Rodrigo Gil

Partner

Rodrigo Gil is praised by clients, who say: ‘He is an excellent lawyer and a talented litigator and strategist with vast and outstanding experience in arbitrations, as well as solid legal and technical knowledge.’ Other sources say he possesses a ‘rare capacity to understand technical particularities.’

– Chambers and Partners Latin America

About

Rodrigo Gil is co-leader of the International Arbitration and National Arbitration practice areas at BMAJ.

He is an expert in contract law and has over 20 years of experience in conflict resolution of contracutal disputes under international commercial arbitration rules (ICC, UNCITRAL, SCC, AAA, CAM Santiago), and in ad-hoc arbitrations as well as national arbitrations in Chile.

He also has extensive experience as a lead counsel in numerous investment disputes under ICSID rules, defending both investors and states; and is a permanent advisor in complex cross-border disputes and in transnational litigation.

Rodrigo is an expert in large-scale construction disputes (bridges, airports, power plants, mining infrastructure, and roads, among others) and regularly advises national and foreign clients in disputes relating to the energy, mining, construction, infrastructure and telecommunications industries, among others. He also defends clients in antitrust disputes, complex civil conflicts and in litigation procedures relating to arbitration.

In addition to his practice as a litigator, Rodrigo also regularly acts as an arbitrator, and he is professor of Civil Law at the Universidad de Chile.

Finally, Rodrigo is strongly committed to facilitating public access to justice, acting regularly in pro bono litigation cases.

Work experience
  • Partner, Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana (since 2011);
  • Associate, Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana (2009-2011);
  • International Associate, Arnold & Porter LLP, Washington, D.C., USA and London, UK (2008-2009);
  • Associate, Alvarez Hinzpeter Jana (2003-2007);
  • Lawyer, Centro de Estudios Públicos (2003);
  • Associate, Barros Court Correa (1999).
Education
  • LL.M. (Fulbright), UC Berkeley Law, EEUU (2008);
  • Accepted to practice law by the Supreme Court of Chile (2003);
  • J.D., Universidad de Chile (1999).
Academic activities
  • Professor, Private Law, Universidad de Chile (since 2010);
  • Professor, Private International Law and International Arbitration, Universidad de Chile (2017 and 2018);
  • Director, Department of Private Law, University of Chile (2015-2017);
  • Deputy Director, Department of Private Law, University of Chile (2014-2015);
  • Secretary, Academic Ethics Commission, Law Faculty, University of Chile (since 2015);
  • Research Associate with David D. Caron, International Arbitration, UC Berkeley School of Law, USA (2008);
  • Visiting Professor, Private Law, Universidad de Chile (2006-2007);
  • Teaching Assistant, Private Law, Universidad de Chile (1999-2005).
Awards and acknowledgments
  • Highlighted in Chambers and Partners Latin America and Chambers and Partners Global: Dispute Resolution (since 2016);
  • ‘Recommended Lawyer’, The Legal 500 Latin America: Dispute Resolution (since 2016);
  • Highlighted in Latin Lawyer 250: Dispute Resolution (since 2015);
  • Recognised by Best Lawyers: Arbitration and Mediation, International Arbitration, Litigation (since 2015);
  • Beca Fulbright for postgraduate studies overbroad (2008);
  • Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, Fundación Pro Bono de Chile (2006).
Memberships
  • Member, list of arbitrators, CAM Santiago;
  • Advisor, International Centre for Dispute Resolution;
  • Chilean Bar Association.
Publications and seminars
  • Co-author, ‘Chile: Arbitration’, Comparative Legal Guide, The Legal 500 (2017 and 2018);
  • Co-author, ‘Chile Law and Practice’, International Arbitration, Chambers Global Practice Guide (2017);
  • Author, ‘ICSID Provisional Measures to Enjoin Parallel Domestic Litigation’, Global Arbitration and Mediation Review, Institute of Transnational Arbitration, Volume 3, N° 4-5, pp. 535-577 (2009);
  • Author, “Provisional Measures in ICSID Arbitration. From CSOB to Occidental Petroleum. Studies on Real and Personal Guarantee” Homage to Professor Manuel Somarriva Undurraga, Editorial Jurídica de Chile, pp. 905-947 (2008);
  • Coauthor, ”Protection of Property- Transferring and Registering Property”, Doing Business in Chile, The British Chilean Chamber of Commerce, pp. 287-293 (2007).

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