Marcela Filloy

Marcela Filloy Zerr

Attorney and Notary Public LatinAlliance Costa Rica
  • Fields of expertise: Foreign Investment, Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Languages: Spanish - English

Professional experience

Ms. Filloy is a local and international arbitrator and has pioneered arbitration in Costa Rica. She has been involved with the main conciliation and arbitration centers in Latin America for over 20 years. She has promoted, coordinated and directed the creation of the Arbitration Center of the Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce and is its secretary for the Court of Arbitration on a global level.

She also led the negotiations of the RD-CAFTA on behalf of the Costa Rican private sector, and introduced the guidelines for the settlement of private disputes included in that treaty.

She represented Costa Rica at the Advisory Committee for the Settlement of Private Commercial Disputes of the Free Trade Agreement between Costa Rica and Mexico, and between Central America and Dominican Republic.

She has been a consultant for the Inter-american Development Bank and an international consultant for USAID projects in Nicaragua and Paraguay; for the past 16 years, she has been the Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Inter-american Commercial Arbitration Commission and vicepresident of the Costa Rican Chamber of Exports.

She is a founding partner of the legal firm Meléndez, Pochet, Filloy y Asociados, and a partner for 31 years.

Academic background

She has a law degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Centroamérica and the Escuela Libre de Derecho, in Costa Rica. She has a Master degree with emphasis on International Commercial Law and International Arbitration from the Georgetown University Law Center, in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. and is a recipient of the prestigious Fullbright Scholarship.

Marcela has participated in numerous OAS training sessions, where over 150 international arbitration centers were represented. Furthermore, she has participated as assistant and lecturer at numerous courses, seminars and workshops on international commerce and alternative disputes settlement, in both the Americas and Europe. She has received training as international arbitrator for the Inter-american Commission for Disputes Resolution, ICDR-AAA and ICC. Also, she has been an instructor for the international course that trains international arbitrators delivered by the Arbitration Center of the Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce and the Inter-american Commercial Arbitration Commission.

She has several publications, especially notable is the Report on Costa Rica included in the International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration, published by Kluwer Law International (2009 and 2014).


  • Member of the Board of Directors of the CAM-CR and CIAR (Colegio de Abogados y Abogadas de Costa Rica).