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

As lead counsel, Ava has represented clients in business and international disputes involving international distributor agreements, contract claims, fiduciary and partnership disputes, real property and construction disputes and fraud-related claims, to name a few - frequently involving the prosecution and defense of claims in the millions and tens of millions of dollars.  

She has tried cases before state and federal courts as well as international arbitral institutions.  Her significant cross-border experience also includes advising, strategizing and managing multi-jurisdictional disputes across venues, both nationally and internationally.  Representative clients have included small businesses, real property developers, contractors, governmental entities, Fortune 500 companies, investment funds, financial institutions, manufacturers and investors. 

Before establishing the firm, she was a shareholder of noted firm Astigarraga Davis for nine years practicing in the International Litigation and Arbitration Group.  Recommended by Legal 500 Latin America in International Arbitration, Ava was commended by clients for getting "deeply involved" in the legal matters handled.  She is also recognized as a "Legal Elite" and selected as a "Super Lawyer."

Ava is admitted to the Roster of Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association (AAA).  She has appeared as lead counsel in arbitrations before the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) of the AAA and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), among others.  She also advises on the inclusion of dispute resolution clauses in international agreements.

She often speaks and writes on a variety of business-related and international issues including international discovery, arbitration, cross-border commercial transactions, fraud and construction-related disputes.



Representative Matters

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

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

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, 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

International Law Section, American Bar Association

Business Law Section, American Bar Association

Florida Bar, International Law Section
    • 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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