Aleksey Shtivelman is a partner in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the International Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group.

As a native Russian speaker and fluent in Spanish, Aleksey has successfully resolved high-stakes legal disputes for foreign and domestic clients doing business in many jurisdictions, including the United States, Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Originally from Odessa, Ukraine, Aleksey moved to Brooklyn, New York, in 1994 and received his law degree from Boston University in 2012.

Aleksey has participated in complex, ICC, LCIA, and other international arbitration matters. Additionally, Aleksey has handled litigation arising under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA), Section 1782 (the cross-border discovery statute), the 1958 New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, and the 1965 Hague Convention on Service of Process. Specific types of matters handled include corporate shareholder disputes, breach of contract disputes involving power generation, energy, aviation and mining, sanctions and export controls compliance, and business investment disputes.

Aleksey is an active member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce – International Business Committee. He has been recognized as one of South Florida’s “Most Effective Lawyers” by the Daily Business Review in the Business/Complex Litigation category, and has been listed in Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Business Litigation, and Best Lawyers in America®: Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation.

Notable Experience

  • Represented a power generation supplier in multimillion-dollar dispute between a power generation provider and an agent, involving power generated in Northern Africa.
  • Represented client in power generation dispute in an ICC arbitration, involving application of foreign law, in connection with unpaid fees relating to power generated for foreign sovereign.
  • Represented a Florida-based distributor in a claim against an Indonesian supplier related to a breach of contract concerning over 50 tons of defective product.
  • Assisted a foods supplier in swiftly recovering outstanding debt for unpaid products sold to a commercial distributor.
  • Defended a client in a breach of contract case related to a financial agreement, achieving a court order to compel FINRA arbitration.
  • Represented an international business-to-business rental company in obtaining multiple writs of replevin, allowing the client to retake their company property, and to recover damages for breach of contract.
  • Represented commercial property owner in dispute concerning commission as to multimillion-dollar property.
  • Represented trustee beneficiary in a dispute regarding undue influence regarding assets conveyed by Trust, resulting in successful defense of the client’s rights to the assets conveyed.



  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 2012
    • Editor, Journal of Science and Technology Law
    • Pro Bono Service Award, Boston University, 2012
  • Stony Brook University, B.S., B.A., 2009

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida


  • Russian
  • Spanish

Professional and Civic

  • Deering Estate Foundation Board of Directors
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
    • International Business Committee Board Member
  •  Interlaw
    • Energy, Infrastructure and Climate Change Special Business Team
    • NextGen Affinity Group
  • Leadership Miami® Class XLII
    • Winning community service initiative at Project Pitch Night 2021 and Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce's "Project of the Year"
  • Mentor, Annual Minority Mentoring Picnic
  • Aventura Sunny Isles Chamber of Commerce
  • Russian American Chamber of Commerce
  • Russian American Bar Association

News & Insights


  • Panelist, “Demystifying the Economic Impact of US Sanctions Against Russia,” The Knowledge Group, July 12, 2022
  • Panelist, "Arbitrator Selection and Other Issues in Arbitration," Palm Beach County Bar Association, February 14, 2022
  • Panelist, "Doing Business with Russian Investors," Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors-Global Real Estate Council, April 6, 2017


  • Waves of Considerations Reach S. Fla.’s Real Estate Market as a Result of Ukraine Crisis, Daily Business Review (March 2022)
  • Solar Power Satellites: the Right to a Spot in the World’s Highest Parking Lot, 18 B.U. J. Sci. & Tech. L. 435 (September 2012)

News & Speaking Engagements

Industry Focus


  • Daily Business Review, Most Effective Lawyers - Business/Complex Litigation, 2017
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Business Litigation - 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
  • Best Lawyers in America®: Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
  • Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Executive Star Award, 2023
  •®, 9.7 Rating

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