Mr. Varela’s practice focuses on international civil and criminal matters typically involving legal actions in multiple countries.  He has significant expertise in U.S. and international dispute resolution mechanisms, specializing in issues relating to extra-territorial enforcement of U.S. law and legal assistance provided by U.S. authorities to foreign investigators.  Mr. Varela regularly counsels clients on strategies for handling transnational investigations, particularly with regard to matters involving Latin America and Spain.  He is often asked to coordinate and direct the litigation of civil and criminal matters in multiple countries with overlapping, and at times, conflicting interests in the same client or dispute.  Mr. Varela develops strategies for responding to the complex challenges such situations present utilizing his experience in the legal, political, media and economic realities throughout Latin America and Europe.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association


  • Associate, Spriggs & Hollingsworth LLP
  • Associate, Carr Goodson Lee & Warner, P.C.

Representative Matters

  • Represent numerous Latin American political figures with regard to investigations by U.S. authorities
  • Counsel major Spanish conglomerate in corruption related dispute  
  • Advise Latin American business executive in FCPA investigation 
  • Represent Latin American-based businesses in disputes with North American banks 
  • Serve as lead trial counsel for an Argentine industrial manufacturing company in an intellectual property dispute
  • Advise Ecuadorean business conglomerate in defamation dispute 
  • Represent the Algosaibi family of Saudi Arabia in worldwide litigation involving the largest fraud in Saudi history
  • Represent an Argentine conglomerate in an ICC arbitration involving the purchase of retail shops
  • Counsel a Brazilian family with regard to theft of interests in a Rio de Janeiro-based business
  • Represent Brazilian bank with regard to a dispute involving investment in telecommunications
  • Counsel Latin American political figures on techniques for conducting fraud investigations
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment in a lawsuit involving an allegation that denial of weight loss surgery constituted unlawful discrimination
  • Represent Lloyd’s syndicates in arbitration regarding reinsurance of health insurance plans

Publications & Events

In the News


  • Georgetown Law Center (J.D. 1997), Notes Editor, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics
  • Harvard College (A.B., cum laude, 1994)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland