Giorgio A. Sassine

Associate, Los Angeles Office

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

Giorgio Sassine is an associate with the Firm’s Los Angeles office.  He is a member of the International Arbitration and Litigation and Construction Practice Groups with extensive experience on domestic and international high-value, complex commercial and construction disputes.  Mr. Sassine has represented clients in multiple forums across the United States and abroad, including California and New York state courts and U.S. federal courts and under the arbitral rules of 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).

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Sassine was an associate for several top-ranked law firms across the globe and domestically, including in Paris, Beirut, New York, Chicago and San Francisco.

Mr. Sassine received a B.A. in Economics, as well as a minor in Philosophy, from University of California, Davis.  He earned his J.D. with an emphasis in International Law from University of San Diego School of Law.  He earned his LL.M. in International Commercial Arbitration from Stockholm. While in law school, Mr. Sassine also attended a summer program at the Sorbonne – Université Paris I Panthéon, where he was first introduced and became passionate about international commercial arbitration.

Apart from his extensive international and domestic experience, Mr. Sassine is also active in the international arbitration community.  He is the 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.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Represented French conglomerate in design and breach of contract dispute against Australian owner regarding a water treatment plant at a uranium mine. The venue of arbitration was London under the rules of the ICC.
  • Represented U.S. engineering company in design, delay, disruption and breach of contract dispute against a German owner regarding a photovoltaic energy facility. The venue of the arbitration was in the United States under the rules of the AAA-ICDR.
  • Represented Chinese company in a breach of contract and fraud dispute against a U.S. company regarding the sale and marketing of software in the Chinese-market. The venue of the arbitration was New York under the rules of the ICC.
  • Represented Lebanese subcontractor in a delay and disruption and breach of contract dispute against a Qatari subsidiary of a U.S. company regarding construction of an airport-wide security contract package for an international airport in the Middle East. The venue of arbitration was Qatar under the rules of the ICC.
  • Represented French art broker against New York art gallery in breach of contract dispute regarding the sale of highly valuable artwork in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • Represented top 5 global EPCM firm against subcontractor in two-week bench trial related to alleged wrongful termination, fraud, and design of a 21-story glass window-wall system in Cook County, Illinois.
  • Represented joint venture in a multi-billion-dollar highway project construction and design dispute.
  • Represented global construction firm in a water dam construction and design dispute in the Superior Court of California.
  • Represented global architectural firm in sports facility design dispute in San Francisco under the AAA arbitration rules.
  • Represented county board of supervisors in land use dispute in United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
  • Represented walnut manufacturer against purchaser in a cross-border dispute for breach of warranties and strict products liability claims in the Superior Court of California.

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, November 2020
  • MZM Construction Company – Third Circuit Affirms “Clear and Unmistakable” Standard, But Did Its Dicta Go Too Far? Kluwer Arbitration Blog, October 2020
  • Raising the Stakes of the 28 U.S.C. § 1782(a) Debate: the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Holds § 1782(a) Applies to Private Arbitral Tribunals, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, September 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 Agreed to Arbitrate Arbitrability, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, January 2019
  • Eureka! Foreign Attorneys Can Now Participate in California-seated Arbitrations, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, August 2018
  • A Call to Arms: Education to Prevent the Harsh Reality of Guerrilla Tactics in the Face of the UAE’s Recent Law on Possible Criminal Sanctions for Arbitrators, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, January 2017
  • There Should be an Answer to § 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, April 2014

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • “Current Developments in the Use of Technology in International Arbitration,” YICCA Workshop, San Francisco, California, Postponed Due to Covid-19
  • “Multi-tier Dispute Resolution Clauses: Yay or Nay?” YConstruction, New York, March 2020
  • “Introduction to International Arbitration and Arbitrator Intelligence”, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Mexico City, June 2018
  • “Re-wiring the Brain: Practical Steps to Address Inclusion and Diversity in International Dispute Resolution”, CIArb YMG and Alliance joint conference, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2018

ADMISSIONS & PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • California
  • New York