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David M Orta

David M Orta

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP1300 I Street NW, Suite 900WashingtonDistrict of ColumbiaUSA20005

Global Leader

Arbitration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

David Orta is praised as "a tenacious advocate" with great experience in commercial and investor state disputes in the energy, construction and M&A sectors.


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 and “a vastly experienced attorney who inspires real confidence, with a remarkable ability to see all the angles”. They also report that Mr Orta 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’ experience of successfully representing clients all over the world in complex international arbitrations (including investor-state (treaty) arbitrations and complex, international commercial arbitrations) and in complex, commercial transnational litigation. David’s clients and cases have spanned most continents, including North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. David handles disputes in English and Spanish, English and Portuguese, Spanish and French, and Spanish and Portuguese, as well as various cases solely in Spanish. His experience spans many sectors, including energy, oil and gas, transportation, infrastructure, construction, power plant, telecommunications, mining, and post-merger and acquisition disputes.

David has handled numerous investor-state arbitrations under bilateral (including BITs and FTAs) and multilateral investment treaties (NAFTA, CAFTA, ECT) administered under the auspices of the ICSID. He has also represented clients in investment treaty and commercial ad hoc arbitrations administered under the UNCITRAL Rules and international commercial arbitrations administered by the ICC, the LCIA and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR/AAA). He has handled arbitrations seated all over the world, including in DC, New York, Miami, Geneva, Brussels, London, Paris and various cities in Latin America.

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