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José Ignacio is an attorney and expert in Public, Administrative and Regulatory Law, legal areas in which he has worked his entire career and in which he has been honoured with different recognitions.

 Before joining SMA to develop this department, he worked with some of the great masters of administrative law – Fernando Garrido Falla, Laureano López Rodó, Gaspar Ariño Ortiz.

 With over 25 years of experience in his profession, he has worked in nearly all fields of administrative activity, providing consultancy services and defending individuals, companies and public organisations.

 He has also advised public institutions on matters related to their organisation, legal-institutional framework and provision of services.

 He has extremely extensive experience with litigation – including the Court of Auditors, Constitutional Court and ECHR – leading some of the largest collective litigation procedures that have been executed in Spain and obtaining sentences with a significant institutional and political impact.

 He regularly publishes in the opinion sections of the main Spanish newspapers.

Areas of practice

  • Public, Administrative and Regulatory Law
    • Contentious-Administrative Litigation


    • Public Contracts
    • Regulated Sectors


    English, Spanish and French

    / Education

    • BSc in Law from the Complutense University of Madrid
    • Research competence and PhD courses in Administrative Law (UCM)
    • Expert in Competition Law (IEB, 2017)

    / Experience

    • Partner in charge of the Public, Administrative and Regulatory Law Department at Santiago Mediano Abogados | 2015-present
    • Partner Bufete López Rodó | 2008-2015
    • Partner Ariño & Asociados | 2004-2008
    • Bufete López Rodó | 1994-2004
    • Law firm Garrido Falla | 1991-1994


    / Teaching

    • Lecturer at Villanueva University Centre (UCM)
    • Lecturer CAM Personal / Contracts
    • Regular speaker at professional associations and organisations
    • Recommended by Chambers & Partners as a highlighted attorney in the field of Public Law.
    • Nominated in the Best Lawyers directory (Public and Energy Law)
    Professional affiliations
    • Member of the Honourable Bar Association of Madrid

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