Steven A. Hammond specializes in international arbitration and litigation, advising and defending multinational and state enterprises in connection with a broad range of commercial activity. He co-chairs the firm's International practice from its head office in New York. Steve has appeared as arbitrator or counsel in numerous arbitrations before the International Chamber of Commerce, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission, and American Arbitration Association/International Centre for Dispute Resolution, including proceedings conducted in English, Spanish and French. He has been recognized in such publications as Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, Chambers USA, Euromoney's Guides to the Best of the Best (International Litigation), Commercial Arbitration and Litigation, The International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (Commercial Litigation), Benchmark Litigation Guide and Best Lawyers in America (International Arbitration). Chambers USA offered the following commentaries on his work as a Nationwide Leader in International Arbitration: "[He] is highly rated for his work as an arbitrator, in addition to being a notable presence as counsel. Clients laud 'his remarkable insight into legal matters and superb level of knowledge, along with his strong grasp of both the larger picture and smaller details of a case.'" "[He] once performed one of the single greatest cross-examinations I have ever seen. A 'talented multilinguist,' interviewees agree that he is an 'absolutely top-class arbitrator.' [A]ccording to observers, he has a 'low-key, thoroughly effective' approach. As counsel he will 'spend as much time as it takes to get things absolutely right.' Clients admire his 'willingness to do the legwork himself rather than delegate to associates.' [C]lients 'never cease to be amazed' by the firm's international practice co-chair. Serving as both counsel and arbitrator, 'he has the experience to manage all aspects of major disputes.'"
Steve is an honors graduate of Bowdoin College and Maine Law School, and received his LL.M., magna cum laude, in international and comparative law from the Free University of Brussels. He is a Past President of the Union Internationale des Avocats (International Association of Lawyers).