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Elizabeth is a partner in the Atlanta office and a member of the firm's International Arbitration team.  Focusing on the energy, infrastructure, and technology industries, Elizabeth represents clients in high-profile matters involving major, long-term projects and foreign investments.  Her cases are regularly at the cutting-edge of international arbitration practice, and several exceed USD 1 billion in dispute.  In 2018, Law 360 recognized her as a "Rising Star" in International Arbitration (one of three attorneys named worldwide).

Elizabeth focuses exclusively on international disputes, having represented clients in dozens of investor-State and commercial arbitrations (most exceeding USD 50 million in dispute, and several exceeding USD 1 billion). She specializes in complex disputes involving multiple parties, joint ventures, governmental entities, and multi-jurisdictional issues.  Her counsel experience includes arbitrations convened under the AAA/ICDR, CPR, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, SIAC, and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.  She has repeated experience in disputes involving the governing laws of the U.S., England, The Netherlands, and various Asian jurisdictions.

Elizabeth is particularly familiar with the legal and technical aspects of disputes in the energy and infrastructure industries.  She has handled numerous cases arising from long-term contracts (sale and purchase, supply, production sharing, concession, design and build, EPC, etc.), deepening her knowledge not only of the contractual frameworks but also the technical and financial aspects of long-term investment projects.  She also has significant experience representing major investors in treaty-based claims against States, and she regularly provides pre-dispute advice on foreign investment protection and treaty analysis.

In addition to her practice and frequent contributions as a speaker and author, Elizabeth also serves as an Adjunct Law Professor at the University of Georgia School of Law, where she has co-taught the course in International Arbitration since 2016.  

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Credentials

J.D., Northwestern University, cum laude

B.A., Georgetown University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Georgia

Texas

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

French

Rising Star in International Arbitration


Law360, 2018

Tier 1: Energy Litigation


Legal 500, 2016

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Rising Star in International Arbitration


Law360, 2018

Tier 1: Energy Litigation


Legal 500, 2016

Matters

Won a US$ 158 million award on behalf of GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas LLC in an ICC arbitration against a national power company seated in Taiwan, involving contractual and technical claims related to the construction of a nuclear power plant.

Won a declaratory award (with costs) worth approximately US$ 1.5 billion on behalf of a U.S. LNG company, in an ICDR arbitration seated in New York concerning the terms of a long-term tolling agreement.

Won a US$ 49 million award on behalf of ConocoPhillips China in a SIAC arbitration seated in Singapore, involving breach-of-contract claims against a Chinese company under a farm-out agreement.

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Won a US$ 158 million award on behalf of GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas LLC in an ICC arbitration against a national power company seated in Taiwan, involving contractual and technical claims related to the construction of a nuclear power plant.

Won a declaratory award (with costs) worth approximately US$ 1.5 billion on behalf of a U.S. LNG company, in an ICDR arbitration seated in New York concerning the terms of a long-term tolling agreement.

Won a US$ 49 million award on behalf of ConocoPhillips China in a SIAC arbitration seated in Singapore, involving breach-of-contract claims against a Chinese company under a farm-out agreement.

Won a US$ 85 million award on behalf of a major U.S. energy company in an UNCITRAL arbitration seated in London, concerning breach-of-contract claims related to a gas pipeline project in Indonesia.

Won a US$ 96 million final award on behalf of Chevron Corporation in an UNCITRAL arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador seated in The Hague related to undue delays by Ecuadorian courts, including assistance in successful defense against set-aside proceedings in The Netherlands through all levels of appeals.

Representing Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. in a multi-billion-dollar ICSID arbitration against the Republic of the Philippines under the Netherlands-Philippines bilateral investment treaty concerning the mistreatment of Shell’s investment in the Malampaya gas-to-power project.

Representing Chevron Corporation in a treaty arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador seated in The Hague, concerning the US$9 billion "Lago Agrio" environmental judgment issued by the Ecuadorian courts, resulting in precedent-setting awards in favor of Chevron, including a finding of denial of justice and treaty breaches by Ecuador's courts, as well as numerous interim measures awards ordering Ecuador to prevent enforcement of the court judgment.

Representing a major Asia-based power consortium in a SIAC arbitration seated in Singapore, concerning a contractual dispute.

Representing two major oil companies in a US$ 3 billion ICC arbitration against an Asian government, concerning a contractual revenue-allocation dispute.

Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of a European technology company in an ICDR arbitration seated in London, concerning a software licensing dispute.

Matters

Won a US$ 158 million award on behalf of GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas LLC in an ICC arbitration against a national power company seated in Taiwan, involving contractual and technical claims related to the construction of a nuclear power plant.

Won a declaratory award (with costs) worth approximately US$ 1.5 billion on behalf of a U.S. LNG company, in an ICDR arbitration seated in New York concerning the terms of a long-term tolling agreement.

Won a US$ 49 million award on behalf of ConocoPhillips China in a SIAC arbitration seated in Singapore, involving breach-of-contract claims against a Chinese company under a farm-out agreement.

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Matters

Won a US$ 158 million award on behalf of GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas LLC in an ICC arbitration against a national power company seated in Taiwan, involving contractual and technical claims related to the construction of a nuclear power plant.

Won a declaratory award (with costs) worth approximately US$ 1.5 billion on behalf of a U.S. LNG company, in an ICDR arbitration seated in New York concerning the terms of a long-term tolling agreement.

Won a US$ 49 million award on behalf of ConocoPhillips China in a SIAC arbitration seated in Singapore, involving breach-of-contract claims against a Chinese company under a farm-out agreement.

Won a US$ 85 million award on behalf of a major U.S. energy company in an UNCITRAL arbitration seated in London, concerning breach-of-contract claims related to a gas pipeline project in Indonesia.

Won a US$ 96 million final award on behalf of Chevron Corporation in an UNCITRAL arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador seated in The Hague related to undue delays by Ecuadorian courts, including assistance in successful defense against set-aside proceedings in The Netherlands through all levels of appeals.

Representing Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. in a multi-billion-dollar ICSID arbitration against the Republic of the Philippines under the Netherlands-Philippines bilateral investment treaty concerning the mistreatment of Shell’s investment in the Malampaya gas-to-power project.

Representing Chevron Corporation in a treaty arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador seated in The Hague, concerning the US$9 billion "Lago Agrio" environmental judgment issued by the Ecuadorian courts, resulting in precedent-setting awards in favor of Chevron, including a finding of denial of justice and treaty breaches by Ecuador's courts, as well as numerous interim measures awards ordering Ecuador to prevent enforcement of the court judgment.

Representing a major Asia-based power consortium in a SIAC arbitration seated in Singapore, concerning a contractual dispute.

Representing two major oil companies in a US$ 3 billion ICC arbitration against an Asian government, concerning a contractual revenue-allocation dispute.

Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of a European technology company in an ICDR arbitration seated in London, concerning a software licensing dispute.

Credentials

J.D., Northwestern University, cum laude

B.A., Georgetown University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Georgia

Texas

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

French

Rising Star in International Arbitration


Law360, 2018

Tier 1: Energy Litigation


Legal 500, 2016

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Recognition

Rising Star in International Arbitration


Law360, 2018

Tier 1: Energy Litigation


Legal 500, 2016