Maria Cecilia is a partner at CorralRosales. She has over 25 years’ experience in intellectual property matters and co-heads the intellectual property and regulatory departments. Maria Cecilia works across several different industries, especially aviation, distribution and services, energy and natural resources, food and beverage, infrastructure and construction, insurance, pharma, and retail.

Under her leadership, CorralRosales has become an indisputable leader at the local and regional level of intellectual property. Maria Cecilia advises numerous leading international companies as to how to protect and enforce their IP in Ecuador and Latin America. In addition, Maria Cecilia is widely recognized for her exceptional results combatting piracy and counterfeiting.

In the regulatory area, Maria Cecilia oversees procedures for obtaining permits and authorizations, due diligence, defending clients in administrative and judicial processes, management of complex matters and crisis management. She also handles issues of foreign trade and quality standards or any other procedures required for the sale and exploitation of products and services.

Maria Cecilia is widely-known within the industry for her detail-oriented style, as well as for her ability to find creative solutions to complex problems, all accomplished with impressive speed and precision.

Maria Cecilia actively participates in forums and conferences on intellectual property issues. She is the first Ecuadorian both to sit on INTA’s Board of Directors and to form part of the Programming Committee of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI).

Maria Cecilia has been recognized in legal directories such as Chambers and Partners Global and Latin America, IP Stars, Latin Lawyer, LACCA, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal and WTR 1000. Furthermore, Maria Cecilia received the Chambers Women in Law Award for Ecuador in 2018, and is the only Ecuadorian to have been recognized among the 250 most influential women in IP as selected by IP Stars.

Maria Cecilia has a Juris Doctor degree from Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Ecuador, as well as several diplomas in various intellectual property topics. She is an international IP mediator and arbitrator, and has experience in the public sector, from her time sitting as a judge of the Administrative Litigation Court. She also acted as chair for the first INTA LATAM Conference in Cartagena in 2017, as well as international programming leader for INTA Boston 2019.

“She is a very professional lawyer who, due to her vast experience and high-quality technical skills, is able to provide very sound and strategic advice”.

Chambers Latin America 2021

Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property
  • Regulatory


  • Aviation
  • Distribution and Services
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Food and Beverage
  • Infraestructure and Construction
  • Insurance
  • Pharma
  • Retail