Sullivan & Cromwell can trace its involvement in international disputes back to the beginning of the 20th century and the construction of the Panama Canal.
- People in Who’s Who:
- Pending cases as counsel:
- Value of pending counsel work:
- US$10.4 billion
- Treaty cases:
- Current arbitrator appointments:
- 3* (of which 0 are as sole or chair)
- No. of lawyers sitting as arbitrator:
* excludes cases of James Carter
Founding partner William Nelson Cromwell advised on rancorous aspects of that huge project. Later on, the firm represented various oil firms in international arbitrations (British Petroleum in Libya, Exxon Corporation and BHP Petroleum in Australia). It represented Exxon in arbitrations arising from the Exxon Valdez oil spill – until recently the largest such disaster in US waters.
Nowadays, the practice is led by Joseph Neuhaus in New York, who particularly specialises in Latin American disputes. He is currently defending Standard Chartered Bank in a claim relating to the Bernard Madoff scandal. Outside the US, the group has international disputes lawyers in London (Robert Osgood and John Hardiman.)
With Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom as co-counsel, Sullivan & Cromwell helped Anheuser-Busch defeat a US$2.5 billion claim that arose in the wake of a global merger.
The group said farewell to James Carter, a former chairman of the AAA’s board of directors. He left on reaching the mandatory retirement age, joining Dewey & LeBoeuf.
Who’s Who nominee:
- Joseph Neuhaus
In the text edition of the GAR 100 we misidentified a photograph of Sullivan & Cromwell partner and Who's Who nominee Joseph E Neuhaus. The caption identified him as George von Mehren, a partner at Squire Sanders & Dempsey in Cleveland. A correctly identified photograph of George von Mehren appeared alongside the Squire Sanders write-up. We apologise for any confusion caused.