David Riesenberg

Associate, Washington, DC

Biography

Overview

David Riesenberg is an associate in the Firm's International Arbitration and Litigation Practice Groups.

David has represented and advised sovereign States in international arbitrations before tribunals constituted under the auspices of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).  David has also represented and advised sovereign States, intergovernmental organizations, and private parties in litigation before the U.S. District Courts and the D.C. Superior Court.  In association with local counsel, David has also advised clients regarding transnational disputes involving litigation before the national courts of Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

David previously worked as a law clerk for the Hon. W. Eugene Davis of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for the Hon. Kathleen Cardone of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
District of Columbia Bar
Education
JD
Duke University School of Law
LLM in International and Comparative Law
Duke University School of Law
BA
University of Southern California
Languages
English
Russian
Azerbaijani

Experience

Hulley Enterprises Ltd., Yukos Universal Ltd., and Veteran Petroleum Ltd. v. Russian Federation
Representing the Russian Federation before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and in related foreign litigation involving the attempted enforcement of arbitral awards worth allegedly US$ 50 billion.

Krivenko et al. v. Russian Federation et al.
Representing the Russian Federation before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in litigation involving claims worth allegedly more than US$ 500 million (not including punitive damages) relating to the ownership of a shipbuilding entity.

Federal Elektrik Yatirim Ve Ticaret A.Ş. and others v. Republic of Uzbekistan
Representing the Republic of Uzbekistan in an ICSID arbitration under the Turkey-Uzbekistan Bilateral Investment Treaty with respect to the claimants' alleged investment in the gas meter industry in Uzbekistan.

Spentex Netherlands, B.V. v. Republic of Uzbekistan
Represented the Republic of Uzbekistan in an ICSID arbitration under the Netherlands-Uzbekistan Bilateral Investment Treaty concerning textile companies.  Uzbekistan prevailed in obtaining the dismissal of all of the claims totalling US$ 130 million.

Freedom Watch, Inc., v. Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
Represented OPEC in litigation before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia involving alleged price fixing and market division.  OPEC prevailed in obtaining the dismissal of all the claims.

Jam v. International Finance Corp.,
Represented the IFC, a member organization of the World Bank, in litigation before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia involving alleged environmental torts in the Republic of India.  The IFC prevailed before the trial court and intermediate appellate court, although the U.S. Supreme Court has subsequently reversed and remanded in February 2019.  The litigation is still pending.

Metal-Tech Ltd. v. Republic of Uzbekistan
Represented the Republic of Uzbekistan in an ICSID arbitration under the Israel-Uzbekistan Bilateral Investment Treaty concerning metal products. Uzbekistan prevailed in obtaining dismissal for lack of jurisdiction.

Publications

Carolyn B. Lamm, Eckhard R. Hellbeck, David P. Riesenberg, An Arbitrator’s Duties: Due Process and Trust in Investor-State Arbitration, 2 BCDR INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION REVIEW, No. 2 (2015), 357–371

Carolyn B. Lamm, Eckhard R. Hellbeck, and David P. Riesenberg, Theories of Liability and Responsibility, in INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL DISPUTES – ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION (Golden & Lamm, eds. OUP 2015)

Carolyn B. Lamm, Eckhard R. Hellbeck, and David P. Riesenberg, The Two Annulment Decisions in Amco Asia and 'Non-Application' of Applicable Law by ICSID Tribunals, in PRACTISING VIRTUE: INSIDE INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION (Caron et al, eds. OUP 2015)

David P. Riesenberg, Introductory Note to Request for Interpretation of the Judgment of 15 June 1962 in the Case Concerning the Temple of Preah Vihear (Cambodia v. Thailand), 54 I.L.M. 53 (2015)

David P. Riesenberg, Recent Jurisprudence Addressing Maritime Delimitation Beyond 200 Nautical Miles from the Coast, 18 ASIL INSIGHTS, Issue 21 (2014)

David P. Riesenberg, Introductory Note to Territorial and Maritime Dispute (Nicaragua v. Colombia), 52 I.L.M. 1 (2013)

David P. Riesenberg, Introductory Note to Delimitation of the Maritime Boundary Between Bangladesh and Myanmar in the Bay of Bengal (Bangladesh/Myanmar), 51 I.L.M. 840 (2012)