New York – December 19, 2016 – Cooley is expanding its litigation capabilities with the arrival of three international arbitration partners. Mark Beckett, Rachel Thorn and Marc Suskin join Cooley as partners from Chadbourne & Parke, based in New York.
“This has been another tremendous year for Cooley,” said Michael Attanasio, chair of Cooley’s global litigation department. “We’ve seen impressive growth coupled with numerous litigation successes for our clients. The arrival of Mark, Rachel and Marc adds a further dimension to Cooley’s global litigation practice, as we steer clients successfully through their most complex challenges around the world. We are excited by this addition to our New York litigation team, which strongly complements our already deep bench in London and its extensive international reach, particularly in the areas of international arbitration, asset recovery and public international law. With Mark, Rachel and Marc, the transatlantic depth of our practice will be distinctive among US law firms.”
Beckett, former chair of Chadbourne & Parke’s international arbitration group, focuses on international commercial and investment treaty arbitration, public international law and multi-jurisdictional enforcement actions, as well as international corporate social responsibility. Beckett has been a lecturer at Harvard Law School for the last ten years and is the former US member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. He received his JD from Rutgers University School of Law and his BA from Drew University.
“We could not be happier to join Cooley,” Beckett said. “Its recent growth, including the notable London launch in 2015, has established Cooley as one of the most dynamic elite global law firms. Cooley represents clients at the cutting edge of the technology and life sciences sectors, which are often facing complex and novel legal issues. We look forward to working with these companies as they navigate the challenging terrain of foreign, cross-border and international law.”
Thorn’s practice emphasizes international commercial arbitration, international litigation, public international law and US federal and state arbitration law. She has successfully represented companies, states and state-owned entities in proceedings conducted in all major arbitration forums. Thorn has been heavily involved in representing clients in post-award proceedings, defending and successfully challenging awards in courts in the US. She received her JD from the University of Chicago School of Law and her BA from the University of Wisconsin.
“Not only does Cooley have a superlative reputation for providing high-quality legal services, but it sets itself apart through its unique culture, which offers a collaborative network of talented lawyers and the necessary environment needed to build a successful practice,” Thorn said. “Our team will bring the building blocks for a strong transatlantic international arbitration practice, utilizing our platform and capitalizing on Cooley’s highly regarded practitioners in London, building on the firm’s already strong practice acting for governments around the world.”
Suskin’s practice focuses on international commercial arbitration and international investment arbitration. He has represented international corporations in complex commercial disputes, as well as states and investors in public international law disputes. He has also represented clients before US courts in the enforcement of arbitral agreements and arbitral awards under the Federal Arbitration Act and New York Convention. Suskin received his JD from Columbia Law School and his BA from Yale University. He also has a Maîtrise en Droit and DESS from the Université Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and is fluent in French.
“Although international arbitration has historically been associated with the mining, energy and construction sectors, we expect there will be significant growth in international arbitration disputes in life sciences, technology and other industries where Cooley has a world-class reputation,” Suskin said. “These strengths, coupled with Cooley’s expanding geographic footprint, make the firm a natural fit for our team.”
Cooley’s global 400-lawyer litigation department represents companies, governments, state entities and individuals in international arbitral disputes of various types involving complex issues of international, foreign and comparative law and procedure. In August 2016, Law360 heralded Cooley as a “go-to” firm, ranking it among the elite firms on the publication’s Litigation Powerhouse list.
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