Education

  • American University of Beirut, B.A. with distinction, economics, political studies (2008)
  • Cornell Law School, J.D. (2012)

Admissions

  • New York

Languages

  • Arabic (Fluent)
  • French (Proficient)
  • Spanish (Beginner)

Randa Adra

Partner
radra@crowell.com
+1.212.895.4326

Randa Adra is a partner in the New York office of Crowell & Moring, where she practices in the firm's International Dispute Resolution and Litigation groups. Randa counsels clients across the globe on complex international and domestic disputes.

Randa serves as a strategic advisor to clients throughout all stages of the dispute resolution process, from pre-dispute counseling and litigation risk assessments to trial and enforcement or annulment proceedings. In her international dispute resolution practice, Randa has a depth of experience in international commercial and investment arbitration matters under the rules of all major arbitral institutions. She also has a robust domestic arbitration and litigation practice, which includes representing clients in commercial litigation matters in both federal and state courts.

Randa is trilingual and has a particular expertise in disputes involving the Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”) region. She represents parties across a broad spectrum of industries, including health care, pharmaceuticals, construction, infrastructure, energy, hospitality, retail, and consumer products.  

Representative Engagements

International Dispute Resolution

  • Successfully defended a Fortune 100 medical device company in a $120 million commercial arbitration brought by an Israeli company under the ICC Rules of Arbitration, involving alleged breaches of a supply agreement governed by New York law.
  • Represented a multinational joint venture in securing a $494 million award against an Egyptian state entity, and defeating a $500 million counterclaim. The arbitration was conducted in Arabic under the ICC Rules of Arbitration and governed by Egyptian law.
  • Represented an Egyptian consortium and Kuwaiti supply chain management company in an $80 million commercial arbitration brought by a South Korean supplier under the ICC Rules of Arbitration.
  • Successfully defended a major international hotel company in a commercial arbitration under the ICC Rules of Arbitration, governed by U.S. and Lebanese law.
  • Represented a Canadian uranium mining company in its effort to enforce an international arbitration award against the Government of Mongolia.
  • Represented an American hotel investor in an ICSID arbitration against the Arab Republic of Egypt under the U.S.-Egypt BIT.

Domestic Dispute Resolution

  • Represented a multinational corporation in connection with a class action litigation and criminal antitrust investigation related to the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Represented two multinational food chains in connection with false advertising class action litigations in multiple federal and state courts.
  • Successfully defended a major international hotel company against tortious interference claims governed by U.S. and Lebanese law stemming from a related international arbitration.
  • Successfully defended a chemical company in a Sherman Act Section 1 class action and opt-out litigation alleging conspiracy to fix the price of titanium dioxide, and successfully defended the company in a subsequent Third Circuit appeal.

Randa maintains an active pro bono practice, primarily focused on representing Middle Eastern clients in asylum and refugee resettlement proceedings. She has also represented dozens of low-income tenants in a NY State action bringing claims of fraudulent rent overcharges.

Randa sits on the firm’s Diversity Council and served as a leader of the Women’s Leadership Initiative for several years. She is also a co-founder of the firm’s MENA Affinity Group.

Randa earned her J.D. with specialization in international legal affairs from Cornell Law School, with an additional concentration in business law and regulation. After her first year of law school, she spent two months in Paris studying international and comparative law at Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. She also served as a Managing Editor of the Cornell International Law Journal. Prior to law school, Randa grew up in Beirut, Lebanon, and earned her undergraduate degree with distinction from the American University of Beirut.