Rodrigo Zamora

Rodrigo leads Galicia’s Commercial Litigation and Commercial and Investment Arbitration practice.

His professional life has been dedicated entirely to litigation, an area of the law to which he has been committed for nearly 25 years. Ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners, Rodrigo is described as an outstanding practitioner, and a leading figure across litigation and arbitration. The Legal 500 ranks him as a leading individual and as an ‘excellent’ disputes all-rounder.

He has appeared before local and federal trial and appellate courts in most circuits in Mexico, including the Supreme Court, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He has also participated in dozens of arbitrations, many of them multi-jurisdictional, both as counsel and as arbitrator, mainly before the International Chamber of Commerce, the London Court of International Arbitration and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution.

Rodrigo has participated as an expert in Mexican law in numerous arbitrations and judicial proceedings before the courts of the United States and other nations and before arbitral tribunals (including in investor-state cases).

His clients benefit from the strategies he designs in collaboration with Galicia’s other practice areas, including Regulatory, Tax, Insolvency, Environmental, Restructuring, Compliance and Antitrust Litigation, as well as with members of the transactional practice (including Financial and M&A partners). This allows our Commercial Litigation and Arbitration practice to handle complex, bet-the-company domestic and international disputes, including class actions. His practice has also included taking on cases in order to overturn unfortunate results in prior stages of the litigation.

His clientele includes some of the world’s largest financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, private funds, and most of the companies in Mexico’s energy and infrastructure sectors.

Rodrigo has participated in some of the most relevant recent cases dealing with contractual, shareholders, infrastructure, construction and energy disputes, among many other subjects. Specifically, he has led the legal team in several litigations against Mexican government entities, including state-owned enterprises from the energy sector.

Rodrigo is a member of the Mexican Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), the London Court of International Arbitration, the Latin American Group of the International Chamber of Commerce, the Mexican Arbitration Institute and the Mexican Energy Law Academy, among other organizations. Rodrigo has published extensively and currently lectures in several postgraduate programs.

He is member of the Greener Arbitrations LAC Sub-Committee. The purpose of the LAC Sub-Committee is to promote the use of the Greener Arbitrations Protocols in Latin America and the Caribbean, as part of the Green Pledge.

Rodrigo graduated from the Escuela Libre de Derecho (Mexico City) and obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from New York University. Rodrigo is authorized to practice in Mexico and New York. As a “lawyer of lawyers”, Rodrigo was the first general counsel of the Mexican Bar Association, whilst remaining active as practitioner in his previous firm.

While his native language is Spanish, a large volume of Rodrigo’s work is in English.