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Miller Canfield International Disputes Group

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Frederick Acomb

Charles Brower Headshot
Charles Brower

Julian Mortenson Headshot
Julian Mortenson

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James Woolard, Jr.

Paul Hudson
Paul Hudson

Larry Saylor Headshot
Larry Saylor

Bucher Russell

Russell Bucher

Headquartered in Detroit, a global center of manufacturing, we have considerable experience enforcing and defending our clients’ rights through international arbitration and litigation.

We Lead the Field

We serve as arbitrators in both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations.

We teach the practice of international arbitration to law students, experienced lawyers, judges and even arbitration specialists.

We have held leadership positions in the American Bar Association, American Society of International Law, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the International Bar Association, and the Institute for Transnational Arbitration.

We regularly publish books and articles on international arbitration. One article received the prestigious Smit-Lowenfield Award in 2012. 

Our peers frequently invite us to speak on international arbitration topics at local, state, national, and international venues. 

We Handle Disputes in Every Forum

We have presented or defended a wide range of arbitration claims, conducted under most institutional rules, in every major region of the world.

We have also handled international litigation matters involving discovery in the United States for use in foreign proceedings (and vice versa), enforcement of arbitration agreements, and judicial review and enforcement of arbitration awards, at the trial and appellate levels.

We Are Trusted Advisers

Most importantly, we advise clients before disputes arise. Specifically, we provide deal-specific advice on dispute resolution provisions in a manner that advances the strategic objectives of our clients.

We Have a Global Client Base

Despite our U.S. roots, we routinely represent companies from other jurisdictions, most commonly from Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

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"What Role Has Good Advocacy in Mediations and Arbitrations?" (Speaker), International Bar Association Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia (October 10, 2017)

"Double-Hatting in International Arbitration," (Acomb, co-author) Litigation, ABA Journal of the Section of Litigation, Vol. 43 No. 4, pp. 15-16 (Summer 2017)

"Artificial Intelligence — How much of you will it replace? How much will it enhance?" (Acomb, co-moderator) International Bar Association Annual Litigation Forum, Zurich, Switzerland (May 5, 2017)

"Get to Know Frederick Acomb," Washtenaw County Legal News (February 6, 2017)

"The Insider Adversary in International Arbitration," (Acomb, co-author), The American Review of International Arbitration (ARIA), Volume 27, No. 1 (2016)

"Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements: Impact and Opportunity," (Acomb, co-author), Michigan International Lawyer, Volume 28 No. 1 (Spring 2016)

"Navigating Dispute Resolution in North America and the Asia Pacific Region – Do We Use the Same Ship?" (Acomb, speaker), International Bar Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. (September 20, 2016)

"¿Podría el Presidente Trump sacar a los Estados Unidos del TLCAN? Preguntas frecuentes básicas," (Acomb, Walawender, & Schaffer, co-authors), (Nov 15, 2016)

"Could President Trump Really Pull the U.S. Out of NAFTA? Basic FAQs," (Acomb, Walawender, & Schaffer, co-authors), (Nov 14, 2016)

"Korean Car Part Co. Says US Distributor Misconstrued Award," Law360 (August 19, 2016) (quoting Acomb)

"Miller Canfield Attorney Named to International Bar Association Committee," DBusiness Daily News (January 19, 2016)

"Detroit Attorney Co-Edits, Co-Authors Handbook on Dispute Resolution Clauses," Ingham County Legal News (December 3, 2015)

"Lawyer Edits, Co-Writes Handbook on Dispute Resolution Clauses," Detroit Legal News (November 23, 2015) 

"Hague Convention on Choice Agreements Entered Into Force," (Acomb, co-author), J.D. Supra Business Advisor (October 13, 2015); also published by Lexology (October 13, 2015)

"50-Nation Compendium on Tiered Dispute Resolution Clauses" (Acomb, co-editor-in-chief), International Bar Association Litigation Committee (October 1, 2015)

United States chapter, "50-Nation Compendium on Tiered Dispute Resolution Clauses," (Acomb, co-author), International Bar Association Litigation Committee (October 1, 2015)

"Tiered Dispute Resolution Clauses: Best Practice and Enforcement of Obligations to Negotiate in Good Faith," (Acomb, moderator), International Bar Association Annual Conference, Tokyo, Japan (October 22, 2014)

"International Body," Detroit Legal News (October 9, 2014) (regarding panel co-moderated by Brower and Acomb)

"Current Issues in International Arbitration," (Brower and Acomb, co-moderators), Program for International Legal Studies, Wayne State University Law School (October 2, 2014)

"Panelists to Discuss International Commercial Arbitration," Oakland County Legal News (September 24, 2014) (regarding panel co-moderated by Brower and Acomb)

"Section Member Profile: Frederick A. Acomb," Michigan International Lawyer, Volume 26 No. 2 (Summer 2014)

"Detroit Lawyer Speaks at IBA Litigation Forum in Montreal," Detroit Legal News (June 6, 2014)

"Strategies for Controlling Costs of Discovery Across Borders," (Acomb, speaker), International Bar Association Litigation Forum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (May 14, 2014)

"Frederick Acomb Joins PILS Advisory Committee," Program for International Legal Studies Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 1 (March 2014)

"Global Reach: Miller Canfield Attorney Specializes in International Litigation," Oakland County Legal News (January 8, 2014); Detroit Legal News (January 10, 2014); Ingham County Legal News (January 13, 2014)

"International Expansion of the Legal Profession," (Acomb, speaker), Comments to Chinese law students hosted by Wayne State University Law School Program for International Legal Studies (July 18, 2013)

"Employment in International Law," (Acomb, panelist), Wayne State University Law School (Spring 2013)

"Protecting Your Client In the Global Economy: International Arbitration and the Cross-Border Deal," (Acomb, moderator), Co-sponsored with the ICC International Court of Arbitration (April 18, 2013)

"Enforcement of International Commercial Transactions," (Acomb, co-author), Detroiter Magazine (January 2013)

"The 'Big 3' of Chinese International Arbitration," (Acomb, co-author), Miller Canfield International Newsletter (December 2012)

"The 'Big 3' of Chinese International Arbitration," (Acomb, co-author), Michigan Lawyers Weekly (October 8, 2012)

"International Arbitration - Five Things Every Business Leader Should Know," (Acomb, speaker), Cappuccino With Counsel (November 7, 2012)

"Discovery in the United States in Aid of International Arbitration," (Acomb, co-author), Michigan Bar Association, The Litigation Newsletter (Winter 2011)

"Pathways to Employment in International Law," (Acomb, panelist), Michigan State University College of Law, sponsored by International Section of the American Bar Association (October 20, 2011)

"There are 'Answers' to be found via foreign anti-suit injunctions," (Acomb, co-author), Michigan Lawyers Weekly (October 17, 2011)

"Acomb Presents at International Forum on Risk Management," Detroit Legal News (August 5, 2011)

"Acomb Appointed Section Chair," Detroit Legal News (July 20, 2011)

"Law Firm Risk Management," (Acomb, speaker), International Bar Association, Annual Litigation Forum, Krakow, Poland (May 19, 2011)

"U.S. Discovery in Aid of International Commercial Arbitration," (Acomb, co-panelist), Nuts & Bolts of International Commercial Arbitration, sponsored by University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, State Bar of Michigan International Law Section and Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (April 14, 2011)

"Ripple Effect: Crisis in Japan Creates Work for Local Law Firm," Flint-Genesee County Legal News (April 6, 2011) (Acomb, quoted)

"Ripple Effect: Crisis in Japan Creates Work for Local Law Firms," Detroit Legal News (March 31, 2011) (Acomb, quoted)

"Doing Business with Germans," (Acomb, speaker), CLF/Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce seminar (2001)

"Doing Business in the United States – The Mid-sized Company as Global Player," (Acomb, speaker), Baden-Württemberg, Germany (1999-2000)