Mr Luis Ortiz > BLP > San Jose, Costa Rica > Lawyer Profile

Roble Corporate Center
8th floor
Escazú, San José
Costa Rica

Work Department

Public Law, Public Procurement & Regulation, Energy & Infrastructure, Telecommunications, Media & Technology




Luis is a BLP Partner in the San José office. He directs the firm’s practice area of Public Law, Public Procurement & Regulation at a regional level. He is also part of the practice areas of Energy & Infrastructure and Telecommunications, Media and Technology, in which he contributes his extensive knowledge in regulatory matters and administrative law. He also excels in the practice of Dispute Resolution due to his experience in litigation and arbitration.

In his 20 years of experience, he has advised on a variety of government issues, public bidding and contracting, public policies and strategies and procurement by the State. He is an active litigant in matters related to Administrative and Constitutional Law. Due to his experience in this area, Luis has been included in the list of expert arbitrators of the Ibero-American Arbitration Center (CIAR).

He has been recognized for multiple consecutive years as a prominent lawyer in his areas of legal practice by renowned publications, such as Latin Lawyer and Chambers & Partners where is highly distinguished as one of the best lawyers in the areas of Public Law, Projects, and Telecommunications.

Clients and colleagues recognize Luis for his “immense knowledge of administrative law”, which gives a great depth to his legal analysis. He is described as a brilliant and very studious lawyer, a dedicated and highly qualified professional. He is recognized for advising on public law issues of infrastructure projects, as well as specific issues that affect the technology and media sector.

Luis also enjoys a distinguished academic career. He was recently elected Chair of the Iberoamerican Association of Regulation (ASIER), the most important regulatory policy think tank in Ibero-America, as well as member of the board of the Association of Scientificc Procedural Law. He is also a professor of constitutional law and regulation at the Free School of Law since 2010 and a member of the Examination Board of the Master’s Degree in Public Law of the Teaching and Research Institute of the Autonomous University of Central America. He is also a professor of the Postgraduate Courses at the University of Salamanca, of the Regulation and Antitrust Course of the University of Valladolid, as as of the Second Speciality Program in Administrative Law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. He is the author of more than ten books and more than forty articles on subjects in his specialty.

He has been a lecturer at the Conference on Administrative Law at the University of Costa Rica and the Bar Association of the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as at the Ibero-American Economic Regulatory Congresses.

In 2006, he resigned as an associate at Rojas Franco Asociados in order to join the BLP team. He was named a Partner in 2010.


Spanish, English


  • IberoAmerican Center of Arbitration (CIAR): Expert Arbitrator
  • IberoAmerican Association for Regulation Studies (ASIER): President
  • Member of the Board of the Association of Scientific Procedural Law
  • Chamber of Banks and Financial Institutions of Costa Rica: External legal counsel
  • Chamber of Investment Funds (CAFI): Former Comptroller
  • Costa Rica Bar Association: Former Cocoordinator of the Administrative Law Commission
  • Costa Rican Association of Regulation Studies: President
  • Administrative, Environmental and Administrative Law Studies Center based in the Faculty of Law of the University of Sao Paulo: Member
  • Costa Rican Institute of Procedural Law: Member
  • Infocomunication and Technology Chamber of Costa Rica (INFOCOM): Member of Broadband Commissions and Training
  • Costa Rica Union of Chambers and Associations of the Private Business Sector (UCCAEP): Member of the Public Works Commission
  • Costa Rican Chamber of Construction: Member of the Commission for the Drafting of the Regulation of Public-Private Partnerships
  • University of International Cooperation (UCI): Certified Arbitrator


  • Diploma in Regulation, London School of Economics, UK, 2019.
  • Diploma in Regulation and Competition, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain, 2016
  • Diploma in Regulation, Federal Commission for Regulatory Improvement of Mexico, 2012.
  • Diploma in Business Administration for Lawyers, Central American Institute of Business Administration (INCAE), Costa Rica, 2011.
  • Graduate in Administrative Law, Economic Regulation and Public Services, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, 2007.
  • Master in Internal Public Law, Universidad Carlos III in partnership with Universidad Autónoma de Centroamérica, SpainCosta Rica, 2004.
  • Law degree, Universidad Autónoma de Centroamérica, Costa Rica, 2000.

Lawyer Rankings

Costa Rica > Dispute resolution

Employing the combined bench strength of offices in San José, Puntarenas and Guanacaste, in addition to branches across Latin America and Europe, BLP remains a market leader, representing such household-name multinationals as Pfizer, Kraft Heinz and Uber involved in complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes. With an active client base spanning sectors ranging from food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and telecoms to e-commerce, hospitality, medical devices and tech, the team’s full service covers international litigation and arbitration related to administrative concession rights, as well as claims involving distribution, unfair competition, fraud and real estate and construction matters. The team is led by seasoned litigator Mauricio Salas, who brings over 25 years of experience in the legal profession. Other key figures include experienced arbitrator Luis Ortiz; criminal expert Alejandro Rojas, who was promoted to partner in April 2023; and senior associate Robert Morales, who proves expertise in administrative law matters.

Costa Rica > Projects and infrastructure

The powerhouse team at BLP remains a market leader, leveraging the bench strength of offices in San José, Puntarenas and Guanacaste (with a new fourth location in Marina Flamingo which opened in January 2023), in addition to branches across Latin America and Europe, to advise banks, sponsors, non-bank lenders, contractors and operators involved involved in major energy and transportation projects, including hydro, wind and solar plants and toll road, airport and port concessions. The practice’s comprehensive service extends to project finance and development, as well as public-private partnerships (PPPs), public procurement, public debt and governmental budget issues. The team is led by Luis M Castro, who specialises in energy contracts and dealing with governmental entities; David Gutiérrez, who handles cross-border purchases and operations; and Luis Ortiz, who brings over 20 years of experience to public procurement processes. Other key figures include Julio Castellanos, who advises national and international and multilateral financial entities on multi-jurisdictional credit operations, and Pablo Umaña, whose practice focuses on corporate, infrastructure, energy and multilateral-related financing in emerging markets.