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Julissa Reynoso

Partner in New York

Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Southern District of New York
  • USCA – 11th Circuit

Education

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English
  • Portuguese

Julissa Reynoso is a multilingual partner who focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, regulatory enforcement and international arbitration. She also provides U.S. and international clients with strategic advice and risk assessment in managing transnational issues. She advises a wide variety of clients, including financial institutions, companies and individuals. She has managed diverse transnational matters involving the media, sports, real estate, food and telecommunications sectors.

Julissa’s extensive experience includes analyzing and advising on complex cross-border litigations, investigations, and disputes before U.S. Courts and Agencies. Julissa has conducted arbitrations under the major international rules, including ICC and UNCITRAL, and managed bilateral investment treaty disputes under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Julissa was appointed to co-chair New York Attorney General Letitia James’ transition committee. In this capacity, she worked with four other esteemed co-chairs to advise Attorney General James as she defined Office initiatives and recruited top legal talent to constitute her team. 

Julissa is the former United States Ambassador to Uruguay. She also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central American, Caribbean and Cuban Affairs in the US Department of State. While in this role, Julissa was charged with developing comprehensive security and rule of law strategies for Central America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining the US Department of State, Julissa practiced at a major international law firm, where she specialized in antitrust law, international commercial arbitration and international investment arbitration.

Julissa is the recipient of the highest diplomatic honors bestowed by several Latin American governments. Julissa also is the recipient of various public interest awards, including recognitions from Columbia University, New York University, the North Star Fund, the Legal Aid Society and the Hispanic National Bar Foundation. Julissa serves on the boards of several nonprofit and advocacy organizations, and was on the faculty of Columbia Law School and Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. Julissa serves as trustee for New York-Presbyterian Hospital and for Columbia University. She is also on the board of directors of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, the Truman National Security Project, and the Negotiation Strategies Institute. Julissa serves on the firm’s Compensation and Pro Bono Committees. Julissa clerked for Judge Laura Taylor Swain of the Southern District of New York. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

Experience

  • Represents a global company in various investigative matters in the U.S.
  • Represents a Mexican company in an international arbitration related to the termination of a purchase and sale contract
  • Represents global IT company in connection with World Bank sanctions settlement
  • Represent U.S. and Latin America media companies in commercial disputes resulting from fallout of FIFA scandal
  • Represent a municipality in Puerto Rico in connection with disputes arising from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s restructuring process in English and Spanish proceedings
  • Counsel to a major multinational Central American company in all disputes and regulatory matters
  • Represented a real estate investment management firm in a NAFTA claim
  • Represented a multinational food manufacturing company in connection with compliance issues in Central America and Mexico

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a “New York Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation 2020
  • Selected as a member of The American Law Institute, 2020
  • Named a 2019 New York Law Journal “NY Trailblazer” and “Distinguished Leader”
  • Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. 2018 for International Arbitration
  • Included in the inaugural list of “Leading Women Lawyers in New York City” by Crain's
  • US Department of State, various awards, and citations
  • Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum
  • Order of the Quetzal, Guatemala’s highest honor
  • Order of Del Valle, Honduras’s highest honor
  • Soros Fellowship for New Americans
  • De Jersey Harvard Scholar
  • Recognized by Latinvex as one of the “Top 100 Female Lawyers”

Activities

Julissa is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the boards of several nonprofit and advocacy organizations. She’s currently a trustee for New York-Presbyterian Hospital and for Columbia University.

Credentials

Julissa received her B.A. from Harvard University. She also received an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. 

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Publications

  • Co-author, “Asistencia judicial en materia arbitral,” El Mundo del Abogado, May 2019
  • Co-author, “Interpreting Ambiguous Domestic and Foreign Arbitral Awards,” New York Law Journal, March 11, 2019
  • Co-author, “The Corruption Defense: Practical Considerations for Claimants,” Kluwer Arbitration Blog, January 22, 2019
  • Co-author, “Does Mexico deal with the U.S. bode well for NAFTA?” Latin America Advisor, August 31, 2018
  • Co-author, “NAFTA Deal This Year?” Latin America Advisor, February 14, 2018
  • “How Are the NAFTA Renegotiation Talks Progressing?” Latin America Advisor, September 1, 2017
  • “What Do New U.S. Goals Mean for NAFTA Talks?” Latin America Advisor, July 31, 2017
  • “Are Latin America’s Whistleblower Laws Working Out Well?” Latin America Advisor, May 8, 2017
  • “What Are the White House’s Plans for Changing NAFTA?” Latin America Advisor,  April 5, 2017
  • “Preparing for Changes to NAFTA,” Client Alert, March 29, 2017
  • “Will New Trade Talks Shake Up the Arbitration System?” Latin America Advisor, March 21, 2016
  • “Obama and Castro Meet in Wake of Further Regulatory Reforms,” Client Alert, September 29, 2015
  • “US-Cuba Reset?” Client Alert, December 23, 2014
  • “Putting Out Fires Before They Start: Community Organizing and Collaborative Governance in the Bronx, U.S.A.” 24 Journal of Law and Inequality 213 (Summer 2006)
  • “The Impact of Identity Politics and Public Sector Reform on Organizing and the Practice of Democracy,” 37 Columbia Human Rights Law Review 149 (2005)
  • “Antitrust Developments in the Media and Entertainment Industries,” (with Peter E. Kazanoff and Kenneth R. Logan) The Antitrust Review of the Americas, Global Competition Review (2005)
  • Book review: “Towards a Regulatory Model for the New Workplace,” Labor History (2005) (reviewing Katherine V. W. Stone, “From Widgets to Digits:  Employment Regulation for the Changing Workplace” (2004))
  • “Perspectives on Intersections of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Other Grounds: Latinas at the Margins,” 7 Harvard Latino Law Review 63 (2004)
  • Note, “Race, Censuses and Attempts at Racial Democracy,” 39 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 533 (2001)

Speeches

  • J-NOBLE Speaker Series: An Afternoon with Julissa Reynoso, Jefferies, September 16, 2019
  • “Domestication of Awards and Conflict of Interests,” Centro Brasileiro de Mediação e Arbitragem, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 28, 2018
  • “Brazil-United States Tax Issues Post-Election,” São Paulo, Brazil, November 27, 2018
  • “Thorny privilege issues in international arbitration,” GAR Live São Paulo 2018, São Paulo, Brazil, November 26, 2018
  • “Idea & Vision: Latinos and U.S. Foreign Policy,” HNBA Plenary Networking Luncheon Program, San Francisco, CA, September 7, 2018
  • “Cross-Border Transactions: The Importance of Proactive Risk Management Under the U.S./Mexico Regulatory Frame,” Mexico City, México, August 7, 2018
  • “Uncertainty around NAFTA: Assessing the impact of the NAFTA renegotiations and planning for its eventual conclusions,” IJGlobal Mexico Energy & Infra Conference, México City, México, June 21, 2018
  • “Live Arbitration Summit,” Latin Lawyer-Global Arbitration Review, Miami Florida, April 26, 2018
  • Keynote speaker, Seton Hall Law Ninth Annual Diversity Banquet, Newark, NJ, April 11, 2018
  • “International Trade & Investment: Free Trade or protectionism, are we going local? Brexit, NAFTA being renegotiated and others. What are the challenges and the opportunities?” Biennial IBA Latin American Regional Forum Conference, Mexico City, Mexico, March 15, 2018
  • “Seeking Extraordinary Mechanisms for Accountability,” 2018 Conference for Pro Bono Practice in The Americas, Mexico City, Mexico, March 13, 2018
  • “CIRDI et l’investissement étranger en Haïti,” CCAH, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, March 2, 2018
  • “La Convention du Centre International pour le Règlement des Différends Relatifs aux Investissements (CIRDI), quells Enjeux?,” BID, CFI and CCAH Joint Conference, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, January 18, 2018
  • “Guide to Doing Business in Cuba Post-Castro and U.S. Embargo,” International Section of the New York State Bar Association, Antigua Guatemala, September 13, 2017
  • “The Year in Review – Arbitration in the Age of Trump,” GAR Live New York, New York, New York, September 12, 2017
  • “Recent Developments in Cross-Border Arbitration,” IMM Joint Conference 2017, Houston, Texas, May 12, 2017
  • “Live Arbitration Summit,”Latin Lawyer–Global Arbitration Review, Miami Florida, April 27, 2017
  • “The Arbitration Award, Remedies and Post Award Process,” American Bar Association, February 28, 2017
  • “Public-Private Partnerships,” INTAL 50 Years: Reimagining Regional Integration in the Era of Disruptive Technologies, Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 7, 2015
  • “Negotiation and Arbitration of Investor-State Disputes,” Dominican Republic, September 10, 2015
  • Hispanic National Bar Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner, Keynote Speaker, Washington, DC, July 16, 2015
  • “Opportunities to the Prosperity in US-Latin America Relations: The Case of the Dominican Republic,” Keynote Speaker, presented by the Dominicans on Wall Street (DOWS) and the American Chamber of Commerce DR, New York, NY, May 14, 2015

Julissa Reynoso

Partner in New York

Julissa Reynoso is a multilingual partner who focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, regulatory enforcement and international arbitration. She also provides U.S. and international clients with strategic advice and risk assessment in managing transnational issues. She advises a wide variety of clients, including financial institutions, companies and individuals. She has managed diverse transnational matters involving the media, sports, real estate, food and telecommunications sectors.

Julissa’s extensive experience includes analyzing and advising on complex cross-border litigations, investigations, and disputes before U.S. Courts and Agencies. Julissa has conducted arbitrations under the major international rules, including ICC and UNCITRAL, and managed bilateral investment treaty disputes under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Julissa was appointed to co-chair New York Attorney General Letitia James’ transition committee. In this capacity, she worked with four other esteemed co-chairs to advise Attorney General James as she defined Office initiatives and recruited top legal talent to constitute her team. 

Julissa is the former United States Ambassador to Uruguay. She also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central American, Caribbean and Cuban Affairs in the US Department of State. While in this role, Julissa was charged with developing comprehensive security and rule of law strategies for Central America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining the US Department of State, Julissa practiced at a major international law firm, where she specialized in antitrust law, international commercial arbitration and international investment arbitration.

Julissa is the recipient of the highest diplomatic honors bestowed by several Latin American governments. Julissa also is the recipient of various public interest awards, including recognitions from Columbia University, New York University, the North Star Fund, the Legal Aid Society and the Hispanic National Bar Foundation. Julissa serves on the boards of several nonprofit and advocacy organizations, and was on the faculty of Columbia Law School and Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. Julissa serves as trustee for New York-Presbyterian Hospital and for Columbia University. She is also on the board of directors of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, the Truman National Security Project, and the Negotiation Strategies Institute. Julissa serves on the firm’s Compensation and Pro Bono Committees. Julissa clerked for Judge Laura Taylor Swain of the Southern District of New York. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

Honors and Awards

Litigation
Star
Benchmark Litigation
Legal
500
The Legal 500 United States
Legal
500
The Legal 500 Latin America
Top
100
Female
Lawyers
Latinvex
Trailblazer
New York Law Journal
  • Recognized as a “New York Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation 2020
  • Selected as a member of The American Law Institute, 2020
  • Named a 2019 New York Law Journal “NY Trailblazer” and “Distinguished Leader”
  • Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. 2018 for International Arbitration
  • Included in the inaugural list of “Leading Women Lawyers in New York City” by Crain's
  • US Department of State, various awards, and citations
  • Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum
  • Order of the Quetzal, Guatemala’s highest honor
  • Order of Del Valle, Honduras’s highest honor
  • Soros Fellowship for New Americans
  • De Jersey Harvard Scholar
  • Recognized by Latinvex as one of the “Top 100 Female Lawyers”

Activities

Julissa is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the boards of several nonprofit and advocacy organizations. She’s currently a trustee for New York-Presbyterian Hospital and for Columbia University.

Julissa received her B.A. from Harvard University. She also received an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. 

Education

Columbia University
JD, 2001
University of Cambridge
MP, 1998
Harvard University
BA, 1997

Admissions

NY
New York

Languages

es
Spanish
en
English
pt
Portuguese

Court Admissions

U.S.
U.S. Supreme Court
S.D.
N.Y.
Southern District of New York
11th
Cir.
USCA – 11th Circuit
  • Represents a global company in various investigative matters in the U.S.
  • Represents a Mexican company in an international arbitration related to the termination of a purchase and sale contract
  • Represents global IT company in connection with World Bank sanctions settlement
  • Represent U.S. and Latin America media companies in commercial disputes resulting from fallout of FIFA scandal
  • Represent a municipality in Puerto Rico in connection with disputes arising from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s restructuring process in English and Spanish proceedings
  • Counsel to a major multinational Central American company in all disputes and regulatory matters
  • Represented a real estate investment management firm in a NAFTA claim
  • Represented a multinational food manufacturing company in connection with compliance issues in Central America and Mexico

Publications

  • Co-author, “Asistencia judicial en materia arbitral,” El Mundo del Abogado, May 2019
  • Co-author, “Interpreting Ambiguous Domestic and Foreign Arbitral Awards,” New York Law Journal, March 11, 2019
  • Co-author, “The Corruption Defense: Practical Considerations for Claimants,” Kluwer Arbitration Blog, January 22, 2019
  • Co-author, “Does Mexico deal with the U.S. bode well for NAFTA?” Latin America Advisor, August 31, 2018
  • Co-author, “NAFTA Deal This Year?” Latin America Advisor, February 14, 2018
  • “How Are the NAFTA Renegotiation Talks Progressing?” Latin America Advisor, September 1, 2017
  • “What Do New U.S. Goals Mean for NAFTA Talks?” Latin America Advisor, July 31, 2017
  • “Are Latin America’s Whistleblower Laws Working Out Well?” Latin America Advisor, May 8, 2017
  • “What Are the White House’s Plans for Changing NAFTA?” Latin America Advisor,  April 5, 2017
  • “Preparing for Changes to NAFTA,” Client Alert, March 29, 2017
  • “Will New Trade Talks Shake Up the Arbitration System?” Latin America Advisor, March 21, 2016
  • “Obama and Castro Meet in Wake of Further Regulatory Reforms,” Client Alert, September 29, 2015
  • “US-Cuba Reset?” Client Alert, December 23, 2014
  • “Putting Out Fires Before They Start: Community Organizing and Collaborative Governance in the Bronx, U.S.A.” 24 Journal of Law and Inequality 213 (Summer 2006)
  • “The Impact of Identity Politics and Public Sector Reform on Organizing and the Practice of Democracy,” 37 Columbia Human Rights Law Review 149 (2005)
  • “Antitrust Developments in the Media and Entertainment Industries,” (with Peter E. Kazanoff and Kenneth R. Logan) The Antitrust Review of the Americas, Global Competition Review (2005)
  • Book review: “Towards a Regulatory Model for the New Workplace,” Labor History (2005) (reviewing Katherine V. W. Stone, “From Widgets to Digits:  Employment Regulation for the Changing Workplace” (2004))
  • “Perspectives on Intersections of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Other Grounds: Latinas at the Margins,” 7 Harvard Latino Law Review 63 (2004)
  • Note, “Race, Censuses and Attempts at Racial Democracy,” 39 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 533 (2001)

Speeches

  • J-NOBLE Speaker Series: An Afternoon with Julissa Reynoso, Jefferies, September 16, 2019
  • “Domestication of Awards and Conflict of Interests,” Centro Brasileiro de Mediação e Arbitragem, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 28, 2018
  • “Brazil-United States Tax Issues Post-Election,” São Paulo, Brazil, November 27, 2018
  • “Thorny privilege issues in international arbitration,” GAR Live São Paulo 2018, São Paulo, Brazil, November 26, 2018
  • “Idea & Vision: Latinos and U.S. Foreign Policy,” HNBA Plenary Networking Luncheon Program, San Francisco, CA, September 7, 2018
  • “Cross-Border Transactions: The Importance of Proactive Risk Management Under the U.S./Mexico Regulatory Frame,” Mexico City, México, August 7, 2018
  • “Uncertainty around NAFTA: Assessing the impact of the NAFTA renegotiations and planning for its eventual conclusions,” IJGlobal Mexico Energy & Infra Conference, México City, México, June 21, 2018
  • “Live Arbitration Summit,” Latin Lawyer-Global Arbitration Review, Miami Florida, April 26, 2018
  • Keynote speaker, Seton Hall Law Ninth Annual Diversity Banquet, Newark, NJ, April 11, 2018
  • “International Trade & Investment: Free Trade or protectionism, are we going local? Brexit, NAFTA being renegotiated and others. What are the challenges and the opportunities?” Biennial IBA Latin American Regional Forum Conference, Mexico City, Mexico, March 15, 2018
  • “Seeking Extraordinary Mechanisms for Accountability,” 2018 Conference for Pro Bono Practice in The Americas, Mexico City, Mexico, March 13, 2018
  • “CIRDI et l’investissement étranger en Haïti,” CCAH, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, March 2, 2018
  • “La Convention du Centre International pour le Règlement des Différends Relatifs aux Investissements (CIRDI), quells Enjeux?,” BID, CFI and CCAH Joint Conference, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, January 18, 2018
  • “Guide to Doing Business in Cuba Post-Castro and U.S. Embargo,” International Section of the New York State Bar Association, Antigua Guatemala, September 13, 2017
  • “The Year in Review – Arbitration in the Age of Trump,” GAR Live New York, New York, New York, September 12, 2017
  • “Recent Developments in Cross-Border Arbitration,” IMM Joint Conference 2017, Houston, Texas, May 12, 2017
  • “Live Arbitration Summit,”Latin Lawyer–Global Arbitration Review, Miami Florida, April 27, 2017
  • “The Arbitration Award, Remedies and Post Award Process,” American Bar Association, February 28, 2017
  • “Public-Private Partnerships,” INTAL 50 Years: Reimagining Regional Integration in the Era of Disruptive Technologies, Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 7, 2015
  • “Negotiation and Arbitration of Investor-State Disputes,” Dominican Republic, September 10, 2015
  • Hispanic National Bar Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner, Keynote Speaker, Washington, DC, July 16, 2015
  • “Opportunities to the Prosperity in US-Latin America Relations: The Case of the Dominican Republic,” Keynote Speaker, presented by the Dominicans on Wall Street (DOWS) and the American Chamber of Commerce DR, New York, NY, May 14, 2015

Thought Leadership