George M. von Mehren
George von Mehren leads Squire Patton Boggs International Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Recent editions of The American Lawyer
’s Arbitration Scorecard have recognized three of George’s arbitration victories as among the largest in the world.
With more than 35 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 US. 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 experience involves representing clients in many international arbitrations, including more than 60 international 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 and other disputes under long-term natural gas and LNG contracts; 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 has recently presented on: “Controlling Time and Costs in International Arbitration” (ICC and University of Florence Summer School, July 2104); “Practical Guidance on Creatively Utilizing Your Experts and Evidence to Persuade” (C5 Gas Conference, Berlin July 2014); “International Arbitration Doctrines (Separability, Competence-Competence, Validity and Non-Arbitrability” (ICC and University of Florence Summer School, July 2013); “Arbitration and Gas Pricing/LNG Disputes” (RMMLF, Toronto September 2013); "Insider Insight: What is the Arbitrator Looking for from Counsel to Achieve a Successful Arbitration?"(C5 Gas Conference, Berlin July 2013); “International Arbitration in the Energy Industry” (Korea International Arbitration Summit); “Contracts Signed Under Duress – Meeting the Burden of Proof” (Kiev Arbitration Days, November 2013); “Representing Sovereigns In International Disputes” (Houston Bar Association); “Ethics Discussion: Analyzing Relationship Variations Within International Dispute Resolution” (ICDR, 9th Annual Miami International Arbitration Conference); “Is International Arbitration Becoming Too American?” (Global Business Review Symposium).
George is the author of the chapter “The Arbitrator’s Role” in Gas Price Disputes
(Globe Law and Business 2014). He is also contributing a chapter to the forthcoming Leading Practitioners Guide to International Oil and Gas Industry Arbitration
on the topic of Arbitrating International Gas Purchase/Sales Agreement Disputes (anticipated December 2014).
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 was 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?
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.