Foley Hoag Elevates Constantinos Salonidis to Deputy Chair of Firm's International Litigation & Arbitration Department

January 11, 2021

Foley Hoag LLP has announced that Dr. Constantinos Salonidis, a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, has been elevated to deputy chair of its International Litigation & Arbitration Department. Salonidis was appointed to the leadership role effective January 1, 2021 and joins Lawrence Martin, who serves as the department’s chair. 

Salonidis, who was promoted to partner in October 2018, focuses his practice on international dispute resolution, especially in cases before the International Court of Justice and arbitration panels administered under the ICSID, UNCITRAL and ICC Arbitration Rules, where he exclusively represents sovereign clients on a wide range of private and public international law issues.

“Since joining the firm, Constantinos has shown himself to be a tremendous asset to our clients in complex state-to-state disputes and investor-state arbitrations,” said Martin. “His ability to lead teams and handle the most challenging work under great pressure is unmatched.”

Most recently, Salonidis has helped Qatar win notable victories in disputes before the International Court of Justice and other international legal fora; assisted Greece in its efforts to recover ownership of an 8th century B.C. bronze horse from Sotheby’s auction house under the U.S. Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act; and helped Mauritius defeat a challenge against the country’s protection of the first UNESCO World Heritage Site commemorating resistance against slavery. He has represented Croatia, India, Qatar, Greece, Nepal, Mauritius, Belgium, Ecuador, Slovakia, Ukraine, Uruguay and Venezuela in several investment arbitrations covering a diverse range of industries. 

Salonidis is an alum of Democritus University of Thrace School of Law, Greece, where he received a Bachelor in Law, a Master of Laws in Public International Law and a Ph.D. He also holds an LL.M degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Salonidis is the recipient in 2006 of the Diploma in Public International Law of The Hague Academy of International Law, which is awarded very sparingly, and served in 2018 as the Director of Studies in English for the public international law session of the Academy. He is appointed by the Slovak Republic to serve on the ICSID Panel of Conciliators. 

The 2021 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration hails Salonidis for his “encyclopaedic knowledge of all things international law” and as a “true craftsman in the presentation of legal arguments,” and the 2020 edition of Legal 500—USA (International Arbitration) recognized him as a leader with deep knowledge of the international arbitration field.

Foley Hoag’s International Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group includes more than 50 highly experienced international litigators who are fluent in more than 20 languages. The group has accrued an outstanding track-record for various types of arbitrations and was recently recognized as 2020 “International Arbitration Practice Group of the Year” by Jus Mundi and Law360

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