Three Crowns is pleased to announce a leading ranking by The Legal 500 US for Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration. Additionally, founding partner Luke Sobota is recognized as a Leading Lawyer for 2020.

“One of the premier arbitration practices in the world”

In naming Three Crowns a leader in International Arbitration in the US for 2020, The Legal 500 noted the firm’s reputation as a force in high-profile matters, “acting in significant international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.” The firm was also recognized for being “equally strong in acting for sovereigns and private sector clients.” The Three Crowns team is highly sought after across a wide variety of sectors, including energy, oil and gas, construction, technology, telecom, mining, financial services, and infrastructure.

One client noted, “What started as a boutique has quickly grown into one of the premier arbitration practices in the world. The quality of the lawyers’ legal work, their experience, and their results are all excellent.”

Highlights of the Three Crowns US practice

Sobota, voted a Leading Lawyer, “is one of the best and brightest practitioners in the field.” He heads a strong US team that includes partner Liz Snodgrass, counsel Simon Consedine and Agustin Sanz, and a deep bench of nine associates. Jan Paulsson remains active in several large US-based cases.


Sobota represents private and sovereign clients in some of their most significant commercial, investor-state, and inter-state arbitrations.

Sobota is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, and regularly writes and speaks about issues of international law and arbitration. He was invited by former International Court of Justice (ICJ) President Stephen Schwebel to co-author the second edition of International Arbitration: Three Salient Principles (Cambridge 2020), along with Three Crowns colleague Ryan Manton. In addition, Sobota co-authored General Principles of Law and International Due Process (Oxford 2017).

In addition to The Legal 500, Sobota is recognized in other leading directories and rankings, including Chambers and Who’s Who Legal.  He clerked for the late Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, William H. Rehnquist, and worked in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice.


Snodgrass has more than two decades of experience as an advocate and counsellor in international arbitration matters. Her practice is evenly balanced between commercial and investment treaty arbitration. Snodgrass has particular expertise handling disputes involving States and State entities. Her clients span a wide variety of sectors, with a focus on upstream energy, power, mining, aerospace, and telecoms.

Snodgrass’ publications on international law and arbitration issues include the seminal article, “Protecting Investors’ Legitimate Expectations” in the ICSID Review. She also has authored numerous articles and book chapters on issues of arbitration practice and procedure. Snodgrass regularly guest lectures and speaks at client and industry events about arbitration issues.

In addition to The Legal 500, Snodgrass is recognized in other leading directories and rankings, including Chambers and Who’s Who Legal.


Paulsson has practiced exclusively as an advocate and arbitrator in international cases since 1975.  He is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague and the Court of Arbitration of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). Additionally, he served as President of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), and a Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration (Paris).

Paulsson is recognized as a top practitioner by all leading directories, universally thought of as one of the best arbitration lawyers in the world.


Three Crowns is a firm committed to excellence in international arbitration and international law. Founded by practice leaders with decades of experience across the globe, it is widely regarded as an industry leader. Its clients—including Fortune 10 companies and sovereign states—entrust the firm with their most important arbitrations.

During this challenging time, the Three Crowns team is here to listen to the issues you are facing and provide advice surrounding arbitration and disputes, whether directly related to COVID-19 or otherwise. Please do not hesitate to reach out to talk through ways we can help.

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