For nearly 20 years, Mr. Litt has represented companies and individuals in high-stakes international arbitration and litigation in a wide range of industries around the globe, including accounting, aviation, biotechnology, construction, banking and finance, hospitality, insurance, media, oil and gas, publishing, technology and telecommunications. He combines excellence in advocacy, careful attention to strategy and skillful coordination across jurisdictions to help his clients meet their commercial goals.
Mr. Litt was a key member of the Skadden team that obtained a $1.2 billion LCIA arbitration award in 2016 for NTT Docomo of Japan in their contract dispute with Tata Sons of India in connection with an Indian telecommunications venture. The case was named Global Dispute of the Year for Commercial Arbitration in Asia by The American Lawyer, and Skadden was named Transatlantic Arbitration Team of the Year by The American Lawyer and Legal Week of London for the victory.
In recent years, Mr. Litt has played a leading role in confidential domestic and international arbitration matters involving biotechnology licensing and collaborations, and other complex and health-related technology disputes.
He also is active in international sports disputes. In 2017, Mr. Litt and his colleagues represented a senior soccer official from Qatar in obtaining a groundbreaking victory before the FIFA Appeal Committee, marking the first time that body had ever completely overturned ethics sanctions imposed by the FIFA Ethics Committee.
Mr. Litt has been named as a National Practice Area Star and Litigation Star in Benchmark Litigation 2021, a Rising Star in International Arbitration by Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration and a 2018 National Law Journal ADR Champion. Additionally, he was named to Lawdragon’s inaugural Global Litigation 500 list in 2021. He also was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for International Arbitration and in The Legal 500 U.S. for his work on international sports matters, and selected as one of only five U.S. lawyers nominated for International Arbitration Attorney of the Year at the Benchmark Litigation 2018 Awards.
He helps clients navigate every aspect of international business conflicts, serving as coordinating counsel in multijurisdictional disputes and addressing problems involving multiple parties, governments, regulators, NGOs and the media. He also advises on specialized international legal issues, including international forum and jurisdiction disputes, the enforcement of arbitration agreements, extraterritorial discovery and international judgment enforcement, and represents clients in mediation and settlement negotiations.
Other notable representations have included:
- a U.S. energy company against a Korean gas company in a Singapore-venued ICC arbitration and related strategic corporate maneuvers over the ownership and control of a Korean joint venture, resulting in a highly successful disposition of assets;
- international litigation on behalf of Channel Islands-based aircraft leasing company Flightlease Holdings, as plaintiff in New York state court, resulting in a $400 million judgment against European aircraft manufacturer Airbus;
- ICDR arbitration on behalf of an Anglo-Irish Bank concerning management of a New York real estate investment fund, resulting in a complete victory and control of the fund;
- a Texas oil and gas producer in the successful defense of federal securities litigation relating to estimates of proved reserves, resulting in complete dismissal by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas and affirmance by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit;
- defense of international judgment enforcement proceedings in U.S. federal and state court on behalf of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, including a substantial victory in New York’s highest state court;
- ICC Arbitration on behalf of a U.S. car rental company against a French bank in a $450 million post-closing adjustment dispute with respect to the sale of a business in England; and
- a Brazilian sports marketing company as plaintiff in Florida litigation and in companion proceedings before FIFA and the courts of Paraguay against CONMEBOL, the soccer federations of 10 Latin American countries and their business partners.
Mr. Litt has been active in the international dispute resolution community for many years. He played a substantial role in the creation and launch of the New York International Arbitration Center, and he currently serves as co-chair of NYIAC’s technology committee and a member of its audit committee. He frequently publishes articles and book chapters, gives lectures and participates in industry panels on international arbitration and other aspects of international disputes.