Lawrence H. Martin

Partner, Deputy Chair, International Litigation and Arbitration Department - Washington, D.C.

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Lawrence Martin is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of its International Litigation and Arbitration Department.

Larry concentrates his practice in international disputes, typically involving foreign sovereign governments and/or their agencies and instrumentalities. Larry represents foreign sovereign interests in proceedings before the world’s leading dispute resolution fora, including the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). He has particular experience in disputes relating to the Law of the Sea and international environmental cases.

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Education:

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1997
  • Bowdoin College, A.B., summa cum laude, 1988

Languages:

Mandarin, Spanish

Representative Experience

International Litigation and Arbitration

  • Representing the Philippines in an arbitration against China relating to the Parties’ maritime entitlements in the South China Sea brought under Annex VII to the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention and administered by the PCA.
  • Representing Uruguay before ICSID in an arbitration brought by the Phillip Morris family of companies challenging Uruguay’s tobacco control laws.
  • Representing Somalia before the ICJ in a case against Kenya relating to the delimitation of the Parties’ maritime boundary in the Indian Ocean.
  • Representing Nicaragua before the ICJ in a case against Costa Rica relating to maritime boundary delimitation in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
  • Representing Bangladesh in an arbitration against India relating to the delimitation of the Parties’ maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal brought under Annex VII to the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention and administered by the PCA.
  • Representing Bangladesh before ITLOS in a case against Myanmar relating to maritime boundary delimitation.
  • Representing Ecuador before the ICJ in a case against Colombia relating to Colombia’s aerial spraying of toxic herbicides along the two States' international boundary.
  • Representing Nicaragua before the ICJ in a case against Colombia relating to maritime boundary delimitation.
  • Representing Uruguay before the ICJ in a case brought by Argentina relating to the construction of a cellulose mill on the Uruguay River.
  • Representing Georgia before the ICJ in a case against Russia arising under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
  • Representing Bolivia before ICSID in an arbitration brought by an Italian telecommunications company relating to Bolivia's nationalization of its telecommunications industry.
  • Representing Ecuador before ICSID in an arbitration brought by an American oil company relating to the imposition of a tax on windfall profits from the sale of oil.
  • Representing Venezuela in an ad hoc arbitration pursuant to UNCITRAL rules brought by a Canadian coal company relating to the nationalization of Venezuela's coal industry.
  • Representing Nicaragua before the ICJ in a case brought by Costa Rica relating to navigational rights on the San Juan River.
  • Representing Guyana in an arbitration against Suriname relating to the Parties’ maritime boundary brought under Annex VII to the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention and administered by the PCA.
  • Representing Uganda before the ICJ in a case brought by the Democratic Republic of the Congo relating to armed activities on the territory of the Congo.

Foreign Sovereign Litigation Before United States Courts

  • Representing Venezuela's national oil company in a federal court action brought by a Nigerian corporation alleging fraud.
  • Representing Venezuela in a federal court action brought by a Venezuelan company relating to the validity of an alleged waiver of sovereign immunity.
  • Representing Bolivia in a federal court action brought by an Italian telecommunications company relating to the attachment of sovereign funds in aid of an ICSID arbitration.
  • Representing Iraq in several federal court actions brought by American citizens alleging mistreatment by the former Saddam Hussein regime.
  • Representing the Philippines in a federal court action brought by an American hospital relating to the collection of unpaid medical services.
  • Representing Tanzania in federal court action brought by an American company relating to the collection of USD $500 million in sovereign debt.

Commercial Litigation Before United States Courts

  • Representing a U.S. valve and pump manufacturer in asbestos related cases throughout the United States.
  • Representing a leading U.S. medical device manufacturer in a federal court action relating to the procurement of insurance coverage for product liability lawsuits.
  • Representing a U.S. power company in a Massachusetts state court action relating to the procurement of insurance coverage for environmental clean-up costs.
  • Representing a leading U.S. insurance company in a national action brought by the company's agents' association alleging contract violations.
  • Representing a leading U.S. insurance company in an arbitration before the National Association of Securities Dealers brought by one of its regional managers alleging unlawful termination.
  • Representing a U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturer in a District of Columbia court action relating to product liability.
  • Representing a U.S. satellite television company in federal court litigation throughout the United States relating to the distribution of network television programming.

Honors

  • Consecutively named by CHAMBERS GLOBAL in its rankings of the world’s top public international law practitioners.
  • Named one of Washington, D.C.’s top civil defense lawyers by WASHINGTONIAN magazine
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs

Involvement

  • Representing a Sudanese national detained at the United States Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, both in habeas corpus action before U.S. federal court and in military commissions proceedings at Guantanamo
  • Representing persons with disabilities in a federal court action to make local supermarket chain wheel-chair accessible
  • American Society of International Law (Member)
  • D.C. Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
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Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts