Mark Clodfelter has moved offices one block up K Street, joining Foley Hoag's international litigation and arbitration practice as a partner. Previously, he was of counsel at Winston & Strawn in Washington.
Clodfelter has 25 years of experience in international arbitration, including work in the 1980s with the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, created to mediate during the 1979 hostage crisis, and seven-year stint starting in 2000 at the U.S. State Department, where he managed the Office of International Claims and Investment Disputes, which represents the U.S. government in international arbitrations.
For the last decade, Clodfelter, 59, said he has focused his practice on the “rapidly expanding” field of investor-state arbitration, which involves a private investor suing a state or vice versa. “In the last 10 or 11 years, there’s been an incredible skyrocket in cases of private investors against states,” he said.
But he added that Foley Hoag, which he said represents a party in almost half of all cases at the International Court of Justice, will yield opportunities to expand his practice. “The attraction of the firm for me was its public international law practice is much broader,” he said. “I’m looking forward to an opportunity to do a greater variety of international law work.”
Among his first responsibilities will be continuing his representation of the Republic of Ecuador in claims brought by foreign oil companies over measures the country took amid rising oil prices. He represented Ecuador while at Winston & Strawn too.
Foley Hoag’s international litigation and arbitration practice also currently represents the government of Georgia in proceedings arising out of the Russian invasion in 2008 and Bangladesh in a maritime boundary dispute with neighboring India and Myanmar, among other clients.