Originally a West Coast firm, Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker’s international arbitration practice was greatly boosted in 2006 when it tookover Dickinson Landmeier LLP, a well-regardedWashington, DC, boutique with a strong focus on international law. That added several lawyers at partner level who’ve worked on major international arbitrations, including a former member of the WilmerHale’s team in London. The team combines a practice in the political risk with international arbitration work.
- Pending cases as counsel:
- Value of pending counsel work:
- US$3.6 billion
- Treaty cases:
- Current arbitrator appointments:
- 4 (of which 4 are as sole or chair)
- No. of lawyers sitting as arbitrator:
Who uses it?
The firm represented Société Générale and subsidiaries in a trio of related arbitrations against the Dominican Republic, taking place at the London Court of International Arbitration, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, and the ICC. All three claims were eventually settled, and disputed business sold back to the government for US$26 million. Although less than the US$680 million originally sought, observers noted that Société Générale had acquired the assets for a nominal sum.
The firm is also sought out for enforcement expertise. It’s the long-standing adviser to Karaha Bodas, the US energy joint venture that’s been seeking to enforce a US$261 million arbitration award against an Indonesian state-owned oil company. The firm is also representing Thai energy company Thao-Lao Lignite in US enforcement proceedings against Laos over a US$58 million award. The group also works for a number of political risk insurers.
In Europe, the firm has offices in Paris, Brussels, London, Frankfurt and Milan. In Asia it has had a Tokyo office since 1988. In 2002 it completed a merger with a Chinese firm expanding its operations considerably on the mainland.
On behalf of a US tyre company, Paul Hastings lawyers persuaded the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled to reverse a decision on injunctive relief by a lower court. The injunction was being sought in support of arbitration. The decision set a precedent that brought the Ninth Circuit into line with US jurisprudence.
Kevin Corrigan, a senior vice president with the Trust Company of the West, used Paul Hastings in three arbitrations against the Dominican Republic. He said the team employed a “good cop, bad cop” strategy throughout, with one partner attempting to settle the matter constructively, while his partners played hardball. Corrigan, whose business was paid $26.5 million by the end of the dispute, said he was “very pleased” with their work.