Adam Raviv

Special Counsel

Raviv, Adam

Adam Raviv's practice focuses on government and regulatory litigation and counseling, and international disputes. He has experience with international commercial arbitration, class actions, government ethics laws and regulations, securities investigations, antitrust law, election law, copyright law, immigration law, multidistrict litigation, First Amendment law, and veterans' benefits, and has an active pro bono practice. Mr. Raviv's representations include the following:

  • Advised numerous individuals entering senior positions in government, including at the cabinet and sub-cabinet level, helping them navigate the necessary steps for their transition, as well as advising companies whose employees are entering government
  • Successfully defended a major global financial services company against contract claims totaling over $1 billion in two separate ICC arbitrations sited in London
  • Successfully represented a major global retailer in a Hong Kong-sited arbitration under the UNCITRAL rules, obtaining an award worth more than $80 million
  • Successfully defended an American manufacturer against injunctive relief in an ICDR arbitration
  • Represented Duke University in civil litigation arising out of the lacrosse team controversy
  • Successfully represented the trade association of the American ethanol industry as intervenor in the DC Circuit defense of an EPA exemption allowing a higher concentration of ethanol in gasoline
  • Successfully represented a senior attorney in a professional misconduct complaint arising out of a major corporate controversy
  • Represented the plaintiffs in a successful Establishment Clause appeal in the Ninth Circuit
  • Represented a Taiwanese manufacturer in a major multidistrict antitrust litigation
  • As lead counsel, successfully defended a national testing organization in an action alleging contract and civil rights claims
  • Acted as lead counsel on behalf of a veteran seeking benefits in a successful Federal Circuit appeal
  • Wrote amicus briefs in the Supreme Court on behalf of immigrants' rights organizations in support of the successful appellants in Nken v. Holder and Padilla v. Kentucky
  • Successfully defended a major international airline in a consumer class action, both in federal district court and in the First Circuit
  • Successfully represented the petitioner in a Ninth Circuit immigration appeal

Publications and Scholarship

Mr. Raviv is a member of the American Law Institute. His articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Harvard International Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, the George Mason Law Review, the American Review of International Arbitration (Columbia), the George Washington International Law Review, Corporate Counsel, Arbitration International, Global Arbitration Review, Transnational Dispute Management, the Yearbook on Arbitration and Mediation, and the Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Law 360, and the Kluwer Arbitration Blog.

Mr. Raviv's article "Unsafe Harbors: Partisan Redistricting and One Person, One Vote" was cited in a Supreme Court opinion in League of United Latin American Citizens v. Perry (2006).

In 2011, Mr. Raviv was awarded the American Society of International Law's Private International Law Prize for his essay “No More Excuses: Toward a Workable System of Dispositive Motions in International Arbitration.”

Mr. Raviv is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he teaches international arbitration.

Publications & News


September 25, 2017

The Abyei Arbitration and the Rule of Law

In this article published by HeinOnline, Gary Born and Adam Raviv examine the widely publicized international arbitration that took place in 2008-2009 to determine the boundaries of the Abyei region of southern Sudan in the wake of decades of civil war.

September 19, 2017

A Guide to the Executive Branch Official Nomination Process

In this article published by Law360, Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown describe the key steps in the path to nomination for federal officials and provide tips on how to navigate them.

August 9, 2017

The Abyei Arbitration and the Rule of Law

Harvard International Law Journal, Winter 2017, Volume 58, Number 1

May 22, 2017

Arbitration and the Rule of law: Lessons From Limitations Periods

The American Review of International Arbitration, 2016/Vol. 27 No 4

April 27, 2017

Understanding the Amended Executive Branch Gift Rules

An article written by Adam Raviv, Thomas White and Christopher Babbitt, published by Law360, addresses the most pertinent rules that govern the acceptance of gifts by members of the executive brand in light of recent changes to the Office of Government Ethics regulations that took effect earlier this year.

January 17, 2017

WilmerHale Special Counsel Adam Raviv Elected to the American Law Institute

ALI is a leading independent organization dedicated to scholarly work to clarify, modernize and improve the law. Members draft, discuss, revise and publish Restatements of the Law, Model Codes and Principles of Law that influence the courts and legislatures and legal scholarship and education.

November 16, 2016

Considerations When Hiring Legislative Branch Employees

An article by Christopher Babbitt, Thomas White, Adam Raviv and Blake Roberts, published by Law360, discusses legal considerations for companies looking to hire legislative branch employees as the Obama Administration winds down.

January 5, 2015

WilmerHale Announces the Elevation of Partners and Special Counsel

We are pleased to announce the elevation of our new partners and special counsel.

April 22, 2014

ITA-ASIL 2014: Mass and Class Claims in Arbitration

An article by Adam Raviv, published in Kluwer Arbitration Blog, April 22, 2014.

January 3, 2014

WilmerHale Counsel Adam Raviv Participated in International Arbitration Conference

WilmerHale Counsel Adam Raviv co-organized and spoke at an International Arbitration Conference in Ramallah, Palestine, held on December 8-9, 2013.

Speaking Engagements

Professional Activities

In 2017, Mr. Raviv was elected to the American Law Institute, an independent organization producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and improve the law


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JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2003, Executive Editor Chair, Harvard Law Review

MA, First Class Honors, University of Auckland, 2000, Fulbright Scholar

BA, cum laude, Yale University, 1998

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

New York


The Hon. Stanley Marcus, US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2003 - 2004

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