Camilo Cardozo > Vinson & Elkins LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Vinson & Elkins LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10103-0040
United States

Work Department

International Dispute Resolution & Arbitration




Camilo serves as Head of International Disputes – Americas. His practice focuses on the litigation and arbitration of complex international commercial and investor-state disputes. Recognized as a leading international arbitration lawyer by Chambers GlobalChambers Latin AmericaChambers USALegal 500 and LatinVex, he is particularly regarded for his keen understanding of Latin American commercial arbitrations, advising clients in disputes across the region.

Camilo has handled dozens of international commercial arbitration matters under the various international arbitration rules, including AAA/ICDR, ICSID, UNCITRAL, LCIA, SIAC and ICC, in a variety of forums around the world, and under the laws of numerous jurisdictions. He also has substantial experience handling disputes under investment treaties and disputes related to oil & gas, as well as large infrastructure projects.

In addition, Camilo represents clients before U.S. state and federal courts in litigation related to arbitration issues, including the enforcement of awards, applications to obtain evidence in aid of arbitration, and seeking preliminary relief. Camilo also holds a law degree from a civil law jurisdiction, often seats as an arbitrator, and is a regular speaker at industry conferences.


  • Tulane Law School, LL.M. with honors, 2000
  • Universidad De Los Andes, J.D., 1999

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

The ‘highly intelligent and creative‘ practice at Vinson & Elkins LLP stands out for its specialist focus on energy, infrastructure development and construction disputes. The team secures a steady stream of both commercial arbitration and investor-state disputes and acts for the full range of private and public companies, sovereign states and state-owned entities. James Loftis drives the international dispute resolution practice from Houston and is widely recognized for his skill sets in the oil and gas and construction spheres. In New York, Camilo Cardozo demonstrates ‘huge experience and knowledge‘ and is noted for his focus on Latin America-related matters. Counsel José Sanchez also has a significant LatAm dimension to his practice.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

(Leading individuals)

Camilo CardozoVinson & Elkins LLP

Houston-based James Loftis leads a Vinson & Elkins LLP international arbitration team that provides ‘clear, precise and well-founded solutions’ for its clients in both commercial and investor-state matters. The ‘excellentCamilo Cardozo in New York is a key contact for Latin America work, with London-based Nick Henchie known for his extensive construction industry expertise. Up-and-coming New York-based partner José F Sanchez handles arbitral matters in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and has experience of ICC, ICSID, ICDR, LCIA, UNCITRAL and Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce rules – particularly as regards infrastructure, energy, investor-state relationships, and post-acquisition disputes.