Two Reed Smith partners in Miami were ranked Leading Lawyers by Legal 500 Latin America for international arbitration work: M. Cristina Cárdenas, receiving the ranking for the first time; and José Astigarraga, listed several years running. In addition, the firm earned a Tier 3 recommendation (out of 5) for its international arbitration practice, with a total of nine lawyers named in the rankings editorials.

The rankings highlight practice area teams that “provide the most cutting-edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel.”

With one source describing practice head Astigarraga as “brilliant,” the publication noted that he has been growing the firm’s international arbitration practice since joining in 2017, adding capabilities, for example, in the firm’s New York office.

Reed Smith's other prominent Miami-based international arbitration lawyers named in the Legal 500 editorial are Cristina Cárdenas, Eduardo de la Peña Bernal, Sujey Herrera,  Edward Mullins and Felipe Berer. Berer, a native of Brazil working on disputes and insolvency proceedings in that country, was given a mention in a “City Focus: Miami” editorial feature in the rankings.

The publication also named New York-based James Duffy (whose specialty is life sciences), and counsel Ben Love (experienced in investor-state disputes), as well as Houston-based Francisco Rivero (who has a particular focus on energy sector disputes).

Legal 500 published the following testimonial about Reed Smith’s international arbitration practice:

They are focused on results and know every detail of how one lawsuit or arbitration proceeding unfolds. They were hired in a late stage of the case, and their speed on getting familiarized with all the details of the case was impressive. Their motions are easy to read and succinct, without missing any legal aspect important to make you win a case.’