Jorge A. Mestre engages exclusively in a commercial litigation practice, including international arbitration and litigation. In Chambers USA, he has been praised for “his strategic sense and creative thinking in critical litigation matters” and characterized as “a brilliant litigator with the creative edge; he sees a tactical advantage in what seems like an intractable problem.”

Among his many high-stakes matters, Mestre successfully represented a Chevron attorney in a case that was part of the $100 billion, 18-year litigation over Chevron’s alleged environmental damage in the Amazon. Rivero Mestre was honored by the American Lawyer as a winner of a Global Legal Award in the category of Global Dispute of the Year: U.S. Fraud Litigation for its work on the case. As part of the defense, a series of U.S. discovery proceedings were commenced that ultimately resulted in the Second Circuit ordering the production of more than 600 hours of outtakes (the most ever to be ordered produced in U.S. history) from “Crude”—a film about the litigation. The Wall Street Journal has called the case the “Legal Fraud of the Century.”

He currently represents six former directors and officers in FDIC v. Stipes, the FDIC’s lawsuit arising from its takeover of Westernbank Puerto Rico. The lawsuit, measured by the alleged loss, is the third largest brought by the FDIC in the current financial crisis. Although the insurer denied coverage based on the “Insured v. Insured” exception, the District Court ordered advancement of defense costs—the first such order in this banking crisis. Commentators have called the ruling “a significant victory for the individual directors and officers who hoped to be able to rely on the D&O insurance policies in order to be able to defend themselves against the FDIC’s claims against them . . . .”

Mestre was also appointed to serve as one of four members of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee in the ongoing multi-district litigation in the Southern District of New York in a case related to the massive Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernie Madoff.

A seasoned practitioner, Mestre has litigated cases through trial in both federal district court and Florida state court and has handled appeals before numerous state and federal courts. What’s more, Mestre has litigated domestic and international arbitration matters in both English and Spanish, including an arbitration victory in Spanish. He has served as a party-appointed arbitrator in a case administered by the International Chamber of Commerce, in a case administered by the American Arbitration Association, the International Center for Dispute Resolution, and in an ad hoc international arbitration—experiences that give him a valuable understanding of how arbitration tribunals work. Reflecting the excellent reputation he enjoys in the community, Florida state court judges have appointed Mestre as a Receiver and as an Assignee for the Benefit of Creditors.

Knowing that the rules of civil procedure are fundamental to his litigation practice, Mestre served on both the Florida Bar’s Civil Procedure Rules Committee and its Federal Rules Standing Committee. As an example of his many publications, he has authored several chapters in The Florida Bar’s Civil Practice Before Trial Manual—Jurisdiction (four times); Injunctions (twice); Third-Party Practice (twice); Comparative Fault (twice); and Settlement (once). He has served in various leadership positions within the American Bar Association and is a member of the board of directors of the Hispanic National Bar Foundation. He is a member of the bars of Florida, New York, Washington, D.C., and many federal courts.

EXPERIENCE

Professional Experience

Partner, Rivero Mestre LLP (and predecessor firm) (2001 – present)


Litigation Attorney, J. Patrick Fitzgerald, P.A. – Office of the General Counsel to the Archdiocese of Miami and the Diocese of Palm Beach (1998-2001)


Litigation Attorney, Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson, P.A. (1996-1998)


Judicial Intern, Justice Major B. Harding, Supreme Court of Florida (1995)


Judicial Intern, The Honorable Donald L. Graham, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida (1994)

Teaching Experience

Adjunct Law Professor, St. Thomas University School of Law, International Arbitration, 2010 – present


Adjunct Professor, University of Miami School of Business Administration, Business Law Department, Introduction to Business Law, Fall 2012


Appointments

Reflecting the excellent reputation he enjoys in the community, Florida state-court judges have appointed him as a receiver and as an assignee for the benefit of creditors.


Prominent local attorneys have appointed him as a mediator.


He has served as a party-appointed arbitrator in a case administered by the International Chamber of Commerce, in a case administered by the American Arbitration Association, in an arbitration administered by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the international arm of the AAA, and in an ad hoc international arbitration—experiences that give him a valuable understanding of how arbitration tribunals work.

PUBLICATIONS

Publications

A Bribe New World: The Federal Government Gets Creative in Chasing Foreign Officials for Taking Bribes, University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy, Volume 26, 2015


The Florida Bar’s Civil Practice Before Trial Manual, Eleventh Edition, Chapter 4: Settlement, Chapter 6: Jurisdiction, Chapter 21: Injunctions, Chapter 26: Third-Party Practice, and Chapter 28: Comparative Fault, October 2014


Growing Diversity & Inclusion: ABA INT. Energy & Resources Committee, Diversity Global—The Many Faces of Diversity, The American Bar Association Section of International Law, Spring/Summer Edition, 2014


The Florida Bar’s Civil Practice Before Trial Manual, Tenth Edition, Chapter 6: Jurisdiction, Chapter 21: Injunctions, Chapter 26: Third-Party Practice, and Chapter 28: Comparative Fault, 2013


Liberty, Equality, Arbitration: Is Too Much of a Good Thing Heading Us Towards Waterloo?, DRI Today, Volume 11, No. 25, June 27, 2012


The Florida Bar’s Civil Practice Before Trial Manual, Ninth Edition, Chapter 6: Jurisdiction, 2011


The Art of War: Competing as a Minority-Owned Law Firm in the Global Marketplace, American Bar Association Section of Litigation: Minority Trial Lawyer, Winter 2010


The Florida Bar’s Civil Practice Before Trial Manual, Eighth Edition, Chapter 6: Jurisdiction, 2009


A Comity of Errors: Understanding the International Abstention Doctrine, University of Florida Journal of International Law, Volume 17, Issue 2, June 2005


International Arbitration in Miami, CABA Briefs, September 2005


Deposing Nonhumans: Corporate Representative Depositions in Florida, The Florida Bar Journal, Volume 79, No. 1, January 2005

RECOGNITIONS

Recognitions and Honors

Rivero Mestre honored by The American Lawyer as a winner of a Global Legal Award for its work on the Chevron v. Donziger case in the category of Global Dispute of the Year: U.S. Fraud Litigation


Ranked in the 2014 and 2015 editions of Chambers USA in General Litigation as a Leader in his Field (Florida)


AV Peer Review Rated (that is, their highest rating) by Lexis-Nexis Martindale Hubbell


Rivero Mestre ranked as a Tier 1 law firm in White-Collar Governmental Investigations and White-Collar Litigation by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers, 2013


Rivero Mestre ranked as a Tier 1 law firm in White-Collar Criminal Defense by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers, 2014, 2015 and 2016


Recognized by American Lawyer Media and Martindale Hubbell as a Top-Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation, 2012 and 2013


Recognized by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity as a Top Performer, 2014 and 2015


Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for International Trade and Finance Law in 2013 through 2016


Recognized as among Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2009 and 2010 and Florida Super Lawyers 2011 through 2016 (voted for by members of the Florida Bar)


Recognized as among Florida Legal Elite 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, and 2014 by Florida Trend Magazine (voted for by members of the Florida Bar)


Recognized as among Up and Coming Florida Legal Elite 2005


Certificate, International Chamber of Commerce, Seminario PIDA Avanzado, Arbitraje Comercial Internacional (Advanced PIDA Seminar, International Comercial Arbitration), Paris, June 2010


Ranked by South Florida Legal Guide as a Top Lawyer in International Litigation and Business Litigation, 2014 and 2015

ENGAGEMENTS

Representative Speaking Engagements

American Bar Association, Latin America & Caribbean Committee Meeting, Speaker, The Practical Implications of De Fontbrune v. Wofsy as it Relates to Rule 44.1 at the Motion to Dismiss Stage, January 2017


The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder Meeting, Speaker, Law Firm Economics, October 2016


University of Miami School of Business Administration, Guest Lecturer about Cross-Border Fraud Investigations (Forensic Accounting/Fraud Investigations Graduate Course), August 2016


American Bar Association Annual Meeting (San Francisco), Speaker, International Discovery: Around the World in Seventy-Five Minutes, August 2016


Florida International University, Guest Lecturer regarding cross-border fraud litigation (Fraud Examination Course), May 2016


Derecho Procesal Civil de Los EE.UU. y Arbitraje Internacional (Lima, Peru), Moderator, March 2016


The American Bar Association International Discovery Webinar, Speaker, March 2016


The International Chamber of Commerce (San José, Costa Rica), Speaker, Advanced PIDA training on the ICC Rules of Arbitration (Entire program in Spanish), May 2015


The American Bar Association, Section of International Law Spring Meeting (Washington D.C.), Program Chair, Litigating in an Evolving Landscape: A Survey of Data Privacy Laws in Latin American Countries, April 2015


The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Regional Roundtable, Speaker, “The Effect a Diverse Background Has on a Career Path,” March 2015


The American Bar Association International Discovery Webinar, Speaker, January 2015


The American Bar Association’s Commercial and Business Litigation Committee Roundtable, Speaker, A Guide to Cross-Border Discovery, November 2014


The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Membership Meeting (Phoenix), Speaker, “What’s Working,” September 2014


Cuban-American Bar Association’s 2013 Legal Aspects of Doing Business in the Americas Conference, Speaker, Business Disputes Know No Boundaries: Emerging Trends and Important Things to Consider in Litigation that Spans Across Borders, November 2013


American Bar Association Annual Meeting (San Francisco), Speaker, Shakespeare and Professionalism—What Shakespeare’s Lens Reveals about Perceptions of the Bar—Then and Now, August 2013


University of Miami School of Business and Administration, Global Executive MBA Program, Guest Lecturer regarding Discrepancies, Incongruities, and Surprises that Latin American Clients Face When Doing Business or Litigating in the United States (Legal and Ethical Implications in Executive Decision Making Spanish-language course), May 2013


University of Chicago Law School, Sponsored by the Latino/a Law Students Association and the Law Women’s Caucus, Panelist, Doing Business in Latin America: Myths and Realities, May 2013


Florida International University College of Law, Guest Lecturer regarding Complex Commercial Litigation (Complex Commercial Litigation Course), April 2013


Defense Research Institute’s Annual Meeting (New Orleans), Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Speaker, Is the Supreme Court Marching Arbitration to Waterloo?, October 2012


Hispanic National Bar Foundation 2012 Annual Awards Dinner, Speaker, July 2012


11th Annual Minority Corporate Counsel Association Chicago CLE Expo, Faculty, Decidedly Supreme: U.S. Supreme Court Decisions that Warrant Further Review, March 2012


Florida International University College of Law, Guest Lecturer regarding Multi-District Litigation (Complex Commercial Litigation Course), February 2012


University of Miami School of Business Administration, Business Law Department, Guest Lecturer regarding Cross-Border Litigation Issues (International Business Law Course), October 2011


Florida International University College of Law, Guest Lecturer regarding Private Securities Class Action Litigation (Securities Enforcement Law Course), September 2011


Georgetown University Law Center, Guest Lecturer regarding International Business Litigation in U.S. Courts, September 2011


American Bar Association Annual Convention (Toronto), Speaker, Cross-border Practice in a Shrinking Global Economy, August 2011


American Bar Association, Section of Litigation Annual Convention, Speaker, International Discovery in US Courts: An Analysis of the Use of 28 U.S.C. § 1782, April 2011


American University Washington College of Law, Guest Lecturer regarding 28 U.S.C. § 1782 (Obtaining Discovery in Aid of a Foreign Proceeding), March 2011


10th Annual Minority Corporate Counsel Association Chicago CLE Expo, Faculty, U.S. Supreme Court Docket and its Growing Influence on Corporate Board Policies, March 2011


Georgetown University Law Center, Guest Lecturer regarding International Litigation and Arbitration, October 2010


American University Washington College of Law, Guest Lecturer regarding Multidistrict Securities Litigation, March 2010


9th Annual CLE Chicago Expo 2010, MCCA, Parallel Proceedings and Collaborative Enforcement Efforts Between State, Federal, and International Enforcement Agencies, March 2010


8th Annual International Litigation and Arbitration Conference, Developments in International Litigation, February 2010


St. Thomas University School of Law, Guest Lecturer regarding the International Chamber of Commerce Rules of Arbitration, October 2009


Federal Bar Association, Bench and Bar Conference, Moderated Roundtable Discussion with various Federal District Court and Magistrate Judges, November 2008


St. Thomas University School of Law, Guest Lecturer regarding International Arbitration, November 2008


Florida Association of Managing Partners, Discussion leader about electronic discovery and going paperless, July 2008


Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Strategies for Professionalism and Professional Development Panel Discussion, October 2008


The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, Practicing with Professionalism Panel Discussion, May 2008


Florida International University, College of Business Administration Graduate Program, Guest Lecturer, Domestic and International Arbitration, Summer 2007


International Center for Dispute Resolution, 5th Annual Miami International Arbitration Conference, Human Rights Litigation Panel, February 2007

COMMUNITY

Professional and Community Membership

American Bar Association

        Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities, Presidential Appointment (2013-

2014)

        Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice, Three-time Presidential Appointment (2010-2013)

Section of Litigation

Commercial and Business Litigation Committee

Co-Chair, International Litigation Subcommittee (2010-present)

Trial Practice Committee

Co-Chair, Diversity & Young Lawyers Subcommittee (2010-2011)

Co-Chair, Distance CLE Subcommittee (2011-2012)

Minority Trial Lawyers

Co-Chair (2012-present)

Chair, Programming Subcommittee (2010-2012)

Liaison to Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar Planning Committee (2013)

Section of International Law

Vice-Chair, Latin America & Caribbean Committee (2011-present)

Steering Group and Co-coordinator for Diversity, International Energy & Natural Resources Committee (2011-present)

Steering Group, International Arbitration Committee (2011-present)

2016 Spring Meeting Planning Committee (Bar Association Coordination)

2013 Spring Meeting Planning Committee (Program Review Group)

2013 Fall Meeting Planning Committee (Program Review Group, Dispute Resolution track)

2012 Fall Meeting Planning Committee

Legalink

Deputy Leader, International Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group (2016-Present)

Florida Bar

Civil Procedure Rules Committee (2005-2011)

Federal Rules Standing Committee

Subcommittee Chair, Rule 1.340 (interrogatories)

International Law Section

Co-chair, 10th Annual International Litigation and Arbitration Conference

Dade County Bar Association

Director (2001)

International Law Committee (2006)

Vice-Chair, Civil Litigation Committee (2007)

District of Columbia Bar Association

ADR Committee (2011-present)

E-Discovery Committee (2011-present)

Belen Jesuit Preparatory School

Belen Alumni Lawyers, Professional Chapter of Alumni Association

Executive Committee Member (2007-2009)

Hispanic National Bar Association

President Region VIII (2009-2010)

Deputy President Region VIII (2007-2009, and 2010-2011)

Co-Chair of the 2009 HNBA mid-year convention and moot court competition

London Court of International Arbitration, Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG) (2010)

Cuban-American Bar Association (CABA)

Director (2001-03); Treasurer (2001); Vice-President (2002)

CABA on Cuba Committee (2005-2010)

Co-drafter:

Petition For Immediate Relief Against Human Rights Violations Committed by the Republic of Cuba filed with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States (2003)

Co-drafter:

Amicus Curiae Brief of CABA in Support of the United States of America filed in United States of America v. Guerrero, et al., (“Cuban Spy” case) United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, Case Nos. 01-17176-BB and 03-11087-BB (2006)

CABA pro-bono committee (2007-present)

Hispanic National Bar Foundation

Director (2011-present)

National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms

Ad Hoc Chair of the Advocacy Committee focused on Asia and Latin America (2012)

Defense Research Institute

Commercial Litigation Committee, Diversity Subcommittee

Liaison to the Financial Institutions Special Litigation Group (2012)

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, LL. M. in Securities and Financial Regulation, with distinction and Dean’s List, 2016


Florida State University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1996 Recipient, Local Government Law Book Award Articles and Notes Editor, Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law


Catholic University of America, B.A., 1993 Concentration: Financial Management Sub-concentration: Political Science


Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, 1989

Admissions

Florida Bar, 1996


New York State Bar


District of Columbia Bar


United States District Court, Southern District of Florida


United States District Court, Middle District of Florida


United States District Court, Northern District of Florida


United States District Court, Southern District of New York


United States District Court, Eastern District of New York


United States District Court, District of Colorado


United States District Court, District of Columbia


United States Court of Appeals, Second Judicial Circuit


United States Court of Appeals, Third Judicial Circuit


United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Judicial Circuit


Supreme Court of the United States


London Court of International Arbitration

News & Engagements