José I. Astigarraga is a partner at Reed Smith. His practice focuses on international arbitration and litigation. He was elected to the ALI in May 1995 and was elected to the Council in 2001.
Mr. Astigarraga has accumulated broad experience in international business disputes in his 30 years of practice. Recipient of the "Lawyer of the Americas" award by the University of Miami School of Law Inter-American Law Review for distinguished contribution to the field of international law, Mr. Astigarraga has handled business disputes emanating from most countries in Latin America.
He currently serves as an Adviser on the Restatement Third, The U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration and was previously an Adviser on the Transnational Insolvency Project.
The U.S. Government appointed him as one of 10 representatives to the tripartite committee advising the NAFTA commission on international arbitration and alternative means of resolving private commercial disputes as well as an expert to the international law conference of the Organization of American States. His experience goes beyond Latin America - he serves as Vice President of the 35-member London Court of International Arbitration.
EDUCATION: University of Miami, B.A.; University of Miami Law School, J.D.