David Z. Pinsky is a partner in the firm’s international arbitration and litigation practice groups. Mr. Pinsky’s arbitration practice focuses on disputes arising in Russia and Eastern Europe and in the energy sector, in particular. In U.S. litigation, Mr. Pinsky’s practice focuses on complex contractual disputes.
In addition to his disputes work, Mr. Pinsky counsels companies on how to structure their foreign investments in a manner that affords the strongest remedies in case of adverse government action.
Mr. Pinsky also maintains an active pro bono practice, representing journalists and other media professionals who seek asylum in the United States. An émigré himself, Mr. Pinsky has won asylum and other forms of immigration relief for clients from Uzbekistan, Iran, and Afghanistan. Mr. Pinsky serves as vice chair of Covington’s New York litigation practice.
- New York University School of Law, J.D., 2004
- Washington University, B.A., 1999
Bar Admissions : New York
Representative Matters :
- Counsel for Ukraine’s state-owned oil and gas company, Naftogaz of Ukraine, in an investment arbitration against the Russian Federation arising from Russia’s occupation of Crimea.
- Counsel for a leading U.S. energy company in a commercial arbitration arising from Russia sanctions risk.
- Representation of a public entity in an ad hoc arbitration seeking insurance coverage for property damage and other loss arising from Superstorm Sandy.
- Secured a favorable settlement in advance of AAA arbitration for a major media company in a dispute with a contractual partner over web development fees.
- Secured a favorable settlement post-trial for the National Football League in a contract dispute with Comcast Cable Communications concerning carriage of the NFL Network.
- Representation of BP Exploration & Production Inc. and member of trial team in civil litigation arising from the Deepwater Horizon incident.
Pro Bono :
- Successful representation of journalists and media professionals from Uzbekistan, Iran, and Afghanistan in applications for asylum to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and before the Executive Office for Immigration Review.
- On behalf of a U.S. nonprofit organization, drafted a report regarding access to counsel for non-citizens in removal proceedings.
- Advised the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law on the right to counsel in civil cases under the laws of the republics of Georgia and Armenia.
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