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Practice Overview

Litigation and Arbitration

A significant focus of Cravath’s litigation practice is representing and advising international clients. We practice only U.S. law, which means that our litigation activities are focused on actual and potential litigation in U.S. courts and arbitrations conducted throughout the world.

From our New York and London offices, we are routinely called upon to represent non‑U.S. companies in many of the largest and most complex trials and appeals in federal and state courts, in domestic and international arbitrations (including ICC, LCIA, AAA and private arbitrations), before administrative agencies and regulatory authorities and in virtually every other type of proceeding, including internal investigations. Our presence in London enables us to enhance the timeliness of the services we provide to our international clients. We have significant experience in critical litigation in such diverse areas of the law as the Alien Tort Claims Act, antitrust, bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, contracts and commercial disputes, corporate investigation and governance, discrimination law, employment, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”), the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), fraud, intellectual property (copyright, patent, trade secrets and trademark and trade dress), mergers and acquisitions, real estate, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”), securities and tax.

Cravath’s arbitration experience arises from and is rooted in its litigation practice. We have successfully represented U.S. and foreign companies in domestic and international arbitrations involving diverse industries and various areas of the law. Cravath has represented clients in disputes administered by the International Chamber of Commerce, the American Arbitration Association, WIPO and the London Court of International Arbitration, as well as “ad hoc” arbitrations. We have handled arbitrations under the UNCITRAL rules and under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. In addition, Cravath partners and retired partners from time to time are nominated by experienced litigators at other major firms to serve as arbitrators. The global nature of our transactional practice has led to a significant increase in the amount of international arbitration work we handle.