William Javier Araque


William, Of Counsel of the Conflict Resolution & Investment Protection practice group at Gómez-Pinzón Abogados, has advised local and foreign companies for over 42 years in issues relating to complex commercial contracts, commercial distribution schemes, Colombian procedural law, and in general matters relating to business law. He has represented several companies in multiple proceedings before the ordinary jurisdiction and local arbitration tribunals in complex controversies.
In the area of Conflict Resolution he has been involved in over 75 arbitration proceedings governed by the Chambers of Commerce of Bogotá, Medellín and Pereira, in claims for over 2.5 billion dollars. He has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá’s A-list of arbitrators for more than 10 years.
In the area of national litigation he has counseled and represented companies from the pharmaceutical, consumer goods and automotive sectors, and commerce and trade in general, in matters ranging from class actions, distribution claims, commercial agency agreements and consumer protection law to tort and contractual liability actions.

Professional experience

  • Of Counsel, Gómez-Pinzón Abogados, since 2020.
  • Partner, Gómez-Pinzón Abogados, 2008 – 2020.
  • Partner, Zuleta Suárez Araque & Jaramillo Abogados, 2000 – 2008.
  • Senior associate, Baker & McKenzie, 1990 – 2000.
  • Magistrate Assistant and Court Official, Judicial Branch of Colombia (Civil Judges of the Circuit and Superior Court of Bogotá), 1979 – 1990./li>


  • Law school, Universidad Libre de Colombia, 1993.


  • Spanish


  • Member of IBA (International Bar Association).

Latest Recognitions

  • The Legal 500 LATAM 2022, Leading Individuals, Litigation, Arbitration.
  • Chambers Latin America 2022, Band 2, Dispute Resolution.
  • Included in Latin Lawyer 2021, Arbitration, Litigation.
  • Leaders League, Best Litigator in Colombia 2019.
  • Best Lawyers, Best Bankruptcy Attorney in Colombia 2020.