Arent Fox has picked up a senior attorney-adviser at the U.S. State Department for the firm's Washington office.
Lee Caplan, who spent almost 10 years at the State Department's Office of the Legal Adviser, has joined Arent Fox as a partner in the international arbitration and dispute resolution practice. He will focus on foreign investment law and policy, among other international law matters.
Caplan said he enjoyed his time at the State Department but was ready for something new. "I sort of got to the point in my career when I wanted to branch out," he said.
At the State Department, Caplan successfully represented the United States in several international arbitrations, including Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal cases and a state-to-state dispute brought by Ecuador over the interpretation of the U.S.-Ecuador Bilateral Investment Treaty. The case, which was decided in 2012, involved Chevron Corp., but wasn't directly related to the suit Ecuadoreans brought against the company over alleged environmental infractions, Caplan said.
Caplan also was the State Department's lead lawyer in investment treaties with China and the Czech Republic, and worked on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the pan-Pacific free-trade pact.
"The expansion of our international arbitration and dispute resolution capabilities is a priority for the firm," Feighery said in a written statement. "Lee's addition is another key hire that will add to our growing bench of arbitration lawyers, and his government service experience will be a great asset to clients."