José Francisco Mafla | Lawyers in Colombia Brigard & Urrutia EN José Francisco Mafla

Brigard & Urrutia

José Francisco Mafla

Admitted to practice law in:
Colombia - New York - United States Court of International Trade


He worked as foreign attorney in Harkins Cunningham LLP in New York, and in Uría Menéndez in Madrid, Spain. Mr. Mafla joined Brigard & Urrutia in 2006 and is Partner of the firm since 2015, focusing on the Corporate Law/M&A, and Customs and International Trade practices. Mr. Mafla is admitted to practice law in Colombia (2001), in the state of New York (2006) and in the United States Court of International Trade (2015).

Attorney with wide expertise in commercial law, international business law, mergers and acquisitions, and customs and international trade. Mr. Mafla is also an arbitrator at the Center for Conciliation and Arbitration of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá, and currently is the Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Colombian American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM Colombia). He is also member of the Academic Committee of Customs and Foreign Trade of the Colombian Institute of Tax Law.

Mr. Mafla is an attorney from the School of Law of Universidad de los Andes, and obtained a specialization in Business Law from Universidad Externado in Colombia. He also holds an LL.M from New York University School of Law. Aside from his legal practice, Mr. Mafla has been Professor (undergraduate and postgraduate studies) of Commercial Law and International Economic and International Trade Law at Universidad Externado, Universidad de los Andes, ICESI and EAFIT in Colombia.

Mr. Mafla obtained the scholarship Lucía Patiño at Universidad de los Andes in 1999. He was recognized as star associate by Chambers and Partners Latin America in 2013, 2014 and 2015. He was also recognized as a leading lawyer by Legal 500 in 2012 and 2013 and by Who’s Who Legal. After his appointment as partner in 2015, Chambers and Partners recognized him as an “Up and Coming" lawyer for Colombia in connection with International Trade/WTO.



Firm: Brigard & Urrutia Attorneys

Position: Partner

Entry Year: 2006


Experience Abroad

Firm: Uría Menéndez - España

Position: Foreign Associate

Year: 2008 - 2009


Firm: Harkins Cunningham LLP

Position: Foreign Associate

Year: 2005 - 2006

Educational Background

University: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Program: Diploma in Customs Law

Degree: Diploma in Customs Law

Year: 2010

University: New York University School of Law

Program: Master in Law

Degree: LL.M - Masters of Laws

Year: 2005


University: Universidad Externado de Colombia

Program: Specialization in Business Law

Degree: Specialist in Business Law

Year: 2003


University: Universidad de los Andes

Program: Law

Degree: Attorney

Year: 2001

University: University of Nantes

Program: French Language and Civilization

Degree: Diploma in French Language and Civilization

Year: 2000