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Ava J Borrasso, P.A.
Ava Borrasso's practice is concentrated on international business litigation and arbitration.

Ms. Borrasso has over 25 years of experience representing parties in commercial and international disputes before courts and arbitral tribunals - frequently involving the prosecution and defense of claims in the millions and tens of millions of dollars. Her cross-border experience includes advising and strategizing multi-jurisdictional disputes across venues, both nationally and internationally.

Before establishing the firm, she was a partner of a prominent international boutique for 9 years where she practiced in the International Litigation and Arbitration Group. Recommended by Legal 500 Latin America in International Arbitration, she has been commended by clients for getting "deeply involved" in the legal matters she handles. She also has been recognized for international practice as a Legal Elite and selected as a Super Lawyer. She often presents on a variety of international litigation and arbitration issues.

Ms. Borrasso also serves as an independent arbitrator and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in International Arbitration - the highest level of membership. She is on the panel of arbitrators for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution and the commercial panel of the American Arbitration Association. She is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce through the USCIB. She has represented parties as lead counsel in complex commercial arbitrations before the ICDR, AAA and ICC, among others.



Representative Matters

Represented subcontractor in AAA arbitration pursuant to Construction Industry Arbitration Rules involving luxury retail store build-out & obtained prevailing party fees and costs.  

Represented claimant in prosecution of contract dispute involving pre-suit escalation clause from mediation through litigation.

Represented a Fortune 50 medical equipment manufacturer and affiliates in the prosecution and defense of more than $50 million in contract claims and related disputes with a Brazilian distributor in international arbitration proceedings seated in Miami.

Obtained attorneys' fee award in excess of $1 million.

Co-counsel for a group of Latin American investors against a European-headquartered bank following Madoff-related investments in ICDR arbitrations seated in Miami.

Represented a European investment fund seeking to recover assets in multi-jurisdictional proceedings, including prevailing on a motion to transfer federal court proceeding as reported in Trafalgar Capital Specialized Investment Fund v. Hartman, 878 F.Supp.2d 1274 (S.D. Fla. 2012).

Represented a Caribbean government in Florida state court proceedings pursuing claims of fraud, corruption and conspiracy against former public officials, government contractors and individuals resulting in recovering several million dollars and prevailing on multiple challenges to complaint including personal jurisdiction, subject matter jurisdiction, choice of forum, choice of law, act of state doctrine and forum non conveniens.

Represented a Caribbean government in successfully defeating the assertion of the Fifth Amendment privilege by certain defendants in trial and appellate proceedings. 

Co-counsel for an investment fund and related companies defending contract claims seeking up to $500 million in an expedited proceeding in New York state court that was successfully dismissed.

Represented a Fortune 50 manufacturer of power generators in contract and related disputes against a Vietnamese company involving claims exceeding $50 million in international arbitration proceeding seated in New York.


Representative Speeches | Seminars

Extraterritorial Application of 28 USC 1782 to Obtain Documents from Affiliates Abroad, IFTTA North American Annual Meeting Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Speaker, March 10, 2017 

International Business Expansion from the United States, iLaw Florida Bar ILS Global Forum on International Law, Miami, Florida, Moderator & Speaker, February 17, 2017

Expanding Abroad from the United States – What You Don't Know May Hurt Your Business, ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting, Montreal, Canada, Speaker, April 8, 2016

The Use of International Arbitration in Resolving Cross-Border Travel and Tourism Disputes, International Forum of Travel and Tourism Advocates North America Section and Annual Meeting Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Speaker, March 11, 2016

The Rise of Complex Cross-Border Litigation: Global Trends and Challenges Facing International Practitioners, ABA Section of International Law 2016 Americas Forum, Miami, Florida; Moderator, February 29, 2016

Chevron/Ecuador Litigation: Lessons Learned; At the Forefront: An Insider's Perspective on Environmental Enforcement & Litigation; ABA Section of Litigation's Environmental Litigation Committee; Washington DC; Speaker; July 2014 (International aspects and 28 USC §1782 discovery in aid of foreign proceedings)


Representative Publications

Seeing “Reason” in Arbitration Awards, ABA Dispute Resolution Magazine, Volume 23, Issue 4, Summer 2017

Significant Developments in International Litigation By Way of 28 USC § 1782, Young Arbitration Review, Spring 2017

The Eleventh Circuit Affirms Extraterritorial Discovery to Assist International Proceedings and Production of Documents Held by Affiliates Abroad, Florida Bar ILQ, Winter 2017

Privilege and International Implications Against the Backdrop of the Panama Papers, American Bar Association, Business Law Today, July 2016

Considerations Regarding So-Called Boilerplate Clauses in Cross-Border Commercial Transactions, American Bar Association, Business Visions newsletter, March 2016

Lender Liability Issues Arising from Construction Loan Agreements; Florida Real Property Litigation; Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education, Chapter (co-author) 2016 (8th Edition), 2013 (7th Edition), 2011 (6th Edition), 2009 (5th Edition)

Professional Recognitions

Recommended by Legal 500 Latin America
    • International Arbitration, 2015, 2014

Selected, "Legal Elite," Florida Trend Magazine
    • International, 2016
    • Commercial Litigation, 2015

Selected, "Super Lawyer," Super Lawyer Magazine
    • International, 2017, 2016 
    • Business Litigation, 2015


JD, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, 1990
    • Law Review, 1998 - 90

BA, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN, 1984
    • Rome, Italy, Study Abroad


Illinois Bar, 1990

Florida Bar, 1994

US District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Memberships & Associations

Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in International Arbitration

International Bar Association

International Chamber of Commerce

International Law Section, American Bar Association

Dispute Resolution Section, American Bar Association

Florida Bar, International Law Section
    • Steering Committee, iLaw Conference, 2017
    • Former Chair, ILS Meetings Committee; 2010-12

American Inns of Court

Organization of Women in International Trade, South Florida Chapter
    • Board Member, Secretary 2012-15
    • Chair, Nominations Committee of International
       Business Women of the Year Awards, 2011-12

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