Adam Raviv

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.

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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  • Education

    • JD, Harvard Law School, 2003

      cum laude Executive Editor Chair, Harvard Law Review
    • MA, University of Auckland, 2000

      First Class Honors Fulbright Scholar
    • BA, Yale University, 1998

      cum laude
  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • New York

  • Clerkships

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