M. Cristina Cárdenas Photo
ccardenas@reedsmith.com

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Cristina focuses her practice on international arbitration and complex commercial litigation. She is a native Spanish speaker and has experience representing clients in a variety of complex international arbitrations and business disputes. Cristina has served as counsel, both in Spanish and in English, before many of the most important arbitral institutions, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and the Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission (IACAC). She also coordinates and oversees work of local counsel in connection with litigation proceedings in Latin America.

Credentials

  • University of Miami School of Law, 2004, LL.M.
  • University of Florida, 2003, J.D., Assistant Editor in Chief of the Florida Journal of International Law
  • University of North Carolina, 1998, B.A.

  • Florida

  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court - Middle District of Florida
  • All State Courts - Florida

  • Chair Elect of the Miami International Arbitration Society
  • Co-Chair of the Miami Advisory Committee for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)
  • American Bar Association Section of International Law
    • Deputy to the Secretary/Operations Officer of the ABA Section of International Law
    • Former Disputes Division Chair of the ABA Section of International Law
    • Co-Chair of the 2017 Fall Meeting and Co-Chair 2012 Fall Meeting of the ABA Section of International Law
    • Former Co-Chair of the Section’s Latin American and Caribbean Committee of the ABA Section of International Law
    • Former Liaison of the ABA Section of International Law to the ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities
  • Member of ICCA Miami 2014 Organizational Committee

  • Spanish

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected by Latinvex as one of Latin America’s Top 100 Female Lawyers (2016 - 2017)
  • Selected by Latinvex as one of Latin America's Top 50 Female Lawyers (2015)
  • Recognized by Chambers USA 2016 in its Band 5 and Chambers Latin America 2017 in its Band 5 in International Arbitration
  • Named “20 Under 40” by Poder 360, which highlighted 20 people under age 40 who have exerted influence over the arts, business, education and media in Miami
  • Selected as a Fellows of the American Bar Foundation