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 Nicholas C. Dranias

Nicholas C. Dranias

Co-Chairman and Member of the Board

Over his two decades of private practice, Nick maintained a successful business and real estate practice in multiple states. Recently, he served as Senior Litigator in the Arizona Attorney General’s Government Accountability Unit. He has served as the General Counsel for the Goldwater Institute, and led 5 states to join a compact to advance a federal balanced budget amendment, won a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, and broke up licensing monopolies in numerous industries.

Leonidas Rosa Suazo

Leonidas Rosa Suazo

Board Member & Chief Legal Officer

Leonidas Rosa Suazo is an attorney-at-law and notary public with experience in both the American and Honduran legal systems. He is the Director of Bufete Rosa y Asociados and specializes in foreign investment in general, with specialized knowledge of financial (including microfinance), corporate, business, and mining law. He has also worked on government, private and multinational consulting projects. In addition, Leonidas is also certified as an arbitrator and mediator at the Center for Mediation and Arbitration at the Tegucigalpa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where he is one of the attorneys with the most experience participating in proceedings. Leonidas holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School as well as a Master’s in Commercial law from the National University of Honduras.

Ricardo González

Ricardo González

Deputy CLO

Ricardo A. González is a Honduran lawyer cofounder of the first honduran law firm catered to serve the highest standards of corporate counseling to the entrepreneurship community in the country. Serving from time to time as legal mentor for incubators and acceleration programs such as Startup SPS, Honduras Digital Challenge, Founder Institute and The Technological University of Central America´s Entrepreneurship HUB. Active member of the Honduran Young Arbitrators Association for over 5 years where he has served as Director of the San Pedro Sula’s Chapter.

Ricardo received his B.A. from The University of San Pedro Sula (Honduras); and his LL.M. in Corporate Law and Practice from The Pennsylvania State University.

Ilya Shapiro

Ilya Shapiro

Co-Chairman and Member of the Board

Arbiter Ilya Shapiro is a leading U.S. and international expert on constitutional law and governance structures and the head of the Cato Institute’s Robert A. Levy Centre on Constitutional Studies. Prior to this, his myriad roles have included Special Assistant/Advisor on Rule of Law Issues to the Multi-National Force-Iraq in 2007, Adjunct Professor of Legal Research and Writing at George Washington University Law School from 2005 to 2007 and Policy Staff with Bush-Cheney ‘04. He has also held positions at prestigious law firms, including Patton Boggs LLP and Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP, and was a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 2003 to 2004. Arbiter Shapiro is a Spanish-speaker. Arbiter Shapiro received his A.B. from Princeton University; his M.Sc. from the London School of Economics; and his J.D. from the University of Chicago.

 

Martin Klapper

Martin Klapper

Co-Chairman and Member of the Board

 

Arbiter Martin Klapper is an Australian lawyer and works with a domestic and international client base and advises on significant mining and public infrastructure projects and disputes. With more than 30 years’ experience, Arbiter Klapper has developed a reputation as one of the most effective and sought-after energy and resources lawyers in Australia. He was named as a leading Australian Energy and Resources Lawyer in Chambers Asia-Pacific from 2012 to 2015 and 2017 to 2019 and ranked in The International Who’s Who of Oil & Gas Lawyers for many years. Arbiter Klapper received his B.A. from St. Peter’s Luther College and his LL.B. from the University of Queensland.

 

Alberto Hernandez

Alberto Hernandez

Interim CEO

Alberto Hernandez Franks is an attorney-at-law from Honduras, with experience in both the Common Law (USA) and Civil Law (Honduran) legal systems. Alberto has a background in Arbitration and Corporate law, while also having recent experience in the Estate Planning field and notarial services in the State of New Hampshire. Active associate of Honduran Young Arbitrators (HYA) for over 4 years, and of Latin American International Young Practitioners (LIA). Alberto received his LL. B from the National Autonomous University of Honduras; and his LLM with concentrations in Corporate Law, Arbitration, Anti-Trust & Competition Law, and Advocacy and Litigation from The Pennsylvania State University.