Marney Cheek litigates high-value international disputes before international tribunals in complex commercial and investment treaty cases and litigating disputes in US Courts. Her practice spans a range of jurisdictions and industries, including oil and gas, mining, and life sciences, and she is recognized by Chambers as a leading arbitration practitioner. Ms. Cheek recently prevailed in a high-profile arbitration against the Russian Federation related to the expropriation of Yukos Oil Company.
Ms. Cheek crafts solutions to trade and investment challenges in foreign markets that pose a serious threat to her client’s business. Her advisory practice draws upon her trade, investment, and public international law expertise, as well as her experience as Associate General Counsel at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Named a Rising Star in International Trade by Law360, Ms. Cheek has a reputation for developing and implementing strategies to protect intellectual property rights abroad, including by ensuring that countries uphold their obligations under the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). In addition to intellectual property matters, Ms. Cheek advises clients on a range of international trade issues, including financial services, investment policy, trade preferences, non-tariff trade barriers, and climate change.
While at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Ms. Cheek represented the United States in litigation before the World Trade Organization and served as counsel for US free trade agreement negotiations with numerous trading partners. She also advised the agency on intellectual property, non-tariff trade barriers, standards, and environment matters.
Ms. Cheek is vice-chair of Covington's Trade and International Policy practice and serves as co-chair of the firm's Women's Forum. She is a member of the CAFTA-DR dispute settlement roster of arbitrators and a member of the Advisory Board of the Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law (Dispute Resolution).
- Counsel a large multinational company on ways to promote and enhance trade and investment in the Maghreb region of North Africa, including through the US-Morocco FTA.
Develop and implement strategies for global companies to protect intellectual property rights abroad, including by ensuring that countries uphold their obligations under the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).
- Counsel information technology clients on several aspects of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement.
- Represent a leading global source of scientific data in countering piracy of copyright materials in China involving a state-owned enterprise.
- Advise clients on issues related to the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Program.
- Advise U.S. association on the withdrawal of U.S. Internet gambling services commitments under the WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).
- Represent a multinational company on a NAFTA and WTO enforcement issue.
- Metal-Tech Ltd. v. Uzbekistan (International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID))
- Renta 4, et al. (investors in Yukos Oil Company) v. Russian Federation (Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce).
- Republic of Indonesia v. PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara (Ad hoc arbitration under UNCITRAL Rules).
- Allen, et al. v. Russian Federation, et al., Civil No. 05-2077 (U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia) (action for expropriation of Yukos Oil Company).
Honors and Rankings
Publications and Speeches
- Ms. Cheek was interviewed by Law360 (2/20/2013) about the state of the international trade bar and her practice at Covington.
- "Dispute Resolution Through Arbitration," India and the United States – The Evolving Legal Landscape for Cross Border Transactions (4/27/2013)
- "One Year Progress," One Year Anniversary of KORUS Implementation (3/15/2013)
- "Russia’s Membership in the WTO: An Additional Venue for Business Disputes?," 4th Annual ABA Conference on The Resolution of CIS-Related Business Disputes (9/21/2012)