Litigation and Arbitration

ARIAS, FABREGA & FABREGA boasts one of the strongest litigation and dispute resolution practices in Panama, and is widely recognized for its ability to represent clients facing their most critical litigation issues and its litigation partners are among the most respected in the country.

The firm takes a multidisciplinary approach to litigation.  Litigators at the firm regularly work together with lawyers who are specialists in other areas of law, bringing together powerful and skillful teams of experts capable of handling the most complex and sensitive cases.

ARIFA's exceptional reputation stems from its extraordinarily talented and passionate group of litigators, who handle client matters with excellence and the highest professional and ethical standards.

The firm's expertise extends to;

  • Commercial and civil litigation, including
  • Administrative matters, including
  • Labor and employment related disputes
  • Admiralty cases
  • Tax investigations, assessments and litigation
  • Intellectual property litigation

The firm represents clients in trial and appellate courts, before the Supreme Court, before admiralty courts, before labor courts, before governmental agencies, as well as in arbitrations and other dispute resolution proceedings. Litigation partners also frequently work with U.S. and European counsels, acting as expert witnesses or foreign counsel, in proceedings before foreign courts or international arbitration panels.

Our lawyers are very knowledgeable of the arbitration rules of the ICSID, ICC, UNCITRAL and AAA. In addition, three of our partners are accredited arbitrators before the Conciliation and Arbitration Center of the Panamanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. ARIFA is also a founding member of the Panama Chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce, organization serving as host to the International Court of Arbitration.

ARIFA's litigators actively participate in professional associations, legislative initiatives and bar association committees dealing with litigation and arbitration matters.  One of our partners was instrumental in the drafting of the Maritime Code of Procedure and another one is the Editor of an annotated and commented edition of the Code of Civil Procedure.  Many of our partners have also held high government offices and judicial positions, one of them serving for several years as Deputy Justice of the Supreme Court.

Representative Clients

Holcim Corporation, Exxon Mobile, ChevronTexaco, Puma Energy, Marriott Corporation, Del Monte Fresh Fruit Produce, American Airlines, Banco de la Nación Argentina, Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (BLADEX), Grupo Corporativo Pérez, Starr International Company, Samsung C&T Corporation, Minera Tesonera and Arcos Dorados.

OUR CLIENTS SAY