Erin Thomas

Erin Thomas

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Covington & Burling LLP
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New York, NY 10018-1405
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  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2007
    • cum laude
  • Cambridge University, M.Phil., 2003
  • The University of Chicago, B.A., 2002
    • honors

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Erin Thomas is an associate in the firm’s New York office.  Her practice focuses on international arbitration and litigation.  Ms. Thomas has represented clients in international commercial arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA, ICDR, and SIAC rules.  Ms. Thomas has also represented institutions and individuals in general commercial litigation, and advised multinational corporations in FCPA due diligence and investigations of acquisition targets in high-risk jurisdictions.

Representative Matters

  • A state-owned oil company in ICC and LCIA arbitrations arising out of the construction of a gas-to-liquid plant in the Caribbean. Obtained a favorable award of specific performance, costs, and interest in the ICC arbitration and dismissal of all claims asserted against our client in the LCIA arbitration.
  • The South American subsidiary of a mining company in an ICDR arbitration commenced under an EPC contract for the construction of a transmission line.
  • The South American subsidiary of a Chinese mining company in an ICC arbitration arising out of an equipment sale contract with a Chinese supplier.
  • Two Brazilian companies involved in the construction, operation and maintenance of thermoelectric power plants in Brazil in an ICC arbitration commenced by a multinational equipment manufacturer.
  • A subsidiary of a UK water services company in an UNCITRAL arbitration commenced by the water and sewage agency of a Central American state relating to the administrative cancellation of a concession for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of a drinking water plant.
  • An oil & gas company in a dispute with a joint venture party arising out of a joint operating agreement.

Previous Experience

  • Associate in the international arbitration group of a major international law firm (2007-2013).

Pro Bono

  • Ms. Thomas has represented Yemeni detainees in Guantanamo Bay.
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