Cristina Cárdenas focuses her practice on international arbitration and complex commercial litigation. She is a native Spanish speaker and has experience representing corporate clients in a variety of complex international arbitrations and disputes.
In 2015 she was selected by Latinvex as one of Latin America's Top 50 Female Lawyers. She has been recognized by Chambers USA 2015 in its Band 5 and Chambers Latin America 2015 as an “Up and Coming Individual”. Cárdenas has also been named “20 Under 40” by the publication Poder 360, which highlighted 20 people under age 40 who have exerted influence over the arts, business, education and media in Miami.
She received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double major in Political Science and Latin American Studies. Cárdenas obtained her J.D. from the University of Florida, where she also served as Assistant Editor in Chief of the Florida Journal of International Law. Following her graduation from law school, Cárdenas obtained an LL.M. in International Law from the University of Miami.
Her most recent speaking engagements include the ICDR International Arbitration Conference, Is the World of International Arbitration Diverse and Inclusive – or Exclusive?; American Bar Association, Transpacific Partnership (TPP), Does the Global Mega-Deal Live Up to the Hype?; IBA Latin American Regional Forum, Conflicts of Interest in the Legal Profession; Young Arbitration Practitioners’ Colloquium, Access to Arbitration, Are We Going in the Right Direction?; American Bar Association, Still Hot: Arbitrator Ethics, Disclosure and Challenges; American Bar Association, Current Trends and Developments in International Arbitration; Juris Conference on Managing Business Disputes and Legal Risk in Latin America, Current State of International Commercial Arbitration in the Region; ICDR International Arbitration Conference, The Latest Developments in the Region on the Law of Arbitration; Inter-American Bar Association, The Legal System at Work; ICDR Reporting Program, Latin American Report; the New York State Bar Association's International Law and Practice Section Annual Meeting in Lima, Peru, Judicial Interference with International Arbitration.
Cárdenas is an active member of the American Bar Association Section of International Law. She has served as the Dispute Division Chair for the Section, as well Co-Chair for the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law 2012 Fall Meeting, Co-Chair of the Section’s Latin American and Caribbean Committee, and is the Section’s Liaison to the ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities.
Cárdenas has lived, studied, and traveled extensively throughout Europe and Latin America.
She is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida and all Florida state courts.