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Arnold & Porter
700 Louisiana Street, Suite 4000
Houston, Texas 77002-2755
United States

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United States > Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation

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Thad Dameris



Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter handles complex litigation, mass torts, product liability, and trade secret matters in the aviation arena. The team is particularly noted for its experience in litigation relating to aviation crisis incidents. In this context, Thad Dameris represented Airbus in consolidated litigation brought on behalf of 179 plaintiffs in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois arising from a mid-air upset involving Qantas Airways Flight 72. Dameris also represented Fairchild Controls Corporation in claims of personal injury alleged to be caused as a result of exposure to ‘bleed air’ that was alleged to be contaminated with harmful chemicals. Christopher Odell and David Weiner in Washington DC are also key figures. Dameris, Washington DC-based Kenneth Chernof and James Herschlein in New York jointly head the team. Named lawyers are based in Houston unless otherwise indicated.

United States > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Arnold & Porter is commended for its track record of acting for sovereign states in investment arbitration. Eli Whitney Debevoise II is representing the Republic of the Philippines in an approximately $2.8bn investor-state treaty dispute brought by Shell Philippines Exploration. The practice group also acts for corporate clients, which recently included head of global international arbitration Paolo Di Rosa and San Francisco-based Maria Chedid representing Turkish energy company Karkey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim in a $1.8bn ICSID arbitration against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The team also represented the Kingdom of Thailand in an investment arbitration that involves a mining dispute between Australian mining companies Kingsgate Consolidated and Kingsgate Capital. Gaela Gehring Flores and Houston office team head Thad Dameris are additional contacts. Kabir Duggal joined as a senior associate from Baker McKenzie LLP. Individuals mentioned are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

United States > Dispute resolution > International litigation

Arnold & Porter has a growing work load of high-value cross-border disputes, with corporate clients including blue-chip companies and sovereign bodies in Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia. The team is led by co-chairs Kenneth Chernof in Washington DC and James Herschlein in New York. Matthew Wolf in Washington DC is defending Boston Scientific in a $1bn patent dispute in which Edwards Lifesciences alleges that various replacement heart valves and related products infringe its patents. Head of the firm’s Houston office Thad Dameris is recommended for his expertise in trans-national disputes relating to transportation and product liability.