Eric Bloom is a litigation and arbitration partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office who concentrates his practice on international and domestic arbitration, complex civil, and white collar criminal matters.
Mr. Bloom is U.S. counsel to the Republic of Ecuador. In this capacity, he has been counsel to the Republic in two multi-billion dollar investor-state arbitrations in the last seven years: Chevron Corporation and Texaco Petroleum Company v. The Republic of Ecuador (PCA Case No. 2009-23) and Chevron Corporation and Texaco Petroleum Company v. The Republic of Ecuador (PCA Case No. AA277). He has also served as counsel for the Republic in the following arbitrations: Repsol YPF Ecuador S.A., et al. v. The Republic of Ecuador and Petroecuador (ICSID) and Murphy Exploration and Production Company International v. The Republic of Ecuador (ICSID).
Mr. Bloom is a pioneer in obtaining discovery through U.S. discovery procedures in support of arbitration clients, having litigated more than a dozen such cases over the last two years in courts throughout the United States, prevailing in each instance, including before three different U.S. Courts of Appeals. Much of Mr. Bloom’s practice is devoted to cross-border disputes.
Mr. Bloom has argued cases around the globe, from The Hague to London to the United States Supreme Court. In the United States, Mr. Bloom successfully argued the seminal corruption case Sun-Diamond Growers of California v. United States, 526 U.S. 398 (1999). He has likewise successfully litigated matters, in both the trial and appellate courts, on behalf of Gateway Computers, and devoted many years representing a number of U.S. and foreign banks and financial institutions as well as, their officers, directors, and shareholders, in both routine and complex commercial cases.
Just last year, Mr. Bloom prevailed in a three-week trial, obtaining a multi-million dollar jury verdict on behalf of a Latin American promoter against Grammy-nominated reggaeton singer Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, also known as “Daddy Yankee,” for defamation.
Mr. Bloom has conducted and/or represented scores of individuals and companies in internal investigations and investigations by grand juries and other governmental entities.
Mr. Bloom received his B.A., magna cum laude, from The George Washington University in 1984, and a J.D., with honors, from The George Washington University National Law Center in 1987.
Mr. Bloom has appeared on CNN’s “Burden of Proof” with Greta van Susteren and Roger Cossack and has been interviewed by MSNBC for commentary regarding former President Clinton’s pardon of Marc Rich. He has appeared before and spoken in front of audiences with the former Independent Counsel regarding the investigation and prosecution of former Secretary of Agriculture Michael Espy, and is also co-author of “FDIC/RTC Suits Against Bank and Thrift Officers and Directors—Why Now, What’s Left?,” 63 Fordham L. Rev. 2087 (1995). He has more recently spoken in forums both in the United States and in Latin America regarding the need to reform the current Bilateral Investment Treaty arbitration system.