Érica Franzetti


Érica Franzetti


Washington, D.C. | 1900 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, United States of America 20006-1110
+1 202 261 3453 | +1 202 261 3333

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Érica Franzetti concentrates her practice on international commercial and investor-state arbitration matters across multiple industry sectors, including energy and natural resources, life sciences, financial services, hospitality, and Internet governance. Ms. Franzetti has extensive experience advising clients in cases involving multiple procedural rules and has appeared before ICSID, ICC, ICDR and UNCITRAL arbitral tribunals.

Prior to practicing international arbitration, Ms. Franzetti practiced law at a leading Brazil-based law firm, where she represented clients in complex commercial litigation proceedings before the Brazilian courts.

Ms. Franzetti has received consistent professional recognition during the last few years. Chambers Latin America nominated her as an “Associates to Watch” in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and Latinvex noted her as a “Rising legal star in Latin America” in 2015.  More recently, she has been recognized in the Arbitration Future Leaders section of Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2018 and 2019, and as a "Rising Star" for commercial arbitration by Euromoney/Legal Media Group in its Expert Guides series 2018 editions.

Ms. Franzetti also serves as arbitrator on commercial arbitrations conducted under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association and teaches a course in investor-state arbitration as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law. She has a leadership position in the D.C. Women in International Arbitration group and plays an active role in the Dechert's Global Women’s Initiative.

  • University of São Paulo Law School, LL.B, 2000
  • Getúlio Vargas Foundation, Graduate Studies in Economics and Business Law, 2006
  • Georgetown University, LL.M., 2008
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Brazil
  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Advisory Board of the Institute for the Transnational Arbitration
  • Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Arbitral Women
Speaking Engagements
  • HIALSA Arbitration Workshop: Evidence in International Arbitration — Cambridge, MA (October 2, 2018) 
  • Introduction to International Commercial & Investment Arbitration — American University Washington College of Law, Washington D.C. (September 27, 2018) 
  • Energy Across Borders: Geopolitics, Conflict and International Arbitration — Energy Days Conference, Pennsylvania State University, (May 22, 2017)
  • Visión de los árbitros y abogados sobre el desarrollo del arbitraje internacional, Congreso de Arbitraje Nacional e Internacional, Centro de Arbitraje y Conciliación — Bogota (April 3, 2017)
  • Arbitration and Public Administration: a reality in Latin American countries? Case law and position of the Judiciary Branch —III Congresso Pan-Americano de Arbitragem CAM-CCBC, Sao Paulo (October 24, 2016)
  • Aspectos Prácticos del Arbitraje Internacional — International Centre of Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration Symposium, New York, NY (May 27, 2016)
  • Current trends involving arbitration and compliance issues in Brazil — Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC (September 15, 2014)
  • Specific Themes of Doing Business in Latin America —ABA Section of International Law, New Perspectives for Infrastructure Projects in Latin America, São Paulo (August 24, 2013)
  • Budgeting and Managing An International Arbitration: How to Keep Arbitration Cost-Efficient and Effective — ABA Section of International Law 2013 Spring Meeting, Washington, DC (April 24, 2013)
  • How to Handle a BIT Arbitration — Ninth Annual Seminar on International Commercial Arbitration at American University's Washington College of Law, Washington, DC (October 3, 2012)