• Pacific Union College, B.B.A. (2001) International Business
  • Harvard Law School, J.D. (2006)


  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Washington
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Colorado (Inactive)
  • Texas (Inactive)


  • Spanish (Proficient)

Ashley R. Riveira


Ashley R. Riveira is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's International Dispute Resolution Group and focuses her practice on international arbitration and litigation. For over 15 years, Ashley has counseled clients in investment and commercial disputes involving the mining, energy, logistics and supply chain, hospitality, defense, manufacturing, and technology sectors.

Ashley primarily represents clients in disputes between corporations and foreign sovereigns, applying the provisions of investment treaties, host-state laws, and concession agreements. Ashley has extensive experience appearing before tribunals constituted under the rules of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA).

Ashley has been recognized as one of Latinvex’s "Top 100 female lawyers." Ashley is also an active participant in Crowell's pro bono program, successfully representing applicants in asylum cases, upgrading service discharge characterization for improperly discharged U.S. service-members.


Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)
  • National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL)
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia (WBA)

Representative Matters

  • Representing the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission (APMC) regarding its NAFTA claim against the U.S. government for damages of at least $1.3 billion CAD concerning APMC’s lost investment in the Keystone XL pipeline (Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission v. United States).
  • Represented a multinational joint venture in securing a $494 million award against an Egyptian state entity, and defeating a $500 million counterclaim, with respect to the unlawful termination of a contract to build a port in Damietta, Egypt. The arbitration was conducted under the ICC Rules of Arbitration. (DIPCO v. Damietta Port Authority)
  • Representing a Russian national in a $100 million UNCITRAL arbitration against the State of Kuwait. (Lazareva v. Kuwait)
  • Successfully defended a Middle Eastern client in a $40 million shareholder dispute with a Hong Kong claimant under the ICC Rules of Arbitration.
  • Represented a Canadian uranium mining company in its dispute with the Government of Mongolia and secured an award of damages for US$100 million in respect of the illegal expropriation of its licenses in Mongolia. (Khan Resources Inc. v. Mongolia)
  • Represented an American gold mining company against El Salvador in an ICSID arbitration arising out of the government's improper refusal to issue various environmental licenses and an exploitation concession. (Pac Rim v. El Salvador)
  • Represented U.S. investors in a CAFTA-DR arbitration against the Government of the Dominican Republic relating to the expropriation of a residential and resort (Ballantine v. Dominican Republic)
  • Represented an Italian investor in a dispute against Lithuania in an UNCITRAL arbitration under the Italy-Lithuania BIT. The dispute arose in relation to that State's unfair and inequitable treatment of the investor's investment in the country's alcohol industry. (Bosca v. Lithuania).
  • Represented an Internet registry services company in a dispute under the ICDR International Arbitration Rules against the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), arising out of ICANN’s improper refusal to award a top level domain name (ICM Registry v. ICANN)
  • Defeated a summary judgment motion by a DC Halfway House in litigation arising from murder of 9-year old girl by a previously released resident (Smith v. Hope Village, Inc. , 481 F. Supp.2d 172)
  • Represented victims of terrorism in before the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission arising from the Pan Am Flight 73 attack in Karachi, Pakistan (Patel, et. Al v. Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya)


Speeches & Presentations

  • "Women in International Arbitration," Washington Arbitration Week - 1st Edition (November 30, 2020). Speaker: Ashley R. Riveira.
  • "Leveraging Your Personality Type in Workplace Negotiations," Women’s Bar Association, Washington, D.C. (June 2014). Presenter: Ashley R. Riveira.
  • "Discovery in International Arbitration" Young ICCA Skills Training Workshop, Boston, MA (October 2013). Presenter: Ashley R. Riveira.
  • "Should There be an Americas Investment Court?" Juris Conferences LLC, 6th Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference – A Debate and Discussion (March 2012). Presenter and Author: Ashley R. Riveira.
  • "What They Don’t Teach You in Law School: Skills for Women Law Students and Lawyers," Washington College of Law (February 2010). Presenter: Ashley R. Riveira.
  • "Feeding the Pipeline: Law Firm Strategies for Training and Retaining Women," Celebration 55: The Women's Leadership Summit (August 2008). Presenter: Ashley Riveira.
  • "Taking Action, Achieving Results," Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women (September 2006). Presenter: Ashley Riveira.
  • "Techniques for Addressing Women Lawyer Advancement – Success Stories and Challenges," Women's Bar Leadership Summit 2006 (March 2006). Presenter: Ashley Riveira.


  • "The Mining Law Monitor," Crowell & Moring Publication, Vol. 27, Issue 1 (Winter 2014). Editor: Daniel W. Wolff; Authors: Thomas C. (Tim) Means, Sherrie A. Armstrong, Jonathan S. Kallmer, Ashley R. Riveira, Kassi D. Tallent, Willa B. Perlmutter, and Edward M. Green.
  • "Rethinking International Investment Disputes: A Proposal for an Investment Court and Tenured Judges," Juris Publishing (October 2013). Author: Ashley R. Riveira.
  • "The Ad Hoc Committee Annulment Decision in Malaysian Historical Salvors: The Meaning of 'Investment' Re-established?" Global Trade and Customs Journal (2011). Co-Author: Ashley R. Riveira.
  • Headnote, "Sempra Energy International v Argentina, Award and Partial dissenting opinion of the Hon Marc Lalonde, ICSID Case No ARB/02/16; IIC 304 (2007)," Oxford University Press (March 25, 2008). Author: Ashley Riveira.
  • "The Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Law: Is What's Sauce For the Goose Good For the Gander?" Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute (2007). Co-Author: Ashley Riveira.
  • "Presumed Equal: What America's Top Women Lawyers Think About Their Firms," (3rd edition, 2006). Co-Author: Ashley Riveira.

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Press Coverage

Firm News & Announcements

November 23, 2021 Crowell & Moring International Dispute Resolution Lawyers Participate in Washington Arbitration Week 2021
July 20, 2021 Crowell & Moring Named to Global Arbitration Review’s 2021 “GAR 100” List
July 1, 2021 Crowell & Moring Partner Ian A. Laird Named One of Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers
November 30, 2020 Crowell & Moring International Dispute Resolution Lawyers Participate in Washington Arbitration Week 2020
September 9, 2020 Crowell & Moring Shortlisted at Legal Business Awards 2020
June 1, 2018 Crowell & Moring's Cari Stinebower & Ashley Riveira Recognized Among Latinvex’s "Top 100 Female Lawyers" in 2018
June 20, 2017 Crowell & Moring's Cari Stinebower & Ashley Riveira Recognized Among Latinvex’s "Top 100 Female Lawyers"
May 5, 2017 Crowell & Moring Featured in Global Arbitration Review’s 10th Annual "GAR 100" List
October 14, 2016 Crowell & Moring Named a Top Firm for Serving Latin America by Latinvex
March 22, 2016 Crowell & Moring Featured in Global Arbitration Review’s 9th Edition “GAR 100” List
March 18, 2016 Litigation Note: Khan Resources Inc. Announces Settlement of Arbitration Award
October 16, 2015 Crowell & Moring Named a Top Arbitration Firm in Latin America by Latinvex
January 17, 2013 Crowell & Moring Elects Seven New Partners and Promotes Twelve Attorneys to Senior Counsel and Counsel Positions
October 6, 2006 Crowell & Moring Associate Authors Presumed Equal, A Guide To What America’s Top Women Lawyers Really Think About Their Firms