Regularly credited for her responsiveness, diligence, and reliability, Rena L. Scott has been assisting clients primarily in the area of international arbitration and dispute resolution, with a particular focus on complex, high-value disputes involving major infrastructure construction projects, and consortia and joint venture agreements for over 12 years.

Rena’s practice also includes representing multi-national companies involved in a wide range of complex business disputes, including partnership disputes, real estate litigation and accountant liability disputes, and internal corporate investigations. Rena's practice is truly international.  She has represented clients in all stages of litigation and arbitration – from pleadings to trial/hearing to appellate matters – and in matters pending in a variety of venues, including several arbitral institutions, and before U.S. state and federal court, the English High Court, the British Virgin Islands, and the Isle of Man.

Rena is active in pro bono issues ranging from advising not-for-profit organizations on various legal aid programs around the world to preparing immigration reform practice manuals for U.S. court practice to carrying out impact litigation training programs for CSOs and lawyers working on critical human rights issues in Myanmar.

Prior to joining Orrick, Rena worked in Akin Gump’s Geneva office, and also for other prestigious law firms in California.

  •  Some of Rena’s representative matters include the following engagements:

    • Successfully represented owner of valuable trademark licenses in arbitral proceedings (ICC rules, Mexican law, Paris forum) resulting in the termination of a joint venture agreement and for an award of damages (and interest) in excess of USD 22 million arising out of joint-venture partner's failure to adopt owner's decided pricing strategy; successfully defended owner against counterclaims valued in excess of USD 400 million; successfully defended against respondent's attempt to have the Tribunal interpret their own award.
    • Defeated a request for worldwide freezing orders seeking to freeze upwards of £91 million in assets of a Dubai-based client, and a request for permission to join the client and other companies to the English court action where claims in excess of £250 million are at issue.
    • Assisted leading public technology innovator (Swiss HQ) in the conduct of internal whistleblower investigation, including preparation of advice to company Board of Directors.
    • Represented one of the world’s leading power plant manufacturers in parallel ICC arbitrations (Swiss law, Zurich forum) arising out of EPC contracts for two projects in Germany and Poland. Obtained favorable settlements for the client.
    • Achieved a $19 million arbitration settlement for a Saudi Arabian professional engineering firm in an arbitral proceeding (ICC rules, Swiss law, Geneva forum) arising out of a Memorandum of Understanding between the client and a Spanish engineering, procurement and construction contractor, relating to construction work on major petrochemical projects in Saudi Arabia and disputes arising out of this Memorandum of Understanding.
    • Defended a major accounting firm in various partnership disputes concerning alleged duty to indemnify its former partners for legal expenses incurred in defending civil and criminal tax shelters proceedings. Obtained favorable settlements for the client.
    • Defended a major accounting firm in a securities class action lawsuit involving allegations of mortgage banking fraud. Obtained a favorable settlement for the client.

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