John Branson represents clients in cross-border disputes across a range of industries. He acts in complex, high value matters with a focus on commercial and investment arbitrations. Mr. Branson has experience with commercial claims, such as breach of contract and business torts and has represented foreign sovereigns in international investment disputes. Mr. Branson’s experience includes advising clients and appearing as counsel in arbitrations under most of the leading institutions (ICSID, PCA, SIAC, SCIA, LCIA, ICDR) as well as ad hoc arbitrations under UNCITRAL Rules. In addition to international arbitration, Mr. Branson regularly defends and prosecutes claims before Federal and State courts.

Prior to beginning his legal career, Mr. Branson served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps, where he ultimately attained the rank of Captain. He deployed to Iraq in 2006 and Afghanistan in 2008.  For his service in Afghanistan, Mr. Branson was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor distinction.

    Experience

    Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

    • Represented foreign sovereign against alleged $1 billion expropriation claim under bi-lateral investment treaty and administered by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”).  All claims were settled without compensation to the claimant.  Multiple attempts to rescind the settlement were defended in subsequent procedures and were defeated.
    • Prosecuted a breach of contract case and defended against counterclaims valued by Respondents at $468 million.  The client was made whole, recovering approximately $40 million in damages and costs while every counterclaim was dismissed.  The case fell under the auspices of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (“SIAC”).
    • Representation of foreign sovereign against alleged $200 million expropriation claim under multiple investment treaties, each consolidated for administration under the ICSID Convention.
    • Representing a US food service company against a Swiss company regarding intellectual property and contractual matters in an international commercial arbitration seated in Zurich and administered by the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution (“SCAI”).

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    Contact information

    +1 704.331.4974
    john.branson@wbd-us.com

    Bar admissions

    2012, North Carolina

    Education

    • J.D., 2012, University of South Carolina
      • cum laude
      • Order of the Coif
      • Order of the Wig and Robe
      • Articles Editor, South Carolina Journal of International Law and Business
    • B.S., 2005, University of Maryland: Political Science and Government