Our Team

Johan Sjiem Fat

johanJohan was born in Aruba on December 25, 1954. He was educated in the Netherlands and in the USA. He obtained a law degree (LLM in Dutch Law) from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands in 1977. In 1977, he was admitted to the Bar in Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles and joined the firm founded by his father Paul Valentijn Sjiem Fat. 
In 1980 he obtained a Master’s of Comparative Law Degree (MCL) from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington DC, where he concentrated in his studies on international law, tax law, commercial law and comparative law. He has practiced law in Aruba ever since. After working for 15 years with his father Paul Valentijn Sjiem Fat, the founder of the firm, he took over the firm when his father retired in 1992. Johan is also a member of the International Trademark Association. Johan was a member of the committee that drafted the Aruban Constitution and is a former President of the Aruba Bar Association.

LANGUAGES: Dutch, English, Spanish & Papiamentu
E-MAIL: johan@arubalaw.com

Doris Canwood

dorisDoris was born in Aruba on March 25,1975. She was educated in Aruba and in the Netherlands. She obtained a law degree (LLM in Aruban Law) from the University of Aruba in 1998. In 1998, she was admitted to the Bar of Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles and joined the Sjiem Fat & Co. Law Firm. After practicing law in Aruba for five years she moved to the Netherlands where she obtained law degrees in Dutch Law and Comparative International European Law from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam in 2005. While in Holland Doris worked as counsel to the Aruban Minister Plenipotentiary in the Hague and in private practice at a Dutch Law Firm and for the Intellectual Property Law boutique firm Novagraaf. In 2009 she returned to Aruba and joined Sjiem Fat & Co. again.

LANGUAGES: Dutch, English, Spanish & Papiamentu
E-MAIL: doris@arubalaw.com

Gabriela Sjiem Fat

gabrielaGabriela was born on October 9, 1984. She was educated in the Netherlands. She obtained a law degree (LLM in Dutch law) from Leiden University in 2011 specializing in Jurisprudence and Philosophy of law. Prior to being admitted to the Bar in Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and the Caribbean territories of the Netherlands in 2013, Gabriela worked as a trainee for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands in Washington D.C. and as a junior associate at the International Fund for Agricultural Development in Rome. In 2013, Gabriela returned to Aruba to work alongside her father Johan Paul Sjiem Fat in the firm founded by her grandfather Paul Valentijn Sjiem Fat.

LANGUAGES: Dutch, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Papiamento.
E-MAIL: gabriela@arubalaw.com