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Medina Garnes Abogados
Dominican Republic
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Work Department

Dispute Resolution and Tax


Founding Partner


Fabiola Medina Garnes has an extensive experience in public administration and in private practice and specializes in Litigation, Domestic and International Arbitration, Administrative and Regulatory Law, Taxes, Telecommunications and New Technologies, Civil Law, Competition, Consumer Protection and Environment and Foreign Investment.


Spanish, English and French. Basic knowledge of Portuguese and Italian.


Fabiola Medina was a member of the International Court of Arbitration (ICC) (2005-2012) and is recognized for her great leadership in the field of arbitration in the Dominican Republic. She chaired the Santo Domingo Alternative Dispute Resolution Center (CRC) and recently was elected as part of the Board of Directors of the Dominican Association of International Private Law.

She is also a prominent member of the Tributary Association of the Dominican Republic (ATRIRD) and the Dominican Chapter of the International Fiscal Association (IFA). It is also worth mentioning her participation as President of the Disciplinary Board of the Dominican Bar Association, the Dominican Corporate Lawyers Association (ADAE), the Institutionalism and Justice Foundation (FINJUS) and the National Penitentiary Board of Trustees.


Fabiola Medina Garnes has a Law Degree, graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors from the Pedro Henríquez Ureña National University and has a Master’s Degree in International Law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Grande Distinction honor, where she also obtained La Grande Plus Distinction at the presentation of her work for the Candidacy of the Doctorate. Also, she has a Master’s Degree in State Administration Law, Global Institute for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences and University of Salamanca (2016-2018).


For her lifetime contribution to the advancement of women in the country, she received in 2008, the Medal for Merit of Women, the highest recognition for a woman given by the Executive Branch by recommendation of the Ministry of Women.

Was awarded as best female lawyer of the Dominican Republic, 2018.

Lawyer Rankings

Dominican Republic > Tax

(Leading Individuals)

Fabiola Medina Garnes – Medina Garnes Abogados

Fabiola Medina Garnes and Jesús Francos head up the team at Medina Garnes Abogados, which stands out for its prowess in tax litigation, particularly administrative disputes. The team also advises on non-contentious matters such as the tax issues surrounding setting up new businesses and investments, designing tax structures as part of its estate planning work, and regulatory matters. Its client base includes both local and international clients; among the many sector strengths for the group are banking, energy, mining, infrastructure and telecoms. Medina Garnes and Francos both have strong reputations for tax litigation, while Patricia Álvarez – who was promoted to partner in June 2023 – is skilled in transactional tax matters.

Dominican Republic > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Fabiola Medina Garnes – Medina Garnes Abogados

Medina Garnes Abogados is hailed for providing ‘excellent recommendations in addition to positive results in court‘. The team, which has been involved in a number of precedent-setting cases in the Dominican Republic, covers the gamut of administrative, civil, commercial and constitutional litigation and also has strong suits in white-collar criminal cases and arbitration. Firm founder Fabiola Medina Garnes, who is especially proficient in arbitration and in tax, administrative and civil litigation, oversees with team with Jesús Francos, who is well regarded for his specialism in administrative disputes. The pair are well supported by senior associates Jansy Castro, whose past experience as a public defender puts her in a strong position to handle criminal cases, and Víctor León Morel, who joined from Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández in January 2022.

Dominican Republic > Corporate and M&A

Medina Garnes Abogados‘ corporate team is well versed in multi-jurisdictional M&A and corporate restructurings, as well as day-to-day corporate and commercial issues. The firm’s recent caseload reflects its growing strength in the technology sector, where it is active in advising clients on launching, expanding and restructuring their operations in the Dominican Republic. Founding partner Fabiola Medina Garnes leads the team alongside Melissa Silié, who is noted for her advice to both local and international clients on M&A, antitrust issues and distribution agreements. The team can now draw on the expertise of three partners, following the promotion of Patricia Álvarez in June 2023.

Comparative Guides

Dominican Republic: Tax October 2023 This country-specific Q&A provides an overview of Tax laws and regulations applicable in Dominican Republic.