The Sherman & Howard Difference

Representing Fortune 100 and other multinational and U.S. clients in a broad range of industries, as well as sovereign states, we handle commercial, construction, and sports arbitration matters in the United States and abroad. Our domestic arbitration experience includes matters under American Arbitration Association (AAA), JAMS, and other institutional rules, along with non-administered cases.

With a decades-long track record, we know and understand the U.S. and non-U.S. legal systems (both common law and civil law), arbitral institutions, procedures, counsel, and arbitrators. As a result, we offer insight, a well-rounded perspective, and strategic guidance while skillfully helping our clients to solve their disputes. We are well-prepared to arbitrate disputes whenever and wherever they arise.

Experience as arbitrators helps us to be more effective advocates and vice versa. Our lawyers have served as party and institutionally appointed arbitrators or panel members for the AAA, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield List of Arbitrators, the Federation Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation), and other institutions. Our lawyers have been appointed dozens of times as chair, panelist, sole arbitrator, and emergency arbitrator.

Our lawyers have been recognized as leaders in their field in publications, including Chambers USA,  Best Lawyers in America,  Expert Guides’ Best of the Best (Global) and Best of the Best USA, Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration, The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration, The International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers, and Colorado Super Lawyers.

 

INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION

We have represented clients (claimants and respondents) in administered arbitrations, including ICC, ICDR, Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre, and other matters, as well as in non-administered cases under UNCITRAL, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and other rules. Our experience includes matters involving parties in England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Switzerland, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Mexico, Canada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Belize, Honduras, Panama, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Israel, India, Pakistan, Ghana, and other countries.

We are active in the international arbitration community. Our lawyers have served as Vice Chair of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, Co-Chairs of ICC Commission Task Forces, Chair of the USCIB Arbitration Committee’s Rocky Mountain Subcommittee, in various positions with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and as Chairman of the Appeals Tribunal (formerly FIBT Court of Arbitration), International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, among other positions.

 

MEDIATION

We regularly represent clients in mediations before or during litigation and arbitration, and we work hard to help our clients achieve the results that they want. Our lawyers also serve as mediators in multiparty cases and have developed and applied innovative mediation techniques that not only result in settlements (more often than not), but also enhance the parties’ levels of satisfaction with the result.

Our Approach

We don’t take a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Instead, for each matter, we listen closely to our clients to understand their business goals. Then we evaluate the risks they face and help them determine the best course of action to resolve their disputes, whether through arbitration, strategic ancillary litigation, or a mediated settlement. We help select arbitrators well-suited for each particular case. And we take matters to hearing. As one of our lawyers puts it, “Arbitration is advocacy unencumbered by procedural formality,” and our lawyers enjoy advocating in this setting.

Further, we regularly negotiate and draft arbitration agreements and ADR provisions, and we advise on ADR clauses and the pros and cons of using ADR to resolve disputes. We also litigate arbitration-related issues, such as motions to compel arbitration and the enforcement of arbitral awards under the Federal Arbitration Act and the New York Convention.

Services

Handling cases for clients in diverse industries, such as manufacturing, distribution, oil and gas, oilfield services, renewable energy, e-commerce, credit card and electronic payment processing, broadband telecommunications, satellite launch services, and technology, among others, we have successfully arbitrated and mediated complex disputes involving:

  • Accounting
  • Breach of contract
  • Breach of representations and warranties
  • Business torts
  • Construction
  • Corporate governance and shareholder rights
  • Corporations and partnerships
  • Insurance recovery
  • Intellectual property
  • Labor and employment
  • Mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures
  • Sales of goods
  • Securities
  • Sports (including athlete eligibility, doping, and technical disputes)