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Peter Danysh

Peter Danysh Senior Associate, International Dispute Resolution & Arbitration

Peter’s principal area of practice is complex commercial litigation, with a focus on international disputes. His experience includes work on both international commercial and investor-state arbitrations under numerous institutional rules, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). Peter has worked on international disputes for clients in both civil and common law jurisdictions all over the world, with a focus on Latin America, and additional experience in Asia and the Middle East. His work also spans several industries, with particular experience in construction and energy. 

In addition to his international work, Peter’s practice includes domestic litigation in both state and federal court, representing clients in a wide variety of commercial cases, including work on commercial real estate, manufacturing, and products liability disputes. Peter has also first-chaired several jury trials through the City of Houston’s Volunteer Prosecutor Program. The following is a list of representative matters in which Peter has assisted.

Experience Highlights

  • Acting on a number of ICC arbitrations in connection with the design and construction of a major maritime project in Central America
  • Advised an oil and gas contractor in relation to a dispute which arose out of a suite of contracts to develop an oil field off the coast of Venezuela
  • Acting for a group of U.S. Investors in a claim brought under the DR-CAFTA Treaty against the Republic of Costa Rica. The dispute relates to the cancellation of permits for the development of a substantial tourism project midway through construction, as well as associated criminal and INTERPOL proceedings brought against the investors
  • Successfully represented El Paso International Company defending against Argentina’s application to annul the ICSID award in El Paso’s favor; the annulment was dismissed affirming our client's award
  • Represented two individual investors in related arbitrations brought against the Republic of Indonesia, in relation to the aftermath of the collapse of a bank in 2008
  • (N.D. Tex., W.D. Tex., E.D. Tex.): Part of a litigation team representing a manufacturer of engineered wood products in a series of products liability lawsuits in Texas
  • Favorable resolution of litigation and administrative appeals in connection with the following issues of first impression in Harris County regarding property tax valuations: (1) proper methodologies for appraising major office buildings, including discounted cash flow techniques recognizing developer capital expenditure requirements; (2) valuation discounts for asbestos-containing materials in office buildings; (3) proper methodologies for appraising multiple developer-owned properties (e.g., condominium units, subdivision lots, etc.); and (4) identification of intangible asset values in connection with office buildings and shopping centers and the deletion of such components from the taxable real estate value


Contact Details

Houston

T +1.713.758.2060
F +1.713.615.5068
pdanysh@velaw.com
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002
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Peter's Practices

  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 2013 (Editor in Chief, Houston Law Review)
  • Tulane University, B.A., English and Spanish cum laude, 2007
  • Admitted to practice: Texas
  • Other Language: proficient in Spanish
  • International Law Section – Houston Bar Association
  • Houston International Arbitration Club (HIAC)
  • Member: Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG) of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Member: Young ICSID (International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes)
  • Member: Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Member: Houston Bar Association