Surya Gopalan

Associate, New York



Surya Gopalan is a disputes associate based in New York and a member of the Firm's International Arbitration Group. He advises and represents sovereign states and private clients in high-stakes disputes across the world. His clients operate in a range of industries, including energy, natural resources, infrastructure, financial services, insurance, and telecommunications. He also advises clients on investment protection, and has experience drafting arbitration clauses for complex multi-party and cross-border agreements.

Surya is a member of the New York City Bar Association's International Commercial Disputes Committee, and previously served a term on the International Law Committee. He also serves as Secretary of the Arbitration Committee of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution.

Prior to joining White & Case, Surya practiced at another leading international law firm in New York, where he focused on international arbitration, civil litigation in U.S. state and federal courts, and white collar defense and government investigations. Before entering private practice, Surya clerked for a judge of the New South Wales Court of Appeal in Australia, and represented Australia at the United Nations in New York, where he negotiated resolutions concerning mining, renewable energy, and sustainable development.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
Columbia Law School
University of Sydney


Representative experience in arbitration matters includes acting for or advising:

The Republic of Korea in an UNCITRAL arbitration under the U.S./Korea Free Trade Agreement arising out of an investment in Samsung shares (Mason v. Korea).

The Republic of Korea in an arbitration under the Swiss/Korea Bilateral Investment Treaty (Schindler v. Korea).

A Brazilian oil and gas explorer in ICC arbitration against a Singaporean construction firm arising from allegations of bribery and corruption (ICC, New York law, New York seat).

A European aeronautical engineering firm in potential ICC arbitration against its joint venture partner concerning breaches of development and production sharing arrangements (ICC, New York law, New York seat).

A Latin American oil services company in an ICC arbitration in New York in dispute with a joint venture partner over the operation of two drilling rigs, and involving parallel proceedings in the U.S., Brazil and the BVI (ICC, New York law, Singapore seat).

A Bermuda insurer in an ad hoc arbitration over first party claims arising out of an explosion at a Syrian power plant (New York law, London seat).

A Brazilian state-owned bank in ICC arbitration against a European telecommunications company arising out of a joint venture for the provision of banking technology services in Brazil (ICC, Brazilian law, New York seat).

A Latin American telecommunications company in ICDR arbitration with its joint venture partner (ICDR, New York law, New York seat).

A property developer in AAA arbitration and related enforcement proceedings concerning a dispute with its joint venture partner (AAA, Delaware law, New York seat). 

An investor in UNCITRAL arbitration against the state of Ecuador arising out of a public works contract (Geneva seat, Ecuadorian law).