Gaela Gehring Flores concentrates her practice on international arbitration matters. She represents sovereign states and multinational corporations in international arbitrations before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR/AAA), and in litigation and appellate proceedings before US federal courts and administrative agencies.
Ms. Gehring Flores has represented clients in international investment arbitrations, including: the Republic of Chile in ICSID arbitration, annulment and revision proceedings concerning the fishing industry and a dispute regarding a newspaper operation; the Dominican Republic in an ICC arbitration proceeding concerning a highway concession; the Republic of Guatemala in the first Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) arbitration proceeding brought before ICSID concerning the railroad industry; the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in an ICSID Additional Facility arbitration concerning a mining development project; and European investors in ICSID arbitrations against a Latin American country involving the electricity industry.
She has also represented the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in an ICSID arbitration concerning allegedly state-issued promissory notes; a Latin American company in an ICDR dispute concerning the hotel industry; a US investor in an ICSID annulment proceeding against a Latin American country; US and Latin American clients in a political risk insurance dispute; and an Asian and US client in ICC arbitrations involving intellectual property licensing agreements.
Ms. Gehring Flores’ recent US litigation experience includes representing the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and other state owned entities before US District Courts and Courts of Appeal in disputes concerning credit instruments and the maritime industry.
Ms. Gehring Flores has also represented the interests of performance artists and performance art organizations and entities before the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States involving copyright matters, and representing an Asian client before the US International Trade Commission in a litigation involving international trade and licensing of intellectual property.
Ms. Gehring Flores is a member of the American Society of International Law, the International Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. She also has served as a board member of the Hispanic Bar Association for the District of Columbia. She has provided pro bono representation to healthcare workers before US federal courts in matters related to the "Nuremberg Files" web site and violations of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act and has represented clients seeking asylum before the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. In November 2004, Ms. Gehring Flores was appointed to serve a three-year term on the DC Circuit Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services and was reappointed for a second term in 2007. She is an appointed member of the DC Bar Pro Bono Program Committee.
Ms. Gehring Flores graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and summa cum laude from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While a student at the Georgetown University Law Center, she served as managing articles editor of The Georgetown Law Journal. From 1996-1998, Ms. Gehring Flores worked for the Honorable Paul L. Friedman, US District Court for the District of Columbia. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and has a working knowledge of French, Italian, and Portuguese.