to Brazil's Arbitration Law",  The Commercial, Shipping & Investment Arbitration Watch (Madrid), Issue 19, July - September 2013.

"Dueling Tribunals at the Jirau Dam", revised version for IBA Arbitration News, September 2013 issue, and Vista Brazil, a Veirano monthly client newsletter, September 2012.

 "The Arbitrator as Mediator, and Mediator as Arbitrator",  Journal of International Arbitration (The Hague), December 2011, with Follow-Up Note in JOIA 29(2), April 2012.

Co-author of Brazil chapter with Fernando Serec and Antonio Barbuto Neto of Tozzini Freire, for the book International Commercial Arbitration Practice & Procedure - Enforcement of Foreign Awards (Covering more than 75 Countries), Universal Law Publishers (India), 2012.

"O Mito da Mediação e Expertise" ("The Myth of Subject-Matter Expertise in Mediation", co-author with Nazareth Serpa) of chapter in the book Direito da Construção: Estudos sobre as várias áreas do Direito aplicados ao mercado da Construção (Construction Law: Studies on various areas of the Law applicable to the Construction Market), coordinated by Fernando Marcondes, PINI Publishers, São Paulo, 2014; and Revista Brasileira de Direito de Construção (Brazilian Construction Law Journal), Institute of Brazilian Construction Law, São Paulo, vol. 1 (2012).

"Dispute Resolution in Brazil" and other Latin American related articles on mediation and arbitration for the Chinese investor website www.chinagoabroad.com  2011 - 2015.

"Como Resolver disputas sobre nomes de domínio na internet" ("How to Resolve Internet Domain Name Disputes"), co-author with Luiz Gustavo Meira Moser of WIPO/Geneva, Revista Brasileira de Arbitragem (Brazil Arbitration Journal), vol. 33, pp. 122 - 135 (Jan. - March 2012). 

"What's Brewing in the International Commercial Mediation Process: Differences from Domestic Mediation and Other Things Parties, Counsel and Mediators Should Know", Dispute Resolution Journal, American Arbitration Association, New York, February - April 2011 issue.

International Commercial Arbitration Practice: 21st Century Perspectives. General Editor of book with 50+ chapters, with Horacio Grigera-Naón as Co-Editor, Lexis-Nexis books/New York, October 2010, with annual update releases.

“Multidimensional Mediation”, Alternatives to the High Cost of Litigation, CPR/New York, February 2010. A shorter version focusing on International Mediation can be found on the CPR website’s International Practice column (November 24, 2009) at: http://www.cpradr.org/tabid/45/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/547/Default.aspx

Interviewed for and comments published as part of several articles in “A Closer Look at Arbitration in Brazil”, Special Issue of Global Arbitration Review (London), Vol. 4, Issue 6 (January 2010).

“The New York Convention and the Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in Brazil”, Mealey’s International Arbitration Report – Special Edition Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the New York Convention  (co-author with Tozzini Freire Advogados), October 2009.

Co-author, “New Keys to Arbitration in Latin America”, Journal of International Arbitration (The Hague, February 2008).

Expert Commentaries on International Arbitration for Lexis-Nexis Legal Publishers Online on 12 current important topics in international commercial arbitration, 2007-2008.

“Videoconferencing for International Mediation and Arbitration”, Revista Brasileira de Arbitragem (Brazilian Journal Of Arbitration - Brazilian Arbitration Committee/IOB Thomson), No. 11, July – Sept. 2006.

“Drafting Arbitration Clauses: How to Avoid Pitfalls and Mistakes”, for Swiss-Italian Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Seminar, Coral Gables, Florida, 2005.

"Telecommunications Arbitration in Latin America," (co-author), Latin Lawyer (London), April 2005, Portuguese version published in Revista Brasileira de Arbitragem, 2006.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

INVITED SPEAKER on Use of Videoconferencing for ADR Proceedings, CIArb's Dispute Appointment Service Convention, London, November 2017.

INVITED SPEAKER on Mediation in Latin America for ICC's ADR Week in Ecuador, September 2017.

- Co-leader of Interactive Workshop on Commercial Mediation for Negotiation & Mediation Competition event, Antonio Meneghetti Law School, Recanto Maestre - RS, Brazil, June 2017 (in Portuguese).

- Panel speaker on Mediation in Brazil and the U.S., CPR Commercial Mediation & Negotiation Competition, FIESP/São Paulo, May 2017.

- Panel speaker at IX IBA Real Estate Investment Conference Panel on "How to solve real estate disputes effectively" - Rio de Janeiro, March 2017.

- Speaker (in Portuguese) at CBAME Congress Panel on Foreign Influence on Development of Commercial Mediation in Brazil, Belo Horizonte, March 2017.

- Panel speaker in Portuguese in respective presentations for the Milton Campos Law School and for the Brazilian Bar - Minas Gerais state section (OAB-MG) "Os Mecanismos de Mediação na Experiência de um Mediador Comercial Internacional" ("Mediation Mechanisms in the Experience of an International Commercial Mediator") - Belo Horizonte - MG, Brazil, August 2016.

Panel speaker at UNCITRAL on the Proposed UNCITRAL Convention on Mediated Settlements of International Commercial Disputes, Vienna, 2016.

Coordinator, Roundtable on Multi-Party Mediation in the Energy Sector, 4th CPR Brazil Business Mediation Congress, Rio de Janeiro, 2016.

"Mediating Commercial Disputes between Global and Local Companies", New York State Bar Association Brazil Chapter, June 2015.

Panel speaker on "Choosing Arbitral Institutions, Arbitrators and Mediators for Disputes with the Brazilian Public Administration: a Perspective from Abroad" (in Portuguese), I Annual Conference on Arbitration and Mediation in the Brazilian Public Sector, Brasília (2015)

Lecture at Tsinghua University Law School, Beijing, for LL.M. students in Tsinghua's International Arbitration Program. "Arbitration Experience in the International Environment: Focus on the USA and Latin America/Brazil" (2015)

Panel speaker on Arbitration in Latin America at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (2015).

Panel speaker, "The CISG and Arbitration", Conference on the CISG and Brazil, Curitiba (2015).

Panel speaker, "Mediation in Business Sectors" (Mediação em disputas relacionadas a construcção e outros setores, e a necessidade/utilidade de um mediador especialista), Panelist at II Brazilian Business Arbitration and Mediation Congress, São Paulo, (2015).

Contributed suggested changes to new Beijing Arbitration Commission Arbitration Rules (2014).

Panel Speaker on "The New Draft Brazilian Arbitration Law:  An International Perspective" (in Portuguese) at Conference on the New Brazil Civil Procedure Code (CPC), Informa Group, São Paulo, July 2014.

Speaker on panel "International Construction and Infrastructure Projects:  The Latest Conflict Management Options" (in Portuguese) at ICDR Conference on International Conflict Management, São Paulo, November 2013.

Opening speaker on "Combining Mediation and Arbitration to Resolve Business Disputes" (in Portuguese), 3rd Annual Santa Catarina (Brazil) Seminar on Mediation and Arbitration, Joinville-SC, Brazil, September 2013. 

Recommendations made to Brazilian Senate Commission at public hearing to draft proposed Laws on Arbitration and Extra-Judicial Mediation (in Portuguese), Brasília, August 2013.

"Tecnología e Mediação - Mediação internacional por Videoconferência" ("Technology and Mediation - International Mediation by Videoconference"), CPR Brazil Business Mediation Congress, Rio de Janeiro, April 2013.

"Use of MED-ARB and ARB-MED in International Commercial Disputes", Rio de Janeiro Bar Association (OAB-RJ), April 2012.

Moderator for Panel on “Protection of Intellectual Property Assets in Latin America”, JURIS Conference on Legal Aspects of Risk Management in Latin America, Miami, October 2008.  Intellectual Property law specialists on Panel from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.

“The Latest Legal Developments Related to Arbitration in Brazil”, 6th Annual ICDR Arbitration Conference, Miami, April 2008.

“A Experiência numa Arbitragem Internacional no Setor Petroleiro” (“The Experience of an International Arbitration in the Oil Sector”, in Portuguese), Ibero-American Maritime Law Institute, Rio de Janeiro, September 2007.

“Considerações na Escolha do Árbitro na Arbitragem Internacional” (“Considerations in the Choice of an International Arbitrator”, in Portuguese), International Arbitration Conference Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Brazilian Arbitration Law, ARBITAC/AC Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil, June 2006.

TEACHING, MENTORING, TRAINING AND ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES IN MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION

Negotiation & Mediation Competitions

As Expert Assessor (Judge)

- June 2017: Brazilian Business Mediation & Negotiation Competition, Antonio Meneghetti Law School, Recanto Maestre - Rio Grande do Sul (8 teams, in Portuguese)

- May 2017: CPR International Business Mediation & Negotiation Competition, FIESP/São Paulo (12 teams)

- January 2017: 2d LexInfinitum International Mediation & Negotiation Competition, Goa, India (16 teams).  Member, Case Problem Committee.

- July 2016: II IBA-VIAC International Commercial Mediation & Negotiation Competition, Vienna, July 2016 (32 teams worldwide).  Invited to judge 2017 Competition.

As  Co-coach:

- October, 21016:  Helped coach Milton Campos Law School team (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) to win the Brazilian National Mediation & Negotiation Competition, Porto Alegre (in Portuguese).

Facilitator/Trainer for two-day training workshop "Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New AAA Arbitrators", American Arbitration Association, Miami, December 2016.

Designed and Taught Workshop on Evaluation in Mediation, CBMA/Rio de Janeiro, with Prof. Dwight Golann, Suffolk University Law School, May 2016.

Member, Scientific Commission to Evaluate Discussion Papers for the III & IV Brazilian Congresses on Business Arbitration and Mediation, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2016 and 2017.

Taught International Arbitration as Invited Professor for part of graduate level ADR course at Nova University, Florida, July 2014.

Taught Negotiation and Mediation seminar for MBAs and lawyers at MFUA, Russia’s largest private university, in Moscow, April 2011and Master Class on Mediation at State University of St. Petersburg, Russia, April 2011.  Honorary Professor at the MFUA. 

Chaired international arbitration panel for the semi-final round of the III Brazilian National Arbitration Competition - Petrônio Muniz, Rio de Janeiro, October 2012 (in Portuguese) with 15 teams from Brazilian law schools.

Served as arbitrator in Vis Pre-Moot Arbitration Competition semi-final in São Paulo, 2015; on panels at the Vis Pre-Moot at JAMS Miami, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017 with teams from Finland, France, Mexico and the U.S.  Chaired international commercial arbitration panel for the Vis Pre-Moot in Rio de Janeiro with teams from Brazilian law schools in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Curitiba, 2013. 

Guest lecturer on “Combining Mediation and Arbitration (Med – Arb) to Resolve International Commercial Disputes: Western vs. Chinese Perspectives and Experiences”, graduate law course on Latin American Commercial Arbitration, University of Miami Law School, Miami, November 2008.

Invited Professor to teach Arbitration Modules in Intensive Post-Graduate level ADR Courses for Attorneys and Judges in Portuguese, PUC-Minas Law School, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2001 & 2002.

Invited Professor to teach module in Special Training Course on Arbitration in Spanish for Attorneys and Judges from Guatemala, Nova University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 1998.

Co-designed and provided Arbitration Scenario Special Training Program for Baker & McKenzie’s Western Hemisphere Associates Meeting, Monterrey, Mexico, 1997.

Conducted Mediation Training in English and Spanish for the Quito, Ecuador Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Conciliation and Arbitration, Miami, July 1996.

EDUCATION

Yale University, B.A., Russian Studies

Johns Hopkins University - Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Washington, D.C. and Bologna, Italy. M.A. with Distinction, International Economics/European/Russian Studies – Fulbright Fellowship.  Studied under well-known jurists Stephen Schwebel of the International Court of Justice and Federico Mancini of the European Court of Justice.

University of Maine School of Law, J.D. International Moot Court Team.

CITIZENSHIP

U.S. citizen, Brazilian permanent resident