Ricardo Ampudia is based in South Florida. He represents clients in a wide variety of international disputes, including investor-State, commercial, and State-State arbitration, as well as litigation in matters pertaining to securities, international trade, international human rights, and international criminal law proceedings before INTERPOL.
Mr. Ampudia’s experience covers numerous international investment and trade agreements, as well as a
wide range of industries, including agriculture, construction, healthcare, internet and technology
(including disputes against ICANN), oil and gas, electricity and heat generation, textiles, steel
manufacturing, and transportation. His experience also includes representation of clients in the
procurement of public contracts and related civil and criminal investigations.
He has advised clients and clerked for tribunals in high-profile proceedings in various languages and under
various arbitration rules, including ICSID, UNCITRAL, DIAC, ICC, DR-CAFTA, HMAA, the AHLA,
and the ICDR.
Mr. Ampudia has also served as a law clerk to several international tribunals, including under DR-CAFTA,
ICC, and DIAC rules.
Additionally, Mr. Ampudia has represented and advised clients in numerous proceedings before U.S.
Courts. His class action experience includes In re Petrobras Sec. Litig., 14-cv-09662-JSR, a securities
class action filed on behalf of Petrobras investors against the company.
Mr. Ampudia regularly writes and speaks regarding international law and international arbitration. He is
Co-Founder of the Georgetown International Arbitration Alumni group. He has also given graduate-level
lectures on international commercial arbitration at Georgetown Law.
During law school, he served on the Executive Board of the American University International Law Review and
was the editor of the Human Rights Academy and Humanitarian Law Book. Mr. Ampudia was also an intern at
the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the United States Department of Justice.
Prior to joining Urban Thier, Mr. Ampudia worked in the litigation department of a major international law
firm in Washington, DC.
- New York (2011)
- District of Columbia (2011)
- Florida (2016)
- Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, Master of Laws, International Business and
Economic Law & Certificate in International Dispute Resolution. (2013)
- American University, Washington, DC, Juris Doctor; Executive Board, American University
International Law Review. (2010)
- Davidson College, Davidson, NC, Bachelor of Arts. Ratliff Award in Economics. (2004)
- Omega Engineering LLC and Mr. Oscar Rivera v. Republic of Panama, ICSID Case No.
ARB/16/42. Represent claimants, a U.S. construction company and its CEO, in treaty arbitration
under ICSID rules;
- Advised a U.S. healthcare services provider in proceedings before U.S. state and federal courts, as
well as before a panel constituted under the arbitration rules of the American Health Lawyers
- Pluspetrol Perú Corporation and others v. Perupetro S.A., ICSID Case No. ARB/12/28.
Represented a consortium of five energy companies from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and
South America in ICSID proceedings in Washington, DC, against a South American State-owned
enterprise in a natural gas dispute. (All proceedings including written pleadings were in Spanish);
- EDF International S.A. v. Republic of Hungary, UNCITRAL. Represented Hungary in
UNCITRAL proceedings under the Energy Charter Treaty in the Permanent Court of Arbitration in
The Hague in an investment dispute against a European multinational company over energy and
- MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company Plc v. Republic of Croatia, ICSID Case No. ARB/13/32
and PCA Case No. 2014-15, UNCITRAL. Represented the investor in UNCITRAL and ICSID
parallel proceedings in Washington, DC, and Paris against a European State in a dispute over
energy investments and allegations of corruption;
- Advising a South American hydrocarbon transport company in a cross-border contractual dispute
with a North American distributor under Rules of Arbitration of Houston Maritime Arbitrators
- Representation of a North American investor in proceedings before INTERPOL;
- DCA Trust v. ICANN (.AFRICA). Representation of an African internet trust in an ICDR dispute in
Washington, DC, against ICANN over the registration of domain name extensions;
- Dot Registry, LLC v. ICANN (.INC/.LLC/.LLP). Representation of a U.S. internet company in an
ICDR dispute in Washington, DC, against ICANN over registration of domain name extensions;
- Representation of a North American investor in proceedings before the Inter-American
Commission on Human Rights.
Clerkships in International Tribunals
- In the Matter of Guatemala – Issues Relating to the Obligations Under Article 16.2.1(a) of the CAFTA-
DR, United States v. Guatemala.
- A Mexican Steel Smelter v. A German Plant Parts Manufacturer, International Chamber of Commerce.
- A United States Investor v. An Emirati Builder, Dubai International Arbitration Centre.