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About Brianna Gorence

Brianna is an Associate in Freshfields’ international arbitration group, based in Washington D.C.

Brianna is trained in common and civil law and specializes in international law and arbitration. She focuses her practice on disputes in Latin America and has acted in investment treaty arbitrations in English and Spanish conducted under the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules. In addition, she is an active member of the firm’s pro bono practice and part of the Secretariat of Rising Arbitrators Initiative (RAI). She previously served as a rapporteur for the ICCA-IBA Joint Task Force on Data Protection in International Arbitration Proceedings.

Brianna speaks English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

Recent work

  • Representing Smurfit Holdings in an ICSID arbitration against Venezuela under the Netherlands-Venezuela BIT arising from the expropriation of its investments in relation to the paper-packaging industry in Venezuela
  • Representing Eco Oro Minerals Corp. in an ICSID arbitration against Colombia under the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement concerning adverse measures affecting its investment in a gold mining concession
  • Representing a family of Spanish investors in two parallel arbitrations (ICSID Additional Facility and UNCITRAL) against Venezuela under the Spain-Venezuela BIT, arising out of the expropriation of their investments in the food importation and distribution sector and other measures
  • Representing Glencore International A.G. and Prodeco C.I. and Puerto Nuevo S.A. in an ICSID arbitration against Colombia under the Swiss-Colombia BIT concerning adverse measures affecting its investment in the mining and transport sector



  • B.C.L./LL.B, McGill University – Faculty of Law
  • Master's in International Affairs, Paris Institute of Political Studies
  • B.A. Philosophy, Suffolk University 



  • DC Very Young Arbitration Practitioners, Founder and member of Executive Committee
  • Admitted in New York only. Practice limited to ICSID arbitration.



  • Practical Law UK, 2022 Assignment of arbitral awards by Brianna Gorence, Campbell Herbert, Olga Sendetska, Vasuda Sinha and Olivia Valner

  • The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals 17, 2018 The Constructive Role of General Principles in International Arbitration

  • Journal of Parliamentary & Political Law, 2017 Border Security and Liberal Rights in Europe and the U.S