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:
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:
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.
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"In my discussions with Duane Morris leaders, they frequently speak about how diversity within their firm has enabled them to better serve their diverse clients. They understand that investing in diversity is a wise business decision that positions them for the marketplace of the future."
Senior VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
At Duane Morris, achieving diversity is paradoxical. By supporting and celebrating the differences of our attorneys - and the individual strengths that they bring - our firm culture expands, fostering creative solutions for our clients. But diversity at Duane Morris does not mean that we have a certain number of diverse attorneys; true diversity means that it is no longer noteworthy to see diverse lawyers leading our practice groups or managing client relationships. Ascending to positions of leadership and greater responsibility and providing the highest levels of client service is simply what is expected of all our lawyers. Diversity is another strong asset that adds to our collective abilities to meet the needs of our clients.
Our vision of diversity at Duane Morris is to realize an environment in which our lawyers' outstanding qualities are not just measured by ethnicity, race, gender and sexual orientation, but more importantly, that our lawyers are remarkable as excellent attorneys above all else. Only then can we celebrate our differences while focusing on the common pursuit of legal excellence which everyone shares at Duane Morris.
To reach this goal, Duane Morris understands that the familiar diversity strategies and policies that most law firms have are needed. Without demanding results from such policies, most law firms are bound to fail in even achieving numerical hiring and retention goals. Duane Morris has been proactive and ambitious in its efforts to improve diversity at the firm, and has set deadlines for reaching the milestones which mark our progress. To create a more diverse law firm, Duane Morris is:
Combining new initiatives with our longstanding diversity efforts, Duane Morris has seen increasingly positive results. In the Minority Law Journal's annual diversity survey of the nation's largest 260 firms, Duane Morris continued to improve its regional and national ranking, rising to number 136 of all firms surveyed. Our strides in Philadelphia are encouraging; in a city known for both the racial diversity of its population and the lack thereof in its law firms, Duane Morris is one of only two law firms to exceed the national average of minority partners at all law firms. Additionally, Duane Morris leads all national law firms based in Philadelphia in the number of Latino partners. Nearly 30 percent of all of our attorneys are women, and more than 20 percent of our partners are women.
In our approach to diversity, progress in racial, gender and cultural diversity cannot be measured in numbers alone. Duane Morris has focused our diversity initiatives on both increasing the number of diverse associates and addressing the challenges diverse attorneys face in building lasting careers and rising to senior and leadership positions. While several of our key practice groups are led by diverse partners and female partners, Duane Morris endeavors to create a culture which will foster a deep pool of such attorneys who can then develop into the firm's future leaders. Duane Morris understands that simply hiring diverse associates will not change the diversity of the firm; Duane Morris is working to mentor and retain diverse associates so that our progress in racial, gender and cultural diversity is also reflected at the highest levels of leadership within the firm.
Our progress on gender diversity has been profound. We have no glass ceilings: women hold positions of leadership at all levels of management at the firm. Women lead a number of our key practice groups, including our Energy, Immigration and International practices, and serve on the firm's Executive Committee. The success of our female attorneys at Duane Morris has not gone unnoticed. Barbara Adams was chair of the firm's Finance Practice until her appointment by Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell to serve as General Counsel of the Commonwealth. In 2004, our longtime General Counsel, Gene E.K. Pratter, was approved by the United States Senate and is now a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Our efforts to improve diversity extend beyond our firm's walls. The chair of our Diversity Committee, Nolan N. Atkinson, Jr., recognized the lack of diversity in Philadelphia's legal community and formed the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group. Nolan now serves as the chair of the organization, a consortium of 25 law firms and corporations that commits to employing at least one diverse first-year law student each as a summer associate. From this program, law students of diverse backgrounds gain access to what was once an exclusive legal community, and now have the opportunity to learn and develop their legal careers with experience at Philadelphia's top law firms.
In addition to our involvement in the Philadelphia area, Duane Morris has increased our presence at national conferences and events focused on diversity. We sponsor the Hispanic National Bar Association and its job fair. Duane Morris is also a longtime supporter and sponsor of the Equality Forum, a national gay and lesbian rights organization. Duane Morris continues to sponsor the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and is active in other associations of diverse attorneys including: the Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley; the Charles Houston Bar Association; Cuban Bar Association; Korean American Lawyers Association; National American Indian Housing Counsel and the National Bar Association.
The challenge of improving gender, ethnic and cultural diversity at Duane Morris is an ongoing effort that has the support of the entire firm. Duane Morris has been at the vanguard in supporting gender diversity throughout the firm beginning a generation ago. Our diversity programs are leading to similar success in improving racial and national origin diversity at Duane Morris. But even as we share these examples of Duane Morris attorneys and our involvement in numerous legal events, associations and programs for diversity, our hope is that such examples will no longer be necessary to mention in the future. We hope that through our efforts, and the efforts of other law firms, these stories become so common that they are no longer the remarkable accomplishments they are today, but simply routine aspects of the legal world tomorrow.