Comprehensive Arbitral Experience:
- International Chamber of Commerce Court of Arbitration
- London Court of International Arbitration
- World Bank-affiliated International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes
- American Arbitration Association
- International Centre for Dispute Resolution
- Comisión para la Protección del Comercio Exterior de Mexico
- Netherlands Arbitration Institute
- Stockholm Chamber of Commerce
- Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Litigation is often time-consuming and costly, so even a victory at trial may not be the best way to resolve a business dispute. Haynes and Boone lawyers augment our proven record of courtroom success by routinely using arbitration, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as pragmatic ways to achieve our clients' objective, while sparing them the cost, time and stress of a lawsuit.
Whether it’s a broker-dealer controversy in the U.S. or a multinational energy dispute, we know the right forum and the effective arguments to use.
A Global Dispute Resolution Force
Haynes and Boone lawyers are involved in some of the world’s most significant and challenging international commercial, technology and investment arbitrations. We act as counsel for the U.S. government, foreign governments and U.S. and foreign corporations in arbitrations that often involve sums in the hundreds of millions or billions of dollars.
Lawyers practicing in eight of our 13 offices (including Mexico City) are fully experienced in international arbitration procedures and proceedings, in part from having held senior positions in the U.S. and Mexican governments. And because we combine broad geographic scope (Europe, Asia, Central Asia, the Americas) with capabilities in more than a dozen languages, we can and do represent our clients virtually anywhere in the world.
Effectively Resolving International Trade Disputes
An important part of our international ADR practice is representing domestic and multinational companies in trade, customs and export disputes. We represent both petitioners and respondents in trade controversies, appearing on clients’ behalf before the U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Our lawyers are fully experienced in proceedings of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). That includes frequent appearances before multinational dispute panels and on various North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Chapter 11, 19, and 20 panels.
Comprehensive ADR Experience for Many Industries
Although we are fully prepared to represent our U.S. corporate and business clients in commercial litigation, we frequently are highly successful negotiators and counselors in mediations and arbitrations. When client needs dictate we will pursue the most effective strategies in appropriate forums such as the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), as well as specialized venues. When appearing before a panel of experienced arbitrators with appropriate legal and technical training, we can often resolve a controversy in just several months. We also skillfully work with mediators who often follow their own unique paths to understand a dispute and supervise settlement. Business controversies that we resolve in this way, often in accord with contract terms, encompass:
- Banking and financial services
- Energy litigation
- Environmental disputes
- Insurance coverage
- Real estate and construction issues
A Special Focus on Construction Disputes
Because of their complexity, even the best-planned construction projects can require dispute resolution upon completion. Haynes and Boone lawyers frequently apply our substantial experience in the mediation and arbitration of disputes involving claims over cost, design error and project management. These disputes typically involve multiple parties and are highly fact-intensive, and we use our industry knowledge to resolve the problem through alternative means such as mediation and arbitration that minimize expense and time for our clients.
Choosing the Most Appropriate Strategy
Most litigation does not come to trial, and Haynes and Boone’s reputation for aggressive advocacy often enables our clients to reach a favorable settlement. However, there are matters for which arbitration or mediation is the best alternative to achieve a resolution. Our lawyers have the experience to evaluate the most appropriate and effective strategies to reach client goals, and the skill to produce the best possible results.