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Francisco co-leads the firm’s Latin America Business Team and is former Co-Practice Leader of Reed Smith’s International Arbitration Group. He advises clients around the world on complex commercial, commodities, construction, energy, joint venture, mining, oil and gas, partnership, and renewables disputes – with a particular focus on Latin America.


  • Columbia Law School, 2003, J.D., Managing Editor, Columbia Human Rights Law Review; Spanish JLM; President Latino Law Student Association
  • Rice University, 2000, B.A., cum laude

  • New York
  • Texas

  • Society of Construction Law North America
  • International Law Section (ILS) of the State Bar of Texas
  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, CPR Arbitration Committee
  • Leadership Houston Class XXX
  • State Bar of Texas (Litigation Section)
  • Houston Bar Association (Litigation and International Law Sections)
  • Houston International Arbitration Club (HIAC)
  • Human Rights Initiative of North Texas

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Arbitration, 2022 
  • Selected by Latinvex as one of Top 20 lawyers in Arbitration & Litigation in Latin America, 2021
  • Selected by Latinvex as one of Top 100 Foreign Attorneys in Latin America, 2015-2021 
  • Selected for inclusion in the Texas Super Lawyers list for Business Litigation (2019)
  • Legal 500 Latin America
  • Selected by Texas Super Lawyers - “Up-and-Coming 100” identifying lawyers who ranked at the top of the list for 2017 and 2018
  • Selected for inclusion in the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for Business Litigation (2007-2008, 2011, 2014-2018)
  • Selected by Houston Business Journal as one of the “40 Under 40”, 2017
  • Selected by Texas Lawyer as one of twenty “2016 Lawyers on the Rise”
  • Selected by Latino Leaders magazine as a Top Latino Lawyer 2016 and 2018
  • Selected as one of "Houston's Top Attorneys" by H Magazine
  • Named as one of H Texas Magazine's "Professionals on the Fast Track 2009," January 2009