Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP (“Freshfields”) announces the appointment of Thomas (“Tom”) Walsh as special counsel in the firm’s top-ranked international arbitration practice, further strengthening Freshfields’ international arbitration capabilities in the United States. He joins from Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where he was special counsel in the firm’s litigation group and deputy coordinator of the group’s arbitration practice.
Tom’s practice is focused on complex international arbitration and cross-border litigation matters. He has served as counsel in numerous international commercial and investor-state arbitrations, as well as cross-border litigation in US federal and state courts. Tom also sits as arbitrator in commercial arbitrations. A frequent author on arbitration topics and the Deputy General Editor of Arbitration International, he is a member of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution’s (“CPR”) Brazil Advisory Board, the Institute for Transnational Arbitration’s (“ITA”) UNCITRAL Committee, and served as past chair of the ITA’s Young Arbitrator’s Initiative. Tom has been recognized in The Legal 500 Latin America and The Legal 500 US for his work and was named a “rising star” by New York Super Lawyers.
“Tom is clearly one of the rising stars of the international arbitration bar. He has already proven himself to be a trusted advisor to some of the largest and most sophisticated companies on their most sensitive international disputes,” commented Noiana Marigo, head of Freshfields’ US international arbitration group. “His joining further enhances our commercial and investment treaty arbitration offering in the US and strengthens the firm’s international arbitration practice as a whole.”
“Freshfields’ international arbitration practice is recognized as best in class, both in the US and around the world,” said Tom. “The firm’s platform and market reputation is exceptional and I look forward to contributing to the strength of the practice and the firm’s overall offering in the US.”