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Miguel Loza, Jr. is Of Counsel in Gibson Dunn’s Los Angeles office, where he practices in the Firm’s Litigation Department. Miguel focuses on complex litigation matters, with a particular expertise in transnational issues and cases arising out of Latin America. He also has significant experience handling white collar investigations, as well as high-stakes matters involving Alien Tort Statute, Torture Victim Protection Act, RICO, environmental, chemical exposure and supply chain allegations.
Miguel has played a major role in several noteworthy business and commercial matters involving important transnational litigation issues. He has extensive experience handling issues that surround the conduct of foreign and U.S.-based litigation as part of a comprehensive global litigation defense strategy for the client. These issues include, among other things, securing positive results in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously, and also guiding and managing transnational matters to avoid vexatious litigation, inconsistent rulings and waiver of defenses in subsequent jurisdictions. Additionally, Miguel has litigated several cases dealing with the recognition and enforcement of foreign country judgments, with a particular focus on developing legal strategies to prevent the recognition of suspect foreign judgments in U.S. courts.
He is fluent in Spanish and works extensively with foreign attorneys throughout Latin America and Europe, advising clients on the many multifaceted issues that characterize cross-border litigation and investigations and formulating comprehensive strategy plans to manage and guide the cross-border matters to a successful resolution for the client. Miguel is adept at selecting and working with foreign legal experts from varied backgrounds to assist clients in addressing difficult transnational issues and to prepare and present expert testimony before U.S. courts and international tribunals. Additionally, he advises clients on media strategies that are key components of a well-developed transnational litigation plan.
Miguel also has also gained substantial experience defending clients involved in white collar government investigations and assisting clients in responding to government agency subpoenas. He has represented clients in connection with alleged violations of sales and marketing regulations, health regulations, environmental regulations, Food and Drug Administration regulations and other administrative matters. Miguel has also worked on international and cross-border white collar investigations in Latin America arising out of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues, including compliance monitorship work in Argentina and Mexico that involved substantial Spanish-language witness interviews.
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Miguel is a proud first-generation college graduate and first-generation professional. He is deeply committed to the Firm’s diversity and mentoring efforts, pro bono work and community service. Miguel is actively involved in the firm’s local and national recruiting and diversity efforts, and serves on the Firm’s LA office Diversity Committee. He also devotes time to the Firm’s mentoring efforts and co-leads the LA office affinity groups for Hispanic/Latinx and First-Generation attorneys. Miguel is actively engaged in the Firm’s pro bono matters, focusing particularly on immigration and social justice matters. In 2012, he received the Firm’s annual award for successfully litigating the Firm’s Most Challenging Pro Bono Matter, in connection with his work on Norwood v. Bourland, a civil rights appeal.
Since 2012, Miguel has been a trustee of the Mexican American Bar Foundation, an organization committed to diversity in the legal profession that awards more than $250,000 in scholarships every year to Latinx students in LA-area law schools. In 2020, he was selected for membership in the Pacific Council on International Policy, which seeks to give the West Coast a stronger and more effective voice in global affairs. Miguel participated in the Los Angeles County Bar Trial Advocacy Program in 2014 and worked at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office as a Pro Bono Deputy City Attorney where he was first chair in two jury trials. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Mexican American Bar Association and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.
Miguel earned his law degree in 2008 from Cornell Law School, where he served as a Managing Editor of the Cornell International Law Journal, and as a student contributor to the Supreme Court Bulletin of the Cornell Legal Information Institute. During law school, he was selected to serve as an Honors Teaching Fellow for the Cornell Lawyering Program and received the law school’s Kasowitz Prize for Excellence in Legal Writing and Oral Advocacy. Miguel served as the Academic Chair for the Latino Law Students Association at Cornell Law School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2005 from Stanford University, with a double major in History and Political Science.
Miguel is a member of the California bar and is admitted to appear before the United States District Courts for the Central and Northern Districts of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and all California state courts.
Cornell University - 2008 Juris Doctor
Stanford University - 2005 Bachelor of Arts