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ILS Chair's News & Notes

"I've always thought you've got to believe in luck to get it."

—Victoria Holt


Dear ILS Members and Friends:


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope your day and the remainder of this special month is full of great food, fun, green beer and luck! 


In this week’s Gazette we spotlight a few important initiatives and upcoming events. First, we have a call for articles for our award-winning International Law Quarterly. This premier publication provides our members with an excellent opportunity to publish an article on important topics involving international law. Please see more details below and contact our editor, Jeff Hagen, if you’re interested in submitting an article for our upcoming issue.


We also have an ILS Membership Drive!  We’re not only looking to increase our Section’s membership among existing lawyers, but we have a special Law Student membership offer. For the first 50 law students who email me, the ILS is extending a complimentary one-year membership to them. If you’re a law student or know a law student who is interested in becoming an ILS member, please have them reach out to me to receive this valuable benefit and become involved in our Section!


We also have an important Committee Spotlight brought to you by Carlos Osorio, Chair of our Legislative Committee. He provides a summary of an important initiative and win for our Section and the State of Florida on litigation funding that we approved at our last Executive Council meeting.


Finally, our next ILS Lunch & Learn is scheduled for April 3 at Fiduciary Trust International and will feature our ILS Past Chair and Founding Partner of Sequor LawEdward Davis, Jr. We’re looking forward to seeing him and another ILS Past Chair, James Meyer, engage in a lively discussion about Ed’s journey as an international lawyer as well as the history and progress of our Section over the years. You won’t want to miss it! Please see the details below and be sure to rsvp. Space is limited!


Have a great and lucky week!



Richard Montes de Oca, Esq.

Florida Bar ILS Chair

[email protected]

The ILS Celebrates Women's History Month!


Join the ILS for a Lunch & Learn with ILS Past Chair, Edward H. David Jr. and Hosted at Fiduciary Trust International on April 3!

Just Published: The International Law Quarterly - Winter 2024 on "Hot Topics"

The Winter 2024 Issue of the International Law Quarterly - "Hot Topics" is now available.

Click on the images above to download or please click here!

For all previous issues of the International Law Quarterly, please follow this link.

ILQ Call for Articles for its Spring 2024 Edition on "This or That!"

ILS Committee Spotlight

ILS Legislative Committee Announcement Regarding SB 1276

The ILS Legislative Committee is pleased to report that:


A bill hostile to litigation finance proposed in the Florida Legislature this session was ultimately unsuccessful and did not become law. 


The ILS had voted at its mid-year meeting in February 2024 to oppose the bill, SB 1276. In the ILS’s estimation, as well as others, the bill would have so punitively regulated litigation finance in court cases and arbitrations so as to choke-off litigation funding in Florida. The ILS teamed-up with MIAS (Miami International Arbitration Society) to help opposition efforts. 


The ILS’s Legislative Committee thanks all those who assisted in the opposition effort, and also thanks the ILS Executive Council and MIAS for their support. 


We will monitor the situation for the future. 

Carlos F. Osorio, Esq., B.C.S.

ILS Legislative Committee, Chair

[email protected]

Job Postings for International Law Careers

FIFA's In-House Commercial Legal Department is Hiring!

FIFA's In-House Commercial Legal Department is hiring! As part of Lynn Carillo's new role as Director of Commercial Legal at FIFA, Lynn is building a team and hiring for several exciting in-house counsel positions that will be key to supporting FIFA's Partnership & Media Division, including:

To learn more about these exciting opportunities, please click the individual positions above!

Join the International Law Section!

If you are reading the Gazette, chances are that you are a practitioner or a student with an interest in International Law, one of the most wide-ranging, exciting and challenging legal specialties. Everyone in our field knows how crucial it is to stay on top of diverse and evolving national legal regimes, and at the same time, the difficulty of keeping meticulously up-to-date on developments around the world.

The International Law Section (ILS) of The Florida Bar is here to help you, the practitioner, navigate both the everyday and big-picture challenges of our field. Our Section is your forum to share knowledge and best practices, and to meet and mingle with peers in professional collaborations that can only enhance your grasp of the specialty and your standing among clients and peers.

Let ILS membership assist you in developing a thriving international practice through peer network development that includes important shared learnings and reciprocal referrals of clients and casework.

If your practice transcends borders, join us in making this the authoritative, go-to forum for Florida and the gateway to the region for anyone practicing International Law. Our Section is open to lawyers from other states and countries, full-time faculty at U.S. law schools, and full-time U.S. law students, all of whom may participate as associate members. For more information regarding membership with the ILS, click HERE.

Turn in your membership application TODAY!

Join an ILS Committee Today!


Amicus Committee


Chair: Edward Mullins

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Arbitration & Mediation Committee

Chair: Gary Birnberg

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Asia Committee


Chairs: Neha Dagley | Fred Rocafort

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CLE Initiatives Committee


Chair: Kristin Drecktrah Paz

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Europe Committee


Chairs: Susanne Leone | Davide Macelloni

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Foreign Legal Consultant Committee


Chair: Robert J. Becerra

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iLaw Steering Committee


Chairs: Davide Macelloni | Adrian Nuñez

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ILS Deskbook Committee


Chairs: Robert Kossick Pamella Seay | Laura Reich | Clarissa Rodriguez

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ILS Gazette Committee


Chair: Matthew Akiba


Immigration Liaison Committee

Chair: Larry S. Rifkin

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International Law Board Certification Committee


Chair: Robert Kossick

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International Law Quarterly Committee


Chair: Jeff Hagen

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International Litigation and Arbitration Board Certification Committee


Chair: Kristin Drecktrah Paz | Gilbert Squires | Gregory Grossman

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International Tax Law Committee


Chair: Jeff Hagen

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Law School Liaison Committee


Chairs: Prof. Manuel A. Gomez | Laura Reich

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Legislative Committee


Chair: Carlos F. Osorio

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Lunch & Learn Committee


Chair: James Meyer

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North America Committee


Chair: Nouvelle Gonzalo

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Richard DeWit Memorial Vis Pre-Moot Committee


Chairs: Andres Sandoval | Priscila Bandeira

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White Collar Crime Committee


Chair: Robert J. Becerra

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Visit Our Sponsors

The ILS Thanks its Sponsors 

In light of what we accomplished this past year, we hope you will continue to support the Section as a sponsor. In 2022-2023, various firms, companies and suppliers sponsored the Section. 

We look forward to another year of innovative programs where we can advance international law and further promote our sponsors. To learn more, read the Section's sponsorship package. You can also contact our Treasurer, Laura Reich at [email protected] or Vice Treasurer, Davide Macelloni at [email protected] for more details.

ILS Board Members and Officers

Chair: Richard Montes de Oca

Chair-Elect: Ana Barton

Secretary: Cristina Vicens Beard

Treasurer: Laura Reich

Vice-Treasurer: Davide Macelloni

Immediate Past Chair: Jacqueline Villalba

ILS Executive Council

Terms Expiring in 2024

Fabio Giallanza

Jeffrey S. Hagen

Davide Macelloni

Penelope Perez-Kelly

Yine Rodriguez-Perez

Terms Expiring 2025

Gary Birnberg

Phillip Buhler

Jennifer Diaz

Kristin Drecktrah Paz

Prof. Manuel A. Gomez

Omar K. Ibrahem

Adrian Nunez

Pamella A. Seay

Terms Expiring 2026

Matthew Akiba

Lauren Bengochea

Neha Dagley

Gary E. Davidson

Nouvelle Gonzalo

Susanne Leone

Jennifer Mosquera

To learn more about the ILS Executive Council Members, click here!

About the ILS Gazette

The ILS Gazette is a weekly publication of the Florida Bar International Law Section that informs members about upcoming programs, initiatives and resources.

If you have any questions about the Gazette or wish to include an announcement in future publications, please contact our ILS Gazette Editor, Matthew Akiba at [email protected].

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