Chambers Global Ranks Foley Hoag International Litigation and Arbitration Practice in 2012 Guide
March 23, 2012
Chambers and Partners again has ranked Foley Hoag LLP among the top law firms for public international law and international arbitration in its Chambers Global 2012 guide.
Chambers, which bases its rankings on interviews with clients and other industry peers, said Foley Hoag continues to develop its team and reputation in public international law. The guide cited the firm’s extension of its international reach with the 2011 opening of a Paris office, led by partners Bruno Leurent and Thomas Bevilacqua.
Lawyers from the practice regularly appear before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) as counsel to State clients, Chambers said. Foley Hoag recently secured a victory for client Bangladesh at the ITLOS, sustaining the country’s claims to a full 200-mile exclusive economic zone in the Bay of Bengal, and to a substantial share of the outer continental shelf beyond 200 miles.
Paul Reichler, a Washington, D.C.-based partner and co-chair of Foley Hoag’s International Litigation and Arbitration Practice, was ranked in Band 1 of the individual practitioners category for public international law. Sources told Chambers that he is a “highly successful international litigator” who is “completely dedicated to the client, providing outstanding service in all respects.”
Foley Hoag also was ranked in the Latin America-wide category for international arbitration, with partner and International Litigation and Arbitration Practice co-chair Ronald Goodman being recognized as a leading individual practitioner. Chambers cited the firm’s work for Guyana as it disputed maritime borders with Suriname, and its representation of Venezuela in an ICSID dispute with Canadian gold mining concern Vannessa Ventures (now Infinito Gold). Chambers also noted his work for the Venezuelan government in successfully dismissing a damages claim brought by Nova Scotia Power.
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