Hansel T. Pham

Partner at White & Case LLP

Hansel T. Pham

Hansel T. Pham

Partner at White & Case LLP

Biography

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Hansel T. Pham
Associate
Washington, DC.

Practice Experience
Hansel Pham joined White & Case in 2003 and is a member of the Firm's International Arbitration and Litigation Groups. Mr. Pham has experience representing clients in state courts, federal district courts, federal courts of appeals, international commercial arbitrations, and investment treaty arbitrations. In particular, he has substantial experience representing clients in investor-state disputes before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) at the World Bank and the International Court of Arbitration at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Mr. Pham's clients include sovereign states, multinational corporations, international organizations, and non-profit organizations.
Recent representative matters include:
Successfully representing the Republic of the Philippines in a related US$425 million ICSID arbitration and US$565 million ICC arbitration arising from a dispute over an international airport terminal concession.
Successfully represented the Republic of the Philippines to obtain the dismissal of an application before the Singapore High Court to set-aside an ICC award in favor of the Philippines.
Successfully represented Saudi Aramco and its US subsidiaries in obtaining the dismissal of an antitrust, class action lawsuit in a multi-district litigation before the District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
Successfully represented Saudi Aramco and its US subsidiaries in an appeal of the dismissal of an antitrust class-action lawsuit before the Fifth Circuit.
Successfully represented the International League of Conservation Photographers in securing the dismissal of a lawsuit for nonpayment of debt.
Representing the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in an antitrust lawsuit before the US District Court for the District of Columbia.
Representing a North American investor in an ICSID arbitration against Venezuela.
Representing the Republic of the Philippines in an ICSID arbitration regarding a dispute over dredging contracts.
Representing the American Arbitration Association as an amicus curiae party in proceedings before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Representing a government ministry as an amicus curiae party in a class-action antitrust litigation.
Providing legal services on US foreign relations law to the Republic of the Philippines relating to an interpleader proceeding in Singapore.
Providing legal services to a Central Asian state in an ICSID arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty.
Mr. Pham also has significant experience working with non-profit corporations of varying sizes relating to tax-exemption, corporate filings, compliance, and dispute resolution services.
Successfully represented the Kosciuszko Foundation in their merger with another 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
Successfully secured 501(c)(3) federal tax exempt status for several non-profit corporations, including Anka Rising, Inc. and the International League of Conservation Photographers.
Bars and Courts
US District Court for the District of Columbia, 2012
US Supreme Court, 2010
US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2009
US District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 2007
New York State Bar, 2004
District of Columbia Bar, 2004
Education
JD, Harvard Law School, Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Negotiation Law Review, 2003
AB, Harvard University, magna cum laude, 1998
Professional Associations and Memberships
American Bar Association, Vice-Chair, TIPS Appellate Advocacy
American Law Institute, International Commercial Arbitration Members Consultative Group
International Bar Association, North American Forum, Newsletter Editor
IBA Foundation, Trustee
ICC Young Arbitrators' Forum, Steering Committee Member
District of Columbia Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Publications
"The Principle of State Sovereignty over Natural Resources in US Lawsuits against OPEC and Member Countries," OPEC and International Law, 2010 (co-authored with Carolyn B. Lamm and Robert A. Milne)
"Fraud and Corruption in International Arbitration," Liber Amicorum Bernardo Cremades, 2010 (co-authored with Carolyn B. Lamm and Rahim Moloo)
"Has the Time Come for an ICSID Code of Ethics for Counsel?," Yearbook on International Investment Law & Policy 2009-2010 (co-authored with Carolyn B. Lamm and Chiara Giorgetti)
"Consent and Due Process in Multiparty Investor-State Arbitrations," International Investment Law for the 21st Century: Essays in Honour of Christoph Schreuer, 2009 (co-authored with Carolyn B. Lamm and Alexandra K. Meise Bay)
"Interim Measures and Dismissal under the 2006 ICSID Rules," The Future of Investment Arbitration, 2009 (co-authored with Carolyn B. Lamm and Chiara Giorgetti)
"Enforcing Foreign Arbitral Awards in the United States: The Non-Arbitrable Subject Matter Defense," Journal of International Arbitration, 2008 (co-authored with Abby Cohen Smutny)
"Developing Countries and the WTO: The Need for More Mediation in the DSU," Harvard Negotiation Law Review, 2004
"Taking the Next Step: Vietnam and MFN Status," Harvard International Review, 1997
Speaking Engagements
"Effective Use of Witness Statements," A Day of International Arbitration in Study and Practice, New York, October 26, 2012
"Pathways to Employment in International Law," ABA Section of International Law & The International Law Students Association, ILSA Spring Conference, Washington, DC, March 26, 2010
"The Nuts and Bolts of International Arbitration," American Bar Association, Boston, Massachusetts, February 9, 2009
"International Dispute Resolution and Litigation," 12th Annual International Law Forum hosted by the Washington College of Law's International Law Society, Washington, DC, October 29, 2005
Professional Activities
Former Chair of the Board of Directors for Asian American LEAD, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, DC
Founding Director of the Vietnamese American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, DC Area.
Languages
English
Vietnamese
Citizenship
United States

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Education
JD
Class of 2003

Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 1,900 students attend HLS each year: 1,680 J.D. students, 160 LL.M. students, and 50 S.J.D. candidates. The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors, lecturers on law, and instructors. The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University. The Law School community is also home to numerous research programs and engaging publications, including books, scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and a weekly student newspaper.

AB, magna cum laude
Class of 1998

The oldest corporation in the Western Hemisphere is the Harvard Corporation, known formally as the President and Fellows of Harvard College. It is the smaller of Harvard’s two governing boards; the other is the Board of Overseers. Following are the members of the Harvard Corporation.

Memberships
Member
Current

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is a voluntary bar association for the state of New York. NYSBA was founded in 1877 with the stated goal to cultivate the science of jurisprudence; to promote reform in the law; to facilitate the administration of justice, and to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, professional skill, and courtesy in the legal profession. Its first President was David B. Hill. Among the reforms in the legislation signed into law creating the association was the removal of the restrictions on the admission of women to the practice of law. In 1896, NYSBA proposed the first global means for settling disputes among nations, what is now called the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

Member
Current

The Bar Association of the District of Columbia was founded in 1871 and is the third oldest Bar Association in the nation (following the Boston City and New York City Bar Associations). BADC's members play a vital role in our city’s and nation’s advocacy system. The BADC is DC's voluntary bar and seeks to promote civility, justice and collegiality among members of the legal profession in the nation's capital.

Editor-in-Chief
Prior
Career History
Partner
2003 - Current

White & Case is an international law firm that helps companies, governments and financial institutions achieve their global ambitions. Their clients face complex challenges, and their lawyers innovative approaches consistently deliver results for their clients.

Boards & Committees
Assistant Secretary, Board of Trustees
Current

The IBA foundation’s mission is to engage in a wide variety of international charitable endeavors related to the rule of law, including continuing legal education and equitable access to the legal system and, particularly in more economically disadvantaged parts of the world, infrastructure improvements, competent legal services and legal services administration. Since 1986, the foundation has funded law-related projects throughout the world. The foundation’s aims are to: Advance legal education for the benefit of the public; Study and advance the administration of justice worldwide, including aiding non-discriminatory access to the legal systems in developing countries; Undertake non-partisan research into common legal problems Aid in providing legal source materials and making them available for the public’s benefit; In carrying out its mission, the foundation interacts with the IBA (including the various national bar association members of the IBA, the IBA’s Divisions and their individual members, and other arms of the IBA including the Human Rights Institute) and a UK charity, the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute Trust; and supports other legally related projects not associated with IBA programmes. The foundation provides financial support for approved charitable projects, typically coupling it with the contribution of time and expertise by the foundation and by individual IBA members. The International Bar Association Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation licensed in New York State. US and international members of the International Bar Association, headquartered in London, England, established the foundation in 1986.

Chair, Board of Directors
Prior

Asian American Lead is a nonprofit company headquartered in Washington, DC, that offers educational enrichment and youth development programs.

Political Donations
$500
2010

Former Senator from Maryland

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