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Kristin Drecktrah Paz is a Partner in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen, where she is a member of the International Arbitration and Litigation Practice Group.

Kristin specializes in international and complex dispute resolution, including commercial arbitration, investment arbitration, and international litigation. Her arbitration experience as an advocate includes institutional and ad hoc proceedings under diverse rules, including AAA, ICC, ICDR, ICSID, LCIA, and UNCITRAL. She has counseled private parties in investment arbitration proceedings and Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) litigation involving energy projects and other commercial activities, and she has participated in the defense of sovereign states in investor-state arbitration. Her litigation experience includes petitions for U.S. discovery related to foreign proceedings; judicial enforcement and annulment of arbitral awards; disputes involving statutes and judicially developed doctrines applicable to proceedings involving foreign states; recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments; anti-suit injunctions; disputes in energy and natural resources, construction, healthcare, financial services and technology sectors; and business litigation, including contracts, business torts, shareholder disputes, trade secrets, and computer fraud.

Kristin serves as a member of the Executive Council of the International Law Section of The Florida Bar and Treasurer of the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. She is a past Chair of the International Energy and Natural Resources Committee of the American Bar Association Section of International Law and serves as a board member of Future of Arbitration: Miami (FAM), a local group for young international arbitration practitioners. She is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and frequently works in those languages.

Education

  • Florida International University College of Law, J.D., 2011
    • Comments Editor, FIU Law Review
    • Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and Foreign Direct Investment Moot Competitor
  • Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Master’s in Translation and Interpretation, 2005
  • University of Minnesota, B.A., Spanish and Portuguese Studies, 2002

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association Section of International Law
    • Co-chair, International Energy and Natural Resources Committee
  • Future of Arbitration Miami
  • International Law Section of The Florida Bar
    • Executive Council Member
    • Co-chair, iLaw 2018 Annual Conference
  • Miami-Dade FAWL
    • Treasurer
  • Young ICCA
  • Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Young ITA

Recognition

  • “Leader in the Law,” Florida Association for Women Lawyers, 2018
  • Super Lawyers, “Rising Star,” International Law, 2016- 2019
  • Daily Business Review, Most Effective Lawyers – Business/Complex Litigation, 2017

Presentations

  • Panelist, “Model Law in Action – Jurisprudence and Impact,” New York Convention 60th Anniversary Conference, Kingston, Jamaica, June 2018
  • Moderator, “The Procurement of Emergency Power in Sub-Saharan Africa,” American Bar Association Section of International Law Annual Conference, New York, April 2018
  • Panelist, “The New Surge of Energy in the Americas: Renewable Developments, Deals and Disputes,” American Bar Association Section of International Law 2017 Fall Conference, October 2017
  • Panelist, “Discovery in Arbitration: How to Avoid an Accident,” Broward County Bar Association, March 2017
  • Panel moderator, “Discovery in Arbitration: How to Avoid an Accident,” JAMS Miami, June 2015
  • Panelist, “The Bahamas: The Role of Young Professionals in Creating an International Arbitration Community,” Nassau, Bahamas, April 2014

Languages

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Publications

  • Editor of the ABA Section of International Law International Energy and Natural Committee’s Year in Review, 2015