Juan M. Alcalá is co-chair of Gardere's International Dispute Resolution Group. For over a decade, Mr. Alcalá has represented U.S. clients with high-exposure matters in or stemming from Latin America, as well as Latin American clients with disputes pending in the United States and other parts of the globe. These matters have involved contractual disputes, collective actions, products liability claims, environmental tort claims and intellectual property conflicts. Clients doing or wanting to do business in the region also rely on Mr. Alcalá's cross-border dispute experience for risk assessment counseling and guidance. In 2012, Latin Lawyer 250 recognized Mr. Alcalá as a leading lawyer for Latin America. Complementing this transnational disputes practice is Mr. Alcalá's domestic litigation, trial and appellate experience. He has first or second chaired over half a dozen jury and bench trials, argued several cases to the 5th Circuit, provided strategic counseling and advice on appellate issues during the trial phase of more than a dozen high exposure trials, argued dozens of motions before federal and state courts, and taken dozens of depositions. Mr. Alcalá's domestic litigation experience has involved a wide variety of topics, including business torts, partnership conflicts, complex lending transactions, fiduciary duties, copyright and trademark disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract allegations and product defects.