Foley Hoag LLP partner Clara Brillembourg
has been named an MVP of the Year in International Arbitration by Law360. The Law360 MVP series proﬁles lawyers selected on the basis of their “successes in high-stakes litigation, record-breaking deals and complex global matters” over the past year. Brillembourg was selected from nearly 900 nominations, and was one of only five lawyers awarded in the International Arbitration category.
Brillembourg specializes in counseling sovereign States in international disputes against other States, foreign investors and U.S. plaintiffs.
In her investor-State arbitration practice, Brillembourg represents States in international arbitrations brought by foreign investors before ICSID and other prominent arbitral fora. In her public international law work, she is counsel in disputes between States concerning trans-border harms and territorial rights, which frequently come before the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea. In her cases before U.S. federal courts, she represents States in cases involving extradition and issues of foreign sovereign immunity.
Notable cases include defending Uruguay against Philip Morris before ICSID regarding tobacco control, representing Ghana against Cote d’Ivoire before ITLOS regarding their maritime boundary, representing Ecuador against Colombia before the ICJ concerning harms caused by aerial spraying of herbicides along the border, and advising Peru in the extradition of its former President from the United States.
Brillembourg has been recognized as a leader in international arbitration by Who's Who Arbitration, Global Arbitration Review, Chambers and Legal 500. She is also ranked among the top 35 women attorneys in international arbitration by Latinvex.
Foley Hoag was also awarded “Law Firm of the Year” for International Arbitration in 2020 by Law360 and Jus Mundi.
To see the full list of this year’s class of MVPs, please click here