Foley Hoag Partners Clara Brillembourg and Mélida Hodgson Recognized by Latinvex as a Top Female Lawyers Specializing in Latin America

April 22, 2016

Latinvex recently named Foley Hoag LLP partners Clara Brillembourg and Mélida Hodgson to its 2016 Latin America's Top 100 Female Lawyers list. Both lawyers were recognized among the top 30 women attorneys in Arbitration & Litigation.

Latinvex noted Brillembourg's success in representing sovereign States before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in disputes involving territorial rights, human rights, and environmental harm, as well as her practice counseling States in boundary disputes before the ICJ, UNCLOS Annex VII arbitral tribunals, and the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The publication also cited her current representation of Uruguay in the closely watched arbitration before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) brought by Philip Morris challenging the State’s tobacco control regulations.

As a partner in Foley Hoag's International Litigation and Arbitration group, Brillembourg advises sovereign States in international disputes with other States, foreign investors and U.S. plaintiffs. She has extensive experience representing sovereigns in investment arbitrations before the ICSID and other prominent arbitral fora, in addition to her work in State-State treaty disputes.

For the second year in a row, Hodgson was cited among the top female lawyers by Latinvex for having played a key role in successfully advising Venezuela in several claims before the ICSID. Latinvex made note of her representation of Venezuela in an $3.4 billion arbitration claim by Canadian miner Crystallex which recently resulted in a partial award of $1.2 billion, a separate $3.3 billion claim by Rusoro Mining, as well a $2 billion arbitration claim from Canada's Gold Reserve, which resulted in a $713 million partial award. She was also on the Foley Hoag team that advised Venezuela on one of the two claims brought by Tenaris.

Hodgson, who is also a partner in Foley Hoag's International Litigation and Arbitration group, focuses her practice on investor-State and commercial arbitrations, as well as counseling governments and state-owned entities with respect to international investment protection obligations, World Trade Organization dispute resolution and international trade policy issues.

Each year, the editorial staff of Latinvex selects the top 100 female lawyers recognized for  in Latin America among international law firms. The criteria for selection was a combination of factors, including regional and local prominence, law firm prominence, and awards and recognition from such sources as Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and Thomson Reuters.

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