Adolfo Gonzalez-Ruiz

Adolfo A. González-Ruiz Arias

Adolfo González-Ruiz has been an Associate Attorney at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán since 2017, specializing in Corporate Law, Public Contracting, and Data Protection.

He has been part of the team in charge of important project financing transactions and has spoken at virtual events for Cámara del Pacífico, PromPerú and ProColombia, presenting topics such as Investments in Panama and Public Contracting.

Adolfo is a member of the Panamanian Bar Association and the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), where he participates in the Trade and Investment Committee.

In 2021, he was recognized by the Panama Bar Association for his extraordinary work on behalf of the Panamanian legal profession.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Sciences, Universidad Católica Santa María la Antigua, Panama, (2016).
  • Master of Laws (LLM), Loyola University New Orleans Law School, U.S.A., (2016).
  • Specialization in Law, Contracts and Damages, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, (2017).
  • Master of Taxation and Fiscal Policy, Universidad Especializada del Contador Público Autorizado (UNESCPA), Panama, (anticipated completion, 2021).
  • License Certificate: 2016


    • Associate since 2017
  • De Obaldía & García de Paredes
    • Legal Assistant, (2014-2015)
  • Tejada Lawyers
    • Legal Assistant, (2012)
  • Citi Bank
    • Legal Intern, (2010)


  • Panama Bar Association
  • American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), Member of the Committee of Trade and Investment.
  • Panamanian Debate Association (ASPADE)


In his free time, Adolfo enjoys cooking and playing padel.

Moisés Iván Rivera

Moisés Iván Rivera A.

Moises Ivan Rivera A., is a partner at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán with 11 years of experience in Litigation & ADR, Commercial Strategy, Trademarks, Patents, utility models, industrial designs, slogans, copyrights, trade and domain names, data protection, and acquisitions. He also specializes in Consumer Protection & Competition and Maritime Law.

Moises has a high level of effectiveness in building up legal strategies concerning corporate and transnational clients. His expertise in Trademark Litigation (oppositions and Nullity and Cancellation proceedings, Unfair Competition, Civil and Criminal proceedings regarding IP), Brand Protection, and Anti-Counterfeiting allow him to actively contribute to the positive results obtained by Icaza, Gonzalez-Ruiz & Aleman’s for its local and international clients within the administrative, civil and criminal areas of Intellectual Property.

Moises is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) participating in the Anti-Counterfeiting committee (2024-2025), the Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law (APADEPI) acting as Sub-Secretary of the Board of Directors (2023-2024), and the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI) named Panama National Delegate (2023-2025). In addition, he is currently the Vice-President of the Intellectual Property Commission of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) – Panama Chapter and actively participates in Panama’s Bar Association.

Moises has also taken part in the panel of experts advising the National Customs Authority in the amendments to the current legislation related to the Customs Procedures related to counterfeit goods.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Sciences, Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencias y Tecnología (ULACIT), Panama, (2010).
  • Seminar of Corporate Law and Finances, INIDEM Business Law School, (2011).
  • Intensive Course “How the vessel chartering agreements and cargo transportation are negotiated under bills of lading?”, Panama (2015).
  • Seminar of Maritime Law, Tulane Maritime Center (2017).
  • Seminar: Substantive, Procedural and Technical Aspects of the Maritime Jurisdiction, Instituto Superior de Judicatura de Panamá, Doctor César Augusto Quintero Correa (2018).
  • Certificate in Data Protection Regulation in Panama, Universidad de Panama, (2020).
  • Virtual Seminar: Commercial and Investments – Arbitration with the State, Center for Conciliation and Arbitration of Panama (CeCAP), (2021).
  • License Certificate: 2010


    • Partner since 2022
    • Associate (2013-2021).


  • Panama Bar Association
  • Inter-American Association of Industrial Property (ASIPI), Panama National Delegate 2023-2025
  • International Trademark Association (INTA), member of the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee 2024-2025
  • Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law (APADEPI), Sub-Secretary of the Board of Directors 2023-2024
  • American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), member of the Environmental, Information and Communication Technology Services, and Trade and Investment committees.


Ana Graciela Medina

Ana Graciela Medina began her career at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán in 1998, being named Partner in 2013. She provides solid legal support to a large number of clients as Director of the Immigration and Naturalization Department, Director of the Real Estate and Tourism Department, and as part of the Public Contracting team. She also provides specialized professional services in corporate, real estate, tourism, and investment projects. In addition, she has extensive experience in New Technologies Law, Data and Software Legal Protection, I.T. contracts, and Banking Systems.

Ana Graciela is currently a member of the Immigration Law Commission of the National Bar Association.

Among her representative work, she has acted as legal advisor for: immigration matters for the company CHEC Panamá, S.A. (China Harbour Engineering Company), which is in charge of Phase III of the Expansion of the Port of Balboa and the Cruise Port of Amador; Legal Counsel for the company First Quantum Minerals, which is in charge of the Copper Mine Project in Donoso, Province of Colon, Legal Counsel for leading companies that are part of the Panama Canal Expansion Project awarded to the Consortium Grupo Unidos por el Canal, such as JAN DE NUL N.V., SACYR, TECOZAM, GRUAS DEL PACIFICO, GLOBAL BUSINESS, among others.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Science, Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología, ULACIT, Cum Laude Probatus, Panama (2001).
  • Master’s degree in Information and Law, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Spain (2002). Master thesis: “The Tax Reality of the Offshore International Centers and the Development of the Digital Economy”. 
  • Executive Program – Focus on Corporate Law and Management at Instituto de Empresa de Madrid (IE), Spain (2002). 
  • International Studies, focus in Latin America, Saint Edward’s University, Austin, Texas, USA (1995 – 1997).
  • License Certificate: 2001


    • Partner since 2013.
    • Associate (2003 – 2012).
    • Legal assistant (1999 – 2001).


  • Panama Bar Association
  • Panamanian Association of Law and New Technologies.


Ana Graciela enjoys exercising and horseback riding in her spare time.


Alexis V. Herrera Jr.

Alexis Herrera Jr. is a partner at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán, with more than twenty-five years of experience. He specializes in Public Procurement, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Law, Maritime Law, Environmental Law, Labor Law, and E-Commerce.

He is the partner in charge of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Public Procurement departments. He has advised the Panamanian government and business groups in public bidding and financing processes, as well as for M&A transactions in the areas of energy, infrastructure, and trading.

Alexis is also part of the team of arbitrators for labor matters at the Panama Canal Authority.

His work has been recognized by legal publications such as Chambers & Partners, LACCA, IFLR1000, and WWL.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor Degree in Finance and Economics, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., (1993).
  • Juris Doctor, Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A. Honors: Cum Laude, Exxon Scholar. (1996)
  • Maritime Certificate, Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A., (1996).

License Certificate:

  • 1996 – Louisiana State Bar and Federal Courts of the Fifth Circuit, U.S.A.
  • 1997 – Panamanian Bar Association


    • Partner. Lawyer since 1996.
  • Member of the Drafting Commission of the Preliminary Draft of a Bill which proposes amendments to Book II of the Panama Commercial Code (2013-2014).
  • Panama Canal Authority
    • Labor arbitrator (2010 – present)
  • Member of the drafting commission of the Regulation for the Panama Maritime Labour Convention of ILO, (2006). 
  • Exxon Company (U.S.A.)
    • Legal Department, (1995).
  • Gordon, Arata, McCollan & Duplantis (U.S.A.)
    • Legal Assistant, (1994).
  • Coordinator of the Drafting Commission on the regulation of the Labor Law at Sea and Navigable Waterways.

Academic Experience

  • Santa Maria La Antigua University and Deusto´s University (Bilbao, Spain).
    • Professor in the Master’s Program in Maritime Law, (2003 – 2005)
  • Santa Maria La Antigua University
    • Professor of “Problems in Contemporary Corporate” (Electronic Commerce and Telecommunications). Master’s Program in Commercial Law, USMA (2001 – 2005).
  • Escuela Nautica de Panama
    • Alternate Professor of Maritime Law (1997 – 2001).


  • Panama Bar Association
  • Lousiana Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Asociación Profesionales de la Nueva Generación Jurídica (Tesorero, 1999 – 2002)
  • Asociación Panameña de Derecho y Nuevas Tecnologías
  • Panama Maritime Law Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Phi Delta Phi (International Legal Fraternity) 
  • American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), 
    • Member of the Committees of Environmental, and Hydrocarbons. 

Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers and Partners Global,
  • Chambers and Partners Latin-America;
  • IFLR 1000 


  • “Ciertos Aspectos Legales del Comercio Electrónico”, (Semanario Jurídico Empresarial, Sistemas Jurídicos, October, 2000).
  • Panama Chapter of the book “International Execution Against Judgment Debtors” (Oceanía Publications, Inc.,1999).


In his spare time, Alexis enjoys basketball, music, and gadgets.


Mariela I. de la Guardia Oteiza

Mariela de la Guardia Oteiza is a partner with twelve years of experience, specializing in Commercial Law, Intellectual Property, Estate Planning, Public Procurement and Data Protection.

She regularly provides advice to multinationals interested in establishing their operations in Panama through special economic zones and regimes such as SEM, Colon Free Zone, Panamá Pacífico, and EMMA.

Mariela is a Director and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce of Panama (AmCham) for 2021-2022. In addition, she is an active member of INTA, participating in the Famous and Well-known Trademark Committee from 2020 through 2021, and has been selected as a member of the Brand Restrictions Committee for the 2022-2023 period.  She is also member of the Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law (APADEPI), among many other organizations. Recently, Mariela was also named as a Mentor of AEI Panama, the Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Academic Instruction

  • Master of Law (LL.M.), Northwestern University, School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, USA. (2009).
  • Bachelor Degree in Law and Political Sciences, Santa Maria La Antigua University, Cum Laude. Panama, (2007).
  • Tax Diploma, Universidad Especializada del Contador Público Autorizado (UNESCPA), Panama,(2012).
  • Postgraduate Degree in Public Procurement, Santa Maria La Antigua University, (2018).
  • License Certificate: 2008


    • Partner since June, 2019
    • Associate Attorney since 2009
    • Legal Assistant: Intellectual Property; Corporate Law; Litigation (2004 – 2007)


  • Panama Bar Association
  • American Chamber of Commerce
    (AMCHAM) – Secretary of the Board of Directors and Director 2019-2022, former Vicepresident of the Board of Directors 2020, former Director of the Tax and Legislation Committee, Member of the Trade and Investment Committee;
  • Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law (APADEPI)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA), Famous and Well Known Trademarks committee member
  • WIP Panama
  • Member of the Women’s Corporate Directors (WCD)


Mariela enjoys cooking, reading historical novels, playing soccer and baseball in her spare time.

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