William Laurence Craig, Senior Counsel in Orrick's Paris office, is a member of the Litigation General Group. Laurence brings more than 40 years of experience to Orrick's International Arbitration Group.
Laurence, "Laurie" to all who know him, has been dubbed a "founding father" of international arbitration and has co-authored three major treatises on international arbitration.
Laurence has practiced international commercial law in Paris since 1964, and has been specialized in international arbitration since 1970. He has served as counsel in more than 150 International Chamber of Commerce arbitrations, including numerous disputes involving states and state agencies, and his work has spanned across many countries including in Africa. He has also frequently acted as counsel in state arbitrations before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and under the UNCITRAL Rules of Arbitration and in investment disputes arising under bilateral investment treaties. He frequently acts as arbitrator, both party-appointed and as Chairman, and has served as such in more than 25 ICC arbitrations and in numerous AAA, LCIA, ICSID, CIETAC and ad hoc arbitrations.
Laurence's practice both as arbitrator and counsel has focused on complex investment and commercial disputes in matters ranging from oil concessions, product-sharing agreements, operation and exploration agreements to agreements for the joint development of natural resources, power purchase agreements and long-term commodity purchase agreements. He has also frequently acted in joint venture disputes as arbitrator and counsel in very large telecommunication disputes.
Before joining Orrick, Laurence was an independent arbitrator. He worked for Coudert Frères, Paris as a partner from 1967-2003 and as an associate from 1964-1966. Laurence was an associate with Covington and Burling in Washington, D.C., from 1960-1963.