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Jorge A. Mestre

Jorge A. Mestre

Rivero Mestre LLP
Managing Partner
Coral Gables, FL, USA

Jorge Mestre is the Managing Partner of Rivero Mestre LLP. He engages exclusively in a commercial litigation practice, including international arbitration, and litigation. In Chambers USA, he has been praised for “his strategic sense and creative thinking in critical litigation matters” and characterized as “a brilliant litigator with the creative edge; he sees a tactical advantage in what seems like an intractable problem.”

Among his many high-stakes matters, Mestre successfully represented a Chevron attorney in a case that was part of the $100 billion, 18-year litigation over Chevron’s alleged environmental damage in the Amazon. Rivero Mestre was honored by The American Lawyer as a winner of a Global Legal Award in the category of Global Dispute of the Year: U.S. Fraud Litigation, for its work on the case. As part of the defense, a series of U.S. discovery proceedings were commenced that ultimately resulted in the Second Circuit ordering the production of more than 600 hours of outtakes (the most ever to be ordered in U.S. history) from Crude—a film about the litigation. The Wall Street Journal has called the case the “Legal Fraud of the Century.”

A seasoned practitioner, Mestre has litigated cases through trial in both federal district court and Florida state court and has handled appeals before numerous state and federal courts. What’s more, Mestre has litigated domestic and international arbitration matters in both English and Spanish, including an arbitration victory in Spanish. He has served as a party-appointed arbitrator in cases administered by the International Chamber of Commerce, American Arbitration Association, International Center for Dispute Resolution, and an ad hoc international arbitration—experiences that give him a valuable understanding of how arbitration tribunals work. Reflecting the excellent reputation he enjoys in the community, Florida state-court judges have appointed Mestre as a Receiver and as an Assignee for the Benefit of Creditors.

Knowing that the rules of civil procedure are fundamental to his litigation practice, Mestre served on both the Florida Bar’s Civil Procedure Rules Committee and its Federal Rules Standing Committee. As an example of his many publications, he has authored several chapters in The Florida Bar’s Civil Practice Before Trial Manual—Jurisdiction (four times); Injunctions (twice); Third-Party Practice (twice); Comparative Fault (twice); and Settlement (once). He has served in various leadership positions within the American Bar Association and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic National Bar Foundation. He is a member of the bars of Florida, New York, Washington, D.C., and many federal courts.

Mestre earned an LL.M. in securities and financial regulation, with distinction, from the Georgetown University Law Center. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Florida State University School of Law, where he served as the articles and notes editor of the Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law, and received the Local Government Law Book Award. Mestre earned his B.A. in financial management from the Catholic University of America.


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