Francisco Álvarez

Francisco Álvarez

"An excellent litigator with a very intense practice in penal and civil litigation"

Founding Senior Partner of HEADRICK.  His professional practice has fundamentally developed in the areas of judicial and arbitrary litigations, banking law, negotiations, corporate law, and projects related to the area of telecommunications.

Francisco Álvarez has been distinguished for his active participation in the civil Dominican society, being involved in numerous legislative reforms and the reform of the Judicial Branch carried out in the country.

Author of “Fianza de Solvencia Judicial” (Judicial Solvency Bail), “Principales Dificultades en la Resolución de Conflictos Electorales: el caso dominicano” (Main Difficulties in the Resolution of Electoral Conflicts: the Dominican case), “La Ciudadanía en los Procesos de Rendición de Cuentas” (The Citizens in the Processes for Accountability), “MoU en la Práctica Dominicana” (MoU in the Dominican Practice), “Breve Historia del Derecho Dominicano” (Brief History of Dominican Law), “Aplicación del convenio arbitral a partes no signatarias” (Application of the arbitration agreement to non-signatory parties),  “Necesidad de vincular los controles concentrado y difuso  de constitucionalidad de la norma” (Need to link the constitutional control of the law) , “Joint Ventures” (coauthored with Sarah De León Perelló), “El Arbitraje Internacional en la República Dominicana” (International Arbitration in the Dominican Republic, coauthored with William Headrick).
He has participated as lecturer in numerous national and international seminars, such as: “Judicial Independence and a State of Law Culture: the Dominican case”, “Alternative Dispute Resolution: advantages as a corporate tool”, “Analysis and Perspectives on Commercial Arbitration in the Dominican Republic”, “Control Mechanisms in the Public Administration”, “Managing Bank Frauds under the new Code for Criminal Procedures”, “Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Dominican Republic”, “Diverse Forms of Lawyer Societies”, “Arbitration in Comparative Law”, “The Circulation of Contracts”, “Judicial Solvency Bail”, “History of Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Dominican Republic”, among others.
Francisco Álvarez has academic experience as a professor of the Law Faculty of the Pedro Henríquez Ureña University (UNPHU), and currently as a Contract Law professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM).

Mr. Álvarez received his Bachelor of Laws, Magna Cum Laude, from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña in 1979. He has a Postgraduate Specialization Course in Constitutional Law of the Dominican Republic from University Castilla La Mancha, and in 2012 he obtained his Masters Degree in Constitutional Law and Public Law from University Castilla La Mancha. Furthermore, Mr. Álvarez participated in the Advanced PIDA Seminar regarding Commercial International Arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce in 2008. He is fluent in Spanish and English.


  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Insurance
  • Litigation
  • Telecommunications
  • Trusts and Estates


Mr. Álvarez’ professional practice has been noticeably recognized by Chambers Latin America – Latin America’s Leading Lawyers for Dispute Resolution 2012 edition, Chambers Global 2012 and, by Latin Lawyer 250 – Latin America Leading’s Business Law Firms, 2012 edition, being described in the first one as “technically magnificent” for providing an “extremely efficient service” to his clients, and as a solid litigant that focuses on details but never loses sight of the big picture.


  • Official Dominican Bar Association (CARD)
  • Participación Ciudadana, Inc. (PC)
  • Profamilia, Inc.