King & Spalding Substantially Grows International Arbitration Practice

Monday, May 4, 2009 - 01:00

King & Spalding recently announced that Eric A. Schwartz, one of the top international arbitration lawyers in the world, and his colleague James Castello, a prominent international arbitration practitioner, have joined the firm. Mr. Schwartz, who served as secretary general of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and Mr. Castello will join King & Spalding from the Paris office of Dewey & LeBoeuf, where Mr. Schwartz was managing partner and co-head of its global arbitration practice. King & Spalding is submitting an application to the Paris Bar Council in order to open an office in Paris.

Mr. Schwartz, who has practiced in Paris for 30 years, focuses his practice on international commercial arbitration, with particular expertise in large, complex disputes in the areas of civil engineering and construction, oil and gas, and information technology and telecommunications. He also has a substantial investment treaty arbitration practice and handles a number of treaty-based arbitrations on behalf of investors and states.

Mr. Castello has been recognized in Chambers Global 2009 as "a name worth watching" in the international arbitration field. For several years he has been a member of the United States delegation to the international arbitration working group of UNCITRAL, and in 2007 he was appointed to the LCIA Court. He has practiced international arbitration in both Vienna and Paris since 2001.

London-based King & Spalding arbitration partner Kenneth R. Fleuriet, who has extensive experience handling both investment treaty and commercial arbitrations, will join Messrs Schwartz and Castello in Paris once the King & Spalding office has been approved.

Jeffrey M. Stein, a partner in King & Spalding's corporate practice in Atlanta, has been named a winner of the 2009 Burton Awards for Legal Achievement. Mr. Stein was among 30 partners selected by the awards committee from among the largest 1,000 law firms in the nation.

Mr. Stein was chosen for his article "The Changing Role of the Lead Director" thatappeared in the November/ December 2008 edition of Corporate Governance Advisor.

He will be honored at an awards ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on June 15. The guest speaker at the event will be U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.

The Burton Awards, now in their 10th year, were established by William C. Burton to promote and reward the refinement and enrichment of good legal writing.

Pro bono partner Bill Hoffmann and associate John Sheesley earned a significant victory in the U.S. Department of Justice's Immigration Court in Atlanta on March 20 in a high-profile deportation case involving the grandson of former Liberian President William Tubman.

The client, 27-year-old Al Glay, has been a resident of the United States since he was five, when he and his mother left Liberia at the outbreak of civil war.

Hoffmann and Sheesley contested Glay's deportation on the grounds that he was likely to be harmed or even killed if he returned to Liberia, as Mr. Glay's father had been senior aide-de-camp to the country's former dictator, Samuel Doe, who had been assassinated. The immigration judge granted Mr. Glay withholding of removal.