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Gaela Gehring Flores

Professional affiliation

Partner, Allen & Overy

Full Biography

Gaela Gehring Flores is a partner in the firm’s International Arbitration practice. Gaela draws on decades of focused experience representing both multinational corporations and sovereign states in international commercial and investment arbitrations. Gaela’s experience includes over 50 high-stakes international disputes, many of them before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration, the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR/AAA), as well as litigation and appellate proceedings before US federal courts. 

She advises clients in a broad range of disputes, including energy, natural resources, construction, hospitality, transportation, government contracts, and intellectual property. Gaela also provides legal services to private sector and sovereign clients on enforcement of arbitral awards, effective contractual dispute resolution clauses, and a variety of public international law issues, including foreign sovereign immunity and discovery in international proceedings. Gaela’s practice capitalizes on her broad experience and her native Spanish skills and bicultural background.

Gaela serves as Co-Chair of the District of Columbia Bar Inter-American Legal Affairs Committee, and is co-host of the DC Bar podcast The Tea on International Arbitration. She has been recognized as a leading practitioner of international arbitration in publications such as Chambers USA, Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, The Legal 500, Global Arbitration Review, the Am Law 200, Latin Lawyer 250, and Euromoney, among others.

Gaela is committed to pro bono service, particularly to the immigrant and undocumented community.

While a student at the Georgetown University Law Center, Gaela served as Managing Articles Editor of The Georgetown Law Journal. She also clerked for the Honorable Paul L. Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (1996-1998).