Selma Maria Ferreira Lemes was one the three architects of Brazil’s 1996 arbitration law.
She opened her own boutique in 2002 and now acts as both counsel and arbitrator. She is a senior figure within many of Brazil’s more important arbitral organisations, including the Brazilian Arbitration Committee (CBAr), where she sits on the executive council.
Before setting up her boutique, she was the senior in-house counsel for the São Paulo Federation of Industries – leading a team of 16 lawyers – and later worked as a partner with the antitrust and regulatory firm Advocacia José Del Chiaro. Lemes teaches arbitration at several universities, including the Getulio Vargas Foundation in São Paulo. In 2009, she became Brazil’s alternate member of the ICC Court.
Recently, she spoke at a conference co-organised by ICC and FIDIC in São Paulo, on construction arbitration involving state parties.