McDermott, Will & Emery has added a pair of international arbitration partners to its firm, including one in Washington.
Lisa Richman and Sabine Konrad join McDermott as partners in the firm's Washington and Frankfurt offices, respectively. The team was previously with K&L Gates in Washington.
The focus of Richman's practice is international commercial and investment arbitration. She has represented corporations and corporate officers. She is fluent in German and English, and also speaks Spanish and French.
Her Frankfurt-based colleague, Konrad, focuses on cross-border disputes on matters related to commercial arbitration and public law.
In an interview, Richman said that the firm's international platform was a big part in her and Konrad's decision to lateral. And while her practice will continue to include commercial and investment arbitration, Richman said that she hopes to add more domestic arbitrations and internal investigations to her regimen.
Washington, Richman said, is a main hub of international arbitration activity in particular because of the World Bank's arbitration arm, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. The agency, she said, handles about 75 percent of all investment treaties.
"Washington tends to be, from an international perspective, a neutral location, one that is familiar to foreign countries and foreign individuals," Richman said.