Wednesday, June 18, 2008

News About a Former ABA Section Chair

Reisenfeld_ken Kenneth B. Reisenfeld, former chair of the ABA Section of International Law and a top litigator with three decades of experience in international commercial and investment arbitration and in foreign trade compliance and enforcement investigations, has joined the Washington, D.C., office of King & Spalding as a partner.

Reisenfeld comes to King & Spalding from Haynes and Boone, LLP, where he was the founding partner of its Washington, D.C., office and chair of its international arbitration and litigation practice group and its international compliance and trade practice group. At King & Spalding, he is teaming up with lawyers of similar stature who have a global reputation for excellent legal counsel. These include the firm’s latest arrivals to its international arbitration practice: Houston-based, high-profile litigators John Bowman and Jennifer Price, formerly with Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P., and Washington, D.C.-based Margrete Stevens, former acting lead counsel of the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Reisenfeld represents leading U.S. and foreign corporations and governmental entities in litigation and arbitration of international commercial, investment, energy, M&A and technology disputes in U.S. courts and before international arbitral tribunals throughout the world, including the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), International Chamber of Commerce Court of Arbitration, the London Court of International Arbitration, the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, the Dutch Arbitration Institute, and in state-to-state ad hoc proceedings. He also represents significant U.S. and foreign multinational corporations in the technology, energy, defense and manufacturing sectors in export controls, economic sanctions, anti-boycott, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance investigations and enforcement actions and in Exon-Florio national security investment rev iews.

Reisenfeld, a former chair of the American Bar Association Section of International Law, now serves as a councilor on the International Bar Association’s governing body. He also is an appointed member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law and the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and serves on the panel rosters for a number of international arbitral institutions. Reisenfeld has been recognized in Chambers, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Experts and International Who’s Who.

Reisenfeld earned a B.A. degree from Oberlin College, honors, and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. Prior to entering private practice, he was a judicial law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Frank J. Battisti and served in the Attorney General’s office of the U.S. Department of Justice.

King & Spalding has one of the leading international arbitration practices in the world. American Lawyer’s Focus Europe survey in June 2007 ranked King & Spalding first in the world in investment treaty arbitrations and second in the number of high-stakes international arbitrations. The firm’s lawyers have represented major U.S. and foreign companies as well as foreign state-owned companies in arbitrated disputes ranging from one million dollars to more than one billion dollars.

The firm’s trade practice, composed of more than 40 lawyers and consultants, is one of the largest in the world. King & Spalding’s trade group advises clients on a wide range of international trade matters, including trade remedies, World Trade Organization (WTO) matters, export controls, sanctions, customs, inward U.S. investment (Exon-Florio/CFIUS), and trade policy and negotiations. In addition to the largest anti-dumping case ever brought against China, the group was also the first in 15 years to successfully file a countervailing duty petition in the U nited States against subsidized imports from China.

King & Spalding is an international law firm with more than 800 lawyers in Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Dubai, Frankfurt, Houston, London, New York, Riyadh (affiliated office), San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. The firm represents half of the Fortune 100 and in a Corporate Counsel survey in September 2007 was among the top firms representing Fortune 250 companies. For additional information, visit

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