Legal media company Lawdragon has named White & Case partners Raoul Cantero (Miami), Denise A. Cerasani (New York), Carolyn Lamm (Washington, DC) and Abby Cohen Smutny (Washington, DC) to the 2016 Lawdragon 500, a compendium of leading American lawyers. The lawyers in the Lawdragon 500 are selected through a process combining law firm submissions, votes and comments made through Lawdragon's online voting form, and Lawdragon's own editorial research.
Cantero focuses on cross-border commercial disputes relating to Latin America. Head of the Firm's Miami Commercial Litigation practice, Cantero was the first justice of Hispanic descent appointed to the Florida Supreme Court, and one of the youngest ever to sit on the Court. In his 22 years of private practice, he handled more than 400 appeals. Combining substantial international experience with broad sector knowledge, Cantero has represented an array of domestic and multinational companies and institutions at the trial and appellate levels, specializing in complex, class-action and high-profile litigation.
Cerasani leads the Firm's Global M&A Financial Advisory practice. She has counseled and represented the Firm's investment banking clients in a broad range of industries in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate finance. Cerasani's M&A Financial Advisory Practice has been a premier practice in the US and globally for more than a decade.
Lamm co-heads White & Case's International Arbitration practice in the Americas and regularly serves as lead counsel in high-stakes cutting-edge international arbitration cases involving international corporations and sovereign clients. She advises clients in matters with ICSID and its Additional Facility, and in other international arbitral proceedings involving states, as well as commercial arbitral fora including AAA/CDR, ICC, Vienna Centre, Stockholm Chamber and Swiss Chamber. Lamm was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the US Panel and later by the Government of Uzbekistan to the Uzbek Panel of Arbitrators for ICSID arbitration. She is a past president of both the District of Columbia Bar and the American Bar Association, and currently serves as the American Bar Association's Representative to the International Bar Association. She is on the ICCA Governing Board and Council of the American Law Institute.
Smutny co-heads White & Case's International Arbitration practice in the Americas and heads the Firm's public international law practice. Her experience includes working with clients in a wide range of industries including banking, financial services, oil & gas, mining, electric power, real estate development, water supply, retail, pharmaceuticals, construction, tobacco, railroads, telecommunications and manufacturing. Smutny has significant experience managing claims arising out of project financing, privatizations, natural resource concessions, contracts with states and state entities, and political risk insurance. She represents clients in arbitrations before all major arbitral forums, and serves as counsel in cases arising under bilateral investment treaties, the Energy Charter Treaty, the NAFTA treaty, the DR-CAFTA treaty and the ASEAN treaty.