Joel R. Medina

Joel R. Medina

Of Counsel
Areas of Practice:
Maritime Law; Company Formation and Management; Corporate Law.
+507 205-6016


Born in the Republic of Panama on February 22nd, 1950. 


Spanish, English and Italian.

Hobbies and Activities

Bullfighting and horseback riding.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Sciences, Universidad de Panama, (1973). Thesis: “La Excepción del Contrato no Cumplido”.
  • License Certificate: 1973


  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN, Partner since 1973.

Academic Experience

  • Nautical School of Panama, (1978 – 2000).

Public Offices

  • Maritime Court, Alternate Judge, (1991 – 2000)
  • National Council for the Development of the Maritime Sector (CONDESMAR, for its acronym in Spanish). General Coordinator and Full Member (1992 – 1994).
  • Executive Branch
    • Member of the Drafting Committee of the Cabinet Decree N°33 of February 9th, 1990, whereby the Regional Offices of the Merchant Marine are created.
    • Maritime Labour Tripartite Commission, Main Member (1990 – 1994).
    • Drafting Commission of the Law which created the Maritime Courts and its procedural rules. Deputy member (1978 – 1982).


  • Member of the Panamanian Association of Maritime Law.
  • Vice-President and President of the Association of Maritime Law (1986 – 1988).
  • Member of the Iberoamerican Institute of Maritime Law.
  • Vice-President of the Iberoamerican Institute of Maritime Law.
  • Full Member of the Maritime International Committee.


  • Compilation of Merchant Marine Laws Regulation, 1984.

Awards and Recognition

  • Chamber and Partners Global
  • Chamber and Partners Latin-America.