David L. Attanasio

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David L. Attanasio

Associate

Washington, D.C. | 1900 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006-1110
+1 202 261 3379 | +1 202 261 3333

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David L. Attanasio focuses his practice on international arbitration and international litigation matters. He has experience under the ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICDR, and SCC rules and in the energy, oil and gas, mining, and construction sectors. He has also acted as secretary for arbitral tribunals in arbitrations conducted under the EDF arbitration rules.

Mr. Attanasio currently serves as the Chair of the ILA American Branch Investment Law Committee and is also a member of the Planning Committee for the ILA American Branch’s annual International Law Weekend conference.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Attanasio received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in Bogotá, Colombia on remedies for human rights violations, research that was carried out while also holding a visiting professorship at the Universidad de los Andes. Mr. Attanasio also taught law at the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano and worked as an intern with the Comisión Colombiana de Juristas and Dejusticia in Bogotá, Colombia. 

Significant Representations

Investor-State Disputes

  • A South American State in an ICSID investment dispute with two companies relating to an ongoing mining project.
  • A Central European energy company in parallel ICSID and UNCITRAL proceedings with a Central European State concerning corporate control of an energy company.
  • A Central European State in an UNCITRAL investment dispute with a company relating to regulation in the gambling sector. 
  • Central European State in an UNCITRAL investment dispute with a foreign company relating to the privatization of a formerly State-owned construction company.
  • A South American State in an ICSID investment dispute with a foreign oil company relating to the termination of an oil contract.
  • A South American State in an UNCITRAL investment dispute with a foreign mining company relating to the termination of a mining project.
  • A South American State in an UNCITRAL investment dispute with a foreign oil company arising from domestic litigation between the company and private parties.

 

Internet Governance

  • An internet company in an Independent Review Process against the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers under the ICDR Rules regarding the failure to delegate a top level internet domain name for political reasons.
  • An internet company in an Independent Review Process against the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers under the ICDR Rules regarding a top level internet domain name regarding the rejection of a community-based application for a top level internet domain name.
  • An internet company in an Independent Review Process against the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers under the ICDR Rules regarding a top level internet domain name regarding the rejection of a community-based application for a top level internet domain name.

 

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

Education
  • Tufts University, B.A., 2003, summa cum laude
  • University of California, Los Angeles, M.A., 2008
  • University of California, Los Angeles, C. Phil, 2008
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2012, cum laude, Senior Editor of the Harvard International Law Journal, Dean's Scholar Prizes in Federal Courts, Corporations, Human Rights Clinic and Transitional Justice
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D., 2015
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
Languages
  • English
  • Spanish