Albany Broce Pineda

Albany Broce Pineda is a member of our Litigation and ADR department who joined Icaza, Gonzalez-Ruiz & Aleman’s team at the beginning of 2020. With ten years of experience in this practice area, she advises local and international clients in all matters related to Civil Litigation.
Albany prides herself in developing strategies that will ensure a client’s desired outcome and enjoys assisting clients in resolving their conflicts.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Sciences, Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia & Tecnología (ULACIT), (2011)
  • Master ́s Degree in Procedural Law, Universidad Interamericana de Panamá (2013 – 2014)
  • Master ́s Degree in Business Law, Universidad Interamericana de Panamá (2015 – 2016)
  • Postgraduate degree in New Scenarios of Civil Liability, Universidad de Castilla La Mancha in Toledo, Spain (January 2017)
  • License Certificate: 2011

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Legal Manager of the Litigation Department as of January 2020
  • Galindo, Arias & López
    • Legal Assistant (2013 – 2020)
  • Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega – ARIFA
    • Legal Assistant (2008 – 2013)

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Legal Manager of the Litigation Department as of January 2020
  • Galindo, Arias & López
    • Legal Assistant (2013 – 2020)
  • Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega – ARIFA
    • Legal Assistant (2008 – 2013)

Hobbies

Albany enjoys being in touch with nature, traveling, listening to music, and cooking in her free time.

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), the Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law (APADEPI), and the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI). 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

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Partner since 2022
    • Associate (2013-2021).

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association

Javier José Vallarino

Javier José Vallarino is a partner at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán. With over twenty years of experience, he specializes in labor counseling and social security matters, drafting various labor documents, negotiating collective labor agreements, and labor litigation, providing these services to important Panamanian and international companies.

Since July 2008, he has been the head of Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán’s labor department, providing comprehensive labor and social security advice to banks, construction companies, ports, multinational corporations, power generation companies, among others.

Javier has also worked as Labor Advisor of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries, and Agriculture of Panama for several years. In addition, he has extensive experience as a lecturer and university professor. He has served as a professor in the Department of Labor Law and Social Security at the Universidad Santa María La Antigua (USMA), and has participated as a lecturer in important events organized by companies, business associations, and diplomatic headquarters.

His memberships include Panama’s Bar Association, the Panamanian Academy of Labor Law, and the National Association of Human Resources Professionals of Panama.

For the past three years, Javier has been recognized as a leader in his field by the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA).

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Science, Universidad Santa María la Antigua, Panama, (1997). Thesis: “Amendments to the Individual Labor Right Introduced by Law 44 of August 12, 1995”.
  • Postgraduate studies in Labor Law, University Santa María la Antigua Panamá, (1998).
  • License Certificate: 1997

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Partner since 2019.
    • Associate (2008 – 2018). In charge of the Labor Law Department.
  • Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama
    • Legal advisor in Labor Law since 2009.
    • Minimum Wage Commission, Alternate Commissioner, (2013).
    • Special Commission for the Bargaining table regarding Law 30, Main member, (2010).
  • Grupo Melo 
    • Director of Labor Relations Department (1997 – 2002 / 2004 – 2008).
  • Rivera, Bolívar y Castañedas
    • Labor Lawyer (1993 – 1997 / 2002 – 2004).
  • Rosas y Rosas
    • Legal Assistant (1993).
  • Central Industrial Chiricana
    • Sales Supervisor (1990 – 1992).
  • Administración de Seguros, S.A. (ASSA)
  • Assistant to the Risk Department (1990).

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association.
  • Panamanian Academy of Labor Law.
  • Board of Directors of the National Association of Human Resources Professionals (ANREH).

Publications:

  • “Merger of Corporations”. Economic Bulletin of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Panama, Third Quarter, 1994.
  • “Amendments to the Labor Code”. Special Bulletin  (Report) of Rivera, Bolívar y Castañedas.  August 1995.
  • “Amendments to the Individual  Right to Work  Introduced by Law 44 of August 12th, 1995”. Graduation project. January 1997.
  • “The Labor Mobility in the Panamanian Legislation”. Special Bulletin (Report) of Rivera, Bolívar y Castañedas. June 1997.
  • “Globalization of the Economy: Its Impact in the Employment, Union Activity and Bargainig Process”. Special Bulletin (Report)  of Rivera, Bolívar y Castañedas.  December 1998.
  • “Considerations Regarding the Possible Increase of Minimun Wave: The Reality of an Inconvenient Decision”. (E-MAGAZINE) “Legislación y Economía” of Rivera, Bolívar y Castañedas. August 2002.
  • “Trusted Worker”, monograph included in the literary work “Contratos y Regímenes Laborales Especiales” compiled by Professor Ricardo Lachman. October 2002.
  • “Disciplinary Measures: Concept, Characteristics and Limits Seth Forth on the Labor Code”. Magazine “Enlace” of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Panama. December, 2003.
  • “Recent Legislatives Amendments, and their Impact in the Concept of Wage”. Magazine “Recurso Humano Positivo”. May, 2006.
  • “Contributions to the Social Security Institution: The Conflict of the Thirteenth Month vs. Representation Expenses”. Monograph included in the literary work “Revista Jurídica Panameña” compiled by Panama Association of Financial and Tax Law. January 2009.

Awards & Recognitions

  • LACCA Approved – Thought Leader

Hobbies

Javier enjoys playing football, reading, and writing.

Carlos E. Villalobos J.

Carlos Villalobos has been associate at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán since 2004 and was appointed partner in 2022. Carlos has over twenty years of experience  in Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has completed studies in Civil Procedural Law and the Criminal Accusatory System of Panama.
Carlos frequently publishes articles of interest regarding different legislations, and he is an active member of the Panama Bar Association.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Sciences, Universidad de Panama, (1997).
  • Post graduate studies in Civil Procedural Law, Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia, (2006).
  • Certificate of Advance Studies in Criminal Accusatory System of Panama, Universidad Latina, Panama, 2010.
  • License Certificate: 1997

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Partner since 2022
    • Associate (2004-2021).
  • Fábrega, Molino y Mulino
    • Lawyer – Litigation (1997 – 1998).
  • Órgano Judicial
    • Chief Clerk Stenographer
  • Fábrega, Molino y Mulino
    • Lawyer – Judicial, 1993 -1995.

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association.

Publications

  • Algunas consideraciones respecto al trámite de los procesos de ejecución hipotecaria” (“Some considerations refering to the settlement of the mortgage execution proceedings”);
  • “El desconocimiento del paradero del demandado y el falso testimonio” (The unknown whereabouts of the defendant and false testimony)
  • “Justicia gratuita-vs-expedita e ininterrumpida” (Free justice vs expedited and uninterrupted)
  • “La apelación en las reformas de la Ley 23 de 10 de junio de 2001” (The admittance of evidence in the Amendments of Law 23 of June 10th, 2001)
  • “La apertura a pruebas en las reformas de la Ley 23 de 10 de junio de 2001”.
  • All of them published in the juridical magazine, “JURIDICAL SYTEMS”, and the electronic magazine “Legal Info-Panama

Academic Experience

  • Professor of Procedural Law, Universidad del Istmo, Panama (1997 – 1998).

Hobbies

Carlos enjoys reading, exercising, listening to music, and dancing in his spare time.

Marisol T. Ellis A.

With more than twenty years of experience, Marisol Ellis provides legal advice to important Panamanian and international companies. She has worked as an Associate at Icaza, González-Ruíz & Alemán since 2004 as part of the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Division, and was named partner in 2022. Marisol belongs to the list of arbitrators of the Conciliation and Arbitration Center of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (CeCAP).

Due to her work, she has been recognized as a leader in the area of Litigation by international legal services guides such as Chambers & Partners.

Marisol has extensive experience as a panelist and lecturer. She has taught International Law, Commercial Law, Banking Law, and Bankruptcy Proceedings in local universities at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In addition, she has participated as a lecturer in important Arbitration and Litigation events in Panama and abroad.

Her memberships include the Panama Bar Association, the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALARB), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Panama Chapter and Arbitration Committee, and the Spanish Arbitration Club – Panama Chapter.

In 2021 she was appointed Panama’s representative in the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce.

Academic Instruction

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Arbitration, Robert Gordon University, 2018
  • Master in Business Law, Swiss Business School, Zurich, Switzerland, 2012.
  • Master in Business Law, ADEN Business School, 2011.
  • Master’s degree in Business Administration, specialization on International Trade, Universidad Interamericana de Panama, (degree to be conferred).
  • XX Postgraduate-specialization in Casualty Law, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, 2007.
  • Master in Commercial Law, 2004, Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencias y Tecnología.
  • Postgraduate studies in Public Law, Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencias y Tecnología, 2004.
  • Postgraduate studies in Advanced Teaching, Universidad de Panama, 2000.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Sciences, Universidad de Panama, 1995
  • License Certificate: 1995

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN,
    • Partner since 2022.
    • Associate (2004-2021)
  • TRICOM PANAMA, S.A., Head of the Legal Department, (2002 – 2004).
  • Sucre, Arias & Reyes, Lawyer – Litigation Department (2001 – 2002).
  • Márquez & Preciado, Lawyer – Litigation Department (1996 – 2001). Judicial Branch
  • Assistant to the Judge, Chief Clerk and Writing Clerk, 1990 – 1991.
  • Banco Suramericano de Desarrollo, S.A., Legal Assistant, (1990 – 1991).

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association
  • Latin American Arbitration Association (ALARB)
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) – Panama Chapter, member of the Arbitration Committee
  • Club Español de Arbitraje – Panama Chapter

Academic Experience

  • Teacher Assistant of Procedural Law, School of Law and Political Sciences, University of Panama, 1998-1999.
  • Professor of Universal Proceedings and Banking Law, School of Law and Political Sciences, Universidad Latina de Panamá, 2005.
  • Teacher Assistant of Private International Law, School of Law and Political Sciences, Universidad del Istmo, 2000 – 2006.

Other Relevant Studies

  • Conference of users of FIDIC Contracts, Lima, Peru, June 21 and 22, 2017
  • Negotiation and Leadership, Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, April 18-20, 2017
  • ICC Institute Masterclass for Arbitrators. International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) – Costa Rica Chapter. San José, Costa Rica, May 2016.
  • Module 2, Contracts of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC), Lambal Formación, Panama, October 22 and 23, 2015.
  • Module 1, Contracts of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC), Lambal Formación,, San José, Costa Rica, October 19-20, 2015
  • Advanced PIDA in International Commercial Arbitration. International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) – Costa Rica Chapter. San José, Costa Rica, May 2015
  • Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration. School of International Arbitration, Center for Arbitration and Conciliation, Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá, Colombia. 2103
  • Seminar on “International Trade Arbitration in Latin America: The ICC Perspective”. International Chamber of Commerce. Miami, November 2012.
  • Advanced Studies Certificate on Constitutional Procedural Law Guarantee Institutions. Universidad Latina de Panamá, Panama, July to October, 2012.
  • Congress of International Arbitration “Arbitration and Conflict Resolutions of Large Infrastructure Projects”. ICC International Arbitration Court, Panama, August 2012.
  • Seminar “Negotiation and Conflict Resolutions”. University of Louisville, Panama, June 2012.
  • Advanced Studies Certificate on International Trade Arbitration. Arbitration and Conciliation Center of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota, July 2012.
  • Seminar “Election of the Arbitrator and his Impact on Deliberations”. ICC Panama, September 2011.
  • “ITA-CeCAP Workshop for America 2011 y 1st Forum for the Americas”. Conciliation and Arbitration Center of Panama, April 2011.
  • II Congress on International Arbitration: “A Comprehensive View”. Chamber of Commerce of Costa Rica, February 2011.
  • Seminar “10 years of the Arbitration Law in Panama”. ICC Panama, January 2010.
  • “ICC Meeting for Young Arbitrators: Confidentiality in International Arbitration: A Myth?”.  Miami, ICC, November 2009.
  • Conference "Common Problems in International Arbitration, from the perspective of an arbitrator and attorney. Conciliation and Arbitration Center of Panama, July 2009.
  • Advanced Studies Certificate in International Tax Planning. Stetson University, Florida, April 2009.
  • Seminar “International Tax Planning” Aden Business School, Universidad de Alta Dirección, November 2008.
  • Business Law Seminar. Aden Business School, Universidad de Alta Dirección, August 2008.
  • International Congress of Arbitration: Impact of International Arbitration Development in Latin America. Recent experiences. ICC Panama, September 2008.
  • International Arbitration Seminar “Complexities of the Arbitration Procedure”. ICC Panama, April 2008.
  • Advanced Studies Certificate in “Business Law”. University of San Francisco, California, December 2007.
  • Conference “Update in Arbitration, Complexities of the Remedy of Annulment”. Conflict Resolution Center, Panama, October 2007.
  • “Importance of the Alternative Conflict Resolution Methods in Business and Arbitration and its impact in the financial environment of Panama”. CPA Association and Mediation, Negotiation and Arbitration Center, August 2007.
  • Update Course in International Trade Arbitration. Conciliation and Arbitration Center of Panama, June 2006.

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