King & Spalding’s International Arbitration Practice Group is recognized as one of the best in the world. The firm was ranked second in the world by Focus Europe in its May 2007 Arbitration Scorecard, based on size and number of disputes handled across the globe. It has handled a number of matters in the Middle East. Arbitrations in which firm lawyers have been involved have ranged from approximately $1 million to more than $1 billion.
The firm is successful in this arena largely because it brings a creative and aggressive approach to arbitration. Members of King & Spalding’s International Arbitration Practice Group specialize in energy, construction, insurance, investments, and general commercial matters. The Group has handled arbitrations under the rules of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission (IACAC), International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the United Nations Commission for International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and the Iran-US Claims Tribunal.
Firm lawyers are included as members of the arbitral panels of the AAA, the LCIA, the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration Court, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre, the Cairo Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, the Commercial Dispute Resolution Center for the Americas, the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, and the U.S. Council for International Business.
International Arbitration Advocacy
King & Spalding’s International Arbitration Practice Group is experienced in the art of advocacy, having served as counsel in numerous multimillion dollar international arbitrations. Firm lawyers have written books and articles and lectured on the subject of advocacy in international arbitration. They also understand foreign politics and cultures and know the prominent international arbitrators. The group’s lawyers have a strong background in private and public international law and are also well versed in comparative law, having represented clients in matters governed by civil law, common law and international law.
Doak Bishop and Ed Kehoe head the firm’s International Arbitration Practice Group. Mr. Bishop has been both counsel and arbitrator in large international arbitral proceedings. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Institute of International Arbitration, as a Fellow and Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and as a member of the U.S. delegation to the NAFTA Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes. Mr. Kehoe focuses his practice on international arbitration and heads the firm’s Litigation department in New York, where he has achieved significant success for many of the firm’s clients. John Hinchey, who heads the firm’s Construction Practice Group, is President-elect of the American College of Construction Lawyers and Past President of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry. Mr. Hinchey has handled major construction arbitrations as counsel and arbitrator and has lectured both nationally and internationally on arbitration issues.