Paula Aguila is a partner at Rivero Mestre and is based in the firm’s Miami office. She focuses primarily on complex commercial litigation, including banking, securities, real estate, international, and appellate litigation. She represents foreign and domestic clients in various industries throughout the United States and Latin America in a wide range of federal, state and international litigation and arbitration matters involving business torts, contractual disputes and partnership dissolutions.
Aguila is currently co-lead counsel in the representation of 14 former bank directors, including the former chairman and president, in FDIC v. Galan-Alvarez, et al., a dispute in federal court for $257 million, arising from the FDIC’s takeover of R-G Premier Bank of Puerto Rico. She currently also represents the former president of Eurobank, another Puerto Rico bank that closed in the most recent banking crisis, in a federal lawsuit for $55 million.
Aguila has sustained a record of impressive accomplishments by successfully managing and providing strategic direction on some of the firm’s largest cases, including high-stakes multi-million dollar matters. Some of her many achievements include winning first decision in U.S. banking crisis on Insured v. Insured coverage issue in D&O insurance dispute in FDIC v. Stipes, et al., totaling $100 million in insurance proceeds for her clients; successfully obtaining evidence in the U.S. to seek the dismissal of bogus criminal charges in Ecuador against Chevron’s former chief in-house counsel in relation to one of the largest, most complex litigations in the world, Chevron v. Donziger; successfully securing dismissal of a 15 million Bolivars case on forum non conveniens grounds in BNC v. García; successfully defending bank’s top directors and officers in Wylie v. Stipes, et al., a shareholder’s derivative action claiming over $130 million; and securing a $3.3 million arbitral award under the American Arbitration Association against a Chinese trucks distributor in Latin America in Totrasa v. AMI-RSL.
Being fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, and possessing an intimate knowledge of Latin American systems, rules, and culture, Aguila regularly oversees local counsel in foreign jurisdictions and frequently handles complex business disputes that have sensitive political, international or criminal ramifications.
Aguila serves as a leader of professional organizations devoted to raising the standards for the legal profession, promoting diversity in the legal community and building cross-border relationships, including as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Latin America and Caribbean Committee, and Co-Chair of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Program Development Committee (2014-2016).
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