Mr. Varela’s practice focuses on international civil and criminal matters, typically involving legal actions in multiple countries.  Mr. Varela regularly coordinates and directs multi-jurisdictional civil and criminal matters and investigations, supervising counsel in multiple jurisdictions.  Clients regularly seek Mr. Varela’s assistance in developing strategies for managing matters with competing interests, particularly with regard to matters involving Latin America and Spain.  He blends expertise in law, politics and media in order to guide companies as well as individuals through crises and scandals. 

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.

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
  • Advise multi-national corporations on strategies for responding to corruption-related investigations in multiple jurisdictions
  • 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