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Melissa Stear Gorsline was counsel in some of the earliest and most cutting-edge investor-State arbitrations in ICSID and UNCITRAL history, with a focus on public international law and treaty-based arbitration. Melissa played an integral role in some of the first international investment arbitrations brought pursuant to Chapter Eleven of NAFTA in the late 1990s. Since then she has handled numerous additional treaty-based investment arbitrations, including those setting important legal precedents on the rules of treaty succession and the scope of the "illegality" defense. Melissa has significant experience representing corporate clients, as well as states, in claims involving denial of justice, denial of fair and equitable treatment, nationalistic discrimination, expropriation, and umbrella clause (contract) violations, as well as all manner of jurisdictional objections and merits defenses. She also has substantial experience in international commercial arbitration and litigation.

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International Arbitration: Counsel - USA - Nationwide
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Melissa Stear Gorsline earns high praise for acting in investor-state arbitrations, as well as offering strength in complex international commercial disputes.
"Melissa has exceeded every expectation; she's a well-rounded professional and has the skills and depth to handle any case she is tasked with." "She has an impressive local knowledge and great attention to detail. She has perfect client skills and is a great strategist." "Melissa understands the client's needs and expectations and skillfully communicates complex facts and nuances as a simple and engaging story."

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