Joanna Coyne is an associate in the firm's International Dispute Resolution and Litigation groups in the Washington D.C. office. In her practice, Joanna represents clients in a wide-range of complex litigation and arbitration matters, with a special focus on international disputes. Joanna has represented corporations and individuals in industries, including mining, tourism, construction, healthcare, and education in disputes before U.S. courts, administrative bodies, and international tribunals. Joanna is also an active participant in the firm's pro bono program and has focused on defending political asylum seekers, families in child custody disputes, and low-income tenants in eviction proceedings.
Joanna focuses her practice on international investment and commercial arbitration. She has served as counsel in investment disputes involving a wide-range of countries, including Mongolia, Turkey, Egypt, Ghana, El Salvador, and Oman. Joanna's experience includes disputes conducted in such fora as, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), as well as ad hoc arbitrations conducted under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and disputes arising under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). Joanna has significant experience interpreting and applying foreign investment laws, and has conducted or assisted in several examinations of witnesses and foreign law experts in arbitration hearings. Joanna's recent international arbitration work includes:
- Representing Canadian uranium mining company in investment dispute with Government of Mongolia.
- Representing Dutch investment group in ICSID arbitration proceedings at World Bank.
- Representing American investor in ICSID arbitration proceedings under U.S.-Egypt BIT, relating to government's expropriation of investment in hotel and tourism sector.
Domestic Litigation & Arbitration
In her domestic litigation and arbitration practice, Joanna has served as counsel in a wide-range of disputes, from representing a major hotel management company in a management agreement dispute, to representing victims of terrorism against the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Republic of Sudan, in cases brought under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA). Joanna has represented corporations and individuals in proceedings before the U.S. Court for the District of Columbia, various state courts, and arbitration panels comprised by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR). Joanna's recent work includes:
- Representing major hotel management company in dispute with owner over termination of management agreement for Caribbean resort.
- Representing Denver Public Schools in class action involving provision of educational services to English Language Learners. Congress of Hispanic Educators v. Denver Public Schools v. The United States of America, No. 95-cv-02313-RPM(D.Co.).
- Representing Lebanese victims in suit under Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) to recover for injuries caused by the 1983 and 1984 U.S. Embassy bombings in Beirut, Lebanon.
- Representing American victims in suit under FSIA to recover for injuries caused by the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing in Nairobi, Kenya.
- Representing class in action against discrimination in USDA farm loan program resulting in $1.25 billion settlement. In re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation, No. 08-mc-511 (D.D.C.)
Joanna received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where she participated in the Human Trafficking Clinic, successfully representing victims of human trafficking in visa petitions and lobbying to reform policies that facilitate human trafficking. Prior to attending law school, she spent one year teaching English at a middle school in Changsha, Hunan, China. She has also studied and worked in Greece and France and served as an intern in the Economic Section of the U.S. Embassy in London. Joanna received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 2007, where she served as the student body president of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, New York
Speeches & Presentations
"Fair and Equitable Treatment Standard," Crowell & Moring LLP Seminar, Washington, D.C.
Presenter: Joanna Coyne.
"International Investment Law and Arbitration: 2013 in Review," Chapter in Karl P. Sauvant, ed., Columbia Yearbook On International Investment Law & Policy 2013-2014, Oxford University Press
Co-Authors: Ian A. Laird and Joanna Coyne.
The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act: 2012 Year in Review, Law and Business Review of the Americas, Vol. 20
Co-Authors: Laurel Pyke Malson, Jesse Kirchner, Joanna Coyne, Aryeh S. Portnoy, Kate M. Growley, Namrata Kotwani, Amal Bouhabib, Louisa K. Marion, and Moreen O’Brien.
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