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James Berger

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King & Spalding LLP


James Berger represents clients in commercial disputes before courts and arbitral tribunals, with a focus on cross-border and multi-jurisdictional proceedings and matters involving state-owned enterprises and sovereigns. He has significant expertise in matters arising under the Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, and other statutes having particular application in international disputes.


Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Berger served as counsel and acting deputy director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of City Legislative Affairs. Upon his graduation from law school, Mr. Berger served as law clerk to the Honorable W. Thomas Rosemond, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.


He is a member of the bars of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Ninth, and District of Columbia Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the District of Columbia and the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York. He is a member of the Litigation and International Law Sections, and the International Litigation and China Law Committees, of the American Bar Association, and currently represents the International Litigation and International Arbitration Committees on the Section of International Law’s Steering Committee. He is also a member of the International Commercial Disputes Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.


J.D., Fordham University B.A., George Washington University

United States: Dispute resolution

International litigation

Within: International litigation

King & Spalding LLP's team comprises 'true litigators in every sense of the word'. Indeed, the litigation department is 'just excellent' and has 'distinguished itself in the enforcement of international judgments’. Andrew Bayman heads the global disputes team, and Reginald Smith in Houston is also recommended. The team has represented the plaintiffs in Ascom (Stati) v Kazakhstan Enforcement, which concerns a $500m arbitral award under the Energy Charter Treaty, and also acted for PwC Brazil in a securities class action arising out corruption investigations of PwC Brazil’s audit client, state-controlled oil and gas giant Petroleo Brasileiro. Los Angeles-based Michael Shortnacy and Chicago-based Livia Kiser both joined the firm from Sidley Austin LLP. Zach Harmon in Washington DC, and Andrew Hruska and James Berger in New York are also recommended.

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