Tom represents clients in investment and commercial arbitrations administered by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Court of International Arbitration, and other forums. He has represented clients from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and across North America. Tom also advises clients on arbitration clauses, and the potential liabilities and rewards of pursuing arbitration.
Tom’s experience in domestic arbitration includes representation of clients in arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association and the National Arbitration Forum. He has also represented clients in commercial litigation in state and federal courts, and before administrative tribunals on a range of matters, including breach of contract claims, business torts, and defamation.
Tom previously served at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, DC, as an attorney for the Bureau of Consumer Protection, Enforcement Division. He litigated federal court actions to enforce FTC orders, and obtained consent judgments in three administrative cases applying the FTC’s recently-revised environmental advertising guidance, the “Green Guides.”
- Successfully represented an African nation in ICSID investment arbitration against claims it had breached a Bilateral Investment Treaty.
- Represented a foreign utility in ICSID arbitration.
- Represented a hotel development company in an ICC arbitration.
- Successfully represented a large, national organization in a domain name dispute before the National Arbitration Forum.
- Participated in the successful defense of a major student loan company against a state-wide, consumer class action in the US District Court for the Central District of California.
- Represented major lenders in mortgage-related litigation in federal and state court proceedings.