Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz was founded in 1920. Its founder was Dr. José María Travieso Paul, who associated with a New York law firm specializing in Latin American mining and petroleum law founded by Edward Shuster, who was at that time considered the greatest US authority on Latin American Law.
The firm originally specialized in petroleum law and branched into mining law in representing U.S. Steel in the development of the famous Cerro Bolívar iron mountain complex and its Puerto Ordaz project. Although the firm continues to have an extremely prestigious portfolio of petroleum clients, it has, for the last 60 years or more, been just as strong in general corporate, tax, labor, litigation and environmental areas. It has also created an affiliate, TEHAR, s.c., which offers all services related to the registration and management of intellectual property.
The firm maintains offices in the cities of Caracas, Valencia, Barquisimeto, Maracaibo, Puerto La Cruz y Maturín. It is also associated with other law firms in Latin America and Europe and is a member of the prestigious "Club de Abogados" and “Lawyers Associated Worldwide”. The law firm corresponds in English, Spanish and Italian. For several consecutive years we have been recognized among the five most important firms in the country by Chambers Latin America.
Our firm is organized following state-of-the-art globalized standards for practice of law, with all attorneys dedicating their full time to the firm. The firm consists of 46 lawyers and several legal assistants. Today the firm has a professional and administrative staff of over 100.
Although Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz is considered a large firm for Venezuelan standards, we still view ourselves as a growing firm, although we are extremely careful in our selection of new attorneys. Most of our lawyers have completed graduate work in prestigious law schools from the United States and Europe, such as Harvard, Yale, Columbia, New York University, University of California, Tulane and Instituto de Empresa (Madrid), as well as specialized postgraduate studies at the most recognized universities in Venezuela.