About us

Our firm was established in 1956 by Woodrow de Castro (RIP) and David Robles (RIP). During its first 20 years, the firm actively practiced before a US District Court located in the Canal Zone, tending to maritime disputes.  Anticipating the disestablishment of the District Court, Woodrow De Castro, and David Robles were appointed to the presidential commission that created the Maritime Procedural Code of Panama (Act 8 of 1982) and the Maritime Court of Panama. Many years later, another partner of the firm, Alberto Lopez Tom, would participate in the commission that updated such Act.

By the end of the eighties and the expansion of their professional practice, new members entered the firm. The level of clients of De Castro & Robles, required the expansion of its portfolio of services to meet a wide array of needs, thus, De Castro & Robles became a full-service firm, expanding to practice areas such as Financial, Administrative, Civil, Commercial, Labor and Criminal Law.

Ever since, De Castro & Robles multiple partnering attorneys exceptional professional background and training to continue the legacy of its founders.  Today, our practice is both local and international, and continues to grow with a ample number of correspondent firms in Europe, America and Asia.

Currently, we have 16 full-time attorneys and 20 employees in different departments to ensure that your concerns and needs are met in the most stringent response times and that your assets and business interests are protected.  Streamlined costs and accurate time and expense accounting developed through carefully thought out fee structures provide our clientele access to quality and expedient services.

We pride ourselves on maintaining personal contact at all times, and fortunately this philosophy has allowed us to maintain customers dating from the beginning of our practice in 1956.

Representative clients

Our clients are leading organizations with a local and international presence. These include multinational corporations, national and international banks, natural resource development projects, industrial and commercial corporations and companies involved in real estate, construction, hydrocarbons, retail, and telecommunications, to wit:

Maritime: Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC); Maersk Line; Evergreen Line; CMA-CGM; Compañia Sudamericana de Vapores (CSAV); Hapag Lloyd A.G.; Lloyd’s of London; China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO); Wilhelmsen Lines; Mitsui O.S.K. Lines; China Shipping Co.; Hamburg Sud; Crowley Liner Service; Zim Integrated Shipping Services; Korea Line; Compañia Latinoamericana de Navegacion (CLAN); Compañia Chilena de Navegacion Interoceanica (CCNI); Smit International, Atlantic Feeder Services, APL, Inchcape Shipping Services, Bernhard Schulthe.  Representing major P & I Clubs, shipowners and agents at the Panama Canal.

Oil and Energy: Aggreko International Proyects Limited, UEP Penome I, S.A.,  Peninsula Petroleum, Petro-Terminal de Panama, VT Shipping Services.

Aeronautical: K.L.M Royal Dutch Airlines, Société Air France, TAME Linea Aérea del Ecuador.

Business and Corporate: Musson Company Group, Productive Business Solutions, Eppley Limited, Xerox, Plásticos Rimax, Industrias Cannon de Colombia.

References: HSBC Bank Panama; Lexincorp Central America; Banco General, Banco Mercantil, Healy & Baillie, New York; Holland & Knight, New York and San Francisco; Burke & Parsons, New York; Holman, Fenwick & Willan, London; Hill Dickinson, London; Lexincorp, Central America; Yoshida & Partners, Japan.


National Bar Association

Panama Maritime Chamber

Maritime Law Association of Panama

Ibero-American Maritime Law Association

Strategic alliances

Aware of the continuous changes in the business environment and looking to stay at the forefront of their clients needs, DE CASTRO & ROBLES and GALINDO, ARIAS & LOPEZ formalized a Strategic Alliance Agreement.

This Strategic Alliance with GALINDO, ARIAS & LOPEZ strengthens an already existent relation between the firms and increases the spectrum of legal services that both firms are now able to provide backed by experienced attorneys in every aspect of the law. We are confident that this Alliance will be beneficial to all our friends and clients as we will be able to provide unparalleled service and quality for all their legal needs, while maintaining separate identities.

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