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José Astigarraga is an experienced advocate, arbitrator and mediator.  He has deep experience representing clients in international business disputes. Based on interviews of his clients and peers, Chambers and Legal 500 have reported:

  • “…[I]t does not take more than five minutes speaking to him to understand he is brilliant.1
  • José is “‘incomparable’” and “a brilliant professional with impressive experience.”2
  • “He's a mastermind."3
  • "José is one of the best lawyers I've ever come across. For any significant or very complex dispute involving the laws of different countries, he is the one you turn to."4 
  • "He is phenomenal. He has gravitas and knowledge and is very persuasive."5 
  • "He's got brilliant oral advocacy skills and is focused and hands-on."6 
  • “José Astigarraga simply exceeds expectations by far; he understands the business, the main objectives, takes care of the details. Really, an amazingly distinguished person and professional.”7 
  • "José is a high-profile, experienced lawyer and a brilliant strategist."8 
  • "José Astigarraga is a master. He's very sophisticated and practical, with a global vision of the issues. It's always a pleasure to work with him."9
  • "What makes him unique is that he really has a global perspective on disputes and he knows how to resolve even the most complex cases."10
  • Sources praise his "strategic thinking and ability to stay ahead of the curve," adding: "He considers all elements, gives practical advice and is on top of every matter at the same time; he's very focused and diligent."11 
  • “José Astigarraga is an excellent and very efficient professional, as well as a magnificent speaker.”12


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

  • Floride

  • Director, Latin American Arbitration Association (ALArb).
  • Member, United States Council for International Business Arbitration Committee 
  • Council Member, American Arbitration Association/International Center for Dispute Resolution
  • Past leaderships and memberships:
    • Vice President, London Court of International Arbitration 
    • Member, International Chamber of Commerce Commission on Arbitration
      • Former Co-chair, ICC Task Force on Enhancing the Value of Witness Evidence 
    • International Bar Association Arbitration Committee, Vice Chair
      • Chair, IBA Task Force on the Guidelines for Arbitrator Conflicts of Interest
    • Member, Rules Advisory Committee of the International Center for Dispute Resolution
    • Vice Chair, Institute for Transnational Arbitration
      • Chair, Americas Initiative

  • Espagnol

Récompenses et distinctions

  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Arbitration, 2011-2024, International Arbitration - Commercial, 2011-2024, International Arbitration - Governmental, 2011-2024, Commercial Litigation, 2008-2024, and for Litigation - Banking and Finance, 2015-2023. He also received the Best Lawyers™ "Lawyer of the Year" award in Miami for Internation Arbitration - Commercial, 2019, 2021, and 2024.
  • University of Miami School of Law’s Inter-American Law Review “Lawyer of the Americas” Award for his contributions in the field of international law.