About Román Ortega-Cowan

Román solves problems for businesses and individuals.  He believes the best dispute resolution strategy is often to avoid litigation, but his broad experience across federal, state, and international courts enables him to employ all means necessary to secure a favorable result for his clients.  He previously specialized in complex commercial litigation and international arbitration for the Miami office of an AmLaw Global 100 law firm.  During law school, he served as Editor-in-Chief of Law Review and interned with a federal judge.

Román was raised in Vero Beach, and his family has lived here since 1979.  He proudly serves as General Counsel to the Vero Beach Opera Guild.  He is admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court; the US Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals; the US District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida; and all Florida state courts.

Legal Experience

  • Represented a concrete shell contractor in a complex construction defect dispute involving a 200-unit condominium complex.
  • Represented a European multinational aerospace conglomerate in a national security infrastructure construction expropriation dispute with a Latin American sovereign under a bilateral investment treaty.
  • Represented an American multinational food and beverage conglomerate in a free transfer and expropriation dispute with a Latin American sovereign under multiple bilateral investment treaties.
  • Represented a European financial and real estate conglomerate in connection with domestic and international hedge fund management disputes.
  • Represented a European bank in connection with disputes related to the Madoff international Ponzi scheme.

Recent Publications

  • Contributor, Cross-Border Insurance Issues, New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition (LexisNexis) (forthcoming 2016-17).
  • Protecting Against Brexit Risks Facing Latin America, Lexology (July 2016).
  • Record Year for Investor-State Arbitrations Stresses Call For International Investors to Proactively Assess Their Dispute Resolution Options (February 2016).
  • Cuba Disputes: The Arbitration Option, Latinvex (December 2015).
  • Southern District of Florida Finds CGL Policy’s “Knowing Violation” and “Infringement” Exclusions Inapplicable to Advertising Injury Claims (October 2015).
  • Second Circuit Permits Argentina to Skirt Collection on Sovereign Immunity Grounds (September 2015).
  • First Circuit Limits Scope of CGL Policy’s Employer Liability Exclusionary Endorsement (August 2015).


JD, FSU College of Law (top 15%)

BA, Boston College

St. Edward’s School