Katharine Menendez de la Cuesta

Holland & Knight LLP


Florida, New York, Spain

Miami, FL

International Arbitration; International Litigation before New York and Florida courts.

English; Spanish

Columbia Law School, J.D.
Columbia Law School, LL.M.
Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid, B.S., Finance
Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid, LL.B.


State of Arbitration Essays in Honour of Professor George Bermann, Arbitration Law, Juris Legal Information, March 2022
US Supreme Court Engages on Arbitration Issues, Global Arbitration Review, July 2021
The Closure of the Suez Canal – Did It Make Performance of Shipping Contracts Impossible?, LinkedIn, March 21, 2021
Drafting the Ideal Arbitration Agreement to Guard Against the Next Pandemic, 40 under 40 International Arbitration, Dykinson, 2021
Holland Knights China Practice Newsletter: November-December 2019, Holland & Knight Newsletter, November-December 2019
Summary of ICC Institute Seminar on Amicable Settlement of Disputes in International Arbitration, ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin, Issue 1, 2019
CIETAC Arbitration Award Enforced in the U.S. Despite Alleged Forgery in the Underlying Agreement, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, October 6, 2018
Court Compels Plaintiff to International Arbitration with Nonsignatories, Holland & Knight Alert, May 10, 2018
Discovery in International Arbitration, Co-Author, Young ICCA Report, October 2013
The Role of Ethics in International Arbitration, Co-Author, Young ICCA Report, October 2013
Precautionary Measures in Support of an Inheritance Claim Against a Trust Fund Located in Liechtenstein, Co-Author, Annual Directory of the Most Relevant Arbitration and Litigation Cases in 2011, La Ley, 2012
The Spanish Lawyer in International Litigation, Co-Author, Challenges of the Legal Profession in a Global Society, Aranzadi, Cizur Menor, 2012
Commentary on the Provincial Court of Madrid's Decision (Section No. 28) No. 152/2010, Setting Aside an Arbitral Award, Dated 18 June 2010, Co-Author, Spain Arbitration Review, No, 10, October 2011
Courts Intervention in Arbitration Proceedings: Analysis of Recent Spanish Case Law, Co-Author, Spain Arbitration Review, No. 8, August 2010

Speaking Engagements
Careers in Arbitration, Arbitration Day 2021, Costa Rican Young Arbitrators, October 12, 2021
USMCA 1st Anniversary Evaluation and the Road Ahead, Holland & Knight Latin America Webinar Series, July 28, 2021
Laudos Electricaribe y Granahorrar lecciones aprendidas y prospectiva, Universidad Externado de Colombia, Blog de Derecho de Los Negocios, 12 de mayo, 2021
International Arbitration Skills Masterclass, ABA International Law Section, May 5 - 6, 2021
How Do U.S. Courts Apply the Doctrines of Separability and Competence-Competence?, Japanese Commercial Arbitration Association and the Japan International Dispute Resolution Center, April 22, 2021
Insolvency Proceedings in the U.S. and Spain: A Comparative Discussion During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Moderator, Spain–U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Florida and Holland & Knight, March 26, 2021
ITA-IEL-ICC Joint Conference on International Energy Arbitration, Co-chair, Young Lawyers Roundtable; Speaker, Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Institute for Energy Law and The Intl. Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration, January 20-22, 2021
Conflictos Internacionales: ¿Jurisdicción ordinaria, mediación o arbitraje? Análisis comparativo entre España y EE.UU, Moderator, The Spain-US Chamber of Commerce, October 13, 2020
ICC YAF interviews Tom Jones from GAR, Moderator, International Chamber of Commerce, Young Arbitrator Forum, September 16, 2020
Protocol on Online Case Management – Collaboration in the Time of Coronavirus, Moderator, Miami International Arbitration Society, August 11, 2020
COVID-19 and Investment Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce, Young Arbitrator Forum, July 17, 2020
The State of Play in Investor State Arbitration: Are We In for the Roaring 20s or the Big Crash?, New York City Bar Association, March 4, 2020
Careers in International Arbitration, University of Miami, March 2, 2020
British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Conference, Presenter and Moderator, November 18-22, 2019
Arbitrating Technology and Intellectual Property Cases: Latin American and European Approaches, Global Legal Studies Initiative, Florida International University College of Law, November 13, 2019
Skills Training Workshop on Technology in International Arbitration, Speaker, Young ICCA and Latin American Chapter of ICC YAF, August 22, 2019
The Legal Counseling Perspective, Spain - Americas Arbitration Forum, June 24, 2019
Title III of the Helms-Burton Law and The Consequences it is Already Having for Spanish Companies with Businesses in Cuba, Pérez-Llorca , June 14, 2019
Arbitration & International Trade: Succeeding in Uncertain Times, Holland & Knight Webinar, June 11, 2019
Battle of the Seats, 7th ICC YAF Global Conference, June 8, 2019
Enforcing Investment Awards in the European Union and the United States: Hot Potatoes, Key Challenges and More, Club Español del Arbitraje, April 8, 2019
Legal Issues Concerning Hispanic and Latin American Media, Panelist, Digital & Social Media Issues in Latin America, Media Law Resource Center, March 11, 2019
La Convención de Nueva York: Análisis a raíz de su 60 aniversario, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Costa Rica IX Congreso de Arbitraje Internacional - Análisis de la última década: lecciones, tendencias y retos, February 25, 2019
Discovery Petitions Under 28 USC S. 1782 in International Arbitration, American Society of International Law, November 28, 2018
Introduction to U.S. Civil Litigation, FIU Law’s Curso impartido en español - El Derecho de Estados Unidos: Aspectos fundamentales, litigios y arbitraje internacional, August 1, 2018
Litigation and Arbitration Across the Atlantic, FIU Global Legal Studies Initiative, June 15, 2018
5th Annual Caribbean & Latin American Summit, Dispute Resolution Mechanisms Available Regionally vs Internationally, Association of Caribbean Corporate Counsel, November 16-17, 2017
Expedited Procedures in International Arbitration, Holland & Knight Program, November 3, 2017
Preliminary Issues to Consider in International Arbitration in Latin America, Moderator, Center for the International Commercial and Investment Arbitration, Columbia Law School, February 2015
The Annulment and Enforcement of Arbitration Awards in Latin America, Moderator, Center for the International Commercial and Investment Arbitration, Columbia Law School, October 2014
Standards of Conduct in International Arbitration: Arbitrators and Parties, Young Arbitrators Forum Costa Rica 2014, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), February 2014

Miami International Arbitration Society (MIAS), Board of Directors
Miami International Arbitration Society (MIAS), Young Section Board, Director, 2019-2021
Spanish Arbitration Club, Young Lawyers Division (CEA-40)
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF), Representative for North America 2019-2021
Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration (Young ICCA)
Young ICCA Special Committee for the ICCA Guillermo Aguilar-Alvarez Memorial Prize, 2020
International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), Young Lawyers Division
Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Young Lawyers Division (YSIAC)
New York City Bar Association, Inter-American Affairs Committee

I am global disputes partner at Holland & Knight LLP, based in Miami. I was born and raised in Madrid, Spain, and have also lived in Montreal, New York and Miami.

I have been involved in international arbitrations applying the laws of New York, Florida, Illinois, Spain, France, U.K., Namibia, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, Venezuela, and Guatemala, among other jurisdictions, and administered by the main arbitral institutions. I also serve as Administrative Secretary of arbitral tribunals and arbitrator, and was a representative for North America of the ICC's Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF) for its 2019-2021 mandate.

I love dancing, travelling, Japanese food, and airplanes. Being a litigation attorney is my vocation and passion. My favorite quote is, "To the Mind that Is Still, the Whole Universe Surrenders," attributed to Lao Tzu.

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