Gene M. Burd

1775 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20006
202.677.4048 phone
Gene M. Burd is a partner in the International Business Practice. He focuses his practice on complex and high stakes international legal disputes including international commercial arbitrations, investment arbitration, and international litigations. He also advises clients on international risk management and international business transactions.

He is familiar with the international principles of establishing jurisdiction in federal courts, establishing or defeating personal jurisdiction over foreign corporations, securing stays of litigation based on international arbitration agreements, and applying the forum non conveniens and Foreign Sovereign Immunities in litigation involving foreign states and state-owned companies. He has represented clients in arbitrations under the rules of leading international institutions such as ICC, LCIA, LMAA, and UNCITRAL. He defended and prosecuted petitions to obtain evidence in the United States in aid of foreign legal proceedings under 28 U.S.C. § 1782. He represented clients in international business transactions involving foreign investment in the United State and other countries. He was retained by the U.S. International Revenue Service as an expert on Russian law and business practices to assist in and testify in court proceedings involving cross-border assignment of receivables. Mr. Burd's clients include companies involved in payment processing, construction, energy, biotechnology, and finance industries.

Mr. Burd is on the board of the Ukrainian Arbitration Association. He previously served as an adjunct professor at the Rutgers School of Law teaching a course on international litigation in United States courts. He is a past co-chair of the Russia/Eurasia Committee of the American Bar Association Section of International Law. He is a past co-chair of the International Law Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. He speaks fluent Russian and is conversant in Ukrainian. Mr. Burd frequently appears in the media with comments on international legal issues.