Josefa Sicard-Mirabal

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Adjunct Professor of Law


Ms. Sicard-Mirabal has broad international transactions and arbitration and litigation experience. Her experience includes acting as counsel in numerous international arbitrations and litigation matters as well as representing international and domestic clients in merger and acquisitions, project finance, banking and securities matters in the energy, telecommunications, consumer products and hotel industries.

Ms. Sicard-Mirabal is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law in New York City where she has taught Introduction to Investor-State Arbitration since 2010. She has been a guest lecturer on international commercial and investment arbitration at Harvard University School of Law, Columbia University Law School, Boston University Law School, Northwestern University School of Law, the Law School at the University of Florence, and La Sapienza – Universita di Roma, Italy, Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay, among others.

Since 2011, she serves as an External Member of the Sanctions Committee of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The Sanctions Committee is the second-tier of the IDB Sanctions System. The Committee reviews and makes final decisions on cases that appeal the determination made by Case Officer.

During the past nine years (September 2006-March 2015), Ms. Sicard-Mirabal served as the Executive Director (formerly, Regional Director) of Arbitration and ADR for North America for the International Court of Arbitration/SICANA, Inc. of the International Chamber of Commerce. In this capacity she represented and promoted ICC dispute resolution services in North America. She advised companies, States, and attorneys on all phases of commercial and investor-state arbitration, including negotiation of arbitration clauses, requests for arbitration, procedural issues and enforcement of arbitration awards.

Ms. Sicard-Mirabal commenced her legal career as a Judge of a Small Claims Court and subsequently as Chief Justice of the Civil, Commercial and Labor Court in the Dominican Republic where she rendered numerous decisions on commercial, civil, and labor matters. During her tenure as a judge, Ms. Sicard-Mirabal was a Professor of Law at the Universidad Tecnológica del Cibao, teaching International Public Law and Comparative Law. Ms. Sicard-Mirabal continued her practice in the United States, first at the law firm of Thelen, Reid & Priest and then as Of Counsel at Winston & Strawn and Greenberg Traurig.

Ms. Sicard-Mirabal received a law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Santiago, Dominican Republic. She continued her legal studies at Fordham University School of Law in New York. She is admitted to the New York State bar and the Dominican Republic bar. She speaks English, French, and Spanish.

Ms. Sicard-Mirabal was named one of the “20 Leading Latinas in Business” by Hispanic Enterprise magazine in its September 2007 issue and one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business Magazine in its October 2006 issue. In addition, she has received the following awards:

  • 2013 “Latino Trailblazer’s Award” from LatinoJustice
  • 2013 “Award for Excellence in Professional Achievements” from Dominican Week
  • 2011 “Professional Achievements Award” from the Presidency of the Dominican Republic
  • 2009 “Award for Professional Achievements” from APEC University and Dominican Week
  • 2008 “Award for Service to the International Legal Community” from the Dominican Bar Association
  • 2007 “Corporate Leadership Award” from the Dominican Women’s Development Center
  • 2006 “Latino Trendsetters Award” from DTM Magazine.

Ms. Sicard-Mirabal founded and chairs Dominicans on Wall Street, Inc. (DOWS), a non-profit organization created primarily to serve as a liaison between Dominican companies seeking access to the U.S. and international capital markets and American companies wishing to invest in the Dominican Republic. She has authored many articles, appeared on numerous television programs, local and foreign newspapers, and is a frequent at conference and seminars.