George M. von Mehren
George von Mehren leads Squire Sanders International Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Recent editions of The American Lawyer
’s Arbitration Scorecard have recognized two of George’s arbitration victories as among the largest in the world.
With more than 30 years of experience in complex adversarial proceedings, George spends 100 percent of his time representing clients in international arbitrations and providing strategic advice for litigation in courts outside the United States. He has an established record of working effectively with counsel from a wide range of countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia to achieve strong results for clients.
His recent arbitration experience involves representing clients in cases with multimillion to multibillion US dollar claims. He served as lead counsel in a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) arbitration and a related contract arbitration concerning banking regulatory matters with claims exceeding US$8 billion; a BIT case involving the issuance of GSM licenses; an International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) case involving payments for electricity in Latin America; an ICSID case involving termination of an oil participation contract in a Latin American country; an ICSID case involving the propriety of a nation’s criminal and civil investigation of a foreign-owned enterprise; in many cases involving pricing of liquefied natural gas (LNG); various construction cases including an ICC case involving the first privately constructed pipeline in Mexico; and in many cases involving breach of contract claims.
A frequent commentator on arbitration-related topics, George presented on "Insider Insight: What is the Arbitrator Looking for from Counsel to Achieve a Successful Arbitration?" at C5’s Congress on Successfully Negotiating & Renegotiating Long Term Gas Supply Contracts in July 2013. He recently presented on “International Arbitration in the Energy Industry” at the Korea: International Arbitration Summit. He has also presented on “Representing Sovereigns In International Disputes” at the Houston Bar Association’s International Law Section and moderated “Ethics Discussion: Analyzing Relationship Variations Within International Dispute Resolution” at the International Centre for Dispute Resolution’s (ICDR) 9th Annual Miami International Arbitration Conference. He presented “Is International Arbitration Becoming Too American?” at the 2011 Global Business Law Review Symposium on International Arbitration. George also has addressed the ICC International Court of Arbitration Workshops and its 9th Annual Miami International Arbitration Conference; the ICC’s Arbitraje en America Latina: Temas Actuales sobre Arbitraje Comercial; the ICDR’s Conference on ADR after NAFTA; Duke Law School’s International Law Society; the Seminario on La Responsabilidad del Estado y los Nuevos Retos del Arbitraje en el Ecuador presented by the Office of the Attorney General of Ecuador and the International Center for Conciliation and Arbitration in Guayaquil; the Forum on International Arbitration for Investor States in Quito, presented by the Office of the Attorney General of Ecuador; and Harvard Law School’s conference on International Investment Law at a Crossroads. He has presented on price review arbitration at the Argus European Natural Gas and LNG Trading Conference in London. He spoke on the 2004 version of the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts at a joint seminar in Paris hosted by the ICC and the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT).
George is the author of the chapter titled, “The Arbitrator’s Role” in a forthcoming book Gas Price Disputes
. He is co-author of “Is International Arbitration Becoming Too American,” in The Global Business Law Review 47
(2011); of the chapter, “A Brief Overview of International Arbitration,” published in Inside the Minds: Best Practices for International Alternative Dispute Resolution
; author of “Expropriation in Complex Cases Pursuant to Generally Applicable Laws and Regulations,” which appeared in the June 2006 edition of Transnational Dispute Management
magazine; co-author of “Navigating Through Investor-State Arbitration – An Overview of Bilateral Investment Treaty Claims,” published in the February/April 2004 edition of the American Arbitration Association’s Dispute Resolution Journal
; and co-author of “Submitting Evidence in an International Arbitration” in the Journal of International Arbitration
, 20(3): 285-294, 2003.
George is a US representative to the ICC Commission on Arbitration. He is also a member of the ICC Court of Arbitration’s Task Force on the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, and the ICC’s Task Force on Amiable Composition and Ex Aequo et Bono
principles in international arbitration. He is recognized in Who’s Who in the World
and various other Who’s Who publications including The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration
, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers
and the Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration
. PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook
has described George as “an exclusively international arbitrator who has recently worked on one of the most high-value global arbitrations recorded.” He is recommended in PLC Which Lawyer?
(USA) 2012. George’s legal training at Cambridge University (Trinity College) and Harvard Law School provides him with the background necessary to deal with cases governed by both common and civil law. Qualified to practice in several US courts, George is also a Registered Foreign Lawyer with the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (England and Wales). Whether a contract, licensing or joint venture dispute, construction, product liability, securities, insurance or regulatory matter, George is skilled in developing sophisticated strategies designed to win his client’s case either at hearing or in settlement negotiations.