Teresa Garcia-Reyes is senior counsel, litigation for GE Oil & Gas, in Houston, Texas. She represents her division in commercial disputes world-wide, with a focus on leading negotiations, mediations, arbitrations, and litigations in North and South America. Her experience includes acting as counsel in commercial disputes under the rules of various international and regional institutions, and coordinating the activities of outside counsel in domestic court and arbitral proceedings. She also leads policy initiatives within her business, aimed at managing and reducing the risks of disputes with suppliers and customers, including promoting the use of mediation as form of alternative dispute resolution. Teresa is a native of Houston, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University, cum laude, with a B.B.A, in Management, in 2001, and from Tulane Law School, summa cum laude, with a J.D., in 2004. She is a member of the Texas bar, and is licensed in the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of Texas. Prior to joining GE, Teresa was with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, where her practice focused on commercial disputes and patent litigation. Prior to that, Teresa was with the international law firm Mayer Brown LLP, where she represented clients in commercial disputes both in US courts and in international arbitrations. Teresa is active in the Houston Bar Association, including serving as Co-Chair of the HBA’s Gender Fairness Committee. She is also active in various community organizations, including the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, and she currently serves as her business’ representative on GE’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
Daniel Grodinsky is a lawyer with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s Montréal office. His litigation experience includes commercial arbitration, class actions, contract disputes, product liability, admiralty, public inquiries, intellectual property and insurance defence. Daniel regularly appears before arbitration tribunals, the Québec Superior Court and the Federal Court of Canada, and has represented clients before the Québec Court of Appeal and the Federal Court of Appeal. His practice is focused on commercial arbitration, complex product liability class actions, and on intellectual property, such as trade-mark defence. Daniel regularly advises clients on the drafting of arbitration clauses and acts as counsel in commercial arbitrations, and has authored numerous articles on the subject. He is fluently bilingual in English and French.
Yasmine Lahlou is counsel with Chaffetz Lindsey, a dedicated international arbitration and litigation boutique established in 2009. She has substantial experience advising and representing clients on a range of commercial disputes, in both international arbitration and litigation proceedings. She practiced in Paris for over four years at Castaldi Mourre & Partners, before joining Clifford Chance as an associate in New York in 2005. Yasmine’s recent experience includes representing clients in ICC arbitrations mainly in large scale construction cases. She has acted as a sole and coarbitrator in ICC and SCC arbitrations. Yasmine’s experience is recognized in Chambers USA and Super Lawyers. Yasmine attended a graduate program at the University of Texas at Austin Law School and received a Maîtrise en Droit from Paris X – Nanterre University. She is fluent in English, French and Italian.
Sarah Reynolds divides her dispute resolution practice among international and domestic arbitration, insurance dispute and coverage advice, and a variety of complex commercial litigation matters. Sarah is an integral member of Mayer Brown’s International Arbitration Practice Group. She represents multinational corporations before domestic and international arbitral bodies, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR). Those disputes range from complex commercial supply agreements to pharmaceutical licensing agreements. Sarah’s arbitration experience also includes obtaining and defending against judicial review of arbitration awards and drafting and reviewing arbitration clauses in transaction agreements. Sarah also has extensive experience in both insurance litigation and in providing strategic coverage advice in connection with business transactions, and D&O and captive insurance programs. In addition, Sarah handles a broad range of litigation matters. She has experience in all aspects of litigation, from pre-trial through discovery, trial and appeal (including briefing and argument to the Illinois Supreme Court). She represents clients in cases involving antitrust claims, commercial contract disputes, securities fraud allegations, shareholder derivative actions, intellectual property disputes, criminal charges, and trust and estate disputes. Sarah also handles government investigations, including SEC, FINRA, and FDA investigations. Sarah is a frequent contributor to Mayer Brown’s quarterly publication, International Arbitration Perspectives. Sarah has been a member of the Litigation Practice Group in Mayer Brown’s Chicago office since 2005.
Based in Miami, Quinn Smith is one of the founding partners of Gomm & Smith, focusing his practice on international dispute resolution. Quinn has acted as counsel in high-value arbitrations under the rules of a variety of international and regional institutions with experience in both commercial and investment cases. He has represented clients with matters in the Americas, Europe, and Africa. Quinn frequently writes and lectures on topics related to the field in three working languages: English, Spanish, and Portuguese. He has also helped form and lead teams to handle complex litigation matters in federal and state courts in the United States. In addition to his legal practice, Quinn is active in the local community, supporting regional charitable initiatives, innovative ways to provide legal services for low-income people, local churches and religious groups, and Miami’s growing writing and poetry scene. Quinn is married and has one son.
Elizabeth Silbert is an associate in the Atlanta office of King & Spalding and a member of the firm’s International Arbitration Practice Group. She has represented private and corporate clients in investor-State, commercial, and domestic arbitrations under the ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, AAA/ICDR, SIAC, and CPR Arbitration Rules. Her experience spans from the initial stages of structuring assets to maximize investment protections and drafting arbitration agreements to the final phases of award recognition, enforcement, and setaside. Elizabeth recently co-authored an extensive article on interim measures (“A Guide to Interim Measures in Investor-State Arbitration,” Arbitration International, Sept. 2013), and speaks frequently on the topics of arbitration and international law. Elizabeth is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Northwestern University School of Law, where she served as an editor of the Law Review.
Tomás Solís focuses his practice on international arbitration and public international law. He represents sovereign governments and companies in international arbitrations arising under bilateral investment treaties, free trade agreements, national investment legislation and contracts. He also advises sovereign governments around the world on boundary disputes. Tomás spent five years as counsel to the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington DC. As secretary to arbitral tribunals, he administered a number of arbitral proceedings conducted in English, Spanish and French and involving countries in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa and initiated under investment treaties, contractual provisions and national law. Before this position, Tomás was an intern at the Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) and is now a Member of the ICC Latin American Group. In another prior position, as a legal advisor to the Government of El Salvador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tomás served on a team that represented El Salvador before the International Court of Justice, seeking revision of a judgment rendered in a land dispute with a neighboring government. Tomás also served as a prosecutor in the Fraud and Assets Control units of the attorney general’s office of El Salvador. Tomás lectures and publishes frequently on matters related to international arbitration and public international law.