CristinaPérez Soto


Miami + 1.305.714.9733 New York + 1.212.326.3939

Cristina Pérez Soto, the head of litigation for the Miami Office, is an experienced trial lawyer with more than 20 years of experience representing companies in high-profile litigation in federal and state courts. A first-chair trial lawyer, Cristina regularly advises and defends companies across industries in complex commercial disputes, consumer class actions, and related regulatory proceedings. Cristina also has experience defending mass arbitrations. She has extensive experience in preparing and developing litigation defense strategy in challenging jurisdictions. Cristina practices across a range of industries, including energy, telecommunications, consumer productions, technology, and health care. She also has significant experience in matters related to financial institutions, including actions brought by government regulators.

Cristina also has first-chair experience advising and defending companies in government and regulatory investigations and related litigation. She also regularly leads internal investigations, with particular experience defending against corruption and fraud allegations. Cristina served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Florida for several years. She also practices in all areas of cross-border investigations and disputes before international arbitration institutions, including matters that have been conducted entirely in Spanish.

She maintains an active pro bono practice, including multiple representations related to Jones Day's Border Project. Cristina is a co-leader of Jones Day's Firmwide Hispanic Lawyers Group and a member of the Firmwide Diversity, Inclusion and Advancement Committee.


  • Medtronic succeeds in vacating forum non conveniens dismissalRuling for Jones Day's client, Medtronic Medical CR SRL ("Medtronic"), the First Circuit vacated a district court's dismissal of Medtronic's lawsuit arising from a scheme to defraud the company of millions of dollars in connection with the construction of a new manufacturing facility in Costa Rica.
  • TotalEnergies enters into Strategic Alliance and Investment Agreement with Sunix and Tropigas in the Dominican RepublicJones Day advised TotalEnergies in the strategic alliance and investment agreement with Omaha Beach Investment Corp., Sunix Petroleum, S.R.L. and Tropigas Dominicana, S.R.L. in the Dominican Republic.
  • Pro bono client challenges parental modification order in Florida courtsJones Day, along with the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP), represented a client in Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal and in the Florida Supreme Court, resulting in partial relief from an adverse parental modification order.
  • CIBC secures dismissal of putative class asserting claims under the CARES ActJones Day successfully represented Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in a putative class action arising under the CARES Act's Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP"), obtaining dismissal of all claims.
  • Merchant banking firm provides $60 million senior secured credit facility to multinational software companyJones Day represented a merchant banking firm in connection with a $60 million senior secured credit facility comprised of a $50 million initial term loan facility, a $5 million delayed draw term loan facility, and a $5 million revolving credit facility provided to a multinational software company.
  • Audit committee of large public company conducts investigation into allegations of financial fraud and self-dealing in MexicoOn behalf of the audit committee of a large U.S. public company, Jones Day conducted an investigation into allegations of financial fraud and self-dealing by management relating to the company's Mexico operations.
  • LCR and several affiliates acquire substantially all assets of CS Mining pursuant to sale under section 363 of Bankruptcy CodeJones Day represents various affiliates of Lippo China Resources Limited ("LCR") in connection with its investment in excess of $75 million in CS Mining, LLC, a copper mining company based in Milford, Utah that is the subject of a chapter 11 case pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Utah.
  • Asylum granted to unaccompanied minors from GuatemalaJones Day successfully represented sisters K.C. and K.S., two unaccompanied minors from Guatemala, in obtaining asylum utilizing a novel "Cinderella" theory.
  • Fourth Alcuin Fund acquires minority stake in Air Charter ServiceJones Day represented The Fourth Alcuin Fund LP, a fund managed by Alcuin Capital Partners LLP, in connection with its minority stake investment in Air Charter Service, a global leader in providing aircraft charters.
  • Honduran family granted asylum based on religious persecutionIn the U.S. Immigration Court for Baltimore, Maryland, Jones Day obtained asylum for our clients M.L., S.V., and J.L.
  • Businesswoman arbitrates breach of shareholder's agreement claims at ICCJones Day represented a businesswoman and philanthropist seeking injunctive and monetary relief through arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) related to the breach of the shareholder's agreement for a company with operations in 17 countries in Latin America.
  • Seller of oil field concessions defends FCPA investigationJones Day is representing an individual who is being investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in relation to the sale of certain oil field concessions in Argentina.
  • Major multinational corporation undergoes internal investigation into accounting fraud and corruptionJones Day conducted an internal investigation into alleged accounting fraud and corruption in the international operations of a major publicly traded multinational corporation.
  • The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.

    Represented a Fortune 500 company in multiple state and federal actions related to lease agreements for telecommunication services throughout the United States alleging fraud in the inducement, breach of contract, and unfair trade practices.

    Represented a multisystem cable operator in a carriage and distribution dispute with a channel operator.

    Represented a South American client in a multimillion dollar dispute in connection with a stock purchase agreement involving the sale of an interest in a financial and insurance group of companies.

    Represented a multinational company in a criminal investigation regarding allegations of noncompliance with audit guidelines.

    Represented a foreign corporation whose takeover tender offer was challenged in a federal securities action seeking to halt the takeover bid.

    Represented a major accounting firm in an SEC investigation.

    Represented a sovereign government in an intellectual property dispute with United States licensees.

    • February 21, 2019
      Tips for Young Lawyers in the Courtroom: A Panel Discussion
    • September 26, 2018
      Calling in the cavalry for corporate investigations, Latin America Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA) Regional Meeting
    • 20 junio, 2018
      La creciente importancia de las investigaciones internas al amparo de la FCPA y su impacto en la empresa española
    • May 10, 2018
      Women in Business, moderator, MDFAWL Fifth Annual Leadership Summit
    • April 26, 2018
      Corruption and Arbitration: What have we learnt so far?, speaker, Second Annual Arbitration Summit, Latin Lawyer
    • February 21, 2017
      Moderator, the Grit Project CLE
    • October 18, 2016
      FCPA Investigations and the New National Anticorruption System in Mexico, speaker
    • February 26, 2016
      Emergency and Interim Measures in International Arbitration, moderator, Florida Bar ILAT Conference
    • February 14, 2016
      Speaker, "ICC Young Arbitrators Forum: Arbitration and Technology," VII International Arbitration Congress
    • November 5, 2015
      Moderator, "What Practitioners Need to Know: Upcoming Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Local Rules of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida"
    • November 1, 2014
      Speaker, "ICC Young Arbitrators Forum, A Discussion of Theoretical and Practical Issues Facing Young Practitioners"