Gaela Gehring Flores Named to The American Lawyer's "45 Under 45" List of Top Women Lawyers
January 2011 - In its January 2011 issue, The American Lawyer named Arnold & Porter partner Gaela Gehring Flores to its "45 Under 45" list, which recognizes "the best of the best among young women lawyers in The Am Law 200." The magazine solicited nominations from various industry sources and Am Law 200 law firms. Of the list American Lawyer wrote, "We passed over the many ink-worthy 'rising stars' in favor of a few dozen women who--despite their youth--have already arrived. Some are well-known, others less so. But all have achievements we could quantify: They are leading billion-dollar deals or financings, first-chairing high-stakes litigation, arguing appeals, or managing important firm clients. We also looked for those with an upward trajectory at their firms, whether taking on progressively larger roles, heading important firm initiatives, or bringing in significant new business."
Ms. Gehring Flores was singled out for her international arbitration work in Latin America. American Lawyer noted that her clients include Chile, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Venezuela, and that she worked on such key matters as the first dispute under the 2009 Central American free trade agreement and the longest-running arbitration at the World Bank. The magazine talked with Dominican Ministry of Public Works GC Bolivar Bello Belliard who worked with Gehring Flores on a half-billion-dollar commercial arbitration stemming from an unbuilt highway. He said, "Gehring Flores excelled on cross-examination. Lawyers much older were left muttering: 'That's the way I'd like to litigate when I grow up.'"