Practice/Industry Group Overview
Through its network of offices in major markets in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Duane Morris offers clients a broad range of assistance in resolving international commercial disputes. Duane Morris attorneys represent clients in all aspects of international arbitration, including arbitrations supervised by all of the major providers of international arbitration services. They assist clients in the preparation and enforcement of international arbitration agreements, as well as the enforcement of awards made by arbitral tribunals. Our attorneys serve as arbitrators on international panels and in private arbitrations. They also advise clients involved in alternative dispute resolution procedures — such as mediation, conciliation, and the use of "mini-trials" — now available under most international arbitration rules and standard agreements.
Duane Morris attorneys are experienced in handling arbitrations under the major international arbitration conventions, rule systems and specialized arbitration providers, including:
- International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
- London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
- International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the international affiliate of the American Arbitration Association (AAA)
- International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR)
- United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)
- Austrian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration
- Dubai International Arbitration Centre
- Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Arbitration and Conciliation Tribunal (FACT)
- Korean Commercial Board (KCAB)
- Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
- Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC)
- Association Internationale de Droit des Assurances Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society, U.S. (ARIASoUS)
- Reinsurance Association of America
Additionally, Duane Morris is a sustaining member of CPR, a nonprofit initiative of 500 general counsel of major U.S. and international corporations, law firms and prominent legal academics supporting private alternatives to the high costs of litigation.
Our international arbitration clients include North American, European, Asian and Latin American entities involved in many industries, including banking and finance, construction, engineering, equipment and supply, government contracts and defence procurement, information technology and communications, insurance and reinsurance, manufacturing/processing, oil and gas, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, and bilateral investment treaties. We assist these clients in drafting dispute resolution provisions, including appropriate choice of law and choice of forum clauses for their international agreements. We represent clients in preparing and presenting their matters before international arbitration panels, and in the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures available under most standard arbitration agreements.
Some nations where we have experience with arbitration proceedings or participants include:
- El Salvador
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
Duane Morris attorneys participate in international conferences and symposia, regularly presenting papers and speaking on international arbitration and dispute resolution matters. Our attorneys are active members of the International Bar Association, the London Court of International Arbitration, the American Arbitration Association's International Centre for Dispute Resolution, CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Duane Morris attorneys are recognized as leading practitioners in the field of international arbitration by numerous publications. As a result, our attorneys are frequently called on to act as arbitrators in international commercial disputes.
Duane Morris is also recognized for supporting the work of its attorneys with resources unsurpassed by those at any major law firm. Trade publications place Duane Morris in the top echelon of firms in its use of information technology to coordinate the practice of law on a worldwide basis. Hundreds of our attorneys working around the globe quickly communicate and collaborate using the firm's integrated computer network, accessing sophisticated research software, information-rich databases, and other knowledge-sharing tools. Our attorneys in the United States team with attorneys in the firm’s London, Singapore, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Myanmar and Oman offices, allowing them to share information and insight to represent clients involved in international commercial disputes.