Who We Are

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Laura M. Reich

Laura Reich is a commercial litigator with a practice focusing on complex, commercial disputes and arbitration. 


Laura represents clients in state and federal courts, as well as before arbitration panels, at both the trial and appellate court levels.   Laura is also a neutral (i.e., an arbitrator) on the American Arbitration Associations’ roster of neutrals for commercial and consumer disputes and was recognized as an “Up and Coming” attorney in Chambers USA 2017, Florida, Litigation: General Commercial.   


Laura has represented international and U.S. corporations and individual clients on a wide variety of issues, including breach of contract, violations of consumer protection statutes, breach of fiduciary duties, antitrust, garnishment, business torts, and regulatory matters.    

Laura also has significant experience in class action litigation, both at the trial level and on appeal, with emphasis on the issues specific to defending companies involved in such actions.     


Admitted to Practice 

Florida, 2006 

US District Court for the Southern District of Florida 

US District Court for the Middle District of Florida 

US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit       


Education

JD, University of Florida College of Law, with honors, 2005 

  • The Florida Law Review, Galleys Editor 

BA, University of Florida, with highest honors, 2002 

  • Dual major in Economics & English     

Professional Activities and Community Involvement 

Chambers USA 2017, “Up and Coming,” Florida, Litigation: General Commercial

The Florida Bar, International Law Section

  • Executive Committee Member, 2014 – 2020 
  • Chair, 2014 ILS Int’l Litigation and Arbitration Conference (now known as iLAW) 

The Florida Bar, Legal Needs of Children Committee, 2017-2019

Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Miami-Dade 

Dade County Bar Association 

American Bar Association, Section of Litigation 

Miami International Arbitration Society 

2014 Miami Committee for ICCA (arbitration) Conference 

Florida’s Children First 

  • Board of Directors
  • Host Committee Member, 2013-present 

University of Florida Blue Key Leadership Honorary 

Kiwanis Club of Biscayne Bay, Miami 

Miami Shores Presbyterian Church, Deacon  


Notable Experience

  • Successfully collaborated on an ICC arbitration against an international petrochemical company, resulting in a more than US$20 million final award in favor of clients.
  • Successfully defended national company against consumer claims in both federal court and in an AAA arbitration, resulting in a final arbitration award in significant favor of clients on all key claims.
  • Defended and won a motion to dismiss consumer class action claims in federal court.
  • Successfully compelled arbitration of consumer class action claims in federal court, leading to the abandonment of the action by plaintiff. 
  • Prevailed in appeal in Florida state court addressing limits of trial court’s authority regarding property or assets located out-of-state in proceedings in aid of execution of a judgment.
  • Successfully defended and cross-moved for summary judgment in claims arising out of enforcement of judgment and garnishment actions regarding VoIP phone providers.
  • Successfully defended Mexican company in ICDR arbitration against breach of contract and fraud claims arising out of purchase and sale contract and letter of intent, resulting in a final arbitration award completely in favor of clients.     

Recent Publications and Speaking Engagements

Reich, Laura M. & Rodriguez, Clarissa A., The Art of the Arbitration, International Law Quarterly, vol. XXXIII, no. 3 at 14, Fall 2017


Reich, Laura M., World Round-up: United States, International Law Quarterly, vol. XXXII, no. 3 at 42, Fall 2016


iLAW 2017, The Florida Bar International Law Section, Miami, Florida 

  • Panelist, Hot Topics in International Litigation   

Reich, Laura M. & Rodriguez, Clarissa A., Prepare to Win: First Steps in International Arbitration, The Woman Advocate, ABA, March 2, 2017    


Reich, Laura M., Read the Fine Print: Arbitration Agreement May Have Benefits for Consumers, Daily Business Review, Nov. 16, 2016 


International Litigation and Arbitration Conference, The Florida Bar International Law Section, Miami, Florida 

  • Moderator, Hot Topics in International Arbitration, February 2016
  • Panelist, Energy and Infrastructure Arbitration, February 2015
  • Chairperson, February 2014   

The Fundamentals of International Arbitration Course, Univ. of Miami Law School 

  • Cross-examination technique instructor, January 2015
  • Moot arbitration facilitator, September 2014   

Reich, Laura M. & Finburg, James, Chapter 11: CAFA Settlement Provisions, The Class Action Fairness Act: Law and Strategy, published by the American Bar Association (Oct. 2013)     


Femme Arbitration: Women in Int’l Arbitration, sponsored by The Florida Bar Int’l Law Section & Future of Arbitration: Miami (Sept. 14, 2013)

  • Moderator   

Miami Women in the Law, University of Miami Law School (Spring 2013) 

  • Panelist   

International Arbitration: Past, Present, and Future, University of Miami Law School (Nov. 1, 2011) 

  • Panelist  

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Clarissa A. Rodriguez

Clarissa Rodriguez is a Board Certified International Law attorney. Her focus is on complex business dispute resolution, international arbitration, and art law disputes.   


Clarissa represents businesses and individuals—based in the U.S. and abroad—in state and federal court as well as before various international tribunals.    

 
Admitted to Practice 

Florida, 2007 

Washington DC, 2009 

US District Court for the Southern District of Florida     


Education

BA in English, University of Florida, 2002 

JD, Nova, Shephard Broad College of Law, 2006 

Licenciatura en Derecho Civil, Universidad de Barcelona, 

Facultad de Derecho, 2008     


Professional Associations and Memberships 

The Florida Bar International Law Section  

  • Chair-elect (2018-2019)
  • Executive Council 
  • Co-Chair Women's Committee 

The Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division

The Florida Bar Certification Committee

District of Columbia Bar, International Law Section

Organization of Women in International Trade

Miami International Arbitration Society

Ellesquire  


Awards & Certifications

Board Certified Expert in International Law, The Florida Bar 2015

Super Lawyers Florida “Rising Star,” 2015-2018     


Languages

English, Spanish, Portuguese 


Skills

Civil Notary   

  
Notable Experience 

  • Second Chair in ICC arbitration representing South American multi-national telecommunications provider against largest South American telecommunications satellite owner operator in ICC arbitration over US$20 million claim for breach of agreement for use of satellite transponder. 
  • Second Chair in FINRA arbitration and mediation representing Brazilian national against multinational banking institution in action for restitution for price of future contracts purchased in Brazil for several millions of US dollars.
  • Represented Brazilian engineering company against a US manufacturing company in ICDR arbitration over US$20 million claim for in a breach of contract. 
  • Counsel in International Arbitration before Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Canada representing a Brazilian financial services company in multi-million claim over the price of toxic-assets. 
  • Represented UHNWI in the drafting, negotiating and securing sequential supply contracts and service agreements, worth more than US$80 million in aggregate, for construction materials from US suppliers.
  • Represented UHNWI in commercial and residential real estate acquisitions in South Florida totaling more than US$17 million. 
  • Represented multinational businesses in commercial real estate acquisitions in South Florida totaling more than US$50 million.
  • Represented UHNWI asset luxury law for the acquisition of super-yachts by Benetti and private jets by Bombardier. 
  • Represented Spanish wind-farm developer in due diligence for sale of 1500MW of Wind Energy Greenfield in Colorado, Kansas, Nevada, and Wyoming.    

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Donald S. Burris, Of Counsel

Donald S. Burris, a native of Brooklyn, NY, has been a distinguished practicing national and international lawyer and law lecturer for forty-eight (48) years, working since 1976 from a Southern California base. Mr. Burris has developed a particular expertise in all aspects of international art law, with a special emphasis on Nazi-art looting during the Second World War.    


His practice involves both litigation and business matters, he has also been designated as an expert witness in several cases with regard to legal ethics and has served as an approved defense counsel for a number of trade associations, insurance carriers and other businesses and has been a contributing author of various articles and sections of textbooks relating to his professional and teaching activities. His clients have ranged from small and medium-sized entrepreneurs and businesses to larger publicly traded entities such as Jinpan International Limited (where he also served as an independent director) and Banque Colbert, a subsidiary at the time of the national French banking entity, Credit Lyonnais.    


Admitted to Practice 

Maryland, 1969 

District of Columbia, 1971 

US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1971 

US Supreme Court, 1973 

California, 1976 

Judge Pro Tem at the Los Angeles County Superior Court (Santa Monica Division) (1987-2010)   

(Not Admitted in Florida) 


Education  

Georgetown University Law Center

  • J.D. with honors, graduating with distinction in 1969  
  • Member of the Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society  
  • Editor-In-Chief of the Georgetown Law Journal  
  • Participated as a voting member of various student-faculty committees, including the Special Committee to select a new dean for the law school.
  • Helped organize a program for teaching legal concepts in inner-city schools.  

Alfred University, B.A. degree with honors (1965)   

    

Notable Experience  

  • Special Counsel to the U.S. Senate Watergate Committee (1974-1976)
  • Clerk for the Honorable James R. Browning, Chief Judge for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal 
  • Co-counsel in the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in Altmann v. Republic of Austria, 541 U.S. 677 (2004)
  • Currently serving on the Board of Governors for the University of Haifa (Israel)   

Professional Activities and Community Involvement  

  • Vice-Chairman, Outreach, for the Friends of the Brentwood Art Center, a California not-for-profit corporation dedicated to developing and supporting creative arts programs here and abroad.  
  • Loyola University of Los Angeles Law School Faculty, Associate Professor (1976 – 1979 and 1980 (Visiting Professor)  
  • Annual Lecturer for the International Law Institute's (ILI’s) Orientation in the United States Legal System Program in Washington, D.C. (1976 – present) Georgetown Law Center Faculty, Adjunct and Associate Professor (1972 – 1976)
  • Instructor in the Graduate Law Program (2011-Present)   

In addition to teaching a range of substantive law courses, Mr. Burris has developed and taught courses for Georgetown’s “Foundations of American Law” Program which is specifically designed to familiarize foreign graduate students and lawyers with the American legal system.   

Speaking Engagements 

  • University Lecturer:  Georgetown, Vanderbilt, Pepperdine, UCLA, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, the University of Toronto, the University of Nebraska, Loyola of Los Angeles Law School, the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, the Jean Moulin (Lyon, France) and Georgetown International (London) Schools of Law, the ESCP Business School campuses in London, England and Paris and Santa Monica College 
  • Speaker and conference organizer of the Federal Bar Circuit, Cabo San Lucas   
  • Speaker at a New York-based lawyer education conference sponsored by the Duke Law School and presented at the Herrick and Feinstein law office auditorium 
  • Speaker at the New York and California State Bars and at various international venues organized by the American Houses of Paris and Lyons, the Friends of Georgetown (Luxembourg), the OAB Parana Bar Association based in Curitiba, Brazil   
  • Speaker at various Toronto, Canada educational and social groups (four separate programs: (i) University of Toronto; (ii) Toronto ORT; (iii) Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center; and (iv) The (First Nation) Chiefs of Ontario;    
  • Speaker and Guest Lecturer at various Holocaust Museums including the museums located in St. Petersburg, Florida and Curitiba, Brazil as we all the Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles and the Brentwood (California) Presbyterian Church   
  • Presenter at major art museums and art-related entities, such as the Tampa, Florida Museum of Art, the Museum of Texas Tech University (twice) and the Sheldon Art Museum located at the University of Nebraska and the Farnsworth, Maine Art Museum.   

Publications 

  • “Reflections on Litigating Holocaust Stolen Art Cases,” 38 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 1041 (2005) 
  • “From Tragedy to Triumph in the Pursuit of Looted Art,” The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law, 15 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 394 (2016).    
  • “Woman in Gold” The most well-publicized of Burris’s efforts successfully culminated in 2004 with his participation as co-counsel in the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in Altmann v. Republic of Austria, 541 U.S. 677 (2004), at the conclusion of which the Austrian government was ordered to, and did, return to the firm’s client’s possession a number of priceless historic paintings by Gustav Klimt. The case was the subject of a feature film in 2015 starring the venerable Helen Mirren.    

More on Speaking Engagements and Publications can be found here.