Introducing Incoming ILS Gazette Editor

Fabio Giallanza, associate attorney, Salcedo Attorneys at Law P.A.

Beginning next week, Fabio Giallanza will take over as Editor of the weekly ILS Gazette. Fabio is an associate attorney with Salcedo Attorneys at Law P.A. in Miami. A native of Rome, he holds degrees from both civil and common law jurisdictions. Please direct future news and events items of interest to the Section to Fabio at Welcome, Fabio!

Ava Borrasso Publishes ABA Article on Privilege & International Implications

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Ava Borrasso authored “Privilege and International Implications against the Backdrop of the Panama Papers” in the July 2016 issue of Business Law Today published by the American Bar Association. The article addresses certain key issues involved in cross-border application of legal privilege. As principal of Ava J Borrasso, P.A. in Miami, Florida, Ava’s practice is focused on business and international arbitration and litigation. She was recently admitted to the American Arbitration Association’s Roster of Arbitrators. Additional information is available at

Neil Mooney to join the Inductees into the FCBF Hall of Fame

NBM-PictureNeil Mooney has been chosen by a Committee of peers to join the inductees into the FCBF Hall of Fame. This honor is awarded to those individuals selected by the FCBF in conjunction with the Hall of Fame Committee. Honorees must meet the criteria set forth by the Association including but not limited to, the number of established years in the industry, commitment to the continued advancement of the trade and logistics industry, and an overall clean and clear reputation and operating record within the industry.

Steven M. Harper Elected Officer of Inter-American Bar Association

Steven M. Harper, a partner at the Miami law firm of Harper Meyer Perez Hagen O’Connor Albert & Dribin LLP, has been elected to the Executive Committee, and as Treasurer, of the Inter-American Bar Association, an organization formed in 1940 as a cooperating entity of the OAS and composed of lawyers and law firms from throughout the Americas and Europe.

ILS Annual Conference Name Contest

Attention section members!

The ILS’s annual international litigation, arbitration, and business transactions conference needs a NEW name and we need your help! In the past, the conference has been referred to as ILAC (Int’l Litigation and Arbitration Conference) and ILAT (Int’l Litigation, Arbitration and Business Transactions Conference), among other names.

We are looking for new ideas and short, memorable words that creatively identify our Section’s flagship event. As such, the ILS Annual Conference Name Contest has begun! Over the next few weeks we will be accepting naming ideas at the following email – Please include “ILS Conference Name Contest” in the subject line of your email. The winning idea and its author will be announced at our Section’s Retreat in September. If your idea is selected as the winning name, you will receive a prize at the retreat. Submissions will be accepted until August 12, 2016. So get to work, put on your thinking caps and send us your ideas!

Roy Gonas, Fulbright Specialist Grantee, Lectures in Central and Eastern Europe

125d5215-0dff-4c14-81cf-0e54735accf9ILS member and Coral Gables attorney and arbitrator Roy Gonas has been lecturing at universities in Eastern and Central Europe on topics regarding international arbitration through a Fulbright grant. In April and May of this year, Mr. Gonas lectured for two weeks at the University of Szeged in southern Hungary on the topic of International Commercial Arbitration. He then led a discussion on arbitration at the Institute for Legal Studies in Budapest; gave a guest lecture at Central European University entitled “Ethics and Management of the Arbitration Case: an Insider’s Perspective”; and presented at an international conference entitled “Investment Arbitration and National Interest: Central and Eastern European experiences in the light of the upcoming EU-US Free Trade Agreement” on the topic of “The Settlement of Investment Disputes through the Lenses of an Arbitrator.”

The last of these conferences was held at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and sponsored by the Department of Legal Studies at Central European University. Participants and other presenters were from the US, Canada, Western and Eastern Europe.

In September, Mr. Gonas is scheduled to give a lecture at the University of Kyiv, and in addition, give a lecture series on International Commercial Arbitration at the University of Chernivtsi and the University of Lviv (Ukraine).

International Litigation and Arbitration Certification Goes to Florida Supreme Court

Final approval for a new certification area in International Litigation and Arbitration has been given by the Bar Board of Governors. The board, at its May meeting, unanimously approved the recommendation of the Program Evaluation Committee to create the new area, which had been proposed by the International Law Section. Read more from The Florida Bar News here.

ILS Annual Conference (ILAT Conference) Committee Holding First Steering Committee Meeting – August 3, 2016

The ILS Annual Conference (ILAT Conference) Committee will hold its first steering committee meeting at Fowler White Burnett, 1395 Brickell Ave, 14th Floor, at 6:30 p.m. ILS members interested in participating in the planning of the section’s premier event scheduled for February 17, 2017, are welcome to attend. Please email your RSVP (indicating whether you will attend in person or by phone) to Reina Diaz at by Monday, August 1.

ILS Tax Law Committee Holding Planning Meeting for 2016-2017 Cycle – August 10, 2016

The ILS Tax Law Committee will be holding a planning meeting for the 2016-2017 cycle at the offices of Aballi Milne Kalil located at 1 SE 3rd Avenue, Suite 2250, Miami. The meeting will take place at 6:00 p.m. and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Committee Chair Megan Campos at by Thursday, August 4.

The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Holding Panel Discussion – August 30, 2016

The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a panel discussion regarding Brexit. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 30, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The event will be held at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, which is located at 260 Aragon Avenue. Please keep an eye on the Gazette as more information will be forthcoming. To learn more about this event, please contact Arthur Freyre at