Phil's international practice ranges from general corporate work to dispute resolution. He has acted as outside general counsel to a number of American and foreign clients in connection with projects in the U.S. and around the world, including joint ventures and private equity investments. Phil's international general counsel practice has involved matters/issues in as many as 45-50 countries per year. He has also represented both U.S. and foreign companies in cross-border and domestic arbitration as well as litigation matters in the U.S. and abroad for over 30 years. His experience as advocate or arbitrator includes international commercial disputes involving energy supply, joint ventures, life sciences, telecom, valuation and transfer pricing, as well as patent royalty and other intellectual property, technology transfer and licensing matters. He is a very experienced international arbitrator and is on panels or listed by arbitral institutions globally, including the American Arbitration Association, International Chamber of Commerce, WIPO, CPR, the London Court of International Arbitration, CIETAC and the Stockholm, Milan, Dubai, and Hong Kong Arbitration Centers. Phil is a chartered arbitrator and a fellow in both the College of Commercial Arbitrators and in England's Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He was previously on the American Panel of Arbitrators to resolve trade disputes under the North American Free Trade Agreement. Phil has been listed repeatedly in both the Commercial and Governmental International Arbitration sections of The Best Lawyers in America. He previously served as Vice Chair of the National Security Law and International Arbitration Committees of the American Bar Association's International Section.
•Phil provided guidance on Iranian and Syrian sanctions in the energy sector
•He provided post 9/11 guidance to the Chairman of a large Arab bank on counter-terrorist finance issues.
•He served as International Special Counsel to a NYSE listed company on joint ventures.
•He acted as International General Counsel on joint ventures and related industrial projects for Middle Eastern strategic financial partners and American technology partners.
•He served as International General Counsel to a Middle Eastern-financed offshore collective investment through special purpose corporations for U.S., European, North African and Middle Eastern investments.
•He served as International General Counsel for the Middle Eastern-financed structuring of offshore funds for an investment advisory company.
•He served as International General Counsel to a Middle Eastern-financed Bahraini fund for GCC/Yemen investments.
•He served as International General Counsel to a Middle Eastern commercial family on 9-10 figure investment advisory matters and foreign investments in Europe and Asia.
•He has served as International General or Special Counsel to commercial families from the Middle East and North Africa, including Saudi, Kuwaiti, U.A.E., Qatar, Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco, on matters including U.S. and European investments.
•He has acted as International General or Special Counsel to Middle Eastern clients for global investment banking related activities.
•He acted as International General Counsel to a Middle Eastern-financed offshore special purpose corporation, investing in Cayman Island funds for Middle Eastern investments.
•He has acted as international general counsel to a Middle-Eastern client in connection with European real estate ownership/development matters.
•Phil authored panel decisions relating to a ten-figure patent/licensing royalty claims between an Asian pharmaceutical and an American biotech company, and a European pharmaceutical and American party.
•He was an advocate in a ten-figure energy long-term supply contract breach claim between American and North African companies.
•He served as a panel chair in a nine-figure patent royalty claim between an American company and an Asian company in the telecom industry.
•Phil was a member of the panel for a nine-figure patent license dispute between American and Canadian companies over European and Latin American technology transfer.
•Phil has been a member of arbitration panels in military defense industry-related disputes ranging from foreign military sales and development-related contract claims on fighter jets, to chairing a Tribunal on a nine-figure patent royalty claim based on Russian technology.
•He authored a panel decision regarding a nine-figure post-closing adjustment valuation claim arising from the sale of international shipping assets.
•He served on a panel involving nine-figure trademark global brand licensing dispute in the apparel industry.
•He served as an advocate to the American party in a nine-figure U.S. litigation in aid of London arbitration on a Middle Eastern Joint Venture.
•Phil was the panel chair for an eight-figure Eastern European Power Plant Joint Venture claim.
•He was the sole arbitrator on an eight-figure investment dispute with an Asian government.
•He chaired or was a member of the panel on eight-figure software trade secret disputes in various industries, including telecom.
•He was the panel chair for an eight-figure Latin American post-closing adjustment claim.
•Phil served as an advocate for a Middle Eastern/off-shore party in an eight-figure Middle Eastern telecom privatization joint venture.
•Phil was an advocate for Liechtenstein and Middle Eastern parties in an eight-figure London arbitration claim and in a related Saudi grievance board proceeding in a health care joint venture dispute.
•Phil served as Lead Counsel for a Common Defense Group of American, European, and Asian parties in a design patent infringement action before the U.S. International Trade Commission.
•Phil served as an arbitrator in a Chinese outsourcing dispute in Hong Kong.
•He served as arbitrator in eight-figure disputes involving energy storage; real estate partnerships; life sciences; voice recognition; biotech, distribution and supply in myriad industries, including an eight-figure requirements contract for industrial gases.
Besides Edwards Wildman
In 2007 Phil taught international business transactions at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. Phil served as Nomura lecturer in law at Harvard Law School on International Arbitration in 2005. His professorial career began at Boston College Law School in 1988, where he initially taught a seminar on National Security Law and he has been teaching an International Arbitration course there since 1989. He also teaches at Boston University School of Law, where he conducts a L.L.M. seminar on International Arbitration, and previously taught a seminar on National Security Law, from 2001 to 2009, as well as a L.L.M. level course entitled American Foreign Policy and International Banking. Phil previously guest-lectured at the Harvard Law School on International Arbitration in the mid to late 1990s as well as 2006, and before that at Harvard Business School on venture capital.
Phil has long been active in Democratic politics, including service as National Co-Director of Lawyers for Kerry-Edwards. He has for many years advised Senators and Presidential aspirants alike on foreign and defense policy issues. For example, he served in the 2004-election campaign as a Senior Policy Advisor and Chairman of the Kerry campaign's Foreign Policy Task Force on Bilateral Relations with Arab and Islamic Nations. He also provided foreign policy guidance to Democratic Congressional candidates under the auspices of the Alliance for American Leadership. Currently he is a Senior fellow of the Truman National Security Program. Previously he was an Adjunct Research fellow on national security issues and associated with the John F. Kennedy School of Government's Center for Science and International Affairs from 1982 to 1988. He is a past Vice Chair of the American Bar Association's Committees on National Security Law as well as International Arbitration. His prior service to the Boston Bar Association included chairing the International Section as well as its International Arbitration Committee. He is a fellow in the American Bar Foundation. Phil has been listed repeatedly in America's Best Lawyers in International Arbitration. Finally, Phil is the author of a textbook on International Arbitration (West 2012), as well as book chapters in American Arbitration Association handbooks and numerous articles. He is also the author of two books on National Security Law and Arms control verification published by Oxford University Press.
• South Asia
• Central and Eastern Europe (CEEMENA)
• Latin America
International Arbitration: Case Studies and Materials Exploring Where Theory Meets Commercial Reality
Fall 2011 publication
Handbook on International Arbitration Practice of the American Arbitration Association
September 2010 publication
Handbook on Arbitration Practice of the American Arbitration Association
August 2010 publication
Verification in An Age of Insecurity
November 2009 publication
Commercial Litigation Review - December 2008
December 2008 publication
National Security and the Legal Process
March 24, 2008 publication
Best Practices for International ADR
March 12, 2008 publication
International Dispute Resolution
March 27, 2009 event
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October 16, 2013 news
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September 5, 2013 news
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September 27, 2012 news
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July 30, 2012 news
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August 10, 2010 news
62 EAPD Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers in America 2010
September 1, 2009 news
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July 10, 2009 news
57 EAPD Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers in America 2009
February 4, 2009 news
Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge Partner Philip D. O'Neill, Jr. Authors Book on National Security
March 24, 2008 news
57 EAPD Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers in America 2008
October 10, 2007 news