James J. East

Associate

Washington, D.C.
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Overview

Jim East works closely with clients to handle their complex international matters. He has experience representing corporate and sovereign clients in arbitrations before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), as well as in litigation in U.S. federal district courts. Notably, Jim has in-depth experience handling major infrastructure project disputes, and has resolved and litigated numerous, high-profile construction disputes. Utilizing his thorough knowledge of international law and international arbitral practice, Jim establishes himself as a trusted advisor and advocate for his clients.

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  • Served as claimants' counsel to construction consortium in parallel ICC arbitrations concerning the Panama Canal expansion, drafting legal and factual sections for several pleadings, coordinating submission of filings, and preparing opening and closing statements.
  • Represented Central Asian clients as claimants' counsel in ICSID (AF) arbitration against Central Asian state in dispute related to alleged expropriation of resort properties, developing factual arguments and drafting witness statements.
  • Served as respondent's counsel to Central Asian sovereign client in ICSID arbitration, developing treaty interpretation arguments and other legal arguments for multiple pleadings.
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Experience

  • Served as claimants' counsel to construction consortium in parallel ICC arbitrations concerning the Panama Canal expansion, drafting legal and factual sections for several pleadings, coordinating submission of filings, and preparing opening and closing statements.
  • Represented Central Asian clients as claimants' counsel in ICSID (AF) arbitration against Central Asian state in dispute related to alleged expropriation of resort properties, developing factual arguments and drafting witness statements.
  • Served as respondent's counsel to Central Asian sovereign client in ICSID arbitration, developing treaty interpretation arguments and other legal arguments for multiple pleadings.
  • Represented Russian corporate client before D.C. district court to respond to subpoena, drafting objections, legal arguments, and declarations.
  • Managed pitches for potential sovereign clients involved in ICSID and UNCITRAL arbitrations, developing strategies and drafting proposal presentations.

Recognitions and Memberships

Community

  • Congressional Cemetery K9 Corps: Volunteer

Pro Bono

  • Represented Vietnam and Korean War veteran before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, securing several years of back pay and additional entitlements for service-connected disabilities for the client.

Prior Positions

  • International Arbitration Institute: Research Assistant
  • The Nguyen Law Firm: Law Clerk
  • The Honorable Thomas J. Rebull, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, Criminal Division: Judicial Intern

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois

Education

  • LL.M., International Arbitration, University of Miami School of Law, 2016
  • J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 2016, cum laude; International Moot Court, President; International Law Society, President; Foreign Direct Investment Moot Competition 2016, Quarterfinalist
  • B.A., Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, Amherst College, 2012