Mr José Ignacio Vial > Barros Silva Varela & Vigil > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Barros Silva Varela & Vigil
El Golf 40, Floor 13
Las Condes

Work Department

Public Law, Environmental Law, Regulatory Law and Administative Procedures, Energy and Natural Resources Law.


José Ignacio is part of the Public, Regulatory and Environmental Law team where he advises on the development of legal strategies for the environmental assessment of projects of different nature in the Environmental Impact Assessment System, as well as in the framework of other procedures, both administrative and judicial. In addition, he also advises projects on compliance with environmental and sectoral regulations.


Lawyer, Department of Litigation and Invalidations, Environmental Assessment Service, 2018 and 2020 – 2021.

Chief of Staff, Undersecretary of the Environment, 2018 – 2020.

Associate, Correa Gubbins, 2015 – 2018.

Lawyer, Superintendencia del Medio Ambiente, 2013 – 2014.


Spanish, English


Law, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2011.

Diploma, Natural Resources Law with mention in Energy, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2013.

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Environment

(Rising stars)

José Ignacio Vial – Barros Silva Varela & Vigil

Barros Silva Varela & Vigil‘s public law and environmental department fields experts in environmental assessments, compliance with environmental and sectoral regulations, and sanctioning proceedings before Chile’s Superintendency of the Environment and Environmental Protection Agency. The team is co-led by public and regulatory law specialist, Claudia Ferreiro, whose practice takes in projects’ environmental impact assessments, defences before state agencies, concession-granting procedures and environmental litigation; and Felipe Riesco, whose past experience includes serving as both Ministry of the Environment Undersecretary and legal advisor to the Superintendency of the Environment. At senior associate level, José Ignacio Vial focuses on regulatory and environmental issues, while Esteban Carmona advises on regulatory public law and administrative sanctioning processes.

Chile > Public law

Barros Silva Varela & Vigil’s eight-strong public law department regularly works alongside the firm’s real estate and energy and natural resources groups, particularly in relation to electricity regulations and urban matters. It is also increasingly active in public procurement work. The team is co-led by public and administrative law specialist Felipe Riesco, a former Undersecretary of the Ministry of the Environment; and Claudia Ferreiro, whose practice covers public sanctioning law, as well as administrative and electricity law. At senior associate level, José Ignacio Vial focuses on regulatory and environmental issues, including administrative and judicial proceedings; and Esteban Carmona acts in Constitutional Court cases and contentious administrative matters.