International Dispute Resolution

Trained in common law, civil law, and international law, Venable attorneys have extensive experience handling cross-border disputes in a variety of forums, in multiple languages, and under diverse procedural and substantive laws. We work in all three major areas of international dispute resolution: international litigation, international commercial arbitration, and international investment arbitration. 

International Litigation

Our lawyers routinely represent companies and individuals before U.S. state and federal courts in international commercial disputes. We are especially experienced in guiding non-U.S. clients through the U.S. litigation process, from filing suit to addressing complex procedural issues such as personal jurisdiction and forum non conveniens, from weathering international discovery to trying a case under U.S. or non-U.S. law. We also have expertise in litigating issues that arise out of arbitration proceedings, including petitions to compel and to enjoin arbitration and to enforce and vacate arbitral awards under state law, the Federal Arbitration Act, and the New York Convention.

International Commercial Arbitration

Venable attorneys have substantial experience in international commercial arbitration. We have represented clients in arbitrations under the ICC, ICDR/AAA, UNCITRAL, and other rules. Our attorneys have diverse backgrounds and are able to handle proceedings under the substantive law of multiple jurisdictions and in multiple languages.

International Investment Arbitration

Our lawyers represent private parties and sovereigns in multi-million-dollar investment-treaty arbitrations before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes


International Litigation

  • Trying a contract dispute in U.S. federal court on behalf of an Ecuadorian law firm 
  • Defending a Canadian consulting company in a federal securities-fraud class action 
  • Representing a private party against the Republic of Iraq in litigation in U.S. federal court 
  • Representing a Brazilian airline in litigation in Texas 
  • Representing a Brazilian exporter of commodities in litigation in New York state court 
  • Representing a Mexican individual in RICO litigation in U.S. federal court 
  • Representing a foreign airline resisting an attachment proceeding in U.S. federal court

International Commercial Arbitration

  • Representing a Spanish equipment manufacturer in arbitration under the ICDR rules 
  • Representing a Brazilian commodities exporter in arbitration under the AAA rules
    International Investment Arbitration
  • We are currently representing a sovereign in two ICSID arbitrations brought by European companies relating to pre-shipment customs-inspections services

Government Experience

Nearly 200 trial attorneys, including attorneys who formerly served as:

  • Government prosecutors
  • U.S. Attorney General