Senior founding partner, established the boutique litigation firm Vial Larrain Abogados in 2017. With ample experience as a litigator before the Supreme Court, appellate courts throughout the country, and ordinary civil courts, he is also a renowned expert in the handling of foreign and domestic arbitration. He was partner, and head of litigation and arbitration groups in Morales & Besa (2013-2016) Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego & Dörr (2016-2013) and a Foreign Associate ate Sidley & Austin LLP (New York, 1998). Initiated his career as an associate at the litigation and arbitration group with Claro y Cia. (1989-1996). Acknowledged for his deep understanding of US law, regularly serving as an expert in cases that require it, as well as representing clients on these matters. Highly prepared and capable in the questioning of witnesses and third parties; he makes sure that the case at hand achieves favorable results. His practices focuses on civil and commercial litigation, as well as on arbitral mandates. He frequently handles disputes that have risen in mining, energy, water projects, while also offering specialized expertise in insolvency hearings.
Education: Universidad Catolica de Chile School of Law (1993) Master of Law (LLM), The University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (1998)
Academic Experience: Professor of Civil Procedure, Universidad Católica de Chile (1997 – present)Appointed by the Chilean Government to the Commission for the drafting of a new “Chilean Civil Procedure Code” (2004-2009).Cowriter of the first “Chilean Civil Procedure Code Project”, presented to the Chilean House of Representatives in 2009. Invited to report about the new “Chilean Civil Procedure Code”, before the “Constitution, Legislation and Justice Commission” of the Chilean House of Representatives (2011).Permanent Member of the “Constitution, Legislation and Justice Commission” of the Chilean Senate, for the revision of the new “Chilean Civil Procedure Code” (2013).Permanent speaker in various seminars and panels on matters related to civil procedure and arbitration.
Publications: “The taking of Evidence Abroad; A Comparative Analysis between the United States and Chile” (1998) (Thesis for the University of Michigan LLM degree, USA)“Imprisonment in the New Chilean Criminal Procedure” (2001) (Chilean Law Review)“The Role of the Supreme Court” (2002) (Chilean Law Review)“Commercial Justice Reform: A Comparative Analysis from the Standpoint of North American Law” (2006) (Ediciones Instituto Libertad y Desarrollo)AdmissionsChile (1994)