Estefanía San Juan

Partner, Miami



Estefanía San Juan is a partner in the International Arbitration Practice Group. Ms. San Juan specializes in international dispute resolution and transnational disputes involving sovereign states and Latin America.

Her experience includes representing clients in international investment arbitrations before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and under the UNCITRAL rules, as well as in commercial arbitration and related litigations in various forums. These cases have spanned various sectors, including energy, infrastructure, mining, sovereign debt, environment, among others. She also advises clients on complex civil matters across multiple jurisdictions that involve regulatory, legislative, and policy issues, including in the transportation and technology sectors. Ms. San Juan has been active in the growth of White & Case's international arbitration team in Miami and is active in recruiting, training, and mentoring lawyers.

Ms. San Juan is a frequent speaker at arbitration conferences both in the United States and in Latin America. Moreover, she sits on the Young Leaders in Alternative Dispute Resolution (Y-ADR) Steering Committee of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), an organization that promotes the prevention and resolution of conflict.  

Ms. San Juan co-chairs the Firm's Alianza Affinity Network, which promotes cultural awareness of the Latinx American experience, builds community among the Firm's Latinx members and promotes the recruitment, retention and professional development of Latinx employees. She is also a board member of the Hispanic Bar Association of D.C. Foundation.  She is also an active member of the Firm's Women's Initiative and the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Team. 

A native of Colombia and Venezuela, Ms. San Juan is multilingual in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. She has lived, studied and worked in Colombia, Costa Rica and the United States.

Ms. San Juan has additional experience with the chambers of the Honorable Judge Paul L. Friedman of the US District Court for the District of Columbia, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) in Washington, DC and Legal Services of Southern Piedmont Immigrant Justice Program in Charlotte, NC.

Bars and Courts
District of Columbia
American University, Washington College of Law
University of North Carolina


Representing a major construction company in its $350 million claim under the US-Ecuador Bilateral Investment Treaty

Advising various international investors with energy projects in Mexico to preserve their international arbitration rights in the context of Mexico's changes to the legal framework

Representing a Spanish holding company in its $600 million international arbitration case against a Latin American State involving price control measures and arbitrary changes to dispatch rules in the power generation sector

Advising investors and project company related to the Quito airport

Represented a client in an investment dispute related to a metallurgical facility in Latin America

Represented an Asian company in a dispute against an State-owned entity relating to port concession in Ecuador and advice in related proceedings in Panama and BVI

Represented a client in an ICC arbitration pursuant to an EPC Contract in connection with a hydroelectric plant in Central America

Advised a client in connection with investment issues related to a hydroelectric plant in a Central American country

Represented a client in a dispute relating to ports and sovereign wealth funds in Andean country

Represented investors in a mass claim relating to Argentine Sovereign debt

Speaking Engagements

Globalized Americas: A roundtable on globalization, investment, and Arbitration, University of Miami 2021

Principios regulatorios y estándares mínimos de las inversiones en América Latina, Instituto Peruano de Arbitraje (IPA) 2021

To Arbitrate Or To Litigate, That Is The Question, Association of Corporate Counsel, Miami 2021

Arbitraje en Colombia: La intersección de lo local y lo global, Cámara de Comercio de Bogota, 2020

Women in Arbitration Conference, Instituto Peruano de Arbitraje (IPA), Lima 2020

International Legal Reforms, ACS Houston/South Florida 2020

The Global Debt Crisis and the Rise of Investor-State Dispute Settlement, University of Miami 2020

Investment Arbitration Conference, Instituto Peruano de Arbitraje (IPA), Santiago 2019

Investment Protection in Latin America, The Inter-American Bar Association (IABA), DC Chapter, Washington 2017

Arbitration Procedure in International Commercial Arbitration, American University Washington College of Law, Washington 2016