Patton Boggs Lands Top International Arbitration Specialist

Jan 19, 2010, 13:29 ET from Patton Boggs LLP

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Patton Boggs LLP landed one of the nation's leading experts in international arbitration today, strengthening the firm's ability to represent U.S. and foreign governments and corporations in international investment, commercial, energy, pharmaceutical, technology, construction and treaty disputes.

Kenneth B. Reisenfeld will lead the firm's international arbitration practice from its headquarters in Washington. In addition, Mr. Reisenfeld is expected to play a key role in the firm's sovereign representation, energy sector, defense, national security and international trade regulatory practices.  

Mr. Reisenfeld brings more than three decades of experience in international commercial and investment arbitration and foreign trade compliance investigations. Mr. Reisenfeld has represented top-tier companies and governments throughout the world since earning his law degree from Harvard in 1978.

Mr. Reisenfeld has litigated complex international disputes in nearly every major venue in the world, including the International Chamber of Commerce Court of Arbitration; the London Court of International Arbitration; the American Arbitration Association's International Centre for Dispute Resolution; the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes; the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal; the Netherlands Arbitration Institute; the Chinese International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission; and in state-to-state ad hoc proceedings. He serves on the panel rosters for a number of international arbitral institutions and was appointed by the U.S. Trade Representative to serve on Binational Panels under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

"This is a major coup for the firm's international team," said Stuart M. Pape, managing partner of the firm. "This move deepens our expertise in helping clients resolve international disputes—a growing need in this ever-global economy."

Mr. Reisenfeld is also renowned for his vast experience representing significant U.S. and foreign companies in the energy, technology, defense and manufacturing sectors in compliance investigations, enforcement actions and international disputes relating to international trade and investment regulations, such as U.S. export controls, sanctions, anti-boycott regulations and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. For the past thirty years, he has helped clients comply with federal laws governing the exportation abroad of sensitive information and services in the defense and technology sectors. He also has counseled U.S. and foreign companies on compliance with U.S. economic sanctions and anti-corruption laws. In addition, Mr. Reisenfeld oversees international investigations of suspected violations and defends clients in enforcement actions.  

Mr. Reisenfeld's expertise dovetails with Patton Boggs' historic strength in representing foreign sovereign entities and in assisting global companies at the intersection of law and public policy.  

"I am delighted with the opportunity to work with such a strong, client-centric team on international commercial and investment arbitrations and compliance investigations," Mr. Reisenfeld said. "I hope to build upon the firm's world-class capability to assist companies and governments resolve their international commercial and treaty disputes."

Mr. Reisenfeld most recently worked at the firm King & Spalding. His background includes a clerkship under U.S. District Court Chief Judge Frank J. Battisti and service in the Attorney General's office at the U.S. Justice Department where Mr. Reisenfeld assisted in the creation of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal. He also helped draft the first controls on exports of technical data and provided legal oversight over the U.S. intelligence community.

Mr. Reisenfeld's work has been singled out for commendation by a number of top-notch publications, including Chambers Global; Chambers US; The International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration; and Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration.

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for International Trade labeled him as a "Notable Practitioner" who is "extremely accomplished." In 2009, Mr. Reisenfeld was ranked by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business in Band 1 for "International Trade: FCPA Experts" and in Band 2 for "International Trade: Export Controls and Economic Sanctions." Chambers USA 2009 noted his "much lauded expertise in export controls, sanctions, FCPA and Exon-Florio reviews."

Mr. Reisenfeld is a former chair of the American Bar Association's Section of International Law, which has more than 20,000 members. He just completed his three-year term representing the American Bar Association on the decision-making Council of the International Bar Association. He also has served two terms on the U.S. Department of State's Advisory Committee on International Law as well as served on the Executive Committee of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration. Mr. Reisenfeld, a co-author of the ABA/AAA Code of Ethics for Arbitrators (2004), is often called upon to participate on professional task forces and working groups that draft the rules for resolving disputes through international arbitration. He presently serves on the IBA's Task Force on Counsel Ethics in International Arbitration, the Advisory Board of the ITA and is Senior Adviser to the ABA's International Arbitration Committee.

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