Mark Goodrich | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Mark Goodrich
Mark Goodrich

Mark Goodrich

Partner, Seoul

“Sources describe him as “a very bright guy,” with one impressed interviewee noting: “He really works his socks off and is very good with clients.” “Mark Goodrich is ‘an outstanding lawyer who works phenomenally hard’.”

Chambers Global 2017 / Asia Pacific Legal 500 2017

Overview

Mark Goodrich advises clients on the construction and development of energy and other infrastructure projects including in relation to the resolution of major international disputes. He has 20 years of experience in international arbitration across many different countries. Mark has often provided advice at the outset of projects, regarding the drafting of major construction contracts. He has significant experience of helping to resolve disputes and remove obstacles, so that large energy and infrastructure projects can proceed as smoothly as possible.

Mark has advised on disputes in relation to some of the world's largest energy and infrastructure projects, including LNG, power, petrochemical, roads and cement plants. He has particular experience in the construction of FPSOs and offshore oil and gas.

He has also been involved in helping to resolve disputes across the shipbuilding, mining and other natural resources sectors. He has been extensively involved in alternative dispute resolution and international arbitration conducted under a range of international rules, including those of the ICC, LCIA, SIAC, JCAA, VIAC, TOMAC and UNCITRAL.

Mark has particular experience of arbitration in Japan, Korea and across Asia. He was the only lawyer in the UK recommended by Chambers Global 2015 as an "Expert Based Abroad" in the area of "Dispute Resolution - Japan" and has continued to be ranked in this category ever since. Now based in our Seoul office, he continues to have a major focus on those jurisdictions whilst maintaining a highly international practice.

This has seen him advising on disputes in or parties from countries including: Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, UK, USA, Vietnam and Yemen.

Mark is widely recognised for his arbitration experience by the major legal publications, and has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars throughout Asia. He is also active in professional circles, and was on the coordinating committee for the Asia Chapter of the ICC's Young Arbitrator Forum. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.

Mark is also active in pro-bono matters, having advised African governments in relation to the sustainable development of natural resources.

Bars and Courts

  • England and Wales
  • Registered Foreign Legal Consultant, Korea

Education

  • MRes, University of London
  • MSc, University of London
  • BA/MA, University of Cambridge

Languages

  • English
  • Japanese

Experience

Major shipyard, 2016 – ongoing

Advising on a major LCIA arbitration for a leading shipyard in relation to highly complex and technical disputes regarding the reconditioning of an FPSO involving claims in excess of US$150 million.

Japanese company, 2014 – ongoing

Advising a joint venture of leading Japanese trading houses in relation to a major dispute concerning the supply of high-quality pipes for use in a major pipeline.

Middle East government, 2014 – ongoing

Advising a Middle East government on several multi-million US dollar ICC arbitrations concerning the construction of a flagship new airport, based on various modified forms of FIDIC contract.

South Korean contractor, 2012 – 2017

Advising a major South Korean contractor in relation to an ICC arbitration arising out of the construction of a major IWPP in the Middle East, with a dispute value in excess of US$300 million.

German contractor, 2013 – 2014

Advising a major German contractor in relation to English court proceedings arising out of the reconditioning and refurbishment of a floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.

State-owned Asian road company, 2012 – 2013

Advising a state-owned road company in Central Asia in relation to an ICC arbitration arising out of cost escalation under the FIDIC Red Book.

Speaking Engagements

Regular lectures to the Korean Offshore & Shipbuilding Association in relation to construction topics.

2017: Privilege in international arbitration, In-House Counsel Forum (IHCF) and Korea In-house Counsel Association (KICA), Seoul

2016: Global Construction Forum, Seoul

2016: "The Latest Trends in International Arbitration and Selecting the Right Tribunal for Your Case," Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, Kuala Lumpur

2016: Korea In-house Counsel Forum Spring Academy, Seoul

2015: Construction Law: Contracts and Dispute Management Conference, London

2012: Construction Law: Contracts and Dispute Management Conference, London

2011: Third Annual ICC YAF Global Conference, Paris

2011: Second Annual ICC Asia-Pacific Conference, Hong Kong

2010: FIDIC Asia-Pacific Contract Users' Conference, Beijing

Publications

  • Japanese Arbitration: Green Tea and Sympathy?, The Turkish Commercial Law Review Volume 2 Issue 2, pp167 - 176 (Winter 2016)
  • Dispute Adjudication Boards: Are They the Future of Dispute Resolution?, Korea Arbitration Review, August 2016
  • Arb-med: Ideal Solution or Dangerous Heresy?, International Arbitration Law Review, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp. 12–19, 2012
  • Japanese Arbitration – much work done; much still to do, Japan Commercial Arbitration (JCAA) Newsletter, January 2012
  • Construction: Resolving claims through an amiable compositeur – a useful approach?, Global Arbitration Review, Volume 6, Issue 4, July 2011, (co-author)
  • The Modernization of Japan's International Arbitration Infrastructure, Mealey's International Arbitration Report, December 2010, (co-author)
  • A Short Guide to Arbitration in Japan, 2010, (co-author)
  • Construction: Split Hearings – Where Are They Appropriate?, Global Arbitration Review, December 2009
  • Time to take mediation seriously: International Commercial Mediation Rules introduced in Japan, Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA) Newsletter, June 2009
  • What Can Be Done to Cut Arbitration Time and Costs? Are There Viable Alternatives to Arbitration?, Bloomberg European Law Journal, November 2008

Awards & Recognition

Leading Individual – South Korea, Dispute Resolution – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018

Leading individual, "Mark Goodrich is an 'exceptional construction disputes lawyer'" – Asia Pacific Legal 500 2018

Leading Individual – Dispute Resolution – Japan (Expertise Based Abroad) – Chambers Global 2015, 2016, 2017

Leading Individual, "Interviewees highlight he 'has excellent case management skills and great client communication.'" – Chambers Global 2015

"The highly experienced Mark Goodrich is 'very esteemed and well recognised in the market' for his significant construction arbitration expertise"; "He always has a solution to our issues and is very proactive." – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018

"Sources describe him as "a very bright guy,” with one impressed interviewee noting: "He really works his socks off and is very good with clients." – Chambers Global 2017

"Mark Goodrich is 'an outstanding lawyer who works phenomenally hard'." – Asia-Pacific Legal 500 2017

"frequently sought out by Japanese corporations to advise on multi-jurisdictional disputes" – Chambers Global 2016

"Mark Goodrich… regularly represents Japanese companies in international arbitration issues… [he has] extensive experience of plant construction." – Chambers Global 2014

"Recommended for highly technical international arbitration work." – Legal 500 United Kingdom 2013

"Senior strategy-maker" – Legal 500 United Kingdom 2012

"Mark Goodrich receives excellent feedback for 'providing very practical, user-friendly advice informed by his many years of experience.'" – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2011