Alexander Shaknes has extensive experience in representing large corporate clients in litigating, arbitrating and settling highly complex commercial disputes and in conducting internal investigations.

Most recently, he successfully represented Philip Morris in a multi-hundred-billion dollar Master Settlement Agreement with 52 US states and territories and in related billion dollar arbitrations and settlements with respect to disputes over the payments due under the Master Settlement Agreement.

Mr. Shaknes also has represented pharmaceutical, technology and manufacturing companies in commercial litigation involving allegations of breach of contract and business torts, as well as in consumer class actions. Mr. Shaknes, who is fluent in Russian, also has successfully handled significant multi-jurisdictional contractual and securities disputes involving foreign investors.

Mr. Shaknes obtained his JD from Columbia University School of Law where he was a Kent Scholar and an Editor of the Columbia Law Review. He holds an MS with highest honors from Moscow University of Civil Engineering.

Experience

  • Philip Morris in multi-billion dollar arbitrations and settlement arising out of the Master Settlement Agreement with 52 US States and territories.
  • Pfizer in a multi-hundred-million dollar contract dispute with a group of business partners.
  • Renova Group, a leading Russian asset management company, in a multi-jurisdictional dispute over the control of one of the largest Russian industrial companies.
  • Qualcomm in litigation over a joint venture agreement with a group of investors.

Perspectives

Arbitration Offers Superior Alternative to Juries in Complex Commercial Disputes

New York Law Journal

Credentials

Education
  • JD, Columbia Law School, 1995
  • MS, Moscow State University of Civil Engineering
Admissions
  • New York
Languages
  • Russian
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