Melania Dittel

Partner, Costa Rica


  • Melania has been working for Arias since 2006. She joined the firm as a legal assistant, in 2008 became an Associate and in 2019 a Partner.
  • She is in charge of the Corporate and Notary Services Department in Costa Rica.
  • Her professional practice entails giving advice to companies on Corporate and Commercial issues in general, including contract drafting, due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, as well as preparation of legal opinions related to corporate law. She has experience in family office law, corporate governance. Likewise, Melania has ample experience in the pharmaceutical industry and in general management of legal counsel company matters including regulatory and health records matters.
  • Finally, Melania is in charge of the Probono and Corporate Social Responsibility projects that the office supports.


  • Law Degree from Universidad Escuela Libre de Derecho
  • Specialist in Notary Law.
  • Master Degree in Administration and Corporate Law from the Universidad Escuela Libre de Derecho.

  • Winner in 2020 by Chambers Diversity and Inclusion for her Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion in Central America.
  • Ranked in Chambers and Partners Global and Chambers and Partners Latin America for her Corporate/M&A practice.
  • Listed by The Legal 500 as Next Generation Partner.
  • Recognized among the Leading Lights in Latin America by Latin Lawyer and Vance Center, for his Pro-bono work.


  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Costa Rica Bar Association

Client's feedback

  • Up-and-coming partner and department co-lead Melania Dittel receives praise from market sources, one of whom comments: "She is super efficient, diligent and gives very good advice and attention to the client." – Chambers and Partners Global
  • Up-and-coming partner Melania Dittel continues to garner praise from interviewees, with one describing her as an "excellent lawyer." Melania Dittel benefits from extensive experience assisting clients with corporate mandates. – Chambers and Partners Latin America
Her role in the community

  • Lawyer for the Hogar Siembra Association
  • Lawyer for the Casa Giamala Foundation
  • Lawyer for the Chamber of Tourism of Costa Rica

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