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Gabriela M. Ruiz
201 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 1900
Miami, Florida 33131
+1 305 967 6100
São Paulo
Av. Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek 1600 Conjunto 112, Itaim Bibi
São Paulo-SP, 04543-000
+55 11 4933 6743

Gabriela Ruiz is an experienced litigator who represents individual and corporate clients in disputes, investigations, and government enforcement actions arising from allegations of fraud and bribery, with a focus on Latin America. She is particularly focused on the defense of civil and criminal actions that are politically motivated or pursued through corrupt means. Ms. Ruiz also handles intellectual property disputes, cross-border discovery, and insolvency-related proceedings.

Before joining Kobre & Kim, Ms. Ruiz practiced at Holland & Knight in Miami, where she represented clients in cross-border arbitrations and other commercial disputes. Prior to that, she practiced at Farella, Braun + Martel, where she handled white-collar criminal matters and corporate investigations, intellectual property disputes, and other complex business litigation.


  • Foreign Legal Consultant, Brazil
  • Florida
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • Executive Office for Immigration Review


  • Yale Law School, JD
  • Stanford University, BA, honors, Phi Beta Kappa


  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Select Engagements

  • Representation of a Brazilian charitable foundation to conduct a targeted investigation into an embezzlement scheme that resulted in losses totaling tens of millions of dollars.
  • Lead cross-border litigation on behalf of Brazilian clients to recover misappropriated estate assets.
  • Representation of a high-net-worth individual in asset tracing and recovery projects to collect on a judgment worth tens of millions of US dollars.
  • Representation of a major multinational company in defending against a Nicaraguan company seeking to enforce a Nicaraguan judgment in the United States.
  • Under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act of 2016 ("PROMESA"), service as independent investigator to the Special Investigation Committee of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico to perform a comprehensive review of the factors contributing to Puerto Rico's fiscal crisis.
  • Representation of a senior executive in corporate investigation relating to improper kickbacks.
  • Representation of a senior executive in corporate investigation relating to public accounting violations.
  • Representation of a high-level executive charged with making false statements to government authorities.
  • Representation of Spanish R&D company Fractus S.A. in several patent infringement actions against the major U.S. cellular carriers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint) and two antenna manufacturers. After a successful trial representation in the Eastern District of Texas, Kobre & Kim obtained a favorable out-of-court settlement for the client resulting in the transfer of its base station antenna technology patent portfolio.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Dade County Defense Bar Association, Treasurer
  • Southern Legal Counsel, Board Member
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law Center on Children & Families, Advisory Board Member

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