WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 8, 2018 – Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has added international arbitration and dispute resolution attorneys Tomás Leonard and Nicole Y. Silver in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. They join as shareholders in the Litigation and Latin American & Iberian practices. Previously, Leonard was a partner and Silver was of counsel at Winston & Strawn, LLP.
“The addition of Tomás and Nicole enhances our capabilities in the practice areas and markets key to meeting the needs of our global clients. Their focus and experience in Latin America matters adds to our award-winning LatAm practice,” said Laura Metcoff Klaus and Robert Mangas, co-managing shareholders of Greenberg Traurig’s Washington, D.C. office.
Leonard focuses his practice on international arbitration and international litigation covering primarily foreign direct investment (FDI) in Latin American countries. He advises and represents both private investors and sovereign states in international arbitration proceedings before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and other forums. Leonard also represents clients in trade disputes before the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Prior to practicing law in the United States, he practiced in Argentina, representing financial institutions, investment funds, and international investors in corporate, finance, and banking matters.
Silver focuses her practice on international litigation and dispute resolution in a wide array of sectors, including energy, infrastructure, telecommunications, and the environment. She advises Sovereign States and private clients in international arbitration proceedings, including arbitrations before ICSID and the PCA under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Arbitration Rules. Silver also represents clients in complex civil litigation, including products liability litigation and white collar criminal defense. Her experience includes preparing motions for district courts, various U.S. courts of appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
“We are proud of our team’s award-winning reputation for real-world experience throughout our global platform but particularly regarding our LatAm and Iberian Practice, and we are always excited to be able to welcome practitioners like Tomás and Nicole,” said Patricia Menéndez-Cambó, who serves as Vice Chair of Greenberg Traurig and was the firm’s first Chair of the Global Practice through which she launched the Latin American and Iberian Practice. “They have a global viewpoint as well as a focus on quality that is closely aligned with our team and our clients, and we look forward to the interchange of talent and strategy.”
“We are excited to have Tomás and Nicole join Greenberg Traurig as their international arbitration and litigation capabilities strategically complement our team’s core strengths,” said Lori G. Cohen and Jeff E. Scott, co-chairs of the firm’s Global Litigation Practice, which has more than 600 attorneys firmwide. “We look forward to collaborating with Nicole and Tomás on existing as well as new clients in our many shared areas of expertise.”
“Nicole and I were attracted to the depth of Greenberg Traurig’s platform and excellent track record and reputation in Latin America. We are looking forward to working with the firm’s incredibly talented practitioners to further develop the firm’s platform and bring value to our clients,” Leonard said.
Leonard and Silver are recognized in the field of international arbitration by several publications, including Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, The Legal 500 Latin America, Latinvex, GAR, and Euromoney’s Commercial Arbitration Expert Guide.
Leonard received his LL.M. from Boston University and his J.D. from the Catholic University of Argentina. Silver received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law and her B.A. from Princeton University.
Leonard and Silver’s move to Greenberg Traurig’s Washington, D.C. office follows the recent addition of international arbitrator Thomas G. Allen.
About Greenberg Traurig’s Washington, D.C. Office: Greenberg Traurig’s Washington, D.C. office is home to a multidisciplinary team of lawyers and governmental affairs professionals with strategic experience helping companies of all sizes to navigate the federal government. The office’s work encompasses governmental affairs, federal procurement, global trade and investment, health and FDA business, litigation, government contracts, antitrust, insurance recovery and advisory, energy, telecommunications, real estate, intellectual property, representation of foreign governments, and national defense and homeland security. Greenberg Traurig’s clients range from the federal defense sector to energy, telecommunications, and health care companies, which the firm represents before government agencies, regulatory bodies, Congress, and the courts. The firm’s Washington, D.C. attorneys are also involved in handling a wide range of regulatory, corporate, and finance work for clients in these industries.
About Greenberg Traurig’s Litigation Practice: Greenberg Traurig’s Litigation Practice includes a team of more than 600 attorneys. The firm’s trial lawyers regularly appear in state and federal courts throughout the country, as well as in appellate courts and before international arbitration panels. They work closely with in-house counsel to develop a strategy that best fits a litigation cost and proficiency model appropriate to the client’s unique needs goals.
About Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2017, and is among the Top 20 on the 2017 Am Law Global 100. Web: www.gtlaw.com Twitter: @GT_Law.