David Orta is the Head of the International Arbitration Practice in Washington, DC and Latin America for Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP. Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America report that clients call David Orta a "tenacious" advocate, "a vastly experienced attorney who inspires real confidence, with a remarkable ability to see all the angles." They also report that David wins praise from clients for his dedication and "goes above and beyond to get the best result."
David is a trial lawyer and arbitration advocate with over 20 years of experience successfully representing clients all over the world in complex international investor-state (treaty) and international commercial arbitrations, and complex commercial transnational litigations. David's clients and cases have spanned most regions, including North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. His experience spans many sectors, including energy, oil and gas, transportation, infrastructure, construction, power plant, telecommunications, mining, and post-M&A disputes.
David has handled numerous investor-state arbitrations administered by ICSID, representing both governments and investors. David has represented clients in treaty and commercial ad hoc arbitrations administered under UNCITRAL Rules and international commercial arbitrations administered by the ICC, the LCIA and the ICDR/AAA. David also has handled many commercial, transnational litigations in the United States and abroad, including post-M&A and asset sale disputes, arbitral award enforcement proceedings and asset recovery litigation.
David has received various accolades for his work, including being named consistently as a Leading International Arbitration Advocate by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Chambers Latin America, Legal 500, Euromoney's Expert's Guide to the World's Leading Commercial Arbitration and being named consistently as "one of the world's leading commercial arbitrators" by the International Who's Who Legal. David received the 2018 AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the pinnacle of professional excellence earned through a strenuous peer review rating process. For numerous years, David has been recognized by Latinvex as being part of Latin America's "Top 100 Lawyers" in the area of arbitration and litigation. He also has been named one of the "Top 40 Lawyers under 40" in Washington, DC by the National Law Journal Washingtonian Magazine; continuously selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers in Washington, DC for international arbitration; named to the 2014 Lawyers of Color Hotlist; named one of the world's leading practitioners in The International Who's Who of Asset Recovery Lawyers 2012; elected as a Member of The American Law Institute; included in Global Arbitration Review 100 (2010 Edition) "Names to Know"; and named in Lawdragon 500 "New Stars, New Worlds" in 2006. He regularly lectures on topics of international arbitration and public and private international law all around the world and has published numerous articles on topics of interest within the international arbitration community.
Enforcing Arbitral Awards that Have Been Set Aside in the Seat Where the Award Was Made – Different Approaches Towards the Same Thorny IssueThe issue of whether an arbitral award that has been annulled or set aside in the seat of the arbitration can nonetheless still be enforced in another jurisdiction is one that continues to generate diverging viewpoints