Johanna Rousseaux advises clients on the resolution of complex disputes before U.S., foreign, and international tribunals. With almost 30 years of experience working in Latin America and Europe, Johanna understands the cultural contexts of disputes and brings a unique perspective to resolving them. She works closely with in-house and foreign counsel, witnesses, and experts to develop a cohesive strategy capable of straddling widely different legal systems. Johanna has extensive experience with state, federal, and appellate litigation, cross-border discovery, trial before foreign tribunals, private and treaty-based arbitration, mediation, and consultation with government agencies.
Johanna represents one of the world's largest energy companies and saw the company through an historic case involving a foreign government, its state oil company, individual plaintiffs, and the international coalition of lawyers and activists who supported them.
Johanna also is a dedicated pro bono lawyer, repeatedly winning recognition from the nonprofit agencies she collaborates with. She helped establish the Firm's Laredo Project, serving as one of the lead lawyers "on the ground" on the Texas border providing representation to asylum seekers in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention.
Before joining Jones Day, Johanna headed the conflict resolution and prevention program at the Arias Foundation, founded by Nobel Peace laureate and president of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias. Working closely with Dr. Arias taught Johanna the power of leadership through service. In addition to her pro bono work, Johanna sits on the board of directors of Americans for Immigrant Justice, the public policy committee of United Way, and the executive council of United Way's Women United.
Global Issues Under the Trump Administration: What the Future May Hold for Sanctions and Export Controls
Beyond Rum and Cigars: Further Easing of Sanctions Paves Way for Increased Business Opportunities in Cuba
Miami International Commercial Arbitration Court: Another Reason Why Miami Is Becoming the Preferred Seat for Latin American Arbitrations
- October 22, 2018
When International Law Intersects with Family and Immigration Law (FIU Law)
- September 26, 2014
International Maritime Arbitrations: You're Not In Florida Anymore (JAMS)
- The University of Texas (J.D. with honors 1995; Editor-in-Chief, Texas International Law Journal; Vinson & Elkins Endowed Presidential Scholarship in International Law; Dean's Achievement Award); The University of the South (B.A. in Political Science cum laude 1989; Order of the Gownsmen)
- Texas, Florida, District of Columbia, and U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
Honored with the "Ecce Quam Bonum Award" for outstanding alumni of The University of the South
Selected as a "Notable Alumni" by IES Abroad for accomplishments in an international career
Named a "Pro Bono Hero" by AI Justice for representation of unaccompanied minor children
Recognized by Lawyers Without Borders for "singular and outstanding" commitment to pro bono work
- Legal intern, Inter-American Court of Human Rights, San Jose, Costa Rica (1995-1996)
- French, Spanish