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Giovanni Angles focuses his practice on international arbitration and complex commercial litigation. Mr. Angles represents individuals, corporations, and sovereign governments in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under the major arbitration rules. He is experienced in all stages of litigation and arbitration, from pre-suit investigations and pleadings through final adjudication, including direct and cross examination of witnesses at trial.  His clients include investors and companies in the luxury goods, hospitality, banking, food and telecommunications industries.  

Mr. Angles is also a charter member of Bryan Cave’s TechX, which is a group of Bryan Cave’s forward-thinking lawyers, technologists, and other professionals that is designed to grow the firm’s industry-leading legal technology awareness. TechX members participate in technology trials and prototypes relevant to their practice areas.

Mr. Angles graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School where he served as note and submissions editor of the Notre Dame Law Review. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Angles worked for Bellsouth Telecommunications, Inc. and later AT&T. As an outside plant technician, he placed aerial and underground copper and fiber cable, and updated his team’s procedures for network interface installations. He also worked in the Office of Acquisitions where he acted as a special services liaison between hurricane-affected customers and FEMA.

Professional Affiliations

    • Cuban American Bar Association
    • Notre Dame Club of Miami
    • International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)
    • Notre Dame Club of Miami
    • International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)
    • International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)
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Representative Experience

  • Represented Barbados investor in ICSID (World Bank) arbitration against the Venezuelan government involving claims, under the Barbados-Venezuela bilateral investment treaty, with respect to expropriation of hotels and tourism-related assets with claims exceeding US $400 million.
  • Represented the Government of the Dominican Republic in an UNCITRAL investor-state dispute involving the real estate sector.
  • Represented financial services investors in parallel ICSID and UNCITRAL (Permanent Court of Arbitration) investor-state proceedings against the Republic of Colombia.
  • Represented Panamanian company in ICDR arbitration with Canadian entertainment company involving rights to sale and use of entertainment technology throughout Latin America.
  • Represented U.S. investor in ICDR arbitration concerning a Jamaican joint venture in the technology sector.
  • Represented British Virgin Islands companies in federal litigation against the Republic of Ecuador concerning a US $1 billion asset expropriation
  • Represented Panamanian company in vacatur proceedings pursuant to the New York Convention in the Southern District of Florida
  • Represented U.S. aerospace defense company subject to a subpoena in the Southern District of Florida and advised on confidentiality issues concerning the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and the U.S. Arms Export Control Act
  • Represented financial institution in negligence action in Florida state court concerning liability for latent environmental issues in connection with real estate mortgage
  • Represented consumer products manufacturer in the Middle District of Florida for breach of contract in connection with a stock purchase and settlement agreement executed prior to a corporate buyout.
  • Represented luxury goods manufacturer in international arbitration under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), to defend its trademark rights where foreign infringers were held to be “cybersquatters” and the improper domain names were seized, including Baume & Mercier, IWC, and Panerai.
  • Represented an indigent mother in a federal bench trial in the Northern District of Illinois under the Hague Convention of the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Drafted evidentiary motions, prepared both the client and an expert in Guatemalan family law for deposition and trial, and helped negotiate a favorable post-trial settlement for the client to ultimately win custody of her daughters.
  • Deposed two federal ICE agents as part of a class action civil lawsuit alleging constitutional civil rights violations due to improperly issued immigration detainers. Coauthored briefs to successfully certify the class.
  • Advised on choice of law issues and led the factual investigation of over 200 alleged false statements for a defamation and disparagement lawsuit in South Dakota state court against ABC News and others, seeking over $1 billion in actual and statutory damages for the nation’s largest producer of lean finely textured beef.
  • Represented a multinational bank in a patent infringement case against a non-practicing entity (“patent troll”) involving data encryption technology.
  • Represented a digital cable television provider in a high-stakes patent infringement case against a telecommunications provider, relating to Voice-Over-Internet-Protocol (“VoIP”) and data transmission technologies.

Publications

  • Note, No Suit For You! Iqbal’s Effect on Potentially Meritorious Cases, 86 Notre Dame L. Rev. 795(2011)

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Strategic Choices in Investor-State Arbitration,” International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) 8th Annual Arbitration Conference, New York, October 2016

  • Speaker, “Mediating Commercial Disputes – Hot Topics and Practical Tips,” International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) 54th International Young Lawyers’ Congress, Munich, August 2016
  • Panel Moderator, “Implied Powers of the Arbitrators,” Conferencia Latinoamericana de Arbitraje, Miami, June 2016