Tom represents clients in international arbitration and commercial litigation.
Tom’s experience in international arbitration includes representation of 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. Tom has experience confirming arbitration awards in United States federal courts, and successfully obtained the first confirmation of an ICSID award on an ex parte basis granted in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Tom has appeared in numerous federal and state courts, representing clients in a range of commercial matters involving business torts, consumer protection laws, and contractual disputes. Previously, Tom served as a trial attorney at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., where, among other things, he served as trial counsel in a matter that resulted in a $14.75 million judgment against the defendants.
Tom maintains an active pro bono practice. Among his accomplishments, he successfully represented an asylum petitioner who was tortured and held in religious servitude in Western Africa for many years before escaping.
- 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 multiple ICC arbitrations.
- Represented an investor in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in an action confirming an ICSID award on an ex parte basis.
- Drafted multi-party arbitration clauses for large multinational corporations.
- 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.
- Represented clients in numerous actions in Maryland state court.