Colombia

Review

Dispute resolution
GodoyHoyos

GodoyHoyos Abogados, or Goh as it is affectionately known, is a boutique law firm with notable strengths in administrative, bankruptcy and insolvency, corporate, commercial, and antitrust disputes. The team, which operates out of offices in Bogota, Medellin, and Barranquilla, has been particularly involved in litigation concerning the construction, infrastructure, energy, and hydrocarbons sectors. Founding partner Catalina Hoyos and Juan Sebastián Lombana are recognized for their leading roles in disputes across the country.

One client describes the team as, “having a lot of experience” adding that, “they do outstanding work!” Another highlights the exemplary work in arbitration proceedings, describing the team as “great professionals with a lot of experience and knowledge of the applicable law and the arbitration process” adding, “They represented us in a commercial arbitration on a contractual breach. They were totally engaged with the case. They gave us feedback at all the stages of the arbitration and the lawyers were totally embedded in the themes and the laws surrounding the contract.”

Gomez-Pinzon Abogados

The litigation team at Gómez-Pinzón Abogados is comprised of 11 lawyers who operate out of two offices in Bogotá and Medellín. The firm is recognized for its work in domestic and international arbitration matters, as well as in administrative, commercial, intellectual property, and tax disputes. The team of litigation stars William Araque and practice group leader David Araque-Quijano are also active in concession and construction contract actions. Araque-Quijano stands out for his work representing Agrupación Guinovart on a claim involving the public entity in charge of public transportation in Medellín. The matter centers around the economic consequences of a time-and-cost extension related to the construction of the Ayacucho light rail in a dispute worth approximately $17 million.

Holland & Knight

International law firm Holland & Knight operates out of a Bogotá hub where its team of litigators handles a very wide array of disputes including domestic and international litigation, and administrative proceedings. Routine representations include serving as counsel in energy disputes, including oil & gas, mining and power, and in construction disputes. The team has also acted as counsel in telecommunications, commercial, and corporate disputes including conflicts amongst shareholders.

Key practitioners include Alberto Zuleta and Danilo Romero, as well as newly added litigation stars Enrique Gómez-Pinzón and Jose Vicente Zapata. Enrique Gómez-Pinzón leads the team of more than 20 Holland & Knight lawyers that represents the Coordinating Committee of Communities affected by the Chixoy Dam, an organization of 23 Maya Achi communities in Guatemala in the reparation negotiations with Guatemala’s government. He, along with Zuleta, are recognized as 2021 Top Arbitrators for Benchmark Latin America.

Lloreda Camacho & Co

Lloreda Camacho & Co. is home to a litigation team experienced in complex litigation, arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution. With a notable reputation in cross-border insolvency and bankruptcy, domestic and international arbitration, intellectual property disputes, and antitrust actions, the multidisciplinary team is highlighted by one client who shares, “They are excellent -- very knowledgeable about the law, good strategic thinking, proactive in developing complex facts, and very cooperative and responsive.”

New litigation star Gustavo Tamayo and future star Cristian Perez are mentioned by a client who calls the two “excellent litigators” adding, “Gustavo is very experienced, and they are both very smart, strategic and persuasive.” Tamayo and Tatiana Carrillo represent the Sociedad Colombiana de Cirugia Plastica Estetica y Reconstructiva against a class action brought by two groups of 53 physicians alleging unfair competition actions and seeking damages of more than $3 million.

Olarte Moure & Asociados

OlarteMoure is an intellectual property law firm with vast experience in patent and trademark litigation, along with substantial actions within the administrative, commercial, entertainment and antitrust space. Described as “a competent firm with expert lawyers” OlarteMoure operates out of five regional offices in Bogotá, Medellín, Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, and Cali.

Clients sing the firm’s praises: “They are excellent, helpful, proactive and interested in deepening issues and generating solid strategies and solutions” adding, “They are diligent, attentive to comments, and purposeful.” Another client highlights the “multidisciplinary team” for its “ability to address cases for clients from a 360 perspective” while another celebrates the “highly trained personnel with a vocation for service, that provides personalized attention to its clients, which allows the design and implementation of tailored strategies and with a high probability of success.”

Founding partners Juan Moure and Carlos Olarte, along with litigation star Felipe Acosta represent Industria de Alimentos in a multi-jurisdictional litigation before the Northern District Court of New Jersey, involving trademark infringement, false advertisement, unfair competition, and copyright infringement over a trade dress. The case also extends to include a criminal law action in Colombia against related parties. Olarte and litigation star Alexander Agudelo represent Johnson & Johnson in an ongoing patent infringement matter involving four renowned pharmaceutical companies. Clients stress the firm’s strengths in contentious actions, such as the “structuring of lawsuits, administrative complaints and litigation strategy in matters associated with consumer protection, free competition and unfair competition.”