Eric Ordway is a leading member of the Firm’s International Arbitration & Trade practice with extensive experience in international litigation and arbitration, products liability, mass tort and complex litigation. He has been involved in all aspects of such litigation and arbitration, including hearings, jury trials, and appeals.
Mr. Ordway is known for his successful handling of international matters involving multiple foreign laws and languages, and for his ability to deal with expert witnesses from diverse disciplines and countries. He is particularly adept at presenting and simplifying difficult and complex technical, scientific issues for juries and arbitral tribunals and at developing strategies for avoiding litigation. The subject matter of the actions in which Mr. Ordway has been involved is extremely diverse, including matters relating to nuclear power, the oil industry, electrical equipment, PCBs, asbestos, lysine, construction, mining, real estate, tax, accounting, banking, and the Internet. Mr. Ordway also has extensive experience in antitrust and bankruptcy, having been responsible for the litigation of all claims in one of the largest real estate bankruptcies of the 1990s. In addition, he has supervised internal investigations concerning environmental spills, cosmetic products and pharmaceuticals, and coordinated litigations across the country concerning the same product.
He has handled international arbitrations before various arbitral institutions, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the American Arbitration Association, the Arbitration Court of the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the International Arbitration Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. Mr. Ordway was also consulted with respect to the development of the arbitration provisions of NAFTA and frequently advises clients on the proper drafting of arbitration agreements. He has previously served on the European Advisory Committee of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution and an ICC Task Force on the arbitration of antitrust disputes and is a former Chairman of the Subcommittee on International Litigation for the Trial Practice Committee of the American Bar Association.
Mr. Ordway has written extensively on international arbitration and other forms of alternate dispute resolution, and is a co-author of a chapter on alternate dispute resolution in The Corporate Counselor’s Deskbook and a biannual column on international arbitration in the United States in the French law journal Gazette du Palais. He has also been a frequent speaker on international arbitration and has lectured on this subject in the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia.
Mr. Ordway has been recognized as a leader in International Arbitration by Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2005-2016, and Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2006-2007, 2013-2016. In addition, he was listed in the Guide to the World’s Leading Commercial Arbitrations Experts 2011. He was ranked as “Highly Recommended” in the 2004/05 edition of the PLC Global Counsel Dispute Resolution Handbook, and he was recognized in PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2006-2010. Mr. Ordway is also recommended in the area of International Arbitration and noted for his significant track record in investment treaty arbitration by Legal 500 2010 and 2013.
Mr. Ordway speaks French and Spanish, and has a good knowledge of Portuguese.
- Republic of Ecuador (EnCana Corporation v. The Republic of Ecuador) – Defended The Republic of Ecuador in an investor-state arbitration commenced by the Canadian oil company, EnCana Corporation. EnCana alleged that The Republic of Ecuador had breached the Bilateral Investment Treaty it had entered into with the Government of Canada by refusing to refund $75 million worth of VAT payments made by EnCana in connection with its activities in the use and exploration of oil in Ecuador. The Tribunal dismissed the case against Ecuador, unanimously rejecting all but the expropriation claim on jurisdictional grounds, and, with one dissenting vote, rejecting the expropriation claim on the merits.
- DBG Europa (Commercial Arbitration) – Represented DBG Europa in a commercial arbitration before the International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber involving claims for breach of contract, breach of duty of good faith, and unjust enrichment under a contract providing for deferred payments (including shares in company), depending upon the company’s reaching certain subscription targets. All claims against client were dismissed in their entirety.
- Spanish Manufacturer (ICC Arbitration) – Represented a Spanish manufacturer in an ICC arbitration involving a U.S. entity concerning alleged breach of contract and fraud. All claims against the client were dismissed in their entirety.
- Geophysical Services Incorporated (ICC Arbitration) – Successfully represented Geophysical Services in an ICC arbitration involving claims of breach of contract to perform seismological studies.
- The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) (Banking Arbitration/Development Loans, UK Law) – Represented The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in two international arbitrations under UNCITRAL rules involving claims of breach of certain loan agreements made for the development of infrastructure in an Eastern European country. The claims were settled on terms favorable to the client.
- EPI (ICC Arbitration) – Represented EPI in an ICC arbitration involving a clam for breach of two real property leases. The matter settled on terms favorable to the client.
- Metallurg Inc. (Mining Arbitration) – Represented Metallurg, Inc. in an international arbitration concerning breach of an agreement to provide certain quantities of ore. The matter settled on terms favorable to the client.
- Metallurg Inc. (Metallurg v. Macalloy) – Represented Metallurg Inc. against Macalloy in an action to recover damages for breach of a contract to provide payment for certain quantities of ore. Won summary judgment, which was subsequently upheld on appeal.
- Olympia & York Realty Corp. (Bankruptcy Claims) – Represented Olympia & York in hundreds of claims arising from its massive bankruptcy in the mid-1990s. After almost two years, all the claims were resolved favorably for the debtor, either by way of hearing and trial or settlement.
- Kalik (Wagman v. Kalik) – Represented Kalik in an action brought in New York Surrogate’s Court by the children of the deceased against the deceased’s lawyer for wrongful actions in connection with the handling of the estate of the deceased. Obtained dismissal of the case against the client on summary judgment.
- RAGHSA (Breach of Contract Lawsuit) – Represented RAGHSA, one of Argentina’s leading construction and real estate development companies in a lawsuit filed in New York state court against Hoyt’s, an Australian motion picture company, with respect to breach of a contract and related promissory notes concerning the establishment of a complex of theaters in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The claim was settled on terms favorable to the client.