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. 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.” 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.

Mestre also represented 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, was the third largest brought by the FDIC during the recent 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 failure. 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.”

In yet another high-profile matter, Mestre was appointed to serve as one of four members of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee in the multi-district litigation in the Southern District of New York in a case related to the massive Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernie Madoff.

Mestre currently represents Dr. Craig Wright in a lawsuit that alleges he is the inventor of the crypto currency Bitcoin—and the blockchain itself— and that he has stolen half of the $22 billion fortune thus created. Mestre is also currently representing Cardinal Health in a case brought by the Government of Puerto Rico (the case is being litigated in Spanish) related to the current opioid crisis.

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. He has also 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 cases administered by the International Chamber of Commerce, 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.

What’s more, Mestre has conducted internal investigations in the United States and in foreign countries, involving varied allegations of wrongdoing from securities fraud to accounting malpractice to Foreign Corrupt Practices. For example, he conducted an internal investigation related to procurement fraud for the United Nations (Office for Project Services).

Reflecting the excellent reputation he enjoys in the community, Florida Governor Rick Scott recently appointed him to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Eleventh Circuit, Miami-Dade County.  Florida state court judges have also appointed Mestre as a Receiver and as an Assignee for the Benefit of Creditors.

Mestre has served in various leadership positions within the American Bar Association including presidential appointments to the Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities and the Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice and is the current President of the Hispanic National Bar Foundation. He is a member of the Florida, New York, and Washington, D.C. bars, as well as 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, Fall 2010


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


Appointments

Appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Miami-Dade County (2018-present).


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 cases administered by the International Chamber of Commerce, American Arbitration Association,  International Centre for Dispute Resolution (the AAA’s international arm), and in an ad hoc international arbitration—experiences that give him a valuable understanding of how arbitration tribunals work.

PUBLICATIONS

Publications

International Discovery Around the World, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, expected publication October 2018


International E-Discovery, A Global Handbook of Law and Technology, co-author of US E-discovery Chapter, Globe Law and Business, August 2018


The Florida Bar’s Civil Practice Before Trial Manual, Twelfth Edition, Chapter 4: Settlement, Chapter 6: Jurisdiction, Chapter 21: Injunctions, Chapter 26: Third-Party Practice, and Chapter 28: Comparative Fault,  December 2017


Remembrance of Rules Past: Rule 44.1 at Motion to Dismiss Stage, American Bar Association Section of Litigation: Commercial and Business, January 2017


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


MORE

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 Chambers USA in General Commercial Litigation as a Leader in his Field (Florida), 2014 – present


Rivero Mestre honored by Chambers and Partners as a finalist for the 2016 Chambers Diversity Award for Most Inclusive Firm for Minority Lawyers


AV Preeminent Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence 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 – present


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, 2013 Edition to present; Commercial Litigation, 2018 Edition to present; International Commercial Arbitration, 2019 Edition; Securities Litigation, 2019 Edition


Recognized as among Florida Super Lawyers since 2011 (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 -present

ENGAGEMENTS

Representative Speaking Engagements

ABA Section of Litigation & Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division CLE Conference (New York), Speaker, International Discovery: Around the World in Sixty Minutes, May 2019


Cryptocurrencies and Regulation Forum (Mexico City, Mexico), Speaker, Litigation Experiences in the Unregulated Crypto Space, November 2018


NAMWOLF Annual Meeting (Chicago), Speaker, International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation – Highlighting the Differences , September 2018


Legalink Members’ General Meeting (Lisbon, Portugal), Speaker, IT and New Business Opportunities, May 2018


Legalink International Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group Meeting (Lisbon, Portugal), Speaker, Class Actions in the United States as Compared with Other Foreign Jurisdictions , May 2018


Legalink Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Practice Group Meeting (Lisbon, Portugal), Speaker, Issues and Developments in Latin America, May 2018


NAMWOLF Business Meeting, Financial Services Litigation (San Diego), Speaker, Secured Transactions, UCC v. Hague Securities Convention, February 2018


Prudential MWOLF Conference (Newark), Speaker, Internal Investigations, November 2017


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


MORE

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

State of Florida

Judicial Nominating Commission, Eleventh Circuit, Gubernatorial Appointment (2018-2022)

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)

ABA Section of Litigation

Commercial and Business Litigation Committee–Co-Chair, International Litigation Subcommittee (2010-2011)

Minority Trial Lawyers–Co-Chair (2012-2015)

Florida Bar

Civil Procedure Rules Committee (2005-2011)

Dade County Bar Association

Director (2001)

Vice-Chair, Civil Litigation Committee (2007)

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

Hispanic National Bar Foundation

President (2018-present)

Director (2011-2018)

London Court of International Arbitration, Member

Cuban-American Bar Association

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)

TESTIMONIALS

Testimonials

Jorge Mestre is noted for his handling of a range of complex commercial disputes, including cross-border cases and multidistrict litigation. Sources note his “deep knowledge of the law” and report that he is “very client-focused.” – Chambers USA 2018


“The two things that stand out about Jorge are his attention to detail and his aggression in moving cases forward.” – Chambers USA 2017


“A brilliant litigator with the creative edge.  He sees a tactical  advantage to what seems like an intractable problem.” – Chamber USA 2014


“He’s very careful, very thorough, very considerate. Very calm and very methodical.” – Chambers USA 2014


“He’s extremely bright, very focused and extremely hard-working. Frankly he is an excellent strategic thinker. He has got a big picture for litigation so you don’t get mired in some of the minutiae. From a strategic perspective he does some of his best work there.” – Chambers USA 2014


“Sometimes you feel a lawyer is talking down to you that was not the case with these guys – they present it to you in a way you can understand.” – Chambers USA 2014


“I think Jorge is a great analytical lawyer… That is his strength.  He’ll become the expert; if he has a hotel case, he’ll become the hotel expert and will know more about hotels than anybody else.” – Chambers USA 2014

Education

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


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