Salvador Fonseca

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Salvador Fonseca is a partner in Holland & Knight's Mexico City office with more than 22 years of experience representing corporate and individual clients in complex international and domestic arbitration and litigation. Mr. Fonseca coordinates the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice in Mexico.

Mr. Fonseca has vast experience in international and local commercial arbitration. In addition, he is well-versed in civil, commercial and administrative litigation before local and federal courts in Mexico. Mr. Fonseca has obtained many favorable rulings in high profile and precedent-setting cases, including matters dealing with international trade and investment.

In addition, Mr. Fonseca has participated in arbitrations under the rules of the major arbitral institutions and is knowledgeable in dealing with dispute boards and other methods of solving disputes. He has served as sole arbitrator and chairman of arbitral tribunals in several international and local cases, including cases under the arbitration rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Mexican Nacional Chamber of Commerce (CANACO), the Mexico Arbitration Center (CAM) and other rules, including a case administered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Fonseca led the dispute resolution practice in Mexico City for an international law firm.

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in Mexico, 2019
  • Chambers Latin America – Latin America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide, Mexico, 2017
  • Chambers Latin America – Latin America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration, 2017, 2019 
  • The Legal 500 Latin America, Dispute Resolution, 2016; Energy and Natural Resources, 2018
  • The Legal 500 Latin America, Mexico, 2016
  • Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA) Approved Attorney, Litigation, Mexico, 2019


  • Mexican Bar Association
  • National Association for Corporate Counsel ANADE, Dispute Resolution Committee, Vice Coordinator
  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), Mexican Advisory Committee, Chair
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Mexico, Arbitration Commission
  • The Journal of International Law and Politics, New York University School of Law, Graduate Editor