Anacarolina Estaba

Special Counsel


Anacarolina Estaba Bendfeldt is a senior attorney assisting clients with complex transactions and litigation involving maritime, marine, energy, transportation and commercial matters worldwide. She represents clients in regulatory and government relations matters involving immigration. She also regularly counsels clients regarding international regulatory issues posed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and other economic sanctions. She represents leading domestic and foreign entities worldwide, particularly in Latin America, and has participated in a wide variety of cross border litigation, arbitration and mediation matters. These include:

  • Labor and employment
  • Vessel collisions and allisions
  • Liens and seizures
  • Salvage, towage, general average, insurance, contract indemnity disputes
  • Federal Aviation Administration, aviation, cargo
  • Governmental fines
  • Solar and wind projects
  • Insurance coverage and bad faith
  • Government compliance
  • Mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of assets, shares and real property
  • Family office investments

Anacarolina focuses on clients with cross-border litigation and international discovery needs. She has worked on cases involving, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Korea, London, Mexico, Spain, Taiwan and Venezuela, and her clients are either headquartered or have operations in many other countries around the world. Her professional experience in civil law and common law systems allows her to manage complex legal issues in both systems.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, New York Bar
  • Member, Venezuelan Bar
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
    • International Law Section
      • Vice Chair (2010-2011)
  • Member, Women's International Shipping and Trading Association
  • Member, Maritime Law Association of the United States

Community Involvement

  • Foley’s “Pro Bono Cares” program


  • University of Houston Law Center (LL.M., 2005)
  • University of Zulia (J.D., 2001)

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Co-author, “Shipping Law 2019: USA,” The International Comparative Legal Guide (July 2019)
  • Co-author, “Shipping Law 2018: USA,” The International Comparative Legal Guide (July 2018)
  • Co-author and co-presenter, “2018 Update on Regulatory Developments Affecting Passenger Rights and in Aviation Law in General,” The Transportation Lawyers Association Annual Conference and Canadian Transportation Lawyers Association Midyear Meeting (May 2018)
  • Co-author, “Shipping Law 2017: USA,” The International Comparative Legal Guide (July 2017)
  • Co-author, “Shipping Law 2016: USA,” The International Comparative Legal Guide (July 2016)


  • Texas (2013)
  • Texas State Courts (2013)
  • New York State Courts (2008)
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas
  • Venezuelan Courts (2001)

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish


Shipping Law 2017: USA
01 August 2017
International Comparative Legal Guide to: Shipping Law 2016 - USA
14 July 2016

Delayed Arrivals in Aviation Law

01 April 2009
Presidential Executive Orders and International Sanctions: Guidance for Navigating Treacherous Waters
06 December 2017

Mexican Law and Mexican Evidence - Lessons from a U.S. Trial

10 January 2012