Since January 1, 2011, John Rooney has practiced law as shareholder of John H. Rooney, Jr., P.A., a Florida professional association with its registered place of business in Miami, Florida, He continues to represent clients in international business matters, including international arbitrations and insurance matters. His new, more efficient structure allows him to continue to provide personalized advice for complex commercial transactions and disputes.
Prior to January 1, 2011, John Rooney was a partner in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen, where he was a member of the firm's International Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group, He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Louisiana (the only state of the United States with a civilian system of private law), and Texas.
As an arbitrator, Mr. Rooney has resolved disputes under the rules of the Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission (IACAC, or CIAC) , the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR or CIRD), the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC or CCI). He has chaired arbitral tribunals in both English and Spanish. He has arbitrated a wide range of disputes, including hotel operating agreements, ship construction agreements, international distribution agreements, stock purchase agreements, and foreign investment disputes, and shareholder agreements.
In addition, he has served as counsel in arbitrations under the rules of many arbitral institutions, and represented clients in arbitration-related litigation. As an advocate in arbitrations, he has handed disputes involving international reinsurance, international insurance policies, international distribution agreements, stock purchase agreements, and international telecommunications. He has first chaired arbitrations in Spanish and English.
Mr. Rooney has handled arbitration-related litigation in both United States federal and state courts, and coordinated cross-border enforcement efforts of international arbitration awards. Representative matters have included the removal of a international health insurance dispute from state to federal court and enforcement of an international arbitration agreement and jurisdictional matters involving the ability of a federal court to hear an action to set aside an arbitration award issued in an arbitration involving two foreign parties.
Handling a dispute subject to an arbitration clause is only one element of the advice that a client should expect. He has also advises clients on the use of arbitration in the context of either the negotiation of a complicated business arrangement, such as a stock purchase agreement, or in the effectuation of an international insurance policies.
Mr. Rooney is also involved in academic activities involving international arbitration. He teaches the international commercial arbitration seminar and the international business transactions class at the University of Miami School of Law, where he also coaches the law school’s Vis International Arbitration Moot, held in Vienna, Austria every spring. For the Loyola University of the South School of Law, he conducts a course called “International Arbitration” at the law school’s international summer program, which alternates between San José, Costa Rica and Rio de Janeiro. He also conducts an internet course for Georgetown Law CLE on the drafting of contracts in English, which is directed to attorneys in Latin America.
Mr. Rooney’s involvement in professional organizations complements his effectiveness. He is past chair of the International Law Section of the Florida Bar, where he proposed the enactment of the UNICTRAL Model International Commercial Arbitration Law in Florida, which became law in Florida in July 2010. In addition, he is chair of the Inter-American Bar Association’s International Arbitration Law Committee and represents the Inter-American Bar at meeting of UNCITRAL’s Arbitration and Conciliation working group (Working Group II). He is also a consultant for UNCITRAL, for whom he has participated in judicial workshops and conferences.
He speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish, and has written and spoken extensively on the subject of international arbitration both in the United States and abroad. His most recent publication is a chapter titled “International Commercial Arbitration Practice in the United States,” part of a book titled “International Commercial Arbitration Practice: 21th Century Perspectives,” published in 2010 by the Thompson Publishing Group. He co-authored the chapter with Richard Williamson and Judith Freedberg of the University of Miami School of Law. Mr. Rooney has been recognized in Best Lawyers of America and The World’s Leading Experts in International Commercial Arbitration, as well as Florida Trend’s Legal Elite in the area of international commercial arbitration.