Giorgio A. Sassine

Associate

Giorgio A. Sassine is an associate in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability and Construction Practices. Giorgio has extensive experience in high-value, complex commercial and construction disputes. Not only does Giorgio handle disputes in domestic forums, such as California and New York state courts and U.S. federal courts, Giorgio also has experience in multiple international arbitration venues across the globe, including in Paris and London. Giorgio's international arbitration experience includes handling disputes under various international arbitration rules, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), American Arbitration Association (AAA), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Giorgio's international representative experience includes representing a Lebanese subcontractor in an international airport dispute in the Middle East, a French engineer in a water treatment plant design dispute at a uranium mine in Australia, and a U.S. engineer against a German owner in a photovoltaic production facility design dispute. Giorgio's domestic experience includes representing contractors, engineers and architects in delay, disruption, fraud, corruption, and design / professional liability disputes.

Apart from his extensive international and domestic experience, Giorgio is also active in the international arbitration community. He is the Blog Coordinator of the Young ICCA (International Council for Commercial Arbitration) Blog, Assistant Editor of the Kluwer Arbitration Blog for North America and Canada, and regularly coaches law students and participates as an arbitrator in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, which takes place annually in Vienna, Austria.

Publications

  • “In Memoriam: How U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Influenced U.S. Perspectives on Arbitration and International Dispute Resolution,” Kluwer Arbitration Blog (Nov. 2020)
  • “MZM Construction Company - Third Circuit Affirms ‘Clear and Unmistakable’ Standard, But Did Its Dicta Go Too Far?” Kluwer Arbitration Blog (Oct. 2020)
  • “2019 in Review: Noteworthy Developments in the United States,” Kluwer Arbitration Blog (Feb. 2020)
  • “Raising the Stakes of the 28 U.S.C. sec. 1782(a) Debate: the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Holds sec. 1782(a) Applies to Private Arbitral Tribunals,” Kluwer Arbitration Blog (Sept. 2019)
  • “Schein, Inc. v. Archer & White Sales, Inc.: Upholding Principles of Arbitration, but Leaving Open Question Regarding Competence-Competence in Arbitral Rules as ‘Clear and Unmistakable’ Evidence that Parties Agrees to Arbitrate Arbitrability,” Kluwer Arbitration Blog (Jan. 2019)
  • “Eureka! Foreign Attorneys Can Now Participate in California-seated Arbitrations,” Kluwer Arbitration Blog (Aug. 2018)
  • “A Call to Arms: Education to Prevent the Harsh Reality of Guerilla Tactics in the Face of the UAE's Recent Law on Possible Criminal Sanctions for Arbitrators,” Kluwer Arbitration Blog (Jan. 2017)
  • “There Should be an Answer to sec. 1782(a) - as to whether its scope includes private arbitral tribunals,” McGill Journal of Dispute Resolution, Vol. 3 (2016 - 2017)
  • “California Must Become More Favorable to International Commercial Arbitration,” Young Arbitration Review (Apr. 2014)

Foreign Language Capabilities

French

Professional Presentations

  • "Multi-tier Dispute Resolution Clauses: Yay or Nay?" YConstruction, New York, New York (Mar. 2020)
  • "Re-wiring the Brain: Practical Steps to Address Inclusion and Diversity in International Dispute Resolution" CIArb YMG and Alliance joint conference, Atlanta, Georgia (Nov. 2018)
  • "Introduction to International Arbitration and Arbitrator Intelligence,” Instituto Technologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM), Mexico City, Mexico (Jun. 2018)

Admissions

  • State Bar Admissions
    • California
    • New York

Admissions

CA

Bachelor of Arts, Economics

NY

Education

Stockholm University

LLM, International Commercial Arbitration

University of San Diego School of Law

Juris Doctor

University of California - Davis

Bachelor of Arts, Economics

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