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BIOGRAPHY

Michelle Ferrara joined Galindo, Arias & Lopez in May 2016 as an International Associate in the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution practice group, where she emphasizes her practice on international commercial arbitration.  Michelle has successfully represented some of the firm’s most important clients in disputes stemming from construction of large-scale government projects in Panama and filed before the ICC, ICSID and Panama’s Center for Conciliation and Arbitration (CeCAP).  Michelle specializes in advising clients in highly complex disputes that frequently involve matters of first impression in Panama.  She is also a member of the firm’s Banking, Insurance and Capital Markets practice group, and is in charge of supervising maritime issues at the firm.

Prior to joining Galindo, Arias & López, Michelle was an Associate at Locke Lord, LLP, in Los Angeles, California where she was a member of the firm’s Business Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group, appearing before state and federal courts throughout California.  Michelle focused her practice on insurance-related matters routinely providing coverage opinions for, and defending, syndicates at Lloyd’s of London in relation to first and third-party claims for a wide variety of personal injury and property losses in the United States and Latin America, including bad faith claims.

Previously, Michelle served as Assistant District Attorney for the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office in New Orleans, Louisiana where she gained considerable trial experience prosecuting all types of felonies and misdemeanors before local judges and juries.

EDUCATION

  • Juris Doctor, Civil and Common Law Curriculum, Maritime Law Certificate – Tulane University Law School, United States (2003)
  • Bachelor of Arts, History, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa – Arizona State University, United States (2000)

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish
  • English

RELEVANT TRANSACTIONS

Panama Canal Authority and Mayer Brown

Panama Canal Authority and Mayer Brown: Advice to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and to the international team from Mayer Brown in international arbitration between ACP and Grupo Unidos por…

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LANGUAGES

  • Spanish
  • English

ASSOCIATIONS

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • California State Bar Association

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish
  • English
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