Tom is a Partner and the firm’s Head of Arbitration based in the Dubai office. He is experienced in international commercial arbitration, international investment disputes, state-to-state arbitration, and foreign sovereign immunity issues. His experience covers a wide range of industries, sectors, and types of disputes, including oil-and-gas, telecommunications, automobile manufacturing, shareholder disputes, and joint-venture disputes.
From 2001 to 2009, Tom was a member of the legal team representing the Ethiopian Government before the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission, an international arbitral tribunal that adjudicated claims for loss, damage and injury arising during an international armed conflict. In this context, he worked as a resident attorney in Addis Ababa for three years.
Tom frequently writes on topics involving international law and dispute resolution. Prior to relocating to Dubai, he was a professorial lecturer in law at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. Tom was recently recognised in the inaugural edition of Who’s Who Legal’s Future Leaders – Arbitration, a listing of the world’s leading international arbitration practitioners under the age of 45.
- Representing an African state in International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration seated in Geneva involving a dispute in the amount of nearly US$1.5 billion over the termination of five petroleum production sharing agreements and resulting in the dismissal of all claims against the client.
- Representing a European automobile manufacturer in an ICC arbitration seated in London involving a dispute over a strategic business alliance with an Asian automobile manufacturer.
- Representing a multinational corporation in multiple related Vienna International Arbitration Center (VIAC) arbitrations involving a multibillion-euro dispute over telecommunications assets in Poland.
- Representing a U.S.-based multinational corporation in an ICC arbitration seated in New York relating to the sale of its business operations in the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottling industry in South America, resulting in dismissal of all claims against the client.
- Advising Dubai-based companies on disputes and potential International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) claims related to investments in the oil and gas sector in the Middle East.
2000 – Juris Doctor, Harvard Law School
1997 – Bachelor of Arts (Summa Cum Laude), University of Notre Dame
2007 – Practice before the U.S. Supreme Court
2006 – Practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
2006 – Practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
2002 – Bar of the District of Columbia
2001 – Bar of Commonwealth of Massachusetts