Rena Scott, Co-Leader of the Geneva Office, is a member of the “outstanding" International Arbitration Practice Group with “impressive arbitration skills” (Legal 500) who advises companies in highly complex and high-value disputes involving a wide variety of cross-border matters and on major projects.
Rena acts as counsel in arbitrations conducted under all the main institutional arbitration rules (ICC, LCIA, SAC, ICDR), as well as ad hoc rules, in venues around the world. She represents owners of valuable trademarks licenses, trade and commodities, major construction development project owners (involved in commercial, retail, residential, high rise, low rise, infrastructure, and conventional power and clean power generation energy projects), contractors and sub-contractors, including pursuant to consortia and joint venture agreements. Rena also provides assistance in the development of construction contract terms and conditions, as well as delivery assistance and construction project dispute avoidance assistance to construction development and delivery teams, works closely with Orrick's ESG practice to develop tailored ESG programs, and is regularly invited to speak on issues in the industry, where she has “great knowledge” (client commentary, Global Arbitration Review).
Rena represents clients in all stages of mediation, litigation and arbitration – from pleadings to trial/hearing to appellate matters – and in matters pending in a variety of venues, including before U.S. state and federal court, the English High Court, the British Virgin Islands, and the Isle of Man.
Active in pro bono issues, Rena has advised not-for-profit organizations on various legal aid programs around the world, and in particular in relation to zoning matters relating to important real estate projects, prepared immigration reform practice manuals for U.S. court practice, and carried out impact litigation training programs for CSOs and lawyers working on critical human rights issues in Myanmar. Rena has also been invited to participate as Faculty for the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA)'s first learn by doing workshop in Africa where international arbitration practitioners from around the world spent a week in Nairobi, Kenya working with African lawyers from around the continent on improving their witness examination, and opening and closing presentation skills.
Rena is recognized by Legal 500 as a leading International Arbitration practitioner and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Society of Construction Law and the Swiss Arbitration Association. Prior to joining Orrick, Rena worked in the Geneva office of an international law firm, and also for other top tier law firms in California.
Rena is a member of Orrick's European Leadership Board.