José Mario Valdés

Senior Associate

New York

José Mario Valdés is a Senior Associate in Orrick’s Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group.

José Mario represents clients in complex, high-stakes commercial litigation most notably in the energy and financial services sectors.

His experience spans all stages of litigation in both state and federal courts, from pleadings and motion practice, to fact discovery, expert analysis, and obtaining favorable settlements in lieu of trial. He has successfully defended clients against claims that commonly arise in commercial litigation, obtaining early dismissals against claims for breach of contract, fraud, successor liability, and veil-piercing. He also represents renewable energy clients in cross-border construction arbitrations before the ICC, where he leverages his Spanish speaking skills and his knowledge of New York construction law to obtain favorable results for our clients.  His construction experience involves solar, wind, and backup power plant projects at all stages of development, from bidding and procurement to construction and commissioning.

In addition to his litigation and arbitration experience, he advises on drafting and negotiating complex commercial agreements and assessing business risks.

Before joining Orrick, José Mario worked as a litigation associate at a global law firm representing clients in SEC enforcement actions for alleged violations of the FCPA and Pay to Play regulations.  

His pro bono experience includes representing low income tenants in NY Housing Court, asylum seekers in removal proceedings, and families separated and harmed by the United States under the Zero Tolerance Policy.

José Mario received his JD from Columbia Law School and a bachelor’s degree in Government from Harvard College.