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Clovis Trevino is special counsel in the firm’s international disputes practice. She specializes in public international law and international commercial and investment arbitration and represents private entities and States in high-stakes international commercial, investor-State, and State-to-State proceedings, including under ICSID, ICC, UNCITRAL, and UNCLOS rules and before the International Court of Justice.

Fluent in Spanish, Ms. Trevino regularly handles disputes arising out of Latin America. Her experience spans a wide range of industries, including mining and minerals, oil and gas, textile manufacturing, and consumer services. She also advises investment firms and asset managers in evaluating investments in international claims or arbitration awards.

  • Eli Lilly and Company in successfully defeating a $1+ billion arbitration involving allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • A U.S. construction materials company in an investment treaty arbitration against Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement.
  • Ukraine in a dispute against the Russian Federation before the International Court of Justice involving terrorism financing and racial discrimination.
  • Ukraine in an arbitration under the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea arising out of the Russian Federation’s interference with Ukraine’s coastal state rights in the waters adjacent to Crimea.
  • A leading Ukrainian financial group in an investment treaty arbitration arising out of Russia’s expropriation of real estate assets in Crimea.   
  • Two Swiss labor union federations in UNCITRAL arbitrations against global fashion brands under the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, settled following a favorable decision on jurisdiction and admissibility.
  • Subsidiaries of Mexican food conglomerate Gruma in an investment treaty arbitration against Venezuela over the expropriation of food production assets, resulting in a favorable award (annulment ongoing).
  • Tidewater in ICSID annulment proceedings and successful award enforcement under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (concluded).
  • A major U.S. defense contractor in a commercial arbitration under the Rules of the American Arbitration Association (settled).

Pro Bono

  • A coalition of human rights advocates in the submission of an amici curiae brief in support of the petitioners in the case of Ángel Alberto Duque v. Colombia (Case 12.841) before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot, Coach of the University of Miami Law School team (2014-2015)
  • Young ICCA