Mauricio Paris > ECIJA > San Jose, Costa Rica > Lawyer Profile

Costa Rica

Work Department

Dispute Resolution, TMT, and Corporate/M&A


Regional Managing Partner in Latin America


Mauricio has been described by his clients as having “the perfect balance between a world-class lawyer and an academic with great knowledge of the latest issues” (Legal500, 2019). His clients often recognize the personalization of his service, in particular his excellent response times, his ability to listen and to put himself in their shoes (Chambers & Partners Global 2020).

In addition to a comprehensive background as a corporate lawyer, he has developed a strong reputation in dispute resolution, technology, and public policy practices. He has extensive experience working on projects throughout Central America and the Caribbean, as well as representing clients from the Chinese market.

He has been recognized by the most reputable international legal directories, Legal500 and Chambers & Partners as a local benchmark in dispute resolution, and as one of the most appointed arbitrators, with experience exceeding 30 arbitrations as arbitrator and 20 as counsel.

In the technology practice, his experience has focused mainly on privacy. He has an important knowledge of international regulations in the field, especially in the European Union. He was appointed by the Legislative Assembly as an expert and was in charge of drafting bills for the improvement of the local regulatory framework. Thanks to a contract from the British Embassy, he was entrusted with the drafting of the National Privacy Strategy in 2019.

He has been a postgraduate professor at the University of Costa Rica on international contracts since 2016, and frequently participates as a guest lecturer at several universities. He is the author of books and academic research that have been published in Costa Rica, Spain, Peru, France, and the United States.



Mauricio speaks Spanish and English.


He graduated with honors as a lawyer from the University of Costa Rica and completed master’s programs in Corporate Legal Counsel at the Carlos III University of Madrid, and in the General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union at the UNED (Spain). He trained as a legal project manager at IE Law School (Spain).


Lawyer Rankings

Costa Rica > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Mauricio ParísECIJA

The experienced team at ECIJA acts for businesses at the multinational, local, and regional levels in a range of disputes, including investment-related cases, civil and commercial litigation, administrative proceedings, debt collection, and international and domestic arbitration. Led by ‘excellent’ arbitration expert Mauricio París and the ‘clear, direct, thorough and responsiveMariela Hernández, a specialist in administrative claims, the team represents such household names as Pfizer, Maersk, Shell, Coca-Cola, and Sanofi, with clients drawn from a wide array of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, energy, food and beverages, insurance, hospitality, agriculture, and construction. The team is backed by associate Mauricio Rapso, and was bolstered by the arrival of special counsel Arturo Guerrero, who joined the firm from Sáenz & Asociados in August 2020. Since publication, the practice has been significantly augmented with the hire of penal specialist José Francisco Madrigal, as counsel – formerly at his own eponymous boutique, his brief is to develop the firm’s white-collar crime capability; additionally, Guerrero has been raised to the partnership – effective as of May 2022.