Fellows - David Gutierrez

David Gutierrez


is a Founding Partner of BLP, one of the largest law firms in Central America and a leader in Pro-Bono and sustainability issues in the Central American region. Before BLP, he was a partner at KPMG, an Associate at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Door (an international law firm in Washington D.C.), and an advisor to the Presidency of Costa Rica. Presently, he serves as Co-Chair of the Latin American Regional Forum of the International Bar Association, the largest organization of lawyers in the world. He also serves as President of the Board of Directors of Fundación CRUSA, a leading foundation in Costa Rica that promotes strategic initiatives at a national level. He was the President of the BLP Pro Bono Foundation (the first Costa Rican signatory of the Pro Bono Declaration of the Americas) and headed the first-ever Pro Bono Committee of the Costa Rican Bar Association. David was a founding member and former President of CICA, the arbitration center of AMCHAM; as well as of the Costa Rican Association of International Law (ACODI). He has been ranked as one of the best lawyers in the Central American region by several prestigious international publications, and was recognized as “Latin Lawyer’s Central American Law Firm Leader of the Year”. David graduated from the University of Costa Rica’s Law School and Georgetown University Law Center with honors. He is a Fulbright and an Organization of American States scholar. David writes a bi-weekly opinion column in CRHOY.COM, a digital news source and the most visited site in the country. He loves soccer and serves on the board of Saprissa, the most successful soccer club in CONCACAF. He is married with Carolina and is the proud father of Alberto and Felipe.

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Fellow CALI 9