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Role as Arbitrator

Ava Borrasso C.Arb is an independent arbitrator focusing on international and domestic commercial disputes. She has served as sole, chair, panel and emergency arbitrator in multiple international and domestic arbitrations. Her work in arbitration has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal, Legal500 Latin America and Best Lawyers in America.

With 30+ years of experience rooted in business litigation, her practice is built on representing parties as lead counsel in complex commercial disputes before arbitral tribunals, as well as state and federal courts. Before establishing the firm in 2015, she was a Partner with a prominent international arbitration and litigation boutique for nearly a decade. Her representative experience spans a breadth of commercial disputes involving international distribution and trade agreements, financial services agreements, franchise agreements, sale of goods, business torts, construction, and real property disputes. Her cross-border experience includes advising and strategizing multi-jurisdictional disputes across venues, both nationally and internationally.

Ava Borrasso is on the Panel of Neutrals for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the American Arbitration Association Commercial and Complex Commercial Panels, CIArb’s Presidential Panel, the BVI International Arbitration Centre, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre Reserve Panel, the Court of Arbitration for Art, and ICC listed. She is a Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators headquartered in London, a designation held by less than 3% of its global membership. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute and sits on the Board of Directors of CIArb’s North America Branch.

She has written for various publications on topics involving international arbitration and litigation including Young Arbitration Review, IBA Arbitration News, IBA International Litigation News, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, Lexology, Law360, and the ABA Dispute Resolution Magazine, among others. She has addressed several organizations on similar issues including the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the CAM-CCBC Arbitration Congress, the YAR 2.0 Conference, CIArb-North America Branch, AAA/ICDR Roundtables, the Federal Bar Association, the iLaw Global Forum, and the ABA Sections of International Law and Dispute Resolution.

She earned her J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law where she was a member of Law Review. She graduated from Saint Mary’s College with a B.A. where she studied abroad for a year in Rome. She is a member of the Florida Bar and Illinois Bar (inactive). She is a national of the USA and available for arbitrator appointments directly from the parties or through arbitration institutions.  She does not charge for travel time.


Arbitrator Disclosure:
Parties should not rely on this website as a full and updated source of disclosure for Ava Borrasso. She does not maintain a current or complete list of retentions, publications, speaking engagements, associations, or conference attendances. Ava Borrasso does not have access to the databases of her prior law firms. She does not maintain records of fellow participants, members, speakers, or contacts on social networks, such as LinkedIn. Such contacts should not be considered material relationships likely to give reasonable or justifiable doubt as to an arbitrator’s independence or impartiality from a reasonable third person’s view with knowledge of the relevant facts and circumstances. Any counsel and/or party to an arbitration that Ava Borrasso is proposed as arbitrator is requested to promptly disclose any facts or circumstances considered by that party to raise any question as to her impartiality or independence as soon as that information is reasonably available upon knowledge of her prospective appointment.


Role as Counsel
Ava Borrasso has more than 30 years of experience as counsel litigating commercial and business-related disputes in state and federal courts and before many of the most recognized arbitral institutions including the ICDR, AAA, ICC and FINRA. Her practice is built on substantial experience as counsel dealing with commercial issues, business torts, fraud, financial services and real property disputes, among others. Her work in commercial litigation has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Best Law Firms, Legal Elite and Super Lawyers.

Ava’s cross-border experience includes advising and strategizing multi-jurisdictional disputes across venues, both nationally and internationally. She has represented multi-national corporations, sovereign governments, Fortune 500 companies, investors, and a variety of small businesses and shareholders.

The firm aims to provide services to clients directly or by partnering with other law firms where appropriate when matters arise beyond its jurisdictional reach. When appropriate, the firm has substantial relationships that allow for the expansion of services across jurisdictions – domestically and internationally - on a case-by-case basis.



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