Cristina Villarroel

Cristina Villarroel

Associate
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

Cristina Villarroel is an associate in Baker Mckenzie’s Miami office where she practices in the area of commercial litigation and arbitration.

Practice Focus

Cristina represents US and international clients before state and federal courts, as well as arbitration tribunals. Cristina’s practice covers a variety of complex disputes involving commercial litigation, international arbitration, contract disputes, and trust and estates disputes. Cristina possesses fluency in Spanish and handles arbitrations in both Spanish and English.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represented a global construction consortium in an arbitration against an agency of a sovereign state involving the construction of hydroelectric plants in an ICSID arbitration. 

  • Represented the heirs to a private high-wealth individual in a complex probate dispute.

  • Defended a private individual in a civil RICO claim in the Southern District of Florida.

  • Represented a major toll-road consortium in an UNCITRAL arbitration against the Republic of Peru involving the country’s largest public-private-toll-road project.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association

Admissions

  • Florida~United States (2018)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida~United States (2018)
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida~United States (2018)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida~United States (2018)

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center (JD) (2018)
  • University of Florida (BA cum laude) (2014)

Languages

  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Publications

Author, “Arbitration. Motion to Remand. Binding Non-signatory. Eleventh Circuit establishes a two-part test for the independent issues of whether a district court has jurisdiction upon removal under the New York Convention and whether a non-signatory party to an arbitration agreement may compel a signatory party to arbitrate,” International Litigation & Arbitration, Baker McKenzie, November 2018

Author, “Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. Eleventh Circuit holds that sovereign party ratified lease agreement containing a sovereign immunity waiver and forum selection clause and therefore waived immunity under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act,” International Litigation & Arbitration, Baker Mckenzie, July 2017