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Erin Thomas advises clients in complex international disputes, serving as counsel in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Her practice covers a range of geographic regions, with a particular focus on construction, infrastructure, and natural resource disputes. She has represented clients in international arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA, ICDR, ICSID, UNCITRAL, and SIAC rules. Ms. Thomas also advises clients on the litigation of international disputes in the United States and abroad.

  • Ukraine’s state-owned oil and gas company, Naftogaz of Ukraine, in an investment dispute with the Russian Federation arising from Russia’s unlawful occupation of Crimea.
  • A Peruvian mining company in an ICC arbitration against a U.S. EPCM contractor under a cost plus contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of an open pit copper mine in Peru.
  • A North American mining company in an ICDR arbitration arising from cost plus construction, project management, and construction management agreements in connection with the construction of a mining project in Chile and Argentina.
  • A U.S. government prime contractor in a DIFC-LCIA arbitration against a subcontractor in Afghanistan and Dubai.
  • A South American paper company in multiple Section 1782 applications for discovery in aid of arbitration and litigation proceedings in Brazil.
  • A recording company in the challenge of a Section 1782 application made in the SDNY in connection with a German lawsuit.
  • The Chilean subsidiary of a leading mining company in an ICDR arbitration commenced by a Bolivian EPC contractor under a lump sum contract in connection with the construction of a transmission line and substations in support of a major mining project in South America.
  • The South American subsidiary of a Chinese mining company in an ICC arbitration arising out of an equipment sale contract with a Chinese supplier.
  • A state-owned oil company in ICC and LCIA arbitrations arising out of the construction of a gas-to-liquid plant in the Caribbean.
  • 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.
  • Korean companies in strategic consideration of potential claims against parties in foreign insolvency proceedings.
  • An oil & gas company in a dispute with a joint venture party arising out of a joint operating agreement.
  • The South American subsidiary of a European engineering company in a ICC arbitration relating to the expansion of a paper mill plant.
  • A U.S. oil & gas company in an annulment proceeding relating to a multi-billion dollar ICSID award against a South American state, in a dispute arising out of alleged breaches of a bilateral investment treaty and a production sharing agreement in Africa.
  • A supplier of liquefied natural gas in connection with contract sales price reviews.
  • A major financial institution in a SIAC arbitration arising out of an options contract with a Malaysian company.
  • A major financial institution in an LCIA arbitration arising out of a derivatives transaction with an Indian company.
  • Major financial institutions in disputes arising out of derivatives transactions, including litigations commenced or threatened in New York, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Pro Bono

  • Global union federations Industrial Global Union and UNI Global Union in an arbitration under the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, a legally binding business and human rights agreement concluded in the wake of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Dhaka.
  • Three Yemeni men detained in Guantanamo Bay.

Previous Experience

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