Ruth Espey-Romero


Past PADF President
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Washington, D.C.

Ruth Espey-Romero is a Shareholder in the Washington, D.C office of the global law firm, Greenberg Traurig.  She has been representing governmental, corporate and private interests in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and the Middle East since 1980.  Ms. Espey-Romero is well known for her breadth of knowledge of international and commercial law and relations and her advocacy skills on behalf of governments, corporations and individuals needing legal expertise in project financing, the granting of licenses, approvals and assistance by U.S. agencies, and seeking relief from claims, sanctions or commercial repercussions imposed by U.S. federal and international agencies.

Ms. Espey-Romero has served as team leader for significant foreign government and agency representations, as well as representations of multinational corporations in El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Colombia, Dominican Republic, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East.  Having lived and worked in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America for many years, she possesses key problem solving expertise of value to her international clients on U.S. Government issues and regulations and domestic clients needing legal counsel in other countries.  Most recently Ruth and her team have been in the forefront representing clients in connection with claims made under the recent Dominican Republic-Central American-US Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) and in helping U.S. companies joint venturing in the UAE.

Ms. Espey-Romero began her legal career with Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft in New York where she was a corporate/commercial practitioner. She then moved to Washington, D.C. and joined Perkins Coie’s Washington, D.C. office to specialize in international and domestic financing transactions. Over the years, she has continued her transactional practice broadening it to include project and structured finance with the international financial institutions, global logistics and supply, manufacturing, purchase and sale, distribution and licensing transactions. As her clients have expanded their business interests into overseas markets, Ms. Espey-Romero now devotes significant time to governmental and corporate problem solving in the U.S. and the Middle East. Today, Ms. Espey-Romero’s practice includes both domestic and international projects, including representing the first companies to file Requests for Arbitration under the Investor-State provisions of the CAFTA-DR.

Ms. Espey-Romero was PADF President from 2004-2006.