Mónica Medrano > Arias > Guatemala, Guatemala > Lawyer Profile

DIAGONAL 6 10-01 ZONA 10

Work Department

Compliance, Anti-money Laundering and Anti-corruption, Dispute Resolution, Litigation and Arbitration


Senior Associate


  • Criminal and Criminal Procedural Law Counseling and Litigation experience.
  • Acted as Assistant District Attorney II in the District Attorney Office against Money Laundering and Other Assets of the General Attorney’s Office, during the years 2014 and 2015, experienced in Investigation and Litigation in cases regarding the crimes of Money Laundering and Other Assets and related crimes.
    If you have a gambling business, you must have heard of law firms representing casino owners, investors, and Mobile Gaming. What many people don’t realize, however, is that lawyers like Mónica Medrano can also provide legal services for the casino itself. Gambling lawyers specialize in regulatory matters such as the latest laws governing online gambling. They also assist casino owners and operators in litigation, including high-profile gaming-related cases.
  • During the years 2915 through 2019 she acted as District Attorney of the Special District Attorney’s Office Against Impunity –FECI, for its acronym in Spanish- of the General Attorney’s Office. She was responsible for investigating high impact cases at a National Level. During that time, she investigated mainly crimes included in the Law Against Organized Crime (Decree 21-2006 of Congress of the Republic of Guatemala); Law Against Laundering Money and Other Assets (Decree 67-2001 of Congress of the Republic of Guatemala); (Criminal Code of Guatemala (Decree 17-73 of Congress of the Republic of Guatemala, especially those related to Crime Against the Public Administration and Crimes Against Justice Administration). She was responsible for litigating all cases under her responsibility during all the stages of the criminal process, incidents and constitutional matters related to them while acting as District Attorney.




  • International Bar Association (IBA)


  • Juridical and Social Sciences Degree, Lawyer and Notary by Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala.

Lawyer Rankings

Guatemala > Dispute resolution

The ‘excellent’ team at regional firm Arias has a wide-ranging dispute resolution practice that spans civil and commercial litigation, criminal cases, labour disputes and arbitration. In addition, the team is active in disputes relating to distribution agreements, tax issues and public procurement processes, as well as niche areas such as human rights and family law. Clients include major multinationals from sectors including retail, pharmaceuticals and energy. Heading the team is the vastly experienced Mario René Archila, who is noted for both his litigation expertise and his experience as an arbitrator. Senior counsel Luis Fernando Zelada focuses on civil and commercial litigation, as well as labour disputes, and senior associate Mónica Medrano is the key contact for anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and white-collar crime cases.