Juan M. Alcalá

Holland & Knight

Juan M. Alcalá is a trial attorney and co-chair of Holland & Knight's Energy and Natural Resources Industry Sector Group. He focuses his practice on international litigation and arbitration with a particular emphasis on disputes involving Latin America, including matters pending in international tribunals, foreign courts and U.S. courts. Mr. Alcalá also has extensive U.S. trial and appellate experience, having tried multiple cases to verdict and settlement and appearing as strategic appellate counsel in several dozen high-exposure cases.

Mr. Alcalá's representation spans across various industries. In the energy sector, he has represented energy and energy-related companies in commercial, environmental and intellectual property (IP) disputes. In addition, Mr. Alcalá represents auto, tire, medical device and other manufacturing companies in product liability cases; financial institutions in asset recovery and complex investment disputes; software companies in trade secret, copyright and trademark disputes; and several other middle-market clients in a wide range of business and real estate disputes.

Mr. Alcalá's experience in resolving disputes, his fluency in Spanish, his cultural affinity to Latin America and his command of both the common-law and civil-law traditions allow him to counsel clients regarding a host of litigation-related issues, including assessing potential claims involving foreign assets and counseling clients entering foreign markets or expanding operations in foreign jurisdictions with regard to risk assessment and mitigation.

In the community, Mr. Alcalá supports various nonprofits that focus on supporting young Latinos in socioeconomically disadvantaged circumstances.


  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D.
  • Yale University, B.A.
  • Texas
  • All State Courts in Texas
  • All Federal Courts in Texas
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Deputy Regional President, 2020-Present
  • State Bar of Texas, International Law Section, Chair, 2021-2022; Chair-Elect, 2020; Council Member, 2019-2020
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business at the University of Texas, Advisory Board Member, 2010-2017
  • IFLR1000, The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms, Leading Lawyer, Energy and Infrastructure 2013-2015, 2017, 2018; Mergers & Acquisitions, 2017, 2018
  • The Legal 500 Latin America, Litigation/Arbitration, 2013, 2018
  • Minority Powerbroker, Law360, 2015
  • English
  • Spanish