Romeo A. Rojas Professional Corporation

Romeo A. Rojas, FCIArb

Experienced domestic, international and investor-state arbitration counsel and arbitrator

Professional Experience

  • Independent Arbitrator, Romeo A. Rojas Professional Corporation, Calgary, Alberta (2021 - Present)

  • Partner, Bennett Jones LLP, Calgary, Alberta (2019 - 2021)

  • Associate, Bennett Jones LLP, Calgary, Alberta (2016 - 2019)

  • Associate, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP, Calgary, Alberta (2007 - 2016)

  • Foreign Service Officer, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Various Locations (2000 - 2007)

Education

  • Master of Laws (LLM), University of Calgary (2015)

  • Juris Doctor (JD), University of British Columbia (2000)

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA (Hons.)), University of Alberta (1997)

Bar Admissions

  • Law Society of Upper Canada (2007 - 2016)

  • Law Society of Alberta (2008 - Present)

  • Law Society of British Columbia (2010 - 2021)

Administrative Boards and Tribunals

  • City of Calgary Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (Member)

Panel Appointments

  • Vancouver International Arbitration Centre (VanIAC), Expedited Procedures Panel

  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), Canada Expedited Panel

  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), International Expedited Panel

Memberships

  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Fellow)

  • Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society

  • ADR Institute of Canada (2021 - Present)

  • ADR Institute of Alberta (2021 - Present)

  • ICC Canada Arbitration Committee (2015 - 2016, 2019 - Present)

  •  ICC Canada Arbitration Committee, Executive Committee (International Outreach Committee) (2020 - Present)

  • Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners (Member, 2009 - 2015; Director, 2011 - 2015; Treasurer, 2013 - 2015; Advisory Board, 2015 - Present)

  • Canadian Council for the Americas – Alberta (2020 - Present)

  • International Bar Association (2008 - 2021)

  • Canadian Bar Association (2007 – 2021)

  • American Bar Association (2016 - 2021)

  • Calgary Bar Association (2007 - 2021)

Publications

  • Co-author, “When Consolidation Fails: Challenges of Parallel Arbitral Proceedings” in Energy Arbitration, 4th Ed. (Global Arbitration Review, 2020)

  • Co-author, "Canada" in International Comparative Legal Guide on International Arbitration (London: Global Legal Group, 2016)

  • Co-author, "Canada" in Arbitration World, 5th ed., (London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2015)

  • Co-author, "Canada" in The International Arbitration Review, 1st to 3rd eds., (London: Business Law Research, 2010- 2012)

  • Co-author, "Arbitrating International Energy Disputes", BDP Energy Newsletter (Spring, 2014)

  • Co-author, "You Don't Really Expect Me to Pay This: The Problem of Stale Billings in the Energy Industry", Oil Sands Review (April 2012)

  • Editor, Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners Newsletter (2013-2015)

Presentations

  • Panelist, ICC Canada Arbitration Conference, Tour d’Horizon Panel (presenting on arbitration developments in Latin America and the Middle East) (September 2020)

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Calgary Faculty of Law, Law 557: Commercial Arbitration (2020 - Present)

  • Presenter, Arbitration for Litigators (Bennett Jones Academy) (November 2019)

  • Presenter, Petroleum Joint Venture Association – Revisions to dispute resolution provisions of NAFTA/USMCA (October 2018)

  • Substitute Lecturer, University of Calgary Faculty of Law, Law 557: Commercial Arbitration, (2016-2017)

  • Presenter, "The Keystone Claim - Investment Disputes under the NAFTA", Petroleum Joint Venture Association (Calgary, 2016)

  • Co-Presenter, "Drafting Effective and Cost-Effective Arbitration Clauses", Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners Spring Symposium (Calgary, 2016)

  • Roundtable Facilitator, "Smart Disagreements", CBA Alberta Law Conference (Calgary, 2016)

  • Faculty Member, "A Debate and Discussion of investor-State Dispute Resolution in the Energy    Sector", Annual Juris Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference (Washington, DC, 2013)

  • Co-Presenter, "Limitations Periods and Joint Venture Billings", Petroleum Joint Venture Association (Calgary, 2011 and 2013)

  • Presenter, "Alberta Case Law Update", Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners Fall Symposium (Montreal, 2011)

Directorships

  • Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners (2011-2015)

  • PaceKids Programs for Children with Motor Disabilities (2009-2013)

Industry Recognition

  • Who’s Who Legal – Future Leader, Arbitration (2021, 2022)

  • Chambers and Partners – Canada – Dispute Resolution: Arbitration, Up and Coming (2021)