New Partner for Cleary Gottlieb’s UK Dispute Resolution Practice

March 13, 2009

Jonathan Blackman, one of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s most experienced litigation partners, has relocated to the London office from New York, continuing the growth of the firm’s London dispute resolution practice and enhancing the existing reputation of its European litigation and arbitration team.

Mr. Blackman’s practice focuses on international litigation and arbitration, securities law, banking and insurance law. He has participated in numerous international and U.S. contentious matters, including international arbitrations involving both public international law and complex commercial disputes, litigation involving the immunity of foreign states and their agencies under the U.S. Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, and securities and commercial litigation in a variety of U.S. federal and state courts. He regularly lectures at professional conferences and is published on various aspects of international litigation, securities litigation and letters of credit.

Mr. Blackman joins partners David Sabel, Romano Subiotto QC and competition partner Shaun Goodman in Cleary Gottlieb’s London-based dispute resolution practice.

“I am very pleased to be in London, helping to grow our team,” said Mr. Blackman. “Cleary Gottlieb’s reputation throughout Europe, particularly in international arbitration and competition litigation, is second-to-none. Given London’s role as a major center for resolving trans-national disputes, it’s an exciting time to be here and to work more closely with my colleagues across Europe.”

Cleary Gottlieb lawyers have represented clients such as Rosneft, the Republic of Slovenia, Japan Post, the Central Bank of Ecuador, the Russian Federation, the Dominican Republic, Mittal Steel, UBS and Deutsche Bank in matters before the UK courts.

Mr. Blackman’s own recent work has included acting for sovereign clients such as Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Iraq, Nicaragua, Russia and Slovenia, and private sector clients such as Finmeccanica, Kookmin Bank and Valeo.

Mr. Blackman joined the firm in 1977 and became a partner in 1985. From 1977 to 2009, he was resident in the New York office. He received a J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1977 and an undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 1974.

Mr. Blackman is a member of the Bar in New York and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd, 5th, 6th and 10th Circuits, the U.S. Districts Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Southern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Michigan and the Court of International Trade. His bar association relationships include in the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he was Chair of the International Law Committee, 2001-2004, and the American Law Institute.