Thomas Norgaard

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Thomas H. Norgaard is an associate and member of the firm’s International Dispute Resolution and White Collar Groups. Chambers Global  (2013-2015) listed Mr. Norgaard as a Notable Practitioner for Litigation-USA (Foreign Expert) and Dispute Resolution (Expert Based Abroad) in Venezuela. According to Chambers Global, “sources are quick to praise his ability to tackle disputes involving other jurisdictions, and he has a notable expertise in the Venezuelan market.” Clients added that he “adds great expertise and insight in connection with Latin America,” and that he is “a very valuable member of the Debevoise team.”

Mr. Norgaard has appeared and argued before ICSID arbitration tribunals, and generally advises his clients on a variety of issues involving international law and arbitration. Recent representations include Perenco Ecuador Limited v. Republic of Ecuador in ICSID proceedings; Gramercy Funds Management v. Republic of Peru, in its investment arbitration under the Peru-US Trade Promotion Agreement; a French cosmetics and beauty company in a United States Attorney’s Office investigation arising out of the alleged use of duty-free operations for money laundering activities; and the Committee to Project Journalists (CPJ) in a number of matters, including its amicus curiae brief before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the case of Marcel Granier et al. v. Venezuela.

Prior to joining Debevoise in 2008, Mr. Norgaard worked as a litigation associate in the Caracas office of Macleod Dixon, LLP from 2002 to 2007, focusing on international litigation and administrative law. As a civil law-trained lawyer, Mr. Norgaard has appeared and argued before the Constitutional and Political-Administrative Chambers of the Supreme Court of Justice in Venezuela and before Superior and Trial Courts in Civil, Commercial, Labor and Administrative matters.

Mr. Norgaard received his law degree from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas in 2002 and his LL.M. from New York University School of Law in May 2008, where he focused on international dispute resolution and international commercial law and participated in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Mr. Norgaard served as Assistant Professor of Contracts and Obligations at Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas from 2005 to 2007. Mr. Norgaard has been a member of the New York State Bar Association since May 2009. He is also a member of the Miranda State Bar Association in Venezuela. Mr. Norgaard’s native language is Spanish, he is fluent in English and speaks basic Portuguese.


  • Perenco Ecuador, prevailing on novel jurisdictional and merits issues in an ICSID arbitration arising out of the Republic of Ecuador’s unilateral increase of its participation to 99% of all revenues from oil sales above a fixed “reference price” and its declaration that Perenco’s contracts had come to an end. A decision on Perenco’s claims for more than $1 billion in damages is currently pending.
  • A publicly-traded Canadian mining company in its dispute against Colombia arising out of the effective cancellation of licenses, under the Colombia-Canada Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
  • A major international brewery against a carbonated soft drink production company in Central America in a commercial arbitration under the ICC Rules.
  • Gramercy Funds Management and Gramercy Peru Holdings in an investment treaty arbitration against the Government of Peru arising under the U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
  • The New York City Bar Association and the Committee to Protect Journalists, as amici curiae, before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
  • The shareholders of a multinational children’s clothing company in 28 U.S.C. § 1782 proceedings to obtain evidence in the United States before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
  • The subsidiary of an international cosmetics company in an investigation by the U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Florida arising out of alleged money laundering activities.


  • New York University School of Law, 2008, LL.M.

Bar Admissions:

  • Venezuela
  • New York


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