United States / Panama
Experience with U.S. and international cases, including but not limited to energy, maritime transportation, construction, and telecommunication services in complex commercial and international cross-border disputes. Dual-qualified lawyer in the Republic of Panama and New York. Versed on a variety of cross-border litigations and international arbitrations
involving sovereign countries and companies in Western and Eastern Europe, Latin America (Central and South America), the United States and Canada. Has strong oil and gas industry experience stemming from work with Royal Dutch Shell, and also acts as counsel in matters involving corporate governance, international contracts, and international trade law. Mainly focuses on resolving complex commercial disputes involving oil, gas, water, hydroelectric power, natural resources, commodities, finance, transportation, telecommunications and construction. Has represented and arbitrated for governments; multinational, international, and national companies; and individuals. Cases involve large and complex caseloads ranging from $1 million to billions of dollars.
Arbitrations related to private entities and states in international commercial, domestic, investor-state, and state-to-state arbitration proceedings under AAA, ICDR, ICC, UNCITRAL, and FINRA Arbitration Rules; experienced in arbitration procedures conducted in English and Spanish; well versed in both Common and Civil law.
A frequent speaker on topics related to arbitration, international arbitration, and publications have appeared in noted international journals. Experience in complex disputes in international and domestic arbitrations as advocate and sole arbitrator. Experienced in common and civil law legal systems, internationally (China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Spain, United Kingdom), and within the United States (Alaska, California, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington D.C., UCC). Also participates in virtual (remote) hearings and proceedings via videoconference, using online platforms, like Zoom,
Webex, and BlueJeans.
LL.M., New York University School of Law, International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration,
M.S., University of Alaska College of Engineering, Project Management
Licenciatura en Derecho y Ciencias Políticas, Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua, magna cum laude
Concise International Arbitration, ”A Commentary on the International Centre for Dispute Resolution International Arbitration Rules,” 2nd ed., 2015;
New York University’s International Arbitration Association and Law Women Association, Panelist, “Ups and Downs in Your Career as a Woman Attorney in
International Arbitration,” March 1, 2016;
ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) for the Business Conference, Panelist, “Why Companies Should Choose Arbitration? And How to Convince your Counterparty to
Agree to an Arbitration Clause in the Contract?” March 3, 2016;
Efficiency of Arbitration: Party Autonomy and its Limits Conference, Panelist, “Taking of Evidence – Pros and Cons of Document Production,” March 18, 2016;
ICDR Conference in Transparency in International Arbitration, Panelist, “Whether Arbitrators Have or Should Have a Duty to Report Crimes?” November 3, 2016;
Summary, The Young ICCA Arbitration Skills Training Workshop, ”Making the Most out of a Hearing,” Buenos Aires, Argentina, Young ICCA, November 2016;
Asian Dispute Review, ”Pitfalls that Chinese Parties Should Avoid in Arbitration Against Non-Chinese Parties,” January 2017;
ICC YAF sobre “La Legitimidad del Arbitraje Internacional y su Coexistencia con la Jurisdicción Ordinaria,” Panelist, “¿Cómo Determinar la Conveniencia de una Cláusula Arbitral en los Contratos Comerciales vs. la Jurisdicción Ordinaria?" May 25, 2017;
Revista Brasileira de Arbitragem, "De volta a corte judicial apos a realizacao da arbitragem,” EUA. Corte de Apelação do 9º Circuito. Caso n. 1356624. J. 15.06.2016. Volume 14, Issue 53, 2017;
International Arbitration in the United States, "28 U.S.C. Section 1782: U.S. Discovery in Aid of International Arbitration Proceedings," edited by Laurence Shore et al. Kluwer Law International, 2017;
ICC PANARB 2018 sobre “Como Lograr efectividad en el Arbitraje? Compartiendo Experiencias de la ICC,” Panelist, ICC YAF: “Contratación Con el Estado: Un Conflicto Recurrente. Reflexiones Conceptuales y Practicas.” January 29, 2018;
YAG CESCON, Primer Encuentro Internacional de Actualización, Panelist, “La Ejecución de Laudos Arbitrales en los Estados Unidos,” January 31, 2018; Métodos Alternos de Solución de Conflictos en Panama, “La Obtención de Evidencia Bajo la Sección 1782 del Título 28 del Código de los Estados Unidos y su Uso en Disputas Internacionales,” Revista CESCON, 2018;
The Georgetown International Arbitration Society, 6th Annual International Arbitration Month at Georgetown Law Center, Moderator, “Third Party Funding in International Arbitration,” February 26, 2018;
International Chambers of Commerce (ICC), 100 Years Commemorative Magazine, ”Third Party Funding: Conflict of Interest and Privilege Issues,” September 2019;
NYU School of Law, Brazilian Arbitration Day 2019, Panelist, “Third Party Funding’s Main Challenges,” September 6, 2019;
Costa Rican Young Arbitrators, 2019 Arbitration Day, Panelist, “Soft Law in International Arbitration,” October 4, 2019;
University of Miami School of Law, Young ICCA Workshop, Steering Committee Member, “Provisional Measures in International Arbitration,” November 7, 2019;
American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution, 22nd Annual Spring Conference (virtual), Speaker, “Developing an Inclusive Mindset for ADR,” May 21, 2020;
Guatemala Chapter, Spanish Arbitration Club(CEA) Diversity Event, Speaker, “Diversity in Post-Pandemic Arbitration: Opportunity for New Faces,” August 27, 2020;
ArbitralWomen, The New York International Arbitration Center, Hogan Lovells, and the International Center for Dispute Resolution Event, Host, “Networking in the New Normal,” December 1, 2020;
Centro de Conciliación y Arbitraje de Panamá, Speaker, “Workshop: Perfeccionamiento y ejecución de los roles en el arbitraje: Análisis de estándares internacionales,” February 23, 2021;
ArbitralWomen, The New York International Arbitration Center, Hogan Lovells, and the International Center for Dispute Resolution Event, Host, “Networking in the New Normal: Staying Engaged,” March 3, 2021;
American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Growth and Opportunity in Latin American ADR: The Arbitral Process and Beyond (virtual), Moderator, “Growth and Development of ADR Services in Leading Centers,” October 20, 2021.
American Bar Association
New York International Arbitration Center, Individual Member
ArbitralWomen, Board Member
Young ICCA, Member
ICC YAF Representative
Recognized by Latinvex as one of Latin America’s Top 100 Female Lawyers, Rebeca focuses her practice on a variety of cross-border disputes involving sovereigns and companies mainly in the Americas and Europe. She regularly represents private entities, investors, states, state entities and government instrumentalities in international commercial and investment arbitration disputes under the rules of the International Chambers of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association (ICDR), the International Centre for the Settlement of Investments Disputes (ICSID), and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).
Rebeca has received several accolades for her work in international arbitration. Who’s Who Legal notes that “she is undoubtedly one of the names to be regarded for arbitration in the US.” Rebeca was also recognized in the inaugural Who’s Who Legal Florida Guide noting that she is “thorough, committed and extremely good with clients.” More recently, Rebeca was honored among the New York Law Journal’s 2021 Rising Stars, which recognizes the region’s most promising lawyers.
In 2019, Rebeca was presented with the Advocates for Human Rights’ 2019 Human Rights Volunteer Award and the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s 2019 Arthur C. Helton Memorial Human Rights Award for her pro-bono work in the representation of one refugee of the “Somali 92” deported in 2017. She serves as a Board member of ArbitralWomen, and as an ICC YAF Regional Representative for North America.
Rebeca also seats as arbitrator, and is a dual-qualified attorney in New York and the Republic of Panama.