Mark A. Cymrot

Partner

Washington, D.C.
T +1.202.861.1677
F +1.202.861.1783

Overview

Mark Cymrot is a first-chair attorney who handles complex international and commercial arbitration and litigation and is a member of esteemed international arbitration panels. He is an adviser at the American Law Institute, Fourth Restatement of Foreign Relations Law; and a member of the Advisory Board to the President, CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution. He has published articles on litigation and arbitration issues, such as "Going First Makes A Difference: Decision-Making Dynamics in Arbitration" (Transnational Disputes Management, Oct. 2014), "Cross-Examination in International Arbitration" (Disputes Resolution Journal, 2007), "Barricades at the IMF: Creating a Municipal Bankruptcy Code for Foreign States" (The International Lawyer, 2002), "Reforming the Sovereign Immunities Act" (Working Group of the American Bar Association, 2002) and "Squeezing Silver" (Journal of ABA Litigation Section, 1991).

Mark leads BakerHostetler's International Arbitration and Litigation practice team. He was special litigation counsel in the Civil Division of the Justice Department. He is ranked in Chambers Global and The Best Lawyers in America© (International Arbitration – Commercial and Governmental) and is listed in Who's Who in America.

Select Experience

Arbitration
  • Served as chair or neutral on arbitration panels in a trademark dispute between a franchisor and Australian franchisee, a credit insurance dispute between a German bank and U.S. insurer, contract disputes between a Japanese company and a Latin government, an expedited settlement dispute between British and American defense contractors, an inventory dispute between a major private equity fund and a Swedish trucking company, a fee dispute between a U.S. law firm and a Saudi client, and between a major U.S. defense contractor and its Slovak local representative, among others.
  • Serving as counsel, arbitrated a dispute between a London private equity fund and U.S. placement agent, a corn sales contract dispute between a UAE buyer and an Argentinian supplier, franchise disputes by Singapore and Ecuador franchisees against a major payment card issuer, a shipping dispute for cargo transported between Russia and China, a securities dispute for a market maker against a brokerage firm, and a London reinsurance dispute arising from a plane crash in Peru.
Commercial and Financial Lawsuits
  • Served as worldwide lead counsel to the Republic of Peru in $10 billion in lawsuits in eight countries brought by major international banks seeking repayment of sovereign debt and obtained unprecedented decisions regarding the restructuring of sovereign loans.
  • Tried and won a $197 million jury verdict against a Texas billionaire and others for an international conspiracy among major brokerage houses, a Swiss bank and individual investors to manipulate silver prices.*

* Does not guarantee similar results in comparable matters.

More »

Experience

Arbitration
  • Served as chair or neutral on arbitration panels in a trademark dispute between a franchisor and Australian franchisee, a credit insurance dispute between a German bank and U.S. insurer, contract disputes between a Japanese company and a Latin government, an expedited settlement dispute between British and American defense contractors, an inventory dispute between a major private equity fund and a Swedish trucking company, a fee dispute between a U.S. law firm and a Saudi client, and between a major U.S. defense contractor and its Slovak local representative, among others.
  • Serving as counsel, arbitrated a dispute between a London private equity fund and U.S. placement agent, a corn sales contract dispute between a UAE buyer and an Argentinian supplier, franchise disputes by Singapore and Ecuador franchisees against a major payment card issuer, a shipping dispute for cargo transported between Russia and China, a securities dispute for a market maker against a brokerage firm, and a London reinsurance dispute arising from a plane crash in Peru.
  • Represented the Republic of Peru in an International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes arbitration arising from a claim of denial of justice, and a Canadian lumber company in a North American Free Trade Agreement claim against the United States arising from allegedly discriminatory trade restrictions.
  • Litigated challenges to arbitral award, arbitration clauses, appeals of arbitral awards, challenges to the composition of an arbitral tribunal and enforcement proceedings.
Commercial and Financial Lawsuits
  • Served as worldwide lead counsel to the Republic of Peru in $10 billion in lawsuits in eight countries brought by major international banks seeking repayment of sovereign debt and obtained unprecedented decisions regarding the restructuring of sovereign loans.
  • Tried and won a $197 million jury verdict against a Texas billionaire and others for an international conspiracy among major brokerage houses, a Swiss bank and individual investors to manipulate silver prices.*
  • Defeated $37 million fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims and won counterclaims in a jury trial brought by Brunei's sovereign wealth fund and a Bruneian prince.*
  • Defended the Fulton Fish Market Cooperative in a trial seeking to halt the market's historic move from Manhattan to the Bronx.
  • In lawsuits raising sovereign and international organizations immunities issues, defended the Republic of Peru, the High Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
  • Recovered more than $11 million from a major U.S. bank that allegedly abetted an embezzlement and $11 million from a major telecommunications company on a fraud claim.*
  • Represented Puerto Rico's largest newspaper in a civil rights lawsuit against the governor for attempting to suppress free speech and obtained summary judgment in an antitrust suit alleging the newspaper was monopolizing the print market by printing advertising inserts.

* Does not guarantee similar results in comparable matters.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Chambers Global: International Arbitration (USA) (2014 to 2017)
  • Chambers USA: Nationwide International Arbitration (2013 to 2017)
  • The Legal 500 United States (2017)
    • Recommended in International arbitration
    • Recommended in International litigation
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2010 to 2017)
    • Washington, D.C.: International Arbitration - Commercial
    • Washington, D.C.: International Arbitration - Governmental
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent
  • Who's Who Legal 100 (Asset Recovery)
  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Washington, D.C. "Super Lawyer" (2010 to 2017)

News

News

Press Releases

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 1973
  • New York, 2000
  • District of Columbia, 1973

Education

  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1972
  • B.A., The George Washington University, 1969