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Soledad, Gabriel F.

Gabriel F. Soledad

Direct Tel: +1 202-538-8180
Washington, D.C.
Tel: +1 202 538 8000 Fax: +1 202 538 8100

Gabriel F. Soledad is a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s Washington D.C. office. 

Mr. Soledad’s practice focuses on solving clients’ most difficult legal and regulatory challenges. 

Mr. Soledad has led and served as first-chair trial counsel in high-stakes matters across a broad range of commercial, criminal, and regulatory disputes and investigations.  He has litigated billion-dollar commercial disputes, on both the plaintiff and defense side and in both federal and state courts, regularly facing off against global financial institutions.  He has advised companies, boards of directors, and senior executives in complex criminal and regulatory investigations involving the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and State Attorneys General, among others, including investigations implicating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), other financial crimes, extradition requests, and whistleblower actions.  In international commercial and investor-state arbitrations, he has represented both claimants and respondents with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.  And he has counseled both creditors and debtors in high-profile bankruptcy proceedings, including in Chapter 11 and Chapter 15 cases, as well as adversary actions therein. 

Mr. Soledad’s extensive experience involves disputes arising all over the world, and in particular, Latin America.  He is uniquely able to navigate the legal, regulatory, and cultural sensitivities in the LATAM region due to his fluency in Spanish and his bicultural upbringing on the U.S.-Mexico border.  His clients around the world further benefit from his experience as a senior official in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) and the International Trade Administration (“ITA”), the U.S. agencies responsible for managing the United States’ economic relationships with foreign partners, and his ability to leverage diplomatic channels and navigate foreign regulations. 

Mr. Soledad has been involved in many of the biggest cases arising in Latin America in recent years.  Clients describe his ability to successfully design a multi-jurisdictional strategy as “second to none,” calling him a “brilliant strategist” with an “uncanny ability” to anticipate and address court and regulator concerns.  Mr. Soledad has also been recognized as a leading attorney by prominent legal publications, including Law360 which named him a “Rising Star.” 

When not advising his clients on cross-border disputes, Mr. Soledad teaches law students about them as an Adjunct Law Professor at Georgetown Law School. 

Commercial Litigation

  • Representing an international consortium of plaintiffs from over a dozen countries, including  Argentina, Chile and Mexico, in a multi-billion-dollar fraud lawsuit against Citigroup for its participation in the collapse of the once largest oil services company in Mexico, Oceanografía, alleging $1 billion in damages.
  • Representing a Colombian sugar manufacturer in an action against Citibank involving complex financial products, alleging damages of $100 million.
  • Representing the owners of one of Mexico’s largest asset management firms in connection with a billion-dollar dispute with its international partners.
  • Representing a prominent Mexican businessman against two major U.S. financial institutions in a FINRA arbitration and parallel state-court proceedings, alleging hundreds of millions in damages.
  • Representing the prior owners of a leading Mexican pharmaceutical company in a multi-billion-dollar fraud lawsuit ‎arising from their sale of the company to one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. 
  • Representing the largest online travel agency in Latin America, based in Argentina, in connection with a lawsuit alleging false and misleading business practices. 

Bankruptcy Litigation

  • Representing the Mexican subsidiary of a Fortune 200 company in U.S. bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Representing the majority shareholders of Grupo Aeroméxico S.A.B. de C.V., Mexico’s flag carrier airline, in connection with its restructuring and emergence from Chapter 11 proceedings.
  • Representing Cinemex, the U.S. subsidiary of the largest movie theatre chain in Mexico, in filing Chapter 11, as well as defeating a $100 million claim against the estate for alleged breach of contract.
  • Representing a Mexican oil services firm in Chapter 15 proceedings and related litigation. 

U.S. Government and Regulatory Investigations

  • Representing the Mexican subsidiary of a Fortune 200 company in a U.S. regulatory investigation.
  • Representing the board of directors of one of the largest publicly traded companies in Mexico in a DOJ investigation into potential FCPA violations.
  • Representing an online gaming company in connection with an investigation by Spanish regulators.
  • Representing CONMEBOL in connection with U.S. criminal investigations and prosecutions of alleged bribery and corruption at FIFA and in the international soccer world.
  • Representing two former Mexican governors in U.S. extradition proceedings in connection with the Mexican government’s allegations of illicit conduct during their respective tenures as governor.
  • Representing a senior executive of one of the largest U.S.-based multinational companies in connection with high-profile DOJ and SEC investigations into potential FCPA violations in Mexico and elsewhere.

International Arbitration

  • Representing U.S. investors in a Mexican oil services company in a NAFTA arbitration against Mexico.
  • Representing a Colombian sugar manufacturer in two International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitrations regarding a renewable energy project in Nicaragua. 
  • Representing one of the oldest banks in Europe in an arbitration against Austria before the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
  • Representing a Peruvian oil services firm in an arbitration against its joint venture partners before the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR).
  • Stanford Law School
    (J.D., 2005)
  • Stanford University
    (B.A., International Relations, with Honors, 2002)
  • The State Bar of New York
  • The State Bar of California
  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • United States District Courts:
    • Southern District of New York
    • Eastern District of New York
  • Spanish
  • Executive Office of the President of the United States, Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR):
    • Senior Advisor, 2012-2013
  • United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA):
    • Senior Advisor, 2010-2012
  • Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP:
    • Associate, 2010
  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP:
    • Senior Associate, 2005-2010
  • Selected to the Lawdragon 500 Global Litigation 500 guide (2021)
  • Selected as one of Law360’s Top Attorneys Under 40 – White Collar (2020)
  • Selected as one of the Washington Business Journal’s 2018 "40 Under 40"
  • “Arbitration Advocacy and Criminal Matters: The Arbitration Advocate as Master of Strategy,” The Guide to Advocacy - Third Edition, Global Arbitration Review (2018)
  • Adjunct Law Professor, Georgetown Law