Irma Rivera Ramírez > Brigard Urrutia > Bogota, Colombia > Lawyer Profile

Brigard Urrutia
CALLE 70A #4-41

Work Department

Litigation, Arbitration and Insolvency; Insurance and Reinsurance




Partner at Brigard Urrutia. Leader of the Litigation, Arbitration, and Insolvency team, as well as the Insurance and Reinsurance team. Additionally, she is in charge of the Shared Value Program of the firm.

With more than 22 years of experience, she has advised national and foreign clients in complex and recognized litigation before the ordinary jurisdiction and arbitration tribunals.

Currently, she is a national arbitrator in multiple arbitration tribunals before the Center of Arbitration and Conciliation of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá and Cali and likewise serves as an arbitrator before the Center of Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts of the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Peru.

She is a teacher in postgraduate and undergraduate programs in various universities. Professor at the Law School of Universidad Sergio Arboleda in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution. She has been invited as a panelist at various conferences at both the national and international level.


Spanish and English


She is a member and mentor at the Spanish Arbitration Club (Club Español de Arbitraje CE Mujeres), a member of the Colombian Committee on Arbitration, member of the Latin American Association of Arbitration (ALARB), member of Arbitral Women and member of the Advisory Board of the Jamaica International Arbitration Centre (JAIAC), amongst other organizations.


Lawyer from Universidad Sergio Arboleda. She holds a postgraduate degree in Alternative Methods for Conflict Resolution, Arbitration and Conciliation from Universidad del Rosario.

Lawyer Rankings

Colombia > Dispute resolution > Litigation

(Leading individuals)

Irma RiveraBrigard Urrutia

A strong team that anticipates legal risks’, Brigard Urrutia fields 20 practitioners in a litigation, arbitration and insolvency department that covers the full spectrum of contentious matters, including civil, commercial, administrative, antitrust and bankruptcy litigation. Practice head Irma Rivera, who has over 25 years’ experience leading complex litigation and arbitration cases, directs the group which includes associate practice director Felipe Mutis, whose substantial knowledge and capabilities are appreciated by clients; and seniors María Munevar-Torrado and Paola Guerrero-Yemail who frequently advise and litigate on matters before the Superintendence of Industry, Trade and Commerce, and Superintendence of Corporations, respectively; and fellow senior Carlos Mauricio Cerrato who undertakes civil and commercial litigation. However, Luis Alfredo Barragán departed August 2019 to found Asteri Abogados.

Colombia > Insurance

(Leading individuals)

Irma RiveraBrigard Urrutia

Praised by clients, Brigard Urrutia‘s multidisciplinary insurance and reinsurance practice fields three partners and six lawyers; bringing to bear comprehensive experience across the full range of corporate, regulatory and contentious matters, it offers a  “one-stop-shop” service for companies in the insurance sphere. Reputed litigator Irma Rivera Ramírez (who also has an established trajectory in domestic and international arbitration), co-heads the team along with managing partner Carlos Umaña, who has deep experience in public procurement and energy related projects; and Carlos Urrutia, a specialist in cross-border and international transactions in multiple fields. Noted senior associate Lucas Fajardo, who has previous experience in-house at a leading Colombian insurer, is also a key member of the team.

Colombia > Dispute resolution > Arbitration

Brigard Urrutia‘s sizeable 20-strong team is led by practice head Irma Rivera, who has extensive experience both as party counsel in arbitration proceedings and as well as numerous appointments as both a domestic and international arbitrator. The team is particularly active -and experienced- in disputes involving strategic sectors such as oil and gas, public services, transport and power infrastructure. Associate director Felipe Mutis is also a key member of the team, which was reinforced with the October-2019 hire of experienced senior associate Ana Carolina Abreo (whose past experience includes time at Vinson & Elkins LLP’s IDR & Arbitration practice group), following the departures of Luis Alfredo Barragán (to Asteri Abogados) and senior associate Natalia Ángel, in August and September 2019, respectively.