Adam Weiss is of counsel in the Litigation department of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm's Washington, D.C. office where he focuses his practice on international arbitration and complex commercial litigation. Mr. Weiss has successfully represented clients in a variety of contexts and industries, including complex breach of contract disputes, trade credit insurance coverage disputes, political risk insurance coverage disputes, project construction disputes, media and entertainment disputes, intellectual property disputes, and appellate litigation matters.
Mr. Weiss has handled international arbitration matters under each of the major international arbitration rules and before each of the major international arbitration institutions (ICC, AAA/ICDR, HKIAC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, JAMS, SIAC, CEPANI) in a number of jurisdictions around the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Belgium, France, the Philippines, Indonesia, China, Singapore, and Hong Kong
Mr. Weiss has also represented clients in domestic litigation matters before U.S. state and federal courts. Mr. Weiss’s practice also includes counseling clients on U.S. law and regulatory matters, including transportation and logistics, customs compliance, and maritime issues.
- Recognized as a Rising Star in International Arbitration by Law360 – Top Attorneys Under 40 (2023)
- Recognized as a "Rising Star" in Global Arbitration Review's annual ranking, GAR 100 (2021, 2022)
- The Legal 500 USA, International Arbitration (2021, 2022)
- Member of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution’s (CPR) Y-ADR Steering Committee (2023-2026 Term)
- Tulane University School of Law, J.D., 2010
- Order of the Coif
- Articles Editor for the Tulane Law Review
- Duke University, B.A. in Economics, 2007
- Representing a pharmaceutical company in an ICC arbitration involving a royalty payment dispute in excess of US$3 billion.
- Representing multiple global insurance companies in connection with various political risk insurance claims arising out of the Russia-Ukraine War.
- Representing multiple global insurance companies in a political risk insurance dispute involving the precious metals and mining sector in excess of US$100 million.
- Representing a private equity real estate fund in parallel HKIAC and CIETAC arbitrations arising out of a PRC-foreign real estate joint venture dispute in excess of US$175 million.
- Represented a multinational insurance company in connection with the recognition and enforcement of a foreign arbitral award against an instrumentality of a foreign sovereign in U.S. District Court.
- Represented a multinational glass substrate manufacturing company in an ICC arbitration arising out of a patent license dispute involving complex contractual issues and parallel domestic court litigations.
- Represented a multinational construction equipment manufacturer in an ICC arbitration arising out of a joint venture dispute in excess of US$600 million.
- Represented one of the world's largest insurance companies in an ad-hoc AAA Arbitration involving an international trade credit coverage dispute in excess of US$40 million.
- Represented one of the world's largest insurance companies in a CEPANI arbitration and parallel domestic civil court litigation involving an international trade credit coverage dispute in excess of US$280 million.
- Represented Asian media companies, Star China Media Limited, and Meng Xiang Qiang Yin Cultural and Broadcast (Shanghai) Company Limited in a HKIAC arbitration against a European media company arising from a dispute involving intellectual property and breach of contract claims.
- Represented a healthcare operations and support services company in an AAA arbitration involving emergency injunctive relief and complex contractual claims.
- Represented the manager of an Asian integrated casino resort in a Singapore-seated UNCITRAL arbitration involving breach of contract issues in excess of US$600 million.
- Represented Lea Power Partners, the owner of a 600 MW combined-cycle power plant in Hobbs, New Mexico, in an AAA arbitration against the contractor of that facility for breach of its contractual obligations and in subsequent enforcement proceedings in New York state court.
- Represented PT Cirebon Electric Power, the owner of a 660 MW coal-fired power plant in Indonesia, in an international dispute with the engineering, design, procurement, and construction contractor for costs and extension of time related to the construction of that facility.
- Represented BMO/Harris Bank in a patent infringement action concerning a patent for authenticating web pages.
- U.S. Supreme Court Approves Foreign Plaintiff’s Use of Civil RICO in Connection with Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards - June 26th, 2023
- High Court of England and Wales Allows Challenge of Arbitral Award for “Serious Irregularity” Where the Tribunal Admitted Its Mistake in Calculating Quantum - February 9th, 2021
- U.K. Supreme Court Clarifies Rules on Apparent Bias in Relation to Multiple Appointments of Arbitrators - December 11th, 2020
- Not a Party, Not a Problem: SCOTUS Rules That Non-Signatories Can Enforce International Arbitration Agreements in U.S. Courts - June 3rd, 2020
- SCOTUS Grounds the “Wholly Groundless” Exception: Parties Can Delegate Arbitrability to Arbitrators - January 9th, 2019
- U.S. Supreme Court Leaves Unresolved Circuit Split on Forum Non Conveniens Defense in Foreign Arbitration Award Enforcement Actions - January 19th, 2017
- ICC’s International Court of Arbitration Adopts Expedited Procedure Rules - November 21st, 2016
Engagement & Publications
- Avi Weitzman, Igor Timofeyev, Stephen Kinnaird, Joe Profaizer, Adam Weiss, and Adam Reich, U.S. Supreme Court Approves Foreign Plaintiff’s Use of Civil RICO in Connection with Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, Lexology (June 2023)
- Jack Thorne, Alison Morris, Joseph Profaizer, Gesa Bukowski, and Adam Weiss, High Court of England and Wales Allows Challenge of Arbitral Award for “Serious Irregularity” Where the Tribunal Admitted Its Mistake in Calculating Quantum (February 2021)
- Joseph R. Profaizer, Igor V. Timofeyev, and Adam J. Weiss, Costs, Global Arbitration Review: The Guide to Damages in International Arbitration (4th edition February 2020; 5th edition December 2022), republished by Lexology
- Igor V. Timofeyev, Joseph R. Profaizer, and Adam J. Weiss, Investment Disputes Involving the Renewable Energy Industry under the Energy Charter Treaty, Global Arbitration Review: The Guide to Energy Arbitrations (4th edition November 2020)
- Adam Weiss, Erin Klisch, and Joe Profaizer, Techniques and Tradeoffs for Incorporating Cost- and Time-Saving Measures into International Arbitration Agreements, Journal of International Arbitration, vol. 34 no. 2 (April 2017), 257-274
- Joseph Profaizer, Igor Timofeyev, and Adam Weiss, In GE, Supreme Court Extends Reach Of Int'l Arbitration In US, Law360 (June 3, 2020)
- Charles Patrizia, Joseph Profaizer, Igor Timofeyev, and Adam Weiss, "Wholly Groundless" Arbitration Exception Gets Grounded, Law 360 (January 9, 2019)
- Igor Timofeyev, Joe Profaizer, and Adam Weiss, U.S. Supreme Court Leaves Unresolved Circuit Split on Forum Non Conveniens Defense in Foreign Arbitration Award Enforcement Actions, Law360 (January 24, 2017)
- Adam Weiss, Diogo Pereira, and Erin Klisch, ICC’s International Court of Arbitration Adopts Expedited Procedure Rules (November 21, 2016)
- Annual contributor to the Report of the Maritime Committee in the American Bar Association’s Recent Developments in Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law
- Mr. Weiss maintains an active pro bono practice, which has included representing refugees from Syria, Cameroon, and Honduras in immigration proceedings and serving as an attorney volunteer with the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
- Mr. Weiss is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association and the American Bar Association