Law Directory Chambers & Partners Ranks Foley Hoag Among Top Law Firms for Latin American Arbitration

Publication cites firm’s client service, experience in state-on-state arbitration

October 17, 2012

Foley Hoag ranks among the top law firms for representing clients in international arbitration issues in Latin America, according to the most recent ranking from the international legal directory Chambers & Partners.

Chambers ranked law firms according to a broad range of metrics including their record of delivering results; knowledge of international arbitration law and Latin American legal systems; strategic planning; tactical execution; and client service.

Chambers cited Foley Hoag’s “excellent client service, extensive experience and flexibility on costs” as its greatest strengths. It singled out lawyers Ronald Goodman and Paul Reichler, co-chairs of the firm’s International Litigation and Arbitration Department, for their particular skill in Latin American affairs.

“A unique feature of this practice is its regular involvement in state-against-state matters,” Chambers wrote. “Most prominent matters include acting for (Uruguay) in a dispute with (Argentina) over alleged contamination of the River Uruguay. The group is also defending (Ecuador) in a multimillion-dollar arbitration concerning expropriation claims and the termination of mining licenses.”

Chambers highlighted Goodman’s experience leading a team in an ICSID (International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes) action involving the energy industry in a Latin American country. Goodman, a partner in Foley Hoag’s Washington office, speaks Spanish, French and Dutch. He has represented clients in arbitration actions before international authorities such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and the London Court of International Arbitration. 

Reichler, also a partner in the Washington office, was singled out for his representation of the Nicaraguan government in a dispute with Colombia over their maritime border and control of several Caribbean islands. He speaks Spanish and has represented clients before international bodies such as the ICSID International Court of Justice in The Hague, the International Tribunal on the Law of The Sea.

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