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James Goold is resident in our Washington, DC office.  His practice spans a wide range of U.S. and European litigation and arbitration, including insurance coverage for policyholders on environmental, product liability, mass tort and catastrophe claims; energy industry and other commercial disputes; mass tort product liability defense; and representations of European governments concerning sovereign immunity and other claims against military, historic and cultural properties in the U.S. and Europe.

  • London arbitration to enforce insurance coverage for pharmaceutical drug manufacturer arising from multinational mass tort product liability litigation.
  • London arbitration to recover catastrophe level insurance for US transportation company arising from railroad accident.
  • Representation of Government of Spain in US litigation and UK proceedings to secure recognition of sovereign immunity and repatriation to Spain from US and Gibraltar for estimated $600 million in coins and other artifacts removed from sunken 1804 Spanish Navy Frigate.
  • Representation of Government of Spain to defeat claims by Republic of Peru asserting ownership interest in natural resources exported from the Americas prior to Peruvian independence.
  • Representation of multinational oil company in US litigation for insurance coverage of asbestos-related liabilities.
  • Energy industry take or pay litigation involving force majeure claims and petrochemical feedstocks.
  • Contractual disputes and ADR concerning capital contributions and allocations at Canadian LNG facilities.
  • Contractual disputes and ADR concerning capital contributions and allocations and contractor claims at Australian offshore gas and oil fields and onshore LNG facilities.
  • Petrochemical facility construction and operations disputes.
  • Defense of majority shareholder and Chairman of New York Stock Exchange firm against US claims seeking to impose constructive trust on controlling interest in brokerage firm.    
  • Representation of United Kingdom government in US litigation to secure sovereign immunity and other protection for crashed World War II aircraft and aircrew gravesite.
  • Representation of Republic of Italy against US salvage claims asserted against 1915 Italian passenger liner sunk in the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Representation of Republic of France in US litigation asserting claims against sunken 17th Century Royal vessel in Lake Michigan.
  • Defense of US pharmaceutical company against intellectual property, breach of contract and patent infringement claims concerning source code for iris recognition system.
  • Representation of pharmaceutical manufacturers criminal prosecutions of and claims against manufacturers and sellers of counterfeit.
  • Defense of trade association of consumer product manufacturers against U.S. Department of Justice civil RICO claims.
  • Defense of trade association of consumer product manufacturers against product liability claims in multiple US jurisdictions.
  • Representation of US aerospace company for insurance coverage of environmental liabilities associated with former aircraft manufacturing sites.

Pro Bono

  • Executive Committee and General Counsel; Institute of Nautical Archaeology; College Station, Texas and Bodrum, Turkey
  • Chairman, Executive Committee and General Counsel; RPM Nautical Foundation; Key West, Florida and Valletta, Malta
  • Counsel, Society for American Archaeology; Washington, DC.
  • Nautical archaeology and oceanographic survey projects, including; Battle of the Egadi Islands (241 B.C.) Survey, Sicily, Italy; Battle of Trafalgar (1804) Survey, Cadiz, Spain; Albania and Illyria Regional Classical Era Coastal Survey, Saranda, Albania; Ulu Burun Shipwreck (1300 B.C.) Excavation, Kas, Turkey; Survey of Approaches to Grand Harbor for Battle of Malta (1942) casualties; Valletta, Malta; Molasses Reef Wreck (1520 A.D. approx.), Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands; HMS Thunderbolt (1944), Sicily, Italy; Cacciatorpediniere Italiano Ardente (1943), Sicily, Italy; Surveys of Roman, Greek and Byzantine Vessels, Cesme and Marmaris, Turkey; Henrietta Marie (1723), Key West, Florida; and Tangier Harbor Approaches Survey, Tangier, Morocco.
  • Knight’s Cross of the Order of Isabela Catolica, Kingdom of Spain; Royal Decree of December 13, 1999
  • Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit, Kingdom of Spain; Royal Decree of July 20, 2012