Stephen Anway is a partner and global co-chair of the firm’s world-ranked International Dispute Resolution (IDR) Practice Group, which Law360 recently named International Arbitration Group of the Year. In that role, he leads a team of more than 150 lawyers across 25 offices in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.
Stephen acts as lead counsel and as an arbitrator in international arbitrations. He has represented the winning party in many of the largest international arbitrations in the world over the past 20 years. In 2022, Law360 ranked him as one of the top five MVPs in international arbitration in the world. He has worked in more than 40 countries and has represented clients in some 125 international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. He also is an Adjunct Professor of Law on international arbitration.
The IDR group that Stephen leads has represented 30 different sovereign nations, as well as the European Union, and numerous foreign investors in dozens of investor-state arbitrations, many of which involve claims in excess of US$1 billion (and some involving tens of billions of dollars). Stephen has acted as lead or co-lead counsel in more than half of those cases. In December 2019, the Slovak Republic appointed Stephen to the Panel of Arbitrators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), an autonomous international institution – affiliated with the World Bank – which is the world’s principal forum for resolving disputes between foreign investors and sovereign nations. Stephen will serve for a term of six years.
Stephen also specializes in international commercial arbitration. In June 2013, The American Lawyer Arbitration Scorecard published its list of the 20 largest commercial arbitration awards in history, and Stephen represented the winning party in three of them. No other law firm had more than two. He is one of the world’s leading lawyers in natural gas price review arbitrations, having represented the winning party in the first price review arbitral award in history and having now secured more than US$10 billion for his clients in price review proceedings.
Stephen is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, which has one of the top-10 international law programs in the US, where he teaches a full 13-week doctrinal course on international arbitration every fall semester. On May 6, 2020, he received the Judge Richard M. Markus Adjunct Professor of the Year Award, which recognizes an exceptional adjunct professor based on professional achievement, teaching and service. Stephen also has served as a visiting Adjunct Professor of Law at various law schools around the world, most recently at the Southwest University of Political Science and Law (SWUPL) in Chongqing, China, where he taught international arbitration in 2019.
In December 2019, Stephen concluded a four-year term on the firm’s Global Board – a position to which the firm’s partners elected him in 2015.
Stephen is a member of the International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the International Bar Association (IBA). He also is the General Editor of UCIA – Universal Citation in International Arbitration, published by the Global Arbitration Review.
Stephen began his career with the firm while in law school as a summer associate in 2000 and 2001. He thereafter accepted a two-year clerkship with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, the late Thomas J. Moyer, who was the then-longest sitting chief justice in the US. After completing the clerkship, Stephen returned to the firm and has been there ever since.
Stephen’s investment arbitration experience includes acting as counsel in the following cases: