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Focusing on the energy, infrastructure, and pharma industries, Elizabeth represents clients in high-profile disputes involving major projects and long-term foreign investments.  Her cases are regularly at the cutting edge of international arbitration practice, and several exceed USD 1 billion in dispute.  Legal 500 named Elizabeth as a "key lawyer" in the firm's "Tier 1" arbitration team in 2020 and 2022, and Law 360 recognized her as a "Rising Star" in International Arbitration in 2018 (one of three attorneys named worldwide).

Elizabeth handles 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., Ecuador, England, Germany, The Netherlands, Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand.

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 has specific experience coordinating numerous parallel proceedings in "viral" disputes, including cross-border litigations, Section 1782 discovery, commercial and treaty arbitrations, and injunction and enforcement proceedings.  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

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Legal 500 US, 2022

Recommended


Legal 500 US, 2020

Rising Star in International Arbitration


Law360, 2018

Tier 1: Energy Litigation


Legal 500, 2016

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Legal 500 US, 2022

Recommended


Legal 500 US, 2020

Rising Star in International Arbitration


Law360, 2018

Tier 1: Energy Litigation


Legal 500, 2016

Matters

Representing Chevron Thailand Exploration & Production Co. in an ad hoc arbitration against Thailand, concerning decommissioning of offshore assets in the Gulf of Thailand.

Won declaratory relief worth in excess of US$600 million on behalf of a major U.S. LNG company in a AAA arbitration seated in Houston, concerning various breach-of-contract claims.

Obtained a denial of Section 1782 discovery in aid of a foreign commercial arbitration on behalf of Halliburton Company from the U.S. District Court of a Delaware, including affirmance on appeal before the Third Circuit.

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Representing Chevron Thailand Exploration & Production Co. in an ad hoc arbitration against Thailand, concerning decommissioning of offshore assets in the Gulf of Thailand.

Won declaratory relief worth in excess of US$600 million on behalf of a major U.S. LNG company in a AAA arbitration seated in Houston, concerning various breach-of-contract claims.

Obtained a denial of Section 1782 discovery in aid of a foreign commercial arbitration on behalf of Halliburton Company from the U.S. District Court of a Delaware, including affirmance on appeal before the Third Circuit.

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 an award for declaratory relief worth over $4 billion in an ICC arbitration on behalf of two international oil majors against a Southeast Asian government, arising out of a revenue-allocation dispute under a gas service contract.

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 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$ 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 a major energy services company in a multi-jurisdictional dispute involving discovery proceedings before a U.S. District Court and private arbitral proceedings in Europe.

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.

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

Matters

Representing Chevron Thailand Exploration & Production Co. in an ad hoc arbitration against Thailand, concerning decommissioning of offshore assets in the Gulf of Thailand.

Won declaratory relief worth in excess of US$600 million on behalf of a major U.S. LNG company in a AAA arbitration seated in Houston, concerning various breach-of-contract claims.

Obtained a denial of Section 1782 discovery in aid of a foreign commercial arbitration on behalf of Halliburton Company from the U.S. District Court of a Delaware, including affirmance on appeal before the Third Circuit.

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Representing Chevron Thailand Exploration & Production Co. in an ad hoc arbitration against Thailand, concerning decommissioning of offshore assets in the Gulf of Thailand.

Won declaratory relief worth in excess of US$600 million on behalf of a major U.S. LNG company in a AAA arbitration seated in Houston, concerning various breach-of-contract claims.

Obtained a denial of Section 1782 discovery in aid of a foreign commercial arbitration on behalf of Halliburton Company from the U.S. District Court of a Delaware, including affirmance on appeal before the Third Circuit.

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 an award for declaratory relief worth over $4 billion in an ICC arbitration on behalf of two international oil majors against a Southeast Asian government, arising out of a revenue-allocation dispute under a gas service contract.

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 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$ 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 a major energy services company in a multi-jurisdictional dispute involving discovery proceedings before a U.S. District Court and private arbitral proceedings in Europe.

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.

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

Recommended


Legal 500 US, 2022

Recommended


Legal 500 US, 2020

Rising Star in International Arbitration


Law360, 2018

Tier 1: Energy Litigation


Legal 500, 2016

Icon close

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Recognition

Recommended


Legal 500 US, 2022

Recommended


Legal 500 US, 2020

Rising Star in International Arbitration


Law360, 2018

Tier 1: Energy Litigation


Legal 500, 2016