J.D., University of Miami School of Law
B.A., University of Miami
Described as “a brilliant strategist who always has absolute command of the subject matter and is always prepared,” José Astigarraga is an experienced advocate who represents clients in international business disputes.
The Global Head of Reed Smith’s International Arbitration Practice, Astigarraga is one of only six lawyers worldwide ranked in the top band of international arbitration practitioners for Latin America and one of only ten lawyers ranked in the top band of international arbitration practitioners in the United States. (Chambers Latin America 2019, 2017, Chambers USA 2019, 2016, 2011.)
Cited for his “‘extraordinary critical thinking skills, strategic planning, extensive international relationships and depth of experience,’ which ‘put him on a level all by himself,’” he currently serves on the ICC’s Commission on Arbitration, and previously led the IBA’s worldwide Task Force on the Guidelines for Arbitrator Conflicts of Interest. (Chambers Latin America 2014.)
He served as vice president of the LCIA for much of his 10 years on the Court. He was appointed by the U.S. Government to advise the NAFTA Commission on the development and promotion of international arbitration in the region, and served as an expert for the U.S. Department of State at the private international law conference of the Organization of American States.