John Rooney

Prior to January 1, 2011, John Rooney was a partner in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen, where he was a member of the firm's International Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group, He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Louisiana (the only state of the United States with a civilian system of private law), and Texas.
As an arbitrator, Mr. Rooney has resolved disputes under the rules of the Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission (IACAC, or CIAC) , the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR or CIRD), the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC or CCI). He has chaired arbitral tribunals in both English and Spanish. He has arbitrated a wide range of disputes, including hotel operating agreements, ship construction agreements, international distribution agreements, stock purchase agreements, and foreign investment disputes, and shareholder agreements.
In addition, he has served as counsel in arbitrations under the rules of many arbitral institutions and represented clients in arbitration-related litigation. As an advocate in arbitrations, he has handed disputes involving international reinsurance, international insurance policies, international distribution agreements, stock purchase agreements, and international telecommunications. He has first chaired arbitrations in Spanish and English.
Mr. Rooney has handled arbitration-related litigation in both United States federal and state courts and coordinated cross-border enforcement efforts of international arbitration awards. Representative matters have included the removal of an international health insurance dispute from state to federal court and enforcement of an international arbitration agreement and jurisdictional matters involving the ability of a federal court to hear an action to set aside an arbitration award issued in an arbitration involving two foreign parties.
Mr. Rooney is also involved in academic activities involving international arbitration. He teaches the international commercial arbitration seminar and the international business transactions class at the University of Miami School of Law, where he also coaches the law school’s Vis International Arbitration Moot, held in Vienna, Austria every spring. For the Loyola University of the South School of Law, he conducts a course called, “International Arbitration” at the law school’s international summer program, which alternates between San José, Costa Rica and Rio de Janeiro. He also conducts an internet course for Georgetown Law CLE on the drafting of contracts in English, which is directed to attorneys in Latin.

John H. Rooney

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