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In a world where disputes have no borders, companies need lawyers who can litigate, arbitrate and mediate in international arenas in constant change. Greenberg Traurig’s multidisciplinary team helps businesses avoid or resolve disputes efficiently and effectively around the world — from commercial conflicts over intercontinental pipelines to local disputes with distributors for global enterprises.

Greenberg Traurig assists clients in navigating international conflicts, whether conducting high-stakes litigation or transnational arbitration, enforcing foreign judgments and arbitral awards, or designing creative procedures and contract provisions to avoid disputes or resolve them efficiently. Our litigators have vast experience with all of the major international arbitration bodies, including the ICC, LCIA, ICDR, ICSID, UNCITRAL, CPR, NAFTA and CAFTA, as well as ad hoc proceedings.


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From Prevention to Prosecution and Defense

  • We counsel clients on crafting contractual dispute resolution clauses that provide favorable fora and rules, as well as selecting among litigation and alternative dispute resolution strategies.
  • Our team offers international experience in efficient dispute resolution, including a range of innovative methods, such as early mediation and summary adjudication.
  • We have wide-ranging experience enforcing and challenging international arbitral awards under myriad international treaties and local laws.
  • Our trial attorneys are well versed in developing and executing litigation strategies based on sovereign immunity, jurisdictional limitations, forum non conveniens, conflict of laws, and international service and discovery issues.

Worldwide Experience in International Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Managing all aspects of multi-jurisdictional proceedings to ensure a unified and consistent approach
  • Navigating all aspects of The Hague System: serving judicial and extra-judicial documents and taking evidence
  • Serving and executing letters rogatory under the Panama Convention
  • Providing discovery to non-U.S. tribunals and interested persons in international proceedings
  • Obtaining and defending against international anti-suit injunctions
  • Advising on enforcement and jurisdictional issues within the EU
  • Providing pre-litigation counseling on anti-money-laundering statutes and regulations
  • Representing sovereigns in international disputes and transactions, including negotiations with the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization

Multidisciplinary Team Providing Efficient Legal Services

  • Wide-ranging industry and substantive experience — from energy, construction, health care and entertainment to antitrust and trade regulation, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, international intellectual property and technology transfers
  • An internationally recognized global trade team that includes the former Chief Justice of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization and former U.S. delegates responsible for the negotiation of CAFTA, the modernization of NAFTA rules, and trade agreements with Japan
  • One of the largest teams of former U.S. prosecutors to assist companies facing regulatory or criminal investigations for their international activities
  • Multilingual attorneys able to conduct arbitrations and trials in forums around the world
  • Long-standing relationships with leading firms in Asia, Europe and Latin America
  • Flexible billing structures and wide-ranging practice support resources to meet clients’ litigation and arbitration needs efficiently

Articles Authored by Lawyers at this office:

FINRA's New 'New' Discovery Guide:  E-Discovery, Affirmations and Product Cases
Michael E. Pastore,Scott E. Rahn, November 21, 2013
On Sept. 16, 2013, the SEC approved amendments to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) Dispute Resolution Discovery Guide (Discovery Guide), which will become effective on Dec. 2, 2013 for all customer cases filed on or after the effective date. FINRA petitioned the Securities...

FINRA Tells Arbitrators it Considers Expungement Relief 'Extraordinary'
Andy Clark,Terry R. Weiss, October 17, 2013
On October 14th, FINRA Dispute Resolution sent a cautionary mandatory Notice to all FINRA arbitrators who might consider broker expungement requests. According to the Notice, available online, the grounds listed in Rule 2080 for expungement of negative information from the Central Registration...

PIABA Calls Press Conference to Pressure for Further Restrictions on Broker Expungement
Andy Clark,Terry R. Weiss, October 17, 2013
In the midst of its annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) called a press conference to seek further restrictions in the recently-amended FINRA rules governing expungement of broker data in the FINRA and State managed broker database, the...

Practical Implications of Supreme Court's American Express Decision Confirming That Arbitration Agreements with Class Action Waivers are Enforceable
Robert J. Herrington, June 24, 2013
In an important and much anticipated decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected plaintiffs’ efforts to avoid arbitration by arguing that individual arbitration would prevent them from having an effective opportunity to vindicate their rights under federal antitrust law (the so-called...

An ICSID First: Claimant Allowed to Seek Enforcement of Arbitral Award While Respondent State's Annulment Application is Pending
Kevin E. Stern, June 20, 2013
In a first for ICSID, an ad hoc annulment committee has denied a respondent state’s request to stay enforcement of an arbitral award while the respondent’s application to annul the award remains pending.

Georgia Court Sets High Bar to Vacate Arbitration Award for Manifest Disregard of Law
Andy Clark,Terry R. Weiss, June 03, 2013
The Georgia Arbitration Code (GAC) is unusual among arbitration statutes in that it explicitly provides that the arbitrator’s “manifest disregard of the law” is grounds for vacatur of an arbitration award. That amendment was added in 2002, and there have been few cases construing...

The CIETAC Secession:  What It Means For International Arbitration in China
Kevin E. Stern, May 08, 2013
International arbitration in China before the country’s leading arbitration institution, the Beijing-based China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), may be entering a period of uncertainty and risk as a result of an internal dispute over arbitration rules, which...