Angel L. Valverde

Special Counsel


Angel Valverde is a special counsel with Foley & Lardner LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Government Solutions Practice. He represents clients in regulatory and government relations matters involving employment-based immigrant visa petitions, as well as investment and professional visas.

Angel’s experience includes advising clients from Latin America, Europe, and the United States. His cultural and educational background, combined with his professional experience, allows him to translate complex legal issues from the common and civil law systems.

Before joining Foley, Angel also gained substantial experience in commercial litigation, international arbitration, and corporate law while working in Venezuela and France. In Venezuela, his practice involved multiple civil disputes and commercial transactions. While in France, he worked in the international arbitration departments of major international law firms, and was an intern at the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce.


  • Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law (J.D., 2008)
  • University of Miami School of Law (LL.M., 2005)
    • Comparative Law
  • Universidad Metropolitana in Venezuela (2004)
    • Specialization in Corporate Law Degree
  • Universidad Santa Maria in Venezuela (Abogado degree, (J.D. equivalent), 2000)


  • Florida
    • The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Venezuela


  • Spanish

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist,“Digalo Aqui,” Venezolano TV, Miami, Florida
  • Moderator, "Litigation v. International Arbitration, and new trends in international arbitration," sponsored by Y & I ICDR, Y-CPR, Florida International University, and the University of Miami School of Law
  • Arbitrator, 2013 Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Vienna, Austria
  • “Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in Florida; Recent Developments & A Discussion of the Koehler Sanction Forum Shopping in NY,” Florida Bar Audio Webcast
  • Florida Bar Annual Convention, International Law Section of the Florida Bar, Orlando, Florida
  • ICC Young Arbitrators Forum, “Global Perspectives on Local Issues,” Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


  • “Are you Dealing with Conflicting Translations in an International Arbitration proceeding? You may need an Expert Witness.” Fall 2017 issue of the International Law Quarterly
  • “The American Arbitration Association and International Centre for Dispute Resolution’s New Optional Appellate Rules (Nuevas Reglas Opcionales para la Apelacion de Laudos Arbitrates administrados por la Asociacion Americana de Arbitraje y por el Centro Internacional para la Resolucion de Disputas).” Official Blog of the Miami International Arbitration Society, 2014
  • Editor, “International Council for Commercial Arbitration’s Guide for the Interpretation of the 1958 New York Convention, Spanish edition
  • “Miami Present and Future of International Arbitration (Miami Presente y Futuro del Arbitraje Internacional),” 2012

Professional Memberships

  • Member, International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum
  • Member, Young International Arbitration Group of the London Court of International Arbitration
  • Member, Miami International Arbitration Society
  • Member, Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration
  • Member, International Law Section of the Florida Bar