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The International Law Section Gazette
Florida Bar Convention

Photos from the Florida Bar Convention

Some pictures from the ILS meetings at the Florida Bar Convention, which was held last week in Boca Raton. The convention's highlights included the official presentation of the ILS website, the Section's seminar on cross-border mediation, moderated by Ricardo Cata, which was also featured on the first page of the Daily Business Review, and the traditional party in the Chair's Suite. If you would like to share your ILS pictures of the Convention, please send them to the Gazette Editor, Fabio Giallanza (

Meeting with the West Palm Beach Office of the USCIS
On June 12, 2017, Scott Devore and Jeff Devore, the co-Chairs for the Florida Bar liaison with the Tampa District of USCIS participated, on behalf of the Section, to a meeting with the West Palm Beach office of the  USCIS. For more details about the meeting, you can refer to its minutes.

Meeting with the Department of Labor - Office of Foreign Labor Certification

On May 10, 2017, Larry Rifkin participated in a meeting with the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) with regard to the Program Electronic Review Management (PERM) system used for applying for labor certification.  The objective of the meeting was to improve the quality of applications submitted to the OFLC. For more details about the meeting, you can refer to Mr. Rifkin's notes.

Section News

ILS Tax Committee - Planning Meeting

The ILS Tax Law Committee will be holding a planning meeting on June 15th at the offices of Aball√≠ Milne Kalil located at 1 SE 3rd Avenue, Suite 2250, Miami, FL 33131.  The meeting will take place at 6:00pm and refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP to the Committee Chair Megan Campos at  by Monday, June 12th.

Escalation Clauses in Cross Border Dispute Resolution: Why  Your Client Wants Mediation

On June 22, the ILS will hold a CLE program at the Annual Convention of the Florida Bar in Boca Raton.  The topic of the program will be  Escalation Clauses in Cross Border Dispute Resolution: Why  Your Client Wants Mediation.  Ricardo Cata, chair of the ILS' Mediation Committee will  moderate the panel. 

Learn from your corporate clients about what they want and why. For those engaged  in cross border practice whether from the standpoint of a transaction attorney or a  litigator, whether in-house or outside counsel, join us for this important discussion of  evolving trends in managing disputes more economically and efficiently. Learn new  developments that may inform your drafting of dispute resolution clauses for cross  border deals as well as your approach to resolving cross border disputes. For more information, please refer to the event brochure .

Members News
Glenn Cooper to Serve as Chair of GMCC Governmental Affairs Group

Business immigration attorney Glenn M. Cooper, shareholder in GrayRobinson's Miami and Fort Lauderdale law firm offices, was elected to serve as chair of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Group. Mr. Cooper, who previously served as vice-chair of the group, has served in various capacities at the chamber, including vice-chair of public policy and has served on the board of directors since 2013.

Peter Quinter Featured in the Florida Trend Magazine

Peter Quinter, Shareholder, Customs and International Trade Law Group, GrayRobinson, P.A., Miami, was profiled in the June 2017 issue of The Florida Trend magazine. The article is entitled: "Accustomed to Trade: Miami Attorney Represents Importers and Exporters". 

Upcoming Events

June 22, 2017
The ILS will hold a CLE program at the  Annual Convention of the Florida Bar.  The topic of the program will be Escalation Clauses in Cross Border Dispute Resolution: Why  Your Client Wants Mediation.  Ricardo Cata, chair of the ILS' Mediation Committee will  moderate the panel. For more information, please refer to the event brochure.

June 27, 2017
The Florida Bar International Law Section, together with Moscow International University of Foreign Relations (MGIMO) have organized a legal seminar in Moscow in June 27, 2017, focusing on American-Russian Business and Investment topics, dedicated to furthering US-Russian business relations for mutual economic benefit, despite political disagreements. This event is planned to be the first of a series of annual symposiums between attorneys in the US and Russia, alternating in venue between North America and Russia. MGIMO will provide facilities including direct translation and on-line session video & broadcasting, so that US attorneys will have ample opportunities to participate remotely. Course book and video will be available. Outstanding lecturers include eminent legal practitioners and academics involved in international investment, tax and business law. The event is free of charge and the organizers have applied for 5 CLE Credits with the Florida Bar. This event will be also feature a cultural program (for which attendance charges will apply). For more information click here for the event program.

October 8-13, 2017
The 2017 IBA Annual Conference in Sydney, Australia will feature around 200 conference sessions. These vary widely in style and, with the core substantive committee sessions at the heart of the conference programme covering most sectors and practice areas, the conference will provide the opportunity to focus on your own areas of interest. Click here to download the event brochure.

October 22-23, 2017
Will the push or pull of nationalist sentiments affect where and how businesses resolve cross-border disputes? Might the relationship between national courts and arbitral tribunals shift?  Will the backlash against globalism encompass or impact the world of international arbitration? These and more questions will be topics of debate at the ATLAS - Atlanta International Arbitration Society 6th annual conference titled  International Business Disputes in an Era of Receding Globalism. Additional details will follow soon.

October 24-28, 2017
The ABA Section of International Law Fall Conference on the Americas will be held in Miami at the JW Marriott Marquis, October 24- 28, 2017 with the topic "Doing business in the Americas in the New Global Economy: A New Dawn in the Hemisphere".

Spring 2017 ILQ
International Law Quarterly (ILQ)
The Spring 2017 ILQ - 
Focus on International Aspects of Cybersecurity and Data Privacy 
 is now available to view and download

Our next ILQ will focus on international litigation and arbitration, and we look forward to your submissions.  Please write the ILQ's Editor-in-Chief, Rafael Ribeiro ( if you would like to contribute or have any questions.

Visit our Sponsors                                             
ILS thanks its sponsors for the 2016-2017 cycle
  • Aballi Milne Kalil, P.A.
  • Sequor Law 
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Akerman
  • Bilzin Sumberg
  • Greenberg Traurig
  • White & Case
  • Bryan Cave
  • Coffey Burlington
  • Fowler White Burnett
  • MDO Partners
  • Harper Meyer
  • Kobre & Kim LLP 
  • Stokes McMillan Antunez
  • Tenzer PLLC
  • Wilberforce

In light of what we accomplished this past year, we hope you will continue to support the Section as a sponsor. In 2016-2017, 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.  Contact Elizabeth Ortega at   for more details.

  Become a Sponsor  for the 2017-2018 Cycle
The ILS Gazette

Editor: Fabio Giallanza

Chair: Arnoldo B. Lacayo
Immediate Past Chair: Alvin F. Lindsay, III
Chair-Elect:  Carlos F. Osorio
Secretary:  Clarissa Rodriguez
Treasurer: Robert J. Becerra