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Latin-America Guide

Dispute Resolution — Venezuela

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acclaimed disputes practice with long-standing experience advising on cross-border contentious cases. Represents a diverse client roster of prominent international companies in negotiations and judicial proceedings related to civil and commercial matters, as well as in mediations, and local and international arbitrations.

Strengths

"The team is outstanding. The lawyers are committed and client-oriented."

"The lawyers are highly qualified and knowledgeable in their area of practice. Our experience with the firm has been excellent."

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Eugenio Hernández-Bretón receives strong praise from sources, who describe him as a "fully committed and responsible lawyer with notable expertise in international arbitration." They add: "His work is perfect and his service is outstanding." He focuses his practice on the full range of dispute resolution, with considerable strength in acting as arbitrator. He has additional knowledge of public law.

Up-and-coming partner Maria Eugenia Salazar is highly regarded by peers, who say: "She is very intelligent and particularly strong in arbitration." Clients express strong appreciation for her "commitment, understanding and reliability."

Since publication, José Henrique D'Apollo has retired from this practice.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Pre-eminent practice with highly recognised expertise advising local and international clients on dispute resolution matters. Counsels on international arbitrations, lawsuits and negotiations on behalf of clients from a variety of industries including the oil and gas and construction sectors. Well versed in the rules of key arbitral institutions such as the ICC and ICSID.

Strengths 

"The firm brings a great deal of strategic value to a case. The lawyers have an impressive understanding of how the judicial system works and they are highly respected in the arbitration field."

"The firm is very strong in this area with notable strategic abilities. The lawyers offer a client many options and explain these in realistic scenarios, highlighting the benefits of each one."

Work highlights Represented GMAC in a dispute regarding the non-compliance of a contract of sale. The matter was valued at USD10 million.

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" head of department Ramón Alvins is described by clients as a "very aggressive litigator." Peers see him as an active player in both judicial litigation and arbitration. He has considerable knowledge of corporate, civil and commercial matters, with additional strengths in administrative and labour law.

The "very intelligent" Pedro Saghy is highly praised by sources for his activity in this field, most notably in commercial arbitration. Clients report: "He is outstanding. A very energetic and responsive lawyer."

Interviewees describe Bernardo Wallis as a strong practitioner in this field. He focuses his practice on civil and commercial litigation, as well as arbitration. He has additional experience in matters with an environmental focus. 

Significant clients Perfumes Factory, ConocoPhillips, Venezuelan Heavy Industries, Exterran, Fertiven.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly active disputes practice group with a strong track record handling lawsuits, arbitration and negotiations for a broad range of clients. Lawyers have experience acting as mediators, arbitrators and expert witnesses in contentious cases and are noted for their expertise in ADR methods.

Strengths

"The professional level of the lawyers is excellent. There is always a partner directly involved in the matter, providing clients with case-specific expertise."

New developments Partner Marcos Carrillo joined the team as head of the arbitration and ADR department.

Work highlights Acted for Consorcio El Sitio on a judicial dispute with the Monsuserca Group for alleged damages related to breaches of a power plant construction agreement.

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Luis Alfredo Araque is recognised by sources for his "extraordinary technical legal knowledge and experience in this field." Interviewees consider him to be very active as an arbitrator in domestic matters, and they additionally highlight his strong academic profile.

Marcos Carrillo is highly praised by market commentators, who report: "He is amazing, very active in arbitration and has a lot of experience - he deserves recognition." They add: "He is one of the best mediators in Venezuela." He has considerable experience acting for clients from the insurance and oil industries, among others.

Significant clients Philip Morris, Telefónica, Nokia Solutions & Networks, VRG Linhas Aéreas, GM.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected practice with an established reputation for its strength in civil and commercial litigation. Offers additional expertise in representing clients in local and international investor-state and commercial arbitrations. Has acted for both domestic and foreign clientele hailing from a variety of sectors.

Strengths

"The firm has a great team in this field with particular strengths in litigation and alternative dispute resolution methods."

Work highlights Assisted Tenaris with an ICSID arbitration against the Venezuelan state for the nationalisation of Matesi. The matter value involved was USD400 million.

Notable practitioners  

José Valentín González is a leading figure in dispute proceedings, with market commentators noting his strengths in "substantive criminal and civil law." Interviewees say: "I would recommend him without a doubt, he is an expert in this field." 

José Humberto Frías is praised by sources for his litigation practice. Clients say: "He shows an extraordinary technical soundness." He has additional experience in international arbitrations, particularly those before the ICC and ICSID.

Head of department Pedro Perera is recognised by market commentators for his regular judicial presence and activity as a litigator. They remark that he is "very professional." He has considerable experience acting for both international and domestic clients.

Up-and-coming partner Dubraska Galarraga has experience handling complex disputes, and impressed market sources note: "She is very good in litigation - a very well-known practitioner in this field."

Significant clients Sojitz, Alcatel, Repsol, Visa, Gambrinus.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Distinguished practice group with noted capabilities advising clients from a variety of industries on dispute avoidance methods. Considerable experience handling issues related to IP, commercial and insurance matters, among others. Offers additional strength in litigation, arbitration and mediation. 

Strengths

"The flexibility and technical excellence from the lawyers allows the firm to offer an extremely sophisticated level of support."

New developments Recently won clients include Steamship Mutual, Universal de Seguros and Newhaven.

Work highlights Represented JLG Industries in negotiations with a separate company going by the name of JLG Rent in Venezuela. 

Notable practitioners  

Highly esteemed disputes expert Román Duque-Corredor is considered an authority in this field by interviewees. They say: "I would choose him as an arbitrator, particularly in a case related to public law." He has over 50 years' experience in the market and has notable abilities in all manner of dispute resolution methods.

Department head Carlos Dominguez is praised by market commentators for his "accurate opinions and availability." Clients note that he is "willing to consider new structures," and continue that "he provides support in the most difficult situations." He is particularly skilled in commercial litigation and IP-related dispute resolution.

José Gregorio Torrealba is recognised by sources, who consider him to be "very involved in this area." They additionally highlight his activity in investor-state arbitration and his strength in public law.

Up-and-coming partner Mark Melilli is highly valued by interviewees. Clients describe him as an "excellent lawyer who provides the client with a great service." Peers report that "he is an expert in proceedings" and add: "He knows how to solve problems effectively."

Significant clients Bayer, Whirlpool, IDACA Imágenes de Diagnóstico Avanzado, Disney, Bandai Namco.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice group with considerable experience of litigation. Particularly active in matters related to insurance, tax and labour. Has additional strength in commercial arbitration, with lawyers frequently called upon to act as expert witnesses in arbitral proceedings. Regularly retained by industrial consortiums and financial institutions.

Strengths

"The lawyers provide us with excellent work and a great service, as well as communicating well. They have particular expertise in civil and commercial law."

Work highlights Represented Hotel Paseo Las Mercedes in claims filed by 28 employees who alleged the client owed them benefits. 

Notable practitioners  

Carlos Eduardo Acedo Sucre is a recognised figure in the market, with interviewees citing his "experience as an arbitrator." They add: "He is a leading figure in this area and is strong academically." He has particular knowledge of matters relating to the insurance and reinsurance sectors.

Esteban Palacios Lozada is seen to be an active litigator by market sources. He centres his practice around commercial and labour-related dispute resolutions in particular, with considerable experience advising international clients.  

Significant clients Zurich Seguros, Metropolitan Distributors, Coca-Cola, Asea Brown Boveri, MSD Farmacéutica.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected firm with a well-established dispute resolution practice. Offers experience handling matters related to the corporate and commercial legal arenas. Noteworthy activity in local and international arbitration and mediation, as well as in judicial proceedings. Additionally respected for its good knowledge of a variety of industry sectors.

Strengths

"The firm is excellent; it has a great reputation and a good team of lawyers."

New developments Novo Banco and Ascensores Schindler are among the firm's new client wins.

Work highlights Represented Grupo Lena in proceedings to recover money owed to the company by various suppliers.

Notable practitioners  

The "amazing" Carlos Lepervanche Michelena is highly praised by sources for both his litigation and arbitration practices. Clients say that "he is an expert in arbitration" and go on to comment: "We are extremely satisfied with him."

Associate to watch Manuel Lozada García is described by clients as being "very detail-oriented and involved in the whole process." They add: "He is excellent." 

Significant clients Francisco Díaz Barrera, Grupo Automundial, Dell’Acqua, Nestlé, Mercantil Seguros.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

What the team is known for Recognised practice group with a strong emphasis on white-collar crime, specialising in matters relating to insurance and financial fraud. Regularly defends multinational companies and their members in criminal proceedings, as well as providing preventive advice to clients seeking to avoid potential disputes.

Strengths

"The lawyers are excellent in criminal law. The firm has a national structure that allows us to work with them across the entire country."

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Jesús Loreto is praised by clients, who report that "he knows this field, is very competent and is well qualified, particularly in white-collar crime." He has experience representing both domestic and international clients in a variety of white-collar matters.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Well-known firm with an active international arbitration practice. Noted for distinctive knowledge of matters relating to foreign investment in Venezuela. Regularly participates in judicial proceedings and local arbitration, as well as in ADR methods.

Strengths

"The team works well, is very dedicated and is always in control of the process. The lawyers are experts in this area, particularly in arbitration."

New developments Inversiones Alfamaq and Valle Verde Sociedad Financiera are among the firm's new client wins.

Work highlights Acted as lead counsel for Highbury International in an international arbitration filed by the client under the Venezuela-Netherlands BIT agreement after the Venezuelan government expropriated the client's diamond and gold mining concessions. The disputed value was USD633 million.

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Andrés Mezgravis is praised by market commentators for his local and international arbitration practice. Clients say that he "looks for solutions that are commercially beneficial for the client. He can think outside the box and is very creative." In addition to handling mediation and negotiation, Mezgravis maintains a strong litigation and arbitration practice.

Up-and-coming partner Militza Santana Pérez comes in for considerable recognition for the strength of her dispute resolution practice. Clients report that she is "always available, provides good answers and has a great knowledge of the relevant legal processes." 

Significant clients Americana de Reaseguros, Rusoro Mining, CB Richard Ellis, Global Project Strategy, Doppelmayr Seilbahnen.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised disputes practice with notable strength in negotiation, mediation and commercial arbitration. Further activity spans litigation in connection with administrative matters and contentious issues in the labour and tax spheres.

Strengths

"This is a very impressive firm - they provide extraordinary and accurate advice on dispute resolution matters."

Notable practitioners  

Alfredo Almandoz is praised by peers for his experience as an arbitrator and a lawyer, and is regularly called upon to represent clients in judicial and arbitration proceedings. Additionally visible in mediation proceedings.

Up-and-coming partner José Antonio Elíaz Rodríguez is recognised by market commentators for his strength in contentious mandates. Principal areas of focus include matters related to civil and commercial law.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Active practice regularly called upon by clients from such sectors as the automobile and oil and gas industries, to assist with lawsuits and domestic and international arbitration proceedings. Firm has additional expertise in matters arising from the corporate and financial sectors.

Strengths

"The team consistently provides excellent legal advice and services to us."

Work highlights Represented ExxonMobil in a USD1 million domestic arbitration claim made against the company by a fuel station.

Notable practitioners  

Pedro Rengel Núñez is noted by sources for being "very good at negotiating" and is active in both arbitration and judicial proceedings. He has additional knowledge of insurance, project financing and real estate matters, among others.

Javier Ruan is recognised by peers as a strong litigator, and is active in both arbitration and litigation proceedings. Clients report: "He provides an excellent service." He also has strength in ADR methods covering mediation and negotiation.

Significant clients Ford, Honeywell, Owens-Illinois, Citic International Contracting, Crystallex International.

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Band 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "excellent" head of department Ramón Alvins is described by clients as a "very aggressive litigator." Peers see him as an active player in both judicial litigation and arbitration. He has considerable knowledge of corporate, civil and commercial matters, with additional strengths in administrative and labour law.

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Band 1

Baker McKenzie SC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "excellent" Eugenio Hernández-Bretón receives strong praise from sources, who describe him as a "fully committed and responsible lawyer with notable expertise in international arbitration." They add: "His work is perfect and his service is outstanding." He focuses his practice on the full range of dispute resolution, with considerable strength in acting as arbitrator. He has additional knowledge of public law.

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Mezgravis & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "excellent" Andrés Mezgravis is praised by market commentators for his local and international arbitration practice. Clients say that he "looks for solutions that are commercially beneficial for the client. He can think outside the box and is very creative." In addition to handling mediation and negotiation, Mezgravis maintains a strong litigation and arbitration practice.

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Band 2

Mendoza, Palacios, Acedo, Borjas, Páez Pumar & Cía

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Carlos Eduardo Acedo Sucre is a recognised figure in the market, with interviewees citing his "experience as an arbitrator." They add: "He is a leading figure in this area and is strong academically." He has particular knowledge of matters relating to the insurance and reinsurance sectors.

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Band 2

WDA legal, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Hernando Díaz-Candia of WDA legal, S.C. is praised by peers for his activity as an arbitrator. They remark that "he has a great deal of experience." He has participated in both domestic and international arbitrations, including under ICC and ICSID arbitral rules.

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Band 2

Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Carlos Dominguez is praised by market commentators for his "accurate opinions and availability." Clients note that he is "willing to consider new structures," and continue that "he provides support in the most difficult situations." He is particularly skilled in commercial litigation and IP-related dispute resolution.

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Band 2

Carlos Lepervanche Michelena

Tinoco Travieso Planchart & Núñez

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "amazing" Carlos Lepervanche Michelena is highly praised by sources for both his litigation and arbitration practices. Clients say that "he is an expert in arbitration" and go on to comment: "We are extremely satisfied with him."

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Band 2

Colmenares Trivella Carballo Alvarez

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Mario Trivella of Colmenares Trivella Carballo Alvarez is recognised by peers as "strong in litigation." He has an established dispute resolution practice and noted capabilities in matters relating to civil, commercial and procedural law.

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Band 3

Pittier, Almandoz y Elíaz S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Alfredo Almandoz is praised by peers for his experience as an arbitrator and a lawyer, and is regularly called upon to represent clients in judicial and arbitration proceedings. Additionally visible in mediation proceedings.

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Band 3

Badell & Grau

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Alvaro Badell Madrid of Badell & Grau is "very good in civil and commercial litigation," according to sources. They add: "He is very capable, has good knowledge of this field and builds good relationships with clients."

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Band 3

AraqueReyna

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Marcos Carrillo is highly praised by market commentators, who report: "He is amazing, very active in arbitration and has a lot of experience - he deserves recognition." They add: "He is one of the best mediators in Venezuela." He has considerable experience acting for clients from the insurance and oil industries, among others.

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Band 3

Torres Plaz & Araujo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Jesús Escudero of Torres Plaz & Araujo receives high praise from market sources, who report that he is "strong in litigation." Clients also note that "he has a great knowledge of the legal system, is able to see the bigger picture and is a very good strategist."

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Band 3

D'Empaire Reyna Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

José Humberto Frías is praised by sources for his litigation practice. Clients say: "He shows an extraordinary technical soundness." He has additional experience in international arbitrations, particularly those before the ICC and ICSID.

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Band 3

Mathison, Lupini & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Guillermo Gorrín of Mathison, Lupini & Asociados is a highly respected arbitrator in the Venezuelan market. He is highlighted by market commentators, who assert: "He has in-depth knowledge of this field, is very responsive and the quality of his work is perfect."

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Band 3

Luis Alfredo Hernández Merlanti

Grau García Hernández & Mónaco

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Luis Alfredo Hernández Merlanti of Grau García Hernández & Mónaco is held in high esteem among market commentators for his skills as a litigator. According to clients, "he is very good in litigation proceedings, has a great deal of experience and knowledge in this area." 

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Band 3

Mendoza, Palacios, Acedo, Borjas, Páez Pumar & Cía

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Esteban Palacios Lozada is seen to be an active litigator by market sources. He centres his practice around commercial and labour-related dispute resolutions in particular, with considerable experience advising international clients.  

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Band 3

D'Empaire Reyna Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Pedro Perera is recognised by market commentators for his regular judicial presence and activity as a litigator. They remark that he is "very professional." He has considerable experience acting for both international and domestic clients.

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Band 3

Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Pedro Rengel Núñez is noted by sources for being "very good at negotiating" and is active in both arbitration and judicial proceedings. He has additional knowledge of insurance, project financing and real estate matters, among others.

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Band 3

Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Javier Ruan is recognised by peers as a strong litigator, and is active in both arbitration and litigation proceedings. Clients report: "He provides an excellent service." He also has strength in ADR methods covering mediation and negotiation.

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Band 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "very intelligent" Pedro Saghy is highly praised by sources for his activity in this field, most notably in commercial arbitration. Clients report: "He is outstanding. A very energetic and responsive lawyer."

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Band 3

Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque

From the Chambers Latin America guide

José Gregorio Torrealba is recognised by sources, who consider him to be "very involved in this area." They additionally highlight his activity in investor-state arbitration and his strength in public law.

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Band 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Interviewees describe Bernardo Wallis as a strong practitioner in this field. He focuses his practice on civil and commercial litigation, as well as arbitration. He has additional experience in matters with an environmental focus. 

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Up and Coming

José Antonio Elíaz Rodríguez

Pittier, Almandoz y Elíaz S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner José Antonio Elíaz Rodríguez is recognised by market commentators for his strength in contentious mandates. Principal areas of focus include matters related to civil and commercial law.

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Up and Coming

D'Empaire Reyna Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Dubraska Galarraga has experience handling complex disputes, and impressed market sources note: "She is very good in litigation - a very well-known practitioner in this field."

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Up and Coming

Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Mark Melilli is highly valued by interviewees. Clients describe him as an "excellent lawyer who provides the client with a great service." Peers report that "he is an expert in proceedings" and add: "He knows how to solve problems effectively."

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Up and Coming

Baker McKenzie SC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Maria Eugenia Salazar is highly regarded by peers, who say: "She is very intelligent and particularly strong in arbitration." Clients express strong appreciation for her "commitment, understanding and reliability."

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Up and Coming

Mezgravis & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Militza Santana Pérez comes in for considerable recognition for the strength of her dispute resolution practice. Clients report that she is "always available, provides good answers and has a great knowledge of the relevant legal processes." 

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Associates to watch

Tinoco Travieso Planchart & Núñez

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate to watch Manuel Lozada García is described by clients as being "very detail-oriented and involved in the whole process." They add: "He is excellent." 

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