Florida Avoids Passage of Foreign Law Ban Through Rational Compromise that Codifies Existing Case Law

Press Release by International Law Section of Florida Bar (ILS) – May 12, 2014

Florida Avoids Passage Of Foreign Law Ban Through Rational

Compromise That Codifies Existing Case Law

On May 12, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed SB 386, a bill describing the application of foreign law in Florida courts in family law and child custody cases.  The bill is a compromise measure drafted by Senator David Simmons (R – Altamonte Springs) with the help of the ILS.  The original bill, sponsored by Senator Alan Hays (R – Umatilla) was similar to proposed legislation introduced in over 30 states seeking to severely restrict the application of foreign law in state courts.  Read more

Florida Bar Leadership Academy Applications Now Available Online

Applications for Fellowship in The Florida Bar’s Leadership Academy for the 2014-2015 Bar year are now available online at www.floridabar.org/leadershipacademy and are due by January 15, 2014 before 5 pm. Class ll of the Academy will be comprised of attorneys sought from different backgrounds, large and small law firms, the private and public sectors, different practice areas, Bar sections and divisions, voluntary and specialty Bars, and different geographical areas of the State. Read more

Consider the Petition in Support of Adding Arbitration and Litigation as a Subspecialty Track within the Standards of International Law Board Certification

The International Law Certification Committee proposes to establish a subspecialty track within the International Law Certification Standards for Arbitration and Litigation as an amendment to Chapter 6-21, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. Read more

Ryan Reetz

International Law Section of The Florida Bar Appoints New Chair

Ryan Reetz

Ryan Reetz
Partner at Bryan Cave, LLP
ILS Chair 2013-14

MIAMI, Fla.—July 18, 2013— C. Ryan Reetz, an international arbitration and litigation partner at Bryan Cave LLP, has been appointed Chair of the International Law Section (ILS) of The Florida Bar. He will serve a one-year term from July 2013 to June 2014.

Mr. Reetz formerly was Chair-Elect of the International Law Section and has served it in many capacities over the years. He has also served on the Civil Procedure Rules and Rules of Judicial Administration Committees of The Florida Bar, and as a director of the Dade County Bar Association.

“Due to its role as a gateway to the Americas, Florida has become a leading jurisdiction for the practice of international law,” Mr. Reetz noted. “That makes it very exciting for me to take the helm of the foremost organization working to promote an understanding of international law and foster and maintain a strong legal environment for international commerce in our state.”

Mr. Reetz represents clients as trial counsel in international and domestic commercial and regulatory disputes. His litigation and arbitration practice ranges from investment disputes and sovereign immunity challenges to class actions, unfair trade practice cases, fraud and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act claims and contract disputes. He has also served as an arbitrator in international commercial disputes.

Mr. Reetz serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of International Trade and Arbitration Law, and served as co-editor of the American Bar Association’s International Litigation Quarterly from 2007-2012.  He currently serves as a visiting professor at the University of Navarra School of Law in Pamplona, Spain and has taught transnational civil litigation and arbitration as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law and trial practice skills through the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

Mr. Reetz also is active in the International Bar Association and Union Internationale des Avocats.  He is a member of the American Law Institute and has served on the ICC Arbitration Commission’s Task Force on National Rules of Procedure for Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Awards pursuant to the New York Convention of 1958.


International Commercial Arbitration “Glitch Fix Bill” Signed By Governor Scott Last Week

ILS Legislative Committee is very pleased to announce that on June 14, 2013, Governor Scott signed the “Glitch Fix Bill” into law (SB 186/HB 775; Chapter No. 2013-164)!  The new law clarifies ambiguities in the Florida International Commercial Arbitration Act, F.S. Ch. 684, and added a new provision, Section 684.0049, regarding consent to jurisdiction.

The passage of the Glitch Fix Bill will serve to enhance the business climate in Florida by streamlining legislation related to international law matters in order to increase Florida’s attractiveness as a business friendly state. The text can be viewed at this link: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?FileName=_s0186er.DOCX&DocumentType=Bill&BillNumber=0186&Session=2013

The passage of the Glitch Fix Bill is a result of three years of tireless effort by the ILS Legislative Committee. Special thanks to the Committee’s fearless leaders, Eduardo Palmer and Carlos Osorio, and team members Katie Sanoja, Marisol Bodero, and Regan Kruse, on their victory.


ILS Supports Florida Finalists in Vienna Arbitration Moot

Tallahassee, Fla.— April 16, 2013– The Florida Bar International Law Section (ILS) supported five Florida law school teams that made it to the finals of this year’s Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, held every March in Vienna, Austria.

The ILS sponsored a pre-Vis Moot dress rehearsal in Miami for teams from Florida International University, University of Miami, University of Florida, Stetson University and Nova Southeastern University, and gave each of the teams a $2,500 stipend to defray their travel costs.

After the last oral arguments were scored in Vienna, three of the ILS-supported teams–UF, UM, and Stetson—came away with significant wins: UF advanced to the round of 64, UM to the final 16, and Stetson to the elite 8.

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Welcome to the new ILS site

Welcome to the re-designed website for the International Law Section of The Florida Bar. We hope the new design provides an attractive and accessible new portal for our specialty area, helping current and prospective members to quickly locate and intuitively navigate the latest trends in international law.

A major focus of our Website re-design was to create more visual appeal to better showcase our webinars, events, quarterly newsletter, legislative initiatives, and sponsors. We have added several new easy-to-access tabs to better display these elements for practitioners in our field who need a one-stop, comprehensive information source for all the hot-button, need-to-know developments in international law.

For example, click here for a brief report on our March 2, 2013 Vis Pre-Moot Competition. Please also save the date of our March 13 Webinar on “Mediation: Around the World in 80 Days (1550R)” and our April 4 Webinar: “Enforcement of Foreign Judgments: A Discussion of Koehler v. Bank of Bermuda, Ltd. and Samsun Logix Corp v. Bank of China (1551R).”


Judges needed for the 2013 Vis Pre-Moot Competition

The Florida Bar seeks practitioners to serve as arbitrator judges for the 2013 Vis Pre-Moot Competition, Saturday, 3/2/13. To volunteer, contact Amy Shenstone at: ashen073@hotmail.com or (305) 984-4597.


Webcast on Mandatory Service by E-Mail

Now Available — Webcast on Mandatory Service by E-Mail

The Florida Supreme Court issued an opinion addressing mandatory email service with an effective date of Sept. 1, 2012 for civil, probate, small claims, and family law divisions of the trial courts, as well as for all appellate cases.

A complimentary 1-hour webcast on mandatory service by e-mail is now active in the Florida Bar’s 24/7 OnDemand catalog and available to all Bar members. Due to the importance of educating Bar members on this issue, the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law (RPPTL) Section has made this program available to Bar members as a complimentary OnDemand program.

Complimentary education program on Mandatory Service by E-Mail can be accessed at:


There is also a detailed PowerPoint presentation on mandatory service by e-mail available on the homepage of The Florida Bar website.

ILS Election Results 2012-2013


Chair Richard C. Lorenzo
Chair-Elect C. Ryan Reetz
Secretary Peter A. Quinter
Treasurer Eduardo Palmer
Immediate Past Chair Nicolas Swerdloff


Terms Expiring June 30, 2015

Hon. Gerald B. Cope, Jr.
Darren R. Latham
Penelope Perez Kelly
Rafael R. Ribiero
Jacqueline Villalba
Quinn Smith

Term Expiring June 30, 2013

Carlos Osorio (Replaces Eduardo Palmer)