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Jenelle E. La Chuisa
Miami, Florida

Jenelle E. La Chuisa

Jenelle E. La Chuisa focuses her practice on resolving international and domestic business disputes on behalf of companies and individuals, in state and federal courts, including trials and appeals, and in arbitration.La Chuisa has extensive experience representing U.S. and foreign companies in a variety of business tort and contact disputes, domestic and international, including actions involving partnership disputes, purchase and sale agreements, loans and financial agreements, design and construction disputes, athlete management & promotional contracts, civil conversion, fraud and conspiracy. She also specializes in the enforcement of foreign arbitration awards and judgments and has served as coordinating counsel to oversee parallel proceedings in the U.S. and overseas. She has extensively litigated insurance coverage disputes arising out of property, casualty, professional liability, and builder’s risk policies, at the trial and appellate court levels.

La Chuisa has participated in arbitrations before the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, and the American Arbitration Association (AAA). She is admitted to the AAA’s roster of commercial arbitrators and qualified by the Florida Supreme Court to serve as a court-appointed arbitrator. She advises clients on the best practices for drafting dispute resolution provisions and arbitration agreements.

La Chuisa was recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in Florida Super Lawyers Magazine 2009-2011 and 2013-2018, and a Florida “Legal Elite” in 2014.

Her years of pro bono service to Lawyers for Children America, Inc. and work with abused and neglected children in Miami-Dade County earned her the John Edward Smith Award for Child Advocacy. At St. Thomas University School of Law, she served as Senior Articles Editor of the Law Review, tried asylum cases as a Certified Legal Intern, was awarded the Florida Bar Foundation Fellowship with the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center.


Jenelle E. La Chuisa’s representative cases include:

  • Representation of national real estate developer in claims against robotic garage manufacturer (2018)
  • Representation of South Florida real estate developer in claims adverse to condominium association pertaining to robotic garage (2018)
  • Representation of Venezuelan lender in claims against borrower and associates for conversion, fraud and conspiracy to defraud (2017)
  • Favorable settlement for Northern Cypress hotel casino in breach of contract case involving talent agency’s failure to produce celebrity artist for a scheduled concert, Voyager Kibris Ltd. v. Int’l Creative Talent Agency, LLC, Case No. CACE 11-017541 (Broward County, FL 2014), including successful motion to remand to state court from the federal District Court, Voyager Kibris Ltd. v. Int’l Creative Talent Agency, LLC, Case No. 011– CV- 61980 (S.D. Fla. 2013)
  • Defended jurisdictional challenges on behalf of foreign lender in conversion, fraud and conspiracy claims against foreign defendants (2014)
  • Enforcement of International Chamber of Commerce award involving the nature of disclosures that arbitrators must make, D.I.C. v. IIG Capital LLC, 525 F. App’x 904 (11th Cir. 2013)
  • International Chamber of Commerce arbitration award for South American distributor of agrochemicals against multinational company, for breach of agreement to purchase agrochemical business, including successful defense of motion to modify the arbitral award (2012)
  • Dismissal of bank customers’ claims for injunctive relief and breach of fiduciary duty, EuroSillas, C.A. v. Citigroup, Inc., No. 11-23103-CIV, 2012 WL 253227, at *1 (S.D. Fla. Jan. 26, 2012)
  • Default Final Judgment for factoring company against Mexican distillery for breach of factoring agreement, JCT Financial, LLC v. IACEX et al. (2011)
  • Vacated fraudulently obtained arbitration award for $6.6 billion, De Beers Centenary AG v. Hasson, 751 F. Supp. 2d 1297 (S.D. Fla. 2010)
  • Final Summary Judgment for factoring company against principal of defaulted borrower on personal guarantee, JCT Financial, LLC v. Mandini et al. (2010)
  • Favorable settlement for international franchise company in an AAA dispute brought by a minority shareholder/employee (2010)
  • Favorable settlement for Mexican exporter of designer eyewear in claims for breach of a distribution agreement brought by Florida-based purchaser, Safilo USA, Inc. vs. Grupo Devlyn S.A. de C.V. et al. (2010)
  • Favorable settlement for minority joint venture partner in an AAA dispute against the majority partner, involving joint venture’s performance of U.S. government contracts (2009)
  • Stopped litigation in Latin America brought by sales agent against multi-national corporation brought in violation of the parties’ arbitral agreement(2008)
  • Summary judgment affirmed on appeal in an insurance dispute regarding whether discrimination claims were covered under Denny’s restaurant’s policy, Collection, Inc. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyds, 954 So. 2d 1177 (Fla. 3d DCA 2007)
  • Favorable settlement for state agency against collection attorney on claims for professional malpractice and disgorgement of attorney’s fees in violation of Bar Rule requiring written contingency fee agreements, and successful defense at trial of counterclaim for quantum meruit attorney’s fees, State of NJ Higher Educ. Student Auth. v. Orovitz PA (2007)
  • Chapter Publication, Awarding Interest in Arbitration, published in International Arbitration in the U.S. (Wolter’s Kluwer 2017)
  • Editorial Committee, International Arbitration in the U.S. (Wolter’s Kluwer 2017)
  • Panel Speaker on Ethics in Arbitration, Live Webcast, “International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Trends: What to Expect in 2016”
  • Panel Moderator, Small Business Workshop hosted by the Beacon Council and the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Miami-Dade County (Aug. 2015)
  • Live Webinar CLE Presentation for Florida lawyers, “Litigation vs. Arbitration: Differences in Pleading, Practice & Procedure” (July 2015)
  • Panel Speaker, Trust Arbitration – Can it Work?, International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrator Forum Seminar on financial services in Nassau, Bahamas (July 2015)
  • Panel Moderator, International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrator Forum Seminar, Arbitration vs. Litigation: Differences in Pleading, Procedures & Practice (Feb. 2015)
  • Facilitator, The Art of Persuasion & Oral Argument, University of Miami School of Law, the Fundamentals of International Arbitration (intensive course for foreign lawyers) (2015)
  • Member of Editorial Committee and author for Kluwer Law International treatise on International Arbitration, to be published in 2015/2016
  • Speaker, Career Development in International Arbitration, The Future of Arbitration: Miami (FA:M) (Sept. 2012)
  • Round Table Presenter and Moderator, Considerations regarding an ethical code of conduct for international arbitration and arbitrator appointment, 10th Annual Miami International Arbitration Conference: The Greatest Hits, ICDR Young & International Tertulia Program (Sept. 2012)
  • Publication, The Better Approach to Deciding 28 USC 1782 Applications for U.S. Discovery in Private Arbitrations Abroad, International Law Quarterly (Florida Bar International Law Section) (March 2011)
  • Publication, So you want to be a partner?, Attorney At Law Magazine (Sept. 2011)
  • Panel Speaker, International Arbitration Past, Present and Future, University of Miami School of Law (Nov. 2011)
  • Past President, Officer & Board Member, Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Miami-Dade County
  • Past President, National Association of Professional Women-Miami
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Florida Bar
  • Appellate Section of the Florida Bar
  • International Law Section of the Florida Bar
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce of Miami-Dade County
  • Aqua Foundation