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José Astigarraga is an experienced advocate who represents clients in international business disputes. 

In the course of more than 30 years of practice, Astigarraga has handled a broad array of matters. His experience includes representing companies in a variety of industries in disputes stemming from:

  • Concession Agreements
  • Construction Contracts
  • Corporate Acquisitions
  • Credit, Bank & Finance Transactions
  • Distribution Agreements
  • EPC Contracts
  • Foreign Judgments
  • Heavy Equipment Failure
  • Investment & Other Financial Disputes
  • Joint Ventures
  • Licensing Arrangements
  • Materials Supply Agreements
  • Media Distribution Contracts
  • Performance Bonds
  • Petrochemical contracts and projects
  • Power/Energy Projects
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • State Contracts & Investment Disputes
  • Telecommunications Agreements
  • Utility/Public Service Tariffs


  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of Miami, B.A., summa cum laude

  • Florida

  • International Chamber of Commerce Commission on Arbitration, Member
  • Co-chair, ICC Task Force on Enhancing the Value of Witness Evidence 
  • London Court of International Arbitration, former Vice President
  • International Bar Association’s worldwide Task Force on the Guidelines for Arbitrator Conflicts of Interest, former Chair
  • Rules Advisory Committee of the International Center for Dispute Resolution, Member
  • Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Vice Chair

  • Spanisch


  • Selected through peer review for inclusion on the Florida Super Lawyers list for International, 2006-2020 
  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Nationwide International Arbitration, 2020
  • Ranked in Chambers Global for Global-wide, Latin America-wide, and USA International Arbitration, including Foreign Expertise in Latin America, 2020

Peer Reviews

Based on interviews of his clients and peers, Chambers and Legal 500 have reported:

  • José Astigarraga is "a brilliant strategist who always has absolute command of the subject matter and is always prepared..." Chambers USA 2011
  • Central to the practice is team leader José Astigarraga, whose "performance at arbitration hearings is simply extraordinary." Legal 500 Latin America 2014
  • Sources highlight José Astigarraga for his "extraordinary critical thinking skills, strategic planning, extensive international relationships and depth of experience," which "put him on a level all by himself," José Astigarraga is an "experienced advocate who represents clients in international business disputes." Chambers Latin America 2017
  • "I won't find a superlative great enough to highlight his professionalism; his advice is insightful and accurate at all times, but especially in difficult situations. He is a master at devising strategies." Chambers Latin America 2014
  • He is an "absolutely fantastic and definitely first-tier practitioner" with "total dedication to achieving the best possible result for his client." Chambers Latin America 2010