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Robert Dawes

Robert Dawes

Senior Associate

Rob is a Senior Associate in New York specializing in International Arbitration, Dispute Resolution, and Investigations.



Rob has successfully represented corporate and sovereign clients in international arbitrations, regulatory inquiries, and complex civil litigations, including consumer protection and antitrust class actions, executive employment and corporate governance disputes, and construction arbitrations. He has also conducted investigations and advised clients in connection with regulatory inquiries before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, particularly in the areas of anticorruption and competition law.
Rob has acted as counsel in cases involving various sectors, including commodities trading, production, and logistics, as well as construction, telecommunications, information technology, mining, and cybersecurity. He has experience with disputes seated in the United States, Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, Asia, South America, and Africa, and has represented clients in arbitrations conducted under the ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID, LCIA, and ICDR-AAA rules.
Rob's experience includes advising:
  • a multinational mining company in two ICDR-AAA arbitrations concerning disputes with a South American commodities logistics joint venture
  • a major US investment bank in successfully resisting third-party discovery in aid of an international arbitration
  • a global technology company in connection with U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission anticorruption investigations
  • a leading metals and mining company seeking vacatur of an arbitration award for manifest disregard of the law 
  • a real estate development company in an ICDR-AAA arbitration concerning the purchase of a jet aircraft 
  • a Chinese pharmaceutical producer defending against alleged breaches of sales contracts in the U.S.
  • a sovereign nation and its related oil interests in two ICC arbitrations against a construction conglomerate, where claimed damages exceeded €1 billion
  • a Middle-Eastern pharmaceutical company in connection with its expropriation claims against a sovereign nation in an ICSID investor-state treaty arbitration
  • an oil and gas supermajor in pursuing various commercial claims against suppliers in Texas
  • the Republic of Italy in arbitration enforcement challenges in Washington, D.C. stemming from EU arbitration proceedings in Sweden concerning Italian renewable energy policy
  • an international commodities producer in four multi-year internal investigations and two AAA commercial arbitrations concerning executive compensation and corporate governance matters
  • an intergovernmental organization in two UNCITRAL arbitrations against multinational construction companies
  • a global commodities trading company in connection with several multibillion-dollar multidistrict consumer protection and antitrust class actions


Rob received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin, Phi Beta Kappa, with Highest Honors. During law school, he was elected Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, worked with the Litigation Bureau of the New York State Office of the Attorney General, and was a winner of the GRAMMY Foundation's Entertainment Law Initiative Legal Writing Competition.