Víctor ML. Garita

Partner, Costa Rica
victor.garita@ariaslaw.com

Experience

  • Victor is partner at Arias, and he is the director of our litigation department in Costa Rica. He has a law degree from the University of Costa Rica with a Masters degree from the University of Tulane, New Orleans. In Tulane, Víctor deepened and wrote about commercial arbitration, an exercise that culminated as him being the editor of the domestic arbitration chapter of the Law of Alternate Conflict Resolution and Promotion of Social Peace, by designation of the Supreme Court of Justice. He is an arbitrator of the Conciliation and Arbitration Center of the Chamber of Commerce (CCA), and of the International Conciliation and Arbitration Center of the Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce (CICA-AMCHAM), from which he has received designations as an expert and arbitrator in concession disputes, construction, distribution contracts, acquisitions and others. He has received multiple invitations from the American Bar Association (ABA) Litigation Committee as a speaker on transnational litigation in the Americas.
  • He has been an expert witness in arbitration proceedings and courts in the United States on matters of damages, distribution contracts, litigation and others. He represents multiple national and multinational companies in trials before the Costa Rican courts regarding damages, distribution contracts, breaches of contract and others. He is usually invited as a speaker at conferences and seminars on arbitration, transnational litigation, corporate, and financial matters. He is regularly recognized as an expert leader in arbitration, litigation, corporate law, financial and is a corporate advisor to important national and foreign companies.

Career


  • Law Degree from the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR).
  • LLM Tulane University, New Orleans.
Recognitions

  • Ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners Latin America and Chambers and Partners Global for his Dispute Resolution practice.
  • Listed by Chambers and Partners Global for his Corporate/M&A practice.
  • Ranked in Band 1 in the Most in-demand arbitrators by Chambers and Partners Global and Chambers and Partners Latin America.
  • Included in the Whos Who Legal guide for his practices in: Banking, Finance and Projects, Corporate and Dispute Resolution.
  • LACCA Approved for his Arbitration practice.
  • Ranked as Top Arbitrator and Litigation Star by the guide focused on litigation and arbitration: Benchmark Litigation.
  • Shortlisted as Central America Arbitration Lawyer of the Year by Benchmark Litigation.
  • Shortlisted as Central America Litigator of the Year by Benchmark Litigation.

Memberships


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

Publications


  • Arbitration: A new horizon in search of a better justice (1995).
  • The conceptual basis for a new arbitral statute for Costa Rica: a new approach in Latin America, Published in Tulane Law Review, vol. 65, no. 6 (1991).
  • The abuse of the juridical entities in corporations, Published in Judicial Law Review, no. 50 (1990).
  • Wholly owned corporations: the use of special corporate entities, published in Judicial Law review, no. 34 (1985).
  • Publications in national and international journals on issues of arbitration and corporate law.

Client's feedback

  • Experienced practitioner Víctor Garita is considered a relevant figure in corporate matters, according to interviewees. "He is a strong corporate lawyer," enthuses one source, who also attests to his activity in the field. Garita is also a leading practitioner in the disputes area. – Chambers and Partners Global, Corporate/M&A
  • Prestigious partner Víctor Garita is regarded as an authority within the Costa Rican disputes field and is recognised as both a sitting arbitrator and party counsel. He elicits praise from market sources, one of whom describes him as an "excellent litigator." He focuses his practice on corporate disputes, including those arising from transactional agreements. Garita also gains recognition as "a good arbitrator." He co-leads the department. – Chambers and Partners Global, Dispute Resolution
  • Well-known co-head of department Víctor Garita is active advising on corporate disputes. Víctor Garita continues to be a reference in the Costa Rican dispute resolution market, with experience sitting as an arbitrator and acting as party counsel. One interviewee states: "He's a very good attorney with lots of experience," while another says that "he's a recognised arbitrator and a very good lawyer." – Chambers and Partners Latin America, Dispute Resolution
  • Well-known co-head of department Víctor Garita is active advising on corporate disputes. Víctor Garita continues to be a reference in the Costa Rican dispute resolution market, with experience sitting as an arbitrator and acting as party counsel. One interviewee states: "He's a very good attorney with lots of experience," while another says that "he's a recognised arbitrator and a very good lawyer." – Chambers and Partners Latin America, Most in demand arbitrators
  • Víctor Garita garners plaudits for his significant experience resolving complex banking and finance disputes. – Who’s Who Legal
  • Víctor Garita is hailed by peers as a “leader in corporate law” who excels in concession and acquisition-related dispute resolution. – Who’s Who Legal
  • Víctor Garita is “highly experienced and knowledgeable” in domestic and international arbitration and litigation. - Who's Who Legal 2022.
  • Víctor Garita regularly acts for national and multinational companies in trials before the Costa Rican courts involving damages, distribution contracts and breaches of contract. - Who's Who Legal 2022.

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