Juan Perla


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Juan Perla’s practice focuses on international litigation and arbitration, including investor-state disputes in which he represents foreign states and state-owned entities, and complex commercial disputes between private parties.

Litigation, Arbitration and Public International Law Experience

Mr. Perla is experienced in litigation in U.S. courts, from the critical motions stage through the appellate litigation process including before the Supreme Court. He clerked for Judge L. Felipe Restrepo of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Judge C. Darnell Jones II of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

He is also experienced in international arbitration under the rules of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). Together with partners Joseph Pizzurro and Robert Garcia, Juan co-authored a chapter in the Guide to Challenging and Enforcing Arbitration Awards (First Edition) published by Global Arbitration Review.

He has advised clients on regulatory matters and international transactions involving economic sanctions and anti-corruption laws, as well as a broad range of other issues including sovereign immunity, treaty interpretation, diplomatic and consular affairs, and U.S. foreign relations law.

Pro bono Focus

Demonstrating a strong commitment to pro bono practice, Juan is a member of the Curtis team that has been working on the case United States v. Vaello-Madero, which challenges the constitutionality of excluding Puerto Rico residents from federal entitlements legislation. Following the Curtis team’s success in the district court, the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico issued a resolution recognizing their efforts to bring equal rights to the residents of Puerto Rico.

Mr. Perla has also represented asylum-seekers in administrative proceedings, and advised non-profits on general corporate matters.

Human Rights Experience

Before joining the firm, Mr. Perla worked on a variety of human rights and refugee rights issues as a field intern for non-governmental organizations at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.






University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D., Certificates in Business Law and International Law, Berkeley Journal of International Law, Associate Editor, and Berkeley Business Law Journal, Assistant Editor

Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, Study Abroad, French, European and International Law

University of Southern California, Price School of Public Policy, M.P.A.

Andrews University, B.A., summa cum laude, J.N. Andrews Scholar

Admitted to Practice

New York

District of Columbia


U.S. Court of Appeals - District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals - First Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals - Tenth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court - District of Columbia

U.S. Supreme Court


New York State Bar Association

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York

International Bar Association

Hispanic National Bar Association


Prosser Prize in International Law, presented by Berkeley Law (Spring 2010)