Donald (Trey) Earl Childress III

Trey is Of Counsel based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on international arbitration and litigation, public international law, and private international law (conflict of laws).

Trey has briefed and argued cases as counsel before the International Court of Justice and has consulted as an expert on various matters before international arbitral tribunals, with particular experience in PCA and ICSID-administered arbitrations. He has appeared as counsel before courts throughout the United States, including the United States Supreme Court, and has appeared as an expert before various courts outside of the United States. Trey was the 28th Counselor on International Law to the Legal Adviser at the U.S. State Department, which involved advising on the formulation of the government’s arbitration and litigation strategy. He also represented the United States before international bodies, including as part of the U.S. delegation to UNCITRAL Working Group III (regarding reforms to Investor-State Dispute Settlement), before the Council of Europe’s Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI), and in the Diplomatic Session of the Hague Judgments Convention.

Trey is a tenured professor of law at the Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law and has been a Scholar-in-Residence at the New York University School of Law’s Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration, and Commercial Law, and a visiting professor of law at the Washington & Lee University School of Law. He teaches courses on international arbitration and litigation, international business transactions, conflict of laws, comparative law, ethical considerations in international arbitration, civil procedure, and ethical lawyering. He has also taught courses through the Center for American and International Law.

Trey regularly writes law review articles and is a co-author of Transnational Law and Practice (Aspen Publishers 2015 & 2021) and Transnational Litigation in a Nutshell (West Academic 2021). He has co-edited a volume entitled Private International Law and Arbitration (Edward Elgar 2018). He has also organised academic conferences on the relationship between international arbitration and courts.

Trey is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration’s Academic Council, a director of the American Society of Comparative Law, and a member of the Advisory Committee on International Law of the U.S. State Department.

Isha Jain

Isha is an associate based in the Washington, DC office. She has experience in international commercial and investor-State arbitrations across a range of industries, including energy, construction, and intellectual property. Isha is also experienced in advising States and NGOs on issues of public international law, including law of the sea and human rights law.

Isha’s experience includes:

  • Representing a globally diversified mining company, including its Korean subsidiary, in an ICC arbitration with a US glass manufacturer. The dispute arises out a license agreement and concerns issues of patent infringement
  • Defending an ICC arbitration brought by a counterparty to a technology licensing agreement. Governed by Delaware law, the dispute involves the development of cutting-edge mobile phone technology and a claim of unpaid royalties
  • Advising a litigation funder on the merits of claims and counterclaims in a commercial arbitration. The arbitration arises out of Indian law-governed contracts for the supply and operation of wind-turbine generators
  • Representing an Argentinian oil & gas and petrochemical company in its investment treaty dispute with the Republic of Ecuador under the Argentina-Ecuador BIT. The dispute arises from actions taken by Ecuador and its State-entities to frustrate and resist domestic arbitration awards in favour of the company’s subsidiaries
  • Working with Guernica 37 in bringing claims on behalf victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity in a Middle Eastern State

Isha holds an LLM from Harvard Law School, where she was awarded the Roger Fisher and Frank E.A. Sander Prize for the best student paper on a topic related to dispute resolution. She also holds an LLB from the National Law School of India University. In the 2018 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot, she won the Stephen M. Schwebel award for best oralist in the world championship round.

Isha is published in leading international law journals, including the Leiden Journal of International Law and Arbitration International.

Not practising law in the District of Columbia. Supervision by Luke A. Sobota, a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

Jacob Omorodion

Jacob is an associate in the Washington, DC office. He has experience acting on a range of disputes, particularly within the infrastructure, energy, and intellectual property sectors. Jacob has particular experience dealing with disputes arising out of Africa, Latin America, and East and Central Asia.

His recent experience includes:

  • Representing an East Asian international glass manufacturing company in an ICC arbitration against the world’s largest glass manufacturing company involving issues of intellectual property and employment law
  • Representing an international energy company in an ICSID arbitration against a State concerning the conversion of rights of exploration into rights of production
  • Representing an international mining company in an UNCITRAL arbitration with a Central Asian State concerning issues of taxation, corruption, and contract interpretation
  • Representing an international construction company in US federal court in annulment proceedings concerning the expansion of the Panama Canal

Jacob regularly provides legal support pro bono. His recent work includes:

  • Advising on the international law of decolonisation in relation to a territory seeking to exercise the right to external self-determination and become an independent State
  • Advising on the local, regional, and international laws and jurisprudence on remedies available to survivors of State-sanctioned torture in an East African State on behalf of international human rights NGO REDRESS
  • Advising on international legal principles applicable to victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity in a Middle Eastern State on behalf of Guernica 37

Jacob holds a JD from Harvard Law School, where he was a Class Marshal of his graduating class and President of the Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association. He also holds an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy from the University of Oxford and a First Class Honours BA in Political Science from McGill University.

Jacob is the External Co-Director of the Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association’s International Arbitration Workshop for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Jacob is admitted in Washington, DC.

William Sullivan

Will is an associate in the Washington, DC office. He has advised clients in the finance, energy, and manufacturing sectors in both treaty and international commercial arbitrations conducted under ICC, ICSID, LCIA, and UNCITRAL rules.

His recent experience includes:

  • Representing a major energy company in an investment treaty arbitration involving a denial of justice
  • Representing a renewable energy technology concern in an ICC arbitration arising under a patent cross-licensing agreement governed by Illinois law
  • Representing a large financial services firm in an LCIA arbitration applying New York law
  • Advising a telecommunications logistics firm in a Delaware law contract dispute

Will studied classics at Princeton, law at Yale, and legal history at the University of Chicago, where he received a PhD in 2020. Immediately before joining Three Crowns, Will held the Raoul Berger-Mark DeWolfe Howe Fellowship at Harvard Law School and taught Roman law at Boston College Law School. He previously served as a law clerk for Judge José A. Cabranes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and, before graduate school, taught classical languages at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH.

Anton Chaevitch

Anton is an associate in the Washington, DC office.

His recent experience includes:

  • Acting for energy investors in two separate tax disputes against a Central Asian state in connection with a profit-sharing agreement
  • Advising energy investors on potential regulatory disputes with a Central Asian state in connection with a profit-sharing agreement
  • Acting for an energy company in two separate disputes against Eastern European states in connection with the construction and operation of power plants
  • Acting for Grupo Unidos por el Canal in annulment proceedings in U.S. federal court against an award arising out of the expansion of the Panama Canal

Anton regularly provides legal support pro bono. He assisted REDRESS in the case of  Meriam Ibrahim before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, is working with Guernica 37 in bringing claims on behalf victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity in a Middle Eastern State, and is advising a people on possible paths to gaining independence from an Asian State.

Prior to joining Three Crowns, Anton completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University. He previously clerked for the late Honorable Juan R. Torruella on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School (James Kent Scholar), as well as a Bachelor’s Degree (magna cum laude) and a Master’s Degree from Harvard University. Anton was a visiting professor at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, where he taught international arbitration.

Anton co-authored the chapter “Three Notable Issues from the Venezuela Experience” in International Arbitration in Latin America: Energy and Natural Resources Disputes.

Anton’s languages include English, Dutch, Russian, German, French, and Spanish.

Julia Sherman

Julia, an associate in the firm’s Washington, DC office, has significant experience in public international law, including acting for States before the International Court of Justice and other international arbitral tribunals. She has also represented clients in commercial and investment arbitrations in a range of sectors, including energy, technology, and financial services.

Julia’s recent experience includes:

  • Acting for Elliott Associates, LP in a $700 million dispute with the Republic of Korea under the Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement
  • Acting for Boeing before the Supreme Court of the United States in a case concerning the availability of U.S. discovery under 28 U.S.C. § 1782 (Section 1782) for private, contract-based arbitrations
  • Acting for Chevron in a long-running UNCITRAL arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador
  • Acting for a leading technology company in an ICC arbitration regarding a long-term supply agreement
  • Acting for the Kingdom of Bahrain in disputes before the International Court of Justice, the International Civil Aviation Organization, and the Universal Postal Union

Prior to joining Three Crowns, Julia was a Judicial Fellow to Judge Joan E. Donoghue at the International Court of Justice. She also has previous experience at a Permanent Mission to the United Nations and in a Trial Chamber at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Julia holds a JD from Columbia Law School in New York where she was a James Kent and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and received the David M. Berger Memorial Prize in International Law. At Columbia, Julia served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. She also has a first class honours degree in Political Science from McGill University in Montreal and a Master of Philosophy in Politics from the University of Cambridge.

Laura França Pereira

Laura, an associate in the Washington, DC office, specialises in international commercial and investor-State arbitration. She has experience acting in complex and high-value disputes across a range of sectors, including banking and finance, energy, oil and gas, infrastructure, and retail. Laura has acted in proceedings under a number of arbitration rules, including ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, and AAA-ICDR.

Her recent experience includes:

  • Representing the Republic of Chile in its investment arbitration with a Colombian construction and power distribution company under the Chile-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
  • Representing a leading US private equity firm in two parallel ICC arbitrations involving claims of fraud and breach of warranty arising from a share purchase agreement for the acquisition of a Latin American company
  • Representing a major European construction company in its investment treaty arbitration with a Latin American State arising from a “megaproject” to expand a strategic maritime infrastructure installation
  • Representing an Asia-based investment manager in an AAA arbitration against an US-based asset manager relating to a seed investment
  • Representing a European bank in an ICC arbitration involving post-acquisition claims relating to a Spanish credit card business
  • Representing a mining and petrochemical company in its investment treaty arbitration against a Latin American State
  • Representing Naturgy in its billion-dollar investment treaty claim against Colombia relating to the regulatory framework for the supply of electricity
  • Representing a consortium of oil & gas companies in an arbitration against a Latin American State, and in the ensuing settlement negotiations and agreement, arising out of tax liabilities imposed on the consortium in breach of legal and tax stability clauses included in the relevant investment agreements

Laura also maintains an active pro bono practice focused on the defence of human rights. She is representing the owners of a media group against a Latin American State in a claim filed before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights arising from alleged violations of the American Convention on Human Rights in relation to, inter alia, freedom of expression and the right to property. She also worked with REDRESS on a pro bono project promoting balanced gender representation in UN human rights organs and mechanisms.

Laura holds an LLM from Harvard Law School and an LLB from University of São Paulo, where she graduated first in her class. She studied at Sciences Po Paris, as part of her Bachelor’s degree program, where she graduated summa cum laude.

Laura has also held roles in several organisations, including co-chair of the CPR International Mediation Competition, events commissioner at the Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association, and president of the Brazilian Association of Arbitration Students. She also regularly publishes and speaks on a range of topics including arbitration, dispute resolution, contracts, and commercial law.

Laura speaks English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish, and is admitted to practice in New York, Washington, DC (Special Legal Consultant), and Brazil.

Simon Consedine

Simon is counsel in the Washington, DC office. He has significant experience in commercial arbitration and investment arbitrations, having represented clients across a wide range of sectors.

Simon’s experience includes:

  • Representing Elliott Associates LP in its $700 million claim against the Republic of Korea under the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement
  • Advising a number of international oil companies concerning production sharing contracts rights in Nigeria
  • Representing oil and gas explorers on claims arising out of ownership rights to produced petroleum, plugging and abandonment obligations, the negligent conduct of oilfield operations, and the termination of licenses in South America and the former Soviet Union
  • Defending sovereign States from claims arising out of the termination of contracts for the construction of highways in East Africa
  • Representing EPC contractors in disputes concerning the construction of a power plant in Israel and a nuclear power plant in Finland
  • Representing a Canadian rare earths minerals explorer in its expropriation claim against the Republic of Kyrgyzstan

Simon co-authored the chapter “Fair and Equitable Treatment: Legitimate Expectations and Transparency” in ICSID’s 50th anniversary text Building International Investment Law: The First 50 Years of ICSID. He sits on the Banking and Financial Services Committee for the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR).

Simon has been recognised for International Arbitration in The Legal 500 US since 2020 and clients have described him as having “formidable analytical skills and great client service”.

Simon received his LLM from Columbia Law School, where he studied as a Fulbright scholar. Before that, he received an LLB with first-class honours and a BA with first-class honours from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. He speaks English and French, and is admitted to practice in Washington, DC, New York, and New Zealand.

Liz Snodgrass

Liz, a partner in the Washington, DC office, has more than two decades of experience as an advocate and adviser in international arbitration matters. She has acted in arbitrations around the world, with notable experience of disputes arising in Africa, India, and Asia. Liz has particular expertise handling disputes involving States and State entities and fiscal disputes under long-term contracts. Her practice is a mix of commercial and investment treaty arbitration, with a focus on the upstream energy, power, and mining sectors.

Liz’s experience includes:

  • Representing a subsidiary of an Australian mining company in a dispute with a Central Asian State concerning tax and royalty demands in breach of stability guarantees in a long-term investment agreement relating to one of the world’s largest gold/copper mines
  • Representing Elliott Associates in a pending UNCITRAL arbitration against the Republic of Korea under the investment chapter of a free trade agreement, arising out of alleged governmental corruption and political interference in the activities of a State-controlled entity
  • Representing consortia of oil majors in a series of arbitrations against a West African State-entity arising out long-term production sharing contracts
  • Representing the Japanese, Korean, and Taiwanese subsidiaries of a globally diversified mining company in an ICC arbitration with a US glass manufacturer arising out a licence agreement and concerning issues of patent infringement
  • Defending an ICC arbitration brought by a counterparty to a technology licensing agreement against a Fortune 10 technology company. Governed by Delaware law, the dispute involves the development of cutting-edge mobile phone technology and a claim of unpaid royalties

Liz is recognised in leading legal directories. The Legal 500 describes her as “the real deal at the elite level of intellectual analysis and experience”, and Who’s Who Legal notes that she is “a wise and hugely knowledgeable lawyer with excellent written advocacy skills”. She is also ranked in Chambers.

Liz is a member of the Law360 2021 International Arbitration Editorial Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, and the North American Users’ Council of the LCIA.

Liz holds degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of Oxford. At Virginia, she was an Articles Editor for the Virginia Law Review. She clerked for the Hon. Judge J.H. Wilkinson, then Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Liz has taught courses on international arbitration and global disputes at University College London (2007-2012), American University’s Washington College of Law (2019-2022), and Georgetown University (2021-2022).

Liz is a member of the District of Columbia bar.

Mihir Chattopadhyay

Mihir is an associate in our Washington, DC office. He has experience advising clients across a range of industries, including the oil and gas, technology, aerospace, and financial services industries. He has acted in several high-value and complex commercial and investment arbitrations under the ICSID, ICC, AAA-ICDR, HKIAC, and SIAC Rules.

His recent experience includes representing:

  • ConocoPhillips in parallel ICSID and ICC proceedings arising out of the expropriation of its oil projects in Venezuela, resulting in historically large, multibillion-dollar awards;
  • ExxonMobil against Venezuela in a dispute worth approximately a billion dollars;
  • a leading Middle East oil and gas company in a multibillion-dollar arbitration against a state-owned oil company arising out of breaches a gas sale and purchase agreement;
  • a leading footwear and lifestyle company in multi-jurisdictional disputes against a Hong Kong-based entity involving claims of breach of contract and unfair prejudice; and
  • an Asian company in a dispute for breach of contract against a large U.S. company arising out of a multibillion-dollar foreign military sales program.

Prior to joining Three Crowns, Mihir was a management consultant with an international consulting firm. He advised clients on, amongst other things, valuing companies for acquisition and improving cost efficiencies.

Mihir has coached undergraduate and graduate law students in international arbitration moot competitions. In 2019, he coached the Georgetown University Law Center’s moot court team to victory at the American University LLM Commercial and Investment Arbitration moot court competition. In 2019 and 2020, he coached teams from Africa in the Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot.

Mihir holds an LLM and a certificate in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution from Georgetown University Law Center, where he graduated with Distinction and was on the Dean’s List. Mihir also holds degrees in law (LLB) and History from the University of Delhi, and he speaks English, Hindi, Urdu, and Bengali.

Nicola Peart

Nicola is a senior associate in the Washington, DC office. Her experience includes international commercial and investment treaty arbitration, as well as arbitration under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and proceedings before the International Court of Justice.

Nicola’s experience includes:

  • Representing a US financial investor, Elliott Associates, in an investment treaty dispute brought under UNCITRAL Rules arising out of a major State corruption scandal in Korea
  • Defending an energy company in an UNCITRAL arbitration filed by an African state under a power purchase agreement
  • Acting as lead associate representing a glass manufacturing company as claimant in ICC proceedings concerning a cross license agreement with a glass manufacturing company in Asia
  • Acting as tribunal secretary in an ICC arbitration arising from the conviction of two businessmen of fraud in the Czech Republic and alleged violations of a share purchase agreement
  • Representing the Republic of Vanuatu before the International Court of Justice in proceedings concerning the Legal Consequences of the Separation of the Chagos Islands from Mauritius in 1965
  • Appearing as counsel before the UK Supreme Court on behalf of the ICC International Court of Arbitration in the widely reported Halliburton Company v Chubb Bermuda Insurance Ltd case
  • Acting as Legal Secretary to the International Tennis Federation’s Ethics Commission, advising on matters relating to the enforcement of its Code of Ethics

Nicola regularly provides legal support pro bono. She is currently advising an independence movement on alleged human rights violations and the right to self-determination as an independent state. She also provides legal support to developing country negotiators and NGOs attending the international climate change treaty negotiations.

Nicola is a member of the International Bar Association’s under-40 arbitration sub-committee, the ICCA Task Force on Gender Diversity in International Arbitral Appointments and Proceedings, and the Campaign for Greener Arbitration’s Steering Committee. She is recognised for International Arbitration in The Legal 500 US for 2021 and in Who’s Who Legal: Future Leaders for 2022, which highlighted her “reputation for excellence”, noting that she is “thorough and well-prepared”, and is considered “an expert in environmental disputes”. Nicola has also been ranked as an associate to watch by Chambers USA 2023 and praised as “a fabulous lawyer”.

Prior to joining Three Crowns, Nicola worked as Assistant Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Nicola holds degrees from the University of Cambridge, Imperial College, London, and University College, London. She is admitted to practise as a barrister in England & Wales.

Admitted only in England & Wales. Not practising law in the District of Columbia. Supervision by Luke A. Sobota, a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

Kimberly Larkin

Kimberly is an associate in the Washington, DC office. She represents clients in international commercial and treaty disputes under a variety of arbitral rules across numerous sectors, including the technology, renewable energy, mining and natural resources, infrastructure, and financial services industries.

Kimberly’s recent experience includes:

  • Acting for a multinational energy company in a multibillion-dollar commercial arbitration against a sovereign State
  • Representing a regional energy company in a multibillion-dollar ICC arbitration against a state-owned oil company involving questions of U.S. and international sanctions law
  • Acting for Boeing before the U.S. Supreme Court in a case concerning the availability of U.S. discovery under 28 U.S.C. § 1782 (Section 1782) for private, contract-based arbitrations
  • Representing a Fortune 10 technology company in commercial arbitrations involving questions of U.S. intellectual property law and cutting-edge mobile technology
  • Advising a global mining company in an UNCITRAL arbitration against a sovereign State under a long-term investment agreement involving questions of international tax law
  • Acting for the Kingdom of Bahrain in UNCITRAL treaty arbitrations involving questions of international sanctions and banking regulations, including global AML/CFT standards

Kimberly has prior experience at the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. State Department, where she worked on questions of U.S. and public international law.

Kimberly has been recommended for international arbitration by The Legal 500 US in 2021 and 2022, and was named a “Rising ADR Star” by the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution. She serves on the board of the Washington Foreign Law Society and regularly presents at conferences and leading U.S. law schools on pertinent issues in the field.  Kimberly also maintains an active pro bono practice focused on human rights advocacy and accountability before U.S. and international courts, tribunals, and administrative agencies.

Kimberly received her JD from Stanford Law School. She also holds an MA degree (applied ethics) avec grande distinction from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and a BA degree (history, literature, and law), magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Davidson College. She speaks English and French.

Agustin G. Sanz

Agustin is counsel in the Washington, DC office. He has extensive experience of both international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations involving disputes in a broad range of sectors, including infrastructure and highway concession agreements, oil and gas, energy and power grids, water treatment, technology, public works, sovereign debt, and agribusiness. He also advises sovereigns and international organisations in matters of public international law.

Agustin also has extensive experience advising international clients in connection with local administrative and court proceedings in Latin America, as well as contract renegotiation, settlement, and post-award agreements arising from investment and commercial disputes.

Agustin’s recent experience includes:

  • Representing the Republic of Chile in its investment arbitration with a Colombian construction and power distribution company under the Chile-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
  • Representing a major European construction company in its investment treaty arbitration with a Latin American state arising from a “megaproject” to expand a strategic maritime infrastructure installation
  • Representing Pakistan in its disputes with India under the Indus Waters Treaty
  • Advising the Inter-American Investment Corporation in matters of public international law
  • Advising an oil & gas major in its multimillion-dollar royalties dispute in Colombia
  • Representing a consortium of international oil & gas companies in an arbitration against a Latin American State, and in the ensuing settlement negotiations and agreement, arising out of tax liabilities imposed on the consortium in breach of legal and tax stability clauses included in the relevant investment agreements

He has been ranked as a “Rising Star” with “a great capacity to understand other jurisdictions” by The Legal 500 Latin America, as an “Associate to Watch in Public Law” by Chambers, and as a “Future Leader” for arbitration by Who’s Who Legal.

Agustin previously worked as an attorney-adviser at the Ministry of Economy and the Federal Communications Commission in Argentina, in addition to his academic roles at the University of Buenos Aires and the University of Chicago. He speaks English and Spanish and has a working knowledge of French, Portuguese, and Italian.

 

Hugh Carlson

Hugh Carlson is the Managing Director of Three Crowns, in which capacity he is responsible for the firm’s global operations. He also serves as General Counsel to the firm.

Hugh has represented clients across a range of industries and under most major arbitral rules systems.  He has been described in Who’s Who Legal as “absolutely phenomenal,” “command[ing] the respect of his peers”, and “‘very highly recommended’ for his international investment treaty and commercial arbitration work”. He is also recognised in other leading rankings and directories, including Law Dragon’s “Global Litigation 500” and Super Lawyers.

Hugh teaches international arbitration at Harvard Law School and Georgetown Law School.

Prior to joining Three Crowns, Hugh practised in the litigation and international arbitration group of a major international law firm.

Scott Vesel

Scott, a partner in the Washington, DC office, has a decade and a half of experience handling complex international investment and commercial arbitrations in the oil and gas, construction, energy, mining, gaming, defence, technology, and agribusiness sectors. In addition to his private practice in international arbitration, he has served as an attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of State and at an international organisation.

Scott’s recent experience includes:

  • Representing a Middle Eastern State as respondent in the successful defence of an ICSID arbitration claim relating to the termination of an oil and gas engineering and construction contract and in ongoing annulment proceedings defending the award
  • Representing a Middle Eastern oil and gas company in the successful defence of an expedited LCIA arbitration arising out of its termination of a contract to sell certain oil and gas assets in a North African State
  • Representing an oil & gas major in an UNCITRAL arbitration with a CIS State arising out of a production sharing agreement
  • Representing a French-German consortium in a €3 billion Stockholm-seated ICC arbitration arising out of a contract to construct a nuclear power plant in Finland
  • Representing a European mining company in a $140 million ICC arbitration against a South African engineering company arising out of a EPCM contract to expand a mining project in an African country
  • Representing a European company and its controlling shareholder in a series of LCIA arbitrations against a European State arising out of a privatisation contract and certain concession agreements in the gaming sector

Who’s Who Legal has recognised him every year since 2016, noting that clients singled him out as “one of the smartest lawyers I have ever worked with”, describing him as “a thoughtful and well-regarded practitioner”, and praised his “impressive pre-hearing preparation and his advocacy”. He is listed in The Legal 500’s 2019 UK Arbitration Powerlist and recommended in The Legal 500 UK where he “attracts praise for his ability to ‘master complex issues’”.

Scott holds JD, MA, and BA degrees from Yale University, as well was an MPA degree from Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. He is qualified as an attorney in New York and as a barrister in England & Wales and speaks English, French, German, Russian, and basic Latvian.

Luke Sobota

A founding partner of Three Crowns, Luke represents private and sovereign clients in some of their largest and most important commercial, investor-State, and inter-State arbitrations, including the successful prosecution of one of the largest ICC cases in history. He also has more than 20 years of experience litigating international issues in U.S. courts.

Luke’s practice experience spans a variety of sectors, with a focus on the energy, financial, and technology industries.

Luke’s experience includes:

  • Acting for a multinational technology company in a multi-billion-dollar ICC arbitration pertaining to sole-source supply agreement
  • Acting for a global energy in a $9 billion PCA investment treaty arbitration concerning denial of justice by a Latin American country
  • Acting for a multinational aviation company in an AAA-ICDR dispute regarding the termination of $4 billion merger and acquisition agreement
  • Acting for a global apparel company in HKIAC and SIAC arbitrations concerning a dispute under joint venture agreement involving several Asian countries
  • Acting for US multinational energy company in ad hoc investment arbitration arising out of change to decommissioning laws in Asian country
  • Acting for a UK renewable energy company in a $200 million concession dispute with an African State

He is active in pro bono matters, including work for Equality Now and the Penobscot Nation.

Luke is also a Senior Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law.  Among other publications, he is the co-author of the second edition International Arbitration: Three Salient Problems (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and General Principles of Law and International Due Process (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Luke is ranked by Chambers, which describes him as an “extraordinarily intelligent” attorney who “draws extensive praise for his advocacy skills, with clients affirming that ‘his analysis and strategic view is outstanding.’” Who’s Who Legal has recognised him a “sharp intellectual” who “is praised for his fantastic analytical and writing abilities”. The Legal 500 writes that Luke “is extremely smart and a great strategic thinker” and is “an excellent draftsman”.

Luke previously worked in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he advised and prepared formal legal opinions for executive branch officials on a range of constitutional, international, and administrative law issues.

He earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, after which he clerked for Judge Pamela Ann Rymer of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist of the US Supreme Court.