Roberto R. Alemán H.

Roberto Alemán has been a partner at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán since 1987, and he is now member of our partners of counsel. He specializes in Corporate Law and Trust Services.

Roberto has also been involved in public service, as the Ambassador of Panama before Belgium.

He has been recognized for his work advising family offices and high net worth individuals and on a broad range of succession planning issues by Chambers and Partners and Who’s Who Legal, and for his work in Banking and Capital Markets by IFLR1000.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Arts-Government, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA, (1974).
  • Juris Doctor, Louisiana State University, USA, (1977).
  • License Certificate:  1978

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    Partner since 1987
    Associate (1977 – 1987).
  • Embassy before the Belgian Kingdom and to the European Economic Community, Ambassador (1990 – 1991).
  • Cervecería Nacional, S.A., Member of the board of Directors.
  • Refrescos Nacionales S.A., Member of the board of Directors.
  • Director of Banco del Istmo, S.A, Alternate Director (1984 – 2006).
  • Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama, Director of Juridical Commission (1987 – 1988)

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association.
  • Multilaw (Association of Independent Law Firms).

Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers and Partners Global
  • Chambers and Partners Latin-America
  • IFLR 1000.

Joel R. Medina

Joel Medina has been a partner at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán since 1973, and is currently a member of the partners of counsel. He specializes in Maritime Law and Corporate Law.

He has been part of the drafting committee for legislation in maritime matters, and served as General Coordinator and member of the National Council for the Development of the Maritime Sector and as an alternate judge in the Maritime Court.

Joel is a member of the Panamanian Association of Maritime Law, currently serving as Chairman of the Former Presidents Committee. He is also a member of the Iberoamerican Institute of Maritime Law, and the Maritime International Committee.

He has been recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers and Partners, and in 2021, he received the Eduardo Morgan medal by the Panama Bar Association in recognition of his outstanding and notorious performance as a legal professional and the effort he has been making for 48 years in benefit of the administration of justice in Panama.

Academic Instruction

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

Experience

  • 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).

Memberships

  • 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.

Publications

  • Compilation of Merchant Marine Laws Regulation, 1984.

Awards and Recognition

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

Hobbies

In his spare time, Joel practices bullfighting and horseback riding.

Nora E. Jurado R.

Nora Jurado became a partner at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán in 1993, and she is now a member of the partners of counsel.

She specializes in Corporate Law and Maritime and Admiralty.

She is a member of the Panama Bar Association and the Maritime Law Association of Panama.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor of Law and Political Sciences, University Santa Maria La Antigua, Panama, (1983).  Thesis: “Panamanian Maritime Courts and Procedures”.
  • Associate of Science, Sacred Heart Junior College, North Carolina, USA, (1967).
  • License Certificate: 1983

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN, Partner since 1993 – Associate (1983 – 1993).

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of Panama and its Secretary thereof (1990 – 1992)

Publications

  • “Panamanian Maritime Procedures Law”, (La Antigua Magazine, 1983).

Francisco González-Ruiz A.

Francisco González-Ruiz has been a partner at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán since 1987, and is now a member of the partners of counsel. He specializes in Administrative Law, Corporate Law, and Intellectual Property.

He has participated in the discussion and drafting of laws on Industrial Property.

Francisco is a member of the Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law (APADEPI) and the Panama Bar Association.

In 2020, the Panama Bar Association recognized him with the Eduardo Morgan medal due to his outstanding performance as a legal professional for over 45 in benefit of the organization and the country.

He has also been recognized as a highly regarded lawyer by IFLR1000.

In his spare time, he enjoys photography, baseball, and bullfighting.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor of Law and Political Sciences, University of Panama, 1975. Thesis: “Organization of a Panama Corporation” (Publication recommended by the grading jury).
  • License Certificate: 1975

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN, Partner, since 1987.
  • He participated in the discussion and drafting of a Draft of Bill by which, the rules of the Judicial Code oral proceedings, judgments concerning Industrial Property were submitted to discussion, and provisions of said Code were modified.
  • He participated in the drafting and discussion of a Draft of Bill on Industrial Property, which was approved by the Legislature Assembly (Law 35 of May 10th, 1996).

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association and Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law (APADEPI).

Awards and Recognitions

  • IFLR 1000 (Financial and Corporate Law).

Vasco R. Wendehake F.

Partner of counsel specialized in Corporate Law.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., USA, (1960).
  • Juris Doctor, Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (1963).
  • Postgraduate Studies in Law, Universidad de Madrid, Spain, (1964 – 1965).
  • License Certificate: 1963

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN, Partner since 1984.
  • Ministry of Foreign Relations, Secretary (1965 – 1966).
  • Panamanian Institute of Tourism Legal, Counsel (1969 – 1973).

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association

Alexis V. Herrera V.

Partner of Counsel Alexis Herrera V. specializes in Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Insurance and Re-Insurance and Trust Services.

Over the course of his career, he participated in several commissions in charge of legislation such as the Judicial Code, and was a member of the department of jurisdical research at the University of Panama.

He is a member of the Panama Bar Association.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor Degree in Law and Political Sciences, Universidad de Panama, (1966). Thesis: “Disolución y Liquidación de Sociedades Mercantiles” (“Dissolution and Winding Up of Mercantile Corporations” published by Universidad de Panamá, (1969). Award to the best graduation thesis, (1966).
  • License Certificate: 1966

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN, Partner since 1979. 
  • Member of the Department of Juridical Research at the University of Panama Law School, (1967 – 1970).
  • He participated ad-honorem in several study sessions and commissions and sub-commissions, in the elaboration of the present Judicial Code and in the Study Sessions and Preparation of the Decree whereby the microfilm procedure of the Public Registry is regulated.
  • Member of the Cabinet Legal Research team of the School of Law and Political Sciences of the University of Panama, which at the request of the Organization of American States drafted the work: “A statement of the laws of Panama in matters affecting business”, (1967).
  • Responsible for the drafting of the second part, Volume 1 of the Chronological and Analytical Index of Panamanian Law, published by the University of Panama, 1966 – 1967.
  • Banco Nacional de Panama, Legal Counsel, (1966 – 1967). 
  • Member of the Examining Board of the International Bidding for the election of the Panamanian State legal advisors in the negotiation of the external debt. Appointed as private sector representative by the Minister of Finance.

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association.
  • Kiwanis Club – Panama Chapter.

Juan A. Tejada Mora

Partner of counsel, Juan Tejada Mora specializes in Corporate Law.

He was the founding president of the Panama chapter of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), and he participated in the drafting of legislation of Trust Law and advised the government in the admendments to the legislation of the Banking system which established the Superintendence of Banks.

Juan also held the position of Alternate Justice of the Panama Supreme Court of Justice.

He is a member of the Panama Bar Association and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor of Law and Political Sciences at the University of Panama. Thesis: “Notes on Administrative Controversies”, 1959.
  • Master of Arts at University of Tennessee. Thesis: “Judicial Control of the Public Administration”, 1964.
  • License Certificate: 1960

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN, Partner since 1967.
  • Banco Nacional de Panama, Head of the Legal Department (1964 – 1967).
  • Supreme Court of Justice, Alternate Justice of the Panama Supreme Court of Justice, (1990 – 1999). 
  • Superintendency of Banks of Panama, Ad-honorem advisor on Money Laundering.  (2000).
  • Member of the Commission of Truth, regarding the crimes of the imposed military dictatorship from 1968 – 1989. “Final Report… The truth shall set you free.”
  • Founding President of the Panama chapter of Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP), 2004 – 2008.
  • Ad-honorem member of the commission appointed by the Panamanian Government for the drafting of a preliminary draft bill regarding the press, 1990. 
  • Legal Advisor of the Panamanian Government for the modifications of the Law Decree #9 of February 26th, 1998 whereby the banking system was amended and the Superintendence of Banks was established.
  • Participate in the elaboration of draft of laws: Trust Law, Leasing Law, Law to engage in the Legal Profession (1984), among others.

Academic Experience

  • Temporary Professor of Comparative Public Administration and Political Sciences, University of Panama, 1964-1967.
  • Speaker at local and international conferences in the subject of Trusts and Private Interest Foundations.

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association (Vice President 1979 – 1980 & 1980 – 1981).
  • Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Rodolfo R. Chiari C.

Partner of counsel specialized in Corporate Law.

Academic Instruction

  • Academic Instruction:  Juris Doctor, Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia. Author of: “La Nacionalidad de las Naves (The Nationality of the Vessels), 1956.
  • License Certificate: 1956

Experience

Experience:   ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN, Partner since 1968.

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association.