Reginald R. Smith’s practice focus is international arbitration and cross-border litigation, with a particular specialty in handling commercial disputes in the energy sector as well as representing investors in disputes with sovereigns under multilateral and bilateral investment treaties. Reggie has served as lead counsel in obtaining some of the largest international arbitration awards on record.
Reggie has a leading practice in representing investors as claimants in bilateral and multilateral investment treaty arbitrations against governments that have taken actions to either destroy or impair investments through conduct ranging from outright expropriations to the revocation or modification of investment incentive programs.
Relying on years of experience in representing companies and individuals in significant business litigation disputes in U.S. courts, Reggie brings advocacy skills to his international arbitration practice that have yielded some of the largest investment arbitration awards on record. For example, Reggie served as lead counsel in an arbitration for a European oil and gas company against the Government of Kazakhstan that yielded the largest award on record under the Energy Charter Treaty.
Reggie similarly took the lead in representing an investor against the Government of Egypt relating to the expropriation of a real estate project that resulted in the largest award on record for an individual claimant. Reggie has prosecuted over 30 cases for investors against sovereigns under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties.
Using experience developed as a seasoned oil and gas litigator in the U.S. courts, Reggie also has deep expertise in representing energy companies in international and domestic commercial arbitration disputes. Whether the disputes involve the oil and gas sector or renewable energy projects, Reggie has taken the lead in representing some of the world’s largest energy companies in high-stakes arbitrations.
- J.D., University of Georgia
- B.A., Emory University
- M.A., Emory University
- American Bar Association
- Houston County Bar Association
- State Bar of Georgia
- State Bar of Texas
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