Authorized for the practice of Law

In the United States

Admitted and Licensed for the Practice of Law as an Attorney and Counselor at Law in the State of New York, U.S.A. (Jan. 2010 – present).

In Guatemala

Admitted as an Attorney and Notary in the Republic of Guatemala, Guatemala (2005 – present).

In the United States

Admitted to the Practice of Law and an Attorney before the Supreme Court of the United States (2018 – present).

Attorney experience

Inter-American Court of Human Rights | San José, Costa Rica

Visiting Professional Attorney (Jan. 2011 – Apr. 2011).   Acted as legal counsel within the Court´s legal department. In charge of preparing legal memorandums, opinions and research on topics of general International Public Law and Human Rights. Prepared draft opinions in cases before the Court. Worked within a legal team and handled the various aspects of legal proceedings filed before the Court, including hearings and provisional measures. Also assisted the Secretariat in the preparation of legal documents and research for the President of the Court related to international law.

Beltranena, de la Cerda y Chávez

Associate Attorney (2004 – 2008).  Provided legal counsel and advice to private companies and individuals in general corporate, tax, labor, energy, IP, international investment, arbitration and constitutional matters. Handled complex litigation and arbitration. Counseled clients on both regulatory and contractual issues. Argued numerous cases before the high courts including the Appellate Courts, Supreme Court of Justice and the Constitutional Court. Drafted legal opinions and prepared specialized reports on Guatemalan law for multilateral organizations. Routinely, reviewed and drafted contracts and advised companies on how to successfully incorporate, invest and carry out their business activities in Guatemala.

Academic Experience

Istmo University | Guatemala, Guatemala

Professor of Law & Economy (2011).  Professor of the Law & Economy course at the Law School of Universidad del Istmo. The course is taught to first year students and deals with issues related to economics, public choice, investment, comparative law, law & economics and other áreas of law that seek to develop critical thinking.

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law | Heidelberg, Alemania

Visiting Research Fellow (Oct. 2009 – Apr. 2011).  Visiting researcher with fellowship awarded by Professor Dr. Armin von Bogdandy. Prepared legal articles for publication in the ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law, the Revista del Colegio de Abogados y Notarios, the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law and Opus Magna Constitucional. Delivered lectures on the Law of Central American Integration at the Institute directed at Professors and Researchers.

Rafael Landívar University | Guatemala, Guatemala

Professor of International Law (2007, 2010-) Assistant Professor of International Law (2006).  Professor of International Law at Rafael Landivar University. Invited to join the faculty since 2007. Taught course to 4th year law students related to Public International Law including International Economic Law, Integration Law, International Arbitration, North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Dominican Republic – Central American – United States Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA), International Business Transactions, International Investment, Law of the European Union and Central American Integration.

Francisco Marroquín University | Guatemala, Guatemala

Course Assistant, Intellectual Property Law (2003).  Prepared and graded exams on topics dealing with Trademark Law, Copyright, Patents, Industrial Property, Industrial Designs and IP related issues. Reviewed scholarly papers and judicial decisions regarding this subject matter.

Memberships

  • Guatemalan Bar Association (Colegio de Abogados y Notarios)
  • Center for the Defense of the Constitution (CEDECON)
  • International Chamber of Commerce, Young Arbitrators Forum
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration- Young ICCA Program
  • Mensa International
  • Registered attorney at the Embassy of the United States in Guatemala
  • Appointed to the List of Arbitrators of the Arbitration Center of the Chamber of Industry (CRECIG)
  • Appointed to the List of Arbitrators of the Arbitration Center of the Chamber of Commerce (CENAC)