Rafael T. Boza






Portuguese (Basic)


Universidad de Lima, LL.B in Law and Political Science
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, LL.M.
Graduated Cum Laude
South Texas College of Law, J.D.
Dean’s Honor List, Langdell Scholar

Bar Admissions

State of Texas
State of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (inactive)

Professional Affiliations

  • Callao Bar (Peru)
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston International Arbitration Club
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Lima Chamber of Commerce – Arbitration Center, Arbitrator (Lima, Peru)
  • AMCHAM – Peru – Arbitration Center, Arbitrator (Lima, Peru)
  • City of Houston Minority & Woman Business Enterprise (MWBE) Program, Arbitrator

Awards & Honors

  • Recognized by the “Latino American Who’s Who 2012” for his achievements and contributions to the Hispanic culture
  • Jim Alfini/Hans Lawton Award in Dispute Resolution, 2009
  • Cali Excellence Award (Amjur), NAFTA Trade & Transactions, 2009
  • Cali Excellence Award (Amjur), International Business Transactions, 2008
  • Chester James Taylor Writing Award, 2007
  • Foreign Direct Investment Arbitration Moot, Boston, Massachusetts, 2008
  • Spurgeon E. Bell Memorial Moot Court Competition, Houston, Texas, Semifinalist, 3rd Best Brief, 2008
  • 15th and 16th Willem C. Vis, Int’l. Com. Arbitration Moot, Vienna, Austria, 2008
  • 15th and 16th Willem C. Vis, Int’l. Com. Arbitration Moot, Vienna, Austria, 2009
  • ABA Representation in Mediation Competition, 2007
  • ABA Negotiations Competition, 2007
  • ABA Arbitration Competition, 2007

Rafael T. Boza is Of Counsel with Adair Myers Stevenson Yagi in Houston, TX.  Rafael is an experienced legal counsel focused on delivering solutions for modern, multinational enterprises.

After over 20 years of experience in the legal profession, Rafael knows how to manage and approach international transactions and litigations cases with creativity, finesse, and tenacity. His extensive experience in in private international law, with focus on Latin America, and his trilingual abilities allows him to provide clear and competent advice to the firm’s clients.

Rafael has worked in the US, Peru, and Chile as legal counsel for banks, governmental entities, and large corporations. He has represented clients in large industrial transactions all over the Americas; construction contracts, including EPCs; real estate financial transactions and restructurings; complex commercial contract negotiations; corporate matters such as corporate architecture, organization, and maintenance; joint ventures; M&A transactions; among others.

Rafael also has extensive experience in litigation and arbitration. As litigator, he has successfully represented clients at all levels of litigation, mainly in State Courts. He has effectively challenged jurisdiction, advanced his clients interest in summary judgments, first chaired at trial—even in bilingual cases, and directed appeals. In arbitration, he has acted as arbitrator, counsel, and publisher. As arbitrator, Rafael joined the Arbitration Center of the Lima Chamber of Commerce in 2003 and AMCHAM Peru soon thereafter. He has conducted several ad-hoc and administered arbitrations. As counsel, he has represented several clients in arbitrations. As a publisher, he has been involved with the Institute for Transnational Arbitration since 2009, where he was editor of the World Mediation and Arbitration Review, and now is Co-Editor in Chief of ITA in Review (www.itainreview.org). Rafael was also editor of the Vindobona Journal of International Commercial Law and Arbitration.

Rafael also collaborates with the Houston Bar Association (“HBA”). He currently is Vice Chair of the International Law Section of the HBA; Co-Chair of the Fee Dispute Committee of the HBA (arbitrating fee disputes between attorneys and clients); and ICC YAF Regional Representative for Houston. He also was a member and Co-Chair of the Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession Committee n/k/a Inclusion & Diversity Committee.

Rafael attended the Universidad de Lima in Peru where he received his Bachelor’s (LLB) in Law and Political Science and Law Degree. He then obtained an LLM from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. He moved to the US and completed his JD studies at South Texas College of Law Houston.

In 2010, Rafael joined Adair Myers Stevenson Yagi and, as Of Counsel, continues to represent commercial and individual clients in transactions, civil matters, and arbitrations.