Contact Information

Practice Areas

  • Commercial & Business Litigation
  • Financial Institution Litigation
  • Corporate & Partnership Disputes
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • International Arbitration & Litigation
  • Investigations and Compliance

Overview

Education

University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1995.
Florida International University, B.A., 1992.
Universidad de Salamanca, Colegio de Espana Study Abroad Program, 1991.
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, 1989.

Bar Admissions

Florida Bar (All Florida trial courts and appellate courts).
Supreme Court of the United States of America.
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

Professional Associations

American Bar Association
Hispanic National Bar Association
Cuban-American Bar Association

Dade County Bar Association
Penn Law Alumni Network
Belen Alumni Lawyers’ Section

Languages

English

Spanish

Biography

Mr. Mena is a founding partner of ARHMF and one of the co-chairs of ARHMF’s Litigation Department. He was previously an equity partner in the Miami office of an AmLaw 20 national law firm. Mr. Mena graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and has over twenty years of experience representing domestic and foreign clients in all aspects of business and commercial disputes, with an emphasis on corporate, cross-border, real estate disputes.  He regularly represents companies and investors in Florida state courts, federal courts in several states, and arbitration panels, acts as outside general counsel for clients, and leads corporate investigations.  Mr. Mena has been lead counsel in jury trials, bench trials and final arbitration hearings, including many matters involving foreign law and involving breach of contract, real estate, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, unlawful interference, civil theft, unfair & deceptive trade practices, injunctions, receiverships and the enforcement of judgments and awards.  Mr. Mena has successfully negotiated hundreds of resolutions in complex commercial cases.  He has served as an expert witness on foreign law issues and as an arbitrator.

Publications & Service

  • “Bet the Company: Managing Large & Complex Claims,” Hispanic National Bar Ass’n, Panelist (San Antonio, 2015).
  • “Arbitration v. Litigation,” Hispanic National Bar Ass’n, Panelist (Orlando, 2014).
  • Chapter 18, Florida Civil Practice Before Trial, “Default And Relief From Default,” (Florida Bar, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007).
  • The Florida Bar’s Civil Procedure Rules Committee, appointee for two consecutive terms (2004-2010).
  • “Attorneys Face Novel issues Across National Borders,” The National Law Journal, co-author (2000).

Awards & Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, (2010 – 2017)
  • Florida Super Lawyers, (2007 – 2017)
  • South Florida Legal Guide, (2007 – 2017)
  • Who’s Who in the World, (2012 – 2015)
  • Who’s Who in America, (2013 – 2015)
  • Who’s Who in American Law, 2011.
  • Leadership Miami Program, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, 1996-97.
  • Who’s Who: American Law Students – 13th Ed., 1993.

 

Matters

  • Defended multinational produce company in cross-border dispute and federal court action alleging pricing irregularities, bad faith and breach of contract.
  • Represented national bank against claims brought by former officer and in related criminal and regulatory investigation by federal government.
  • Defended large multinational company in complex information technology litigation against IT consulting company hired to implement new software in several countries across different platforms.
  • Represented Venezuelan clients in recovering monies fraudulently taken in black market exchange scheme.
  • Represented former bank director and officer in litigation brought by FDIC as receiver for failed institution.
  • Represented large multinational company in federal litigation against former officer accused of complex scheme to defraud the company, and obtained judgment for company.
  • Represented several financial institutions and developers in litigation and work outs involving real estate projects, contested liens and commercial foreclosures.
  • Represent financial institutions in connection with government investigations, compliance issues and subpoenas.
  • Represented foreign investor in case against former business partner for fraud; obtained court-ordered receivership of business.
  • Represented developers in complex litigation under the Interstate Land Sales & Full Disclosure Act.
  • Represented several clients, including developers and financial institutions, in defending class actions.
  • Represented multinational fast food chain in federal court contract dispute with former partner in Argentina; prevailed on summary judgment under the laws of Argentina.
  • Represented multinational electronics manufacturer against former distributor in fraud case under the laws of Peru.
  • Represented large, multinational electronics manufacturer in arbitration against foreign distributor; obtained judgment in favor of client.
  • Represented Mexican franchisee against multinational franchisor in cross-border litigation alleging breach of contract and accounting improprieties.
  • Represented business partner in corporate disputes against other partners in direct and derivative actions against corporation.
  • Represented large fast food chain in action alleging pricing control and antitrust issues.
  • Represented estate beneficiaries in multinational probate case spanning five jurisdictions against persons who forged will and stole inheritance.
  • Represented large multinational manufacturer in international multijurisdictional dispute regarding product defect and wrongful death.
  • Represented several clients in cases involving the domestication and enforcement of foreign judgments in the US and abroad.
  • Represented several clients in trademark disputes involving preliminary and permanent injunctions.