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Adrianne L. Goins

Adrianne L. Goins Counsel, International Dispute Resolution & Arbitration

Adrianne’s practice encompasses international arbitration and commercial litigation, sanctions, and CFIUS counseling. She developed her international arbitration practice in Europe and is now resident in Washington, DC. 

Adrianne is experienced in all phases of dispute resolution, from case assessment and discovery, to motions practice, trial preparation, and hearings before arbitration and administrative panels. She has represented government contractors, energy companies, and other major commercial concerns in disputes involving services, construction, and other projects in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Adrianne’s practice draws upon her experience inside Washington’s policy-making community. She has served as a special assistant to high-level Defense officials, as a member of the staff for a U.S. Senator, and as a national security analyst at the Brookings Institution and the Congressional Research Service. Adrianne is an active member of Vinson & Elkins’ Pro Bono and Community Outreach committees, as well as the firm’s Women’s Career Development Council. 

Experience Highlights

  • Currently representing an international energy company in a UNCITRAL arbitration arising from an LNG joint venture with claims of breach of contract, self-dealing, fiduciary duties, and derivative claims arising under the laws of multiple countries
  • Successfully defended four limited partners and former officers of an international real estate hedge fund against the fund’s claims for post-termination capital contributions;  Won on merits, with fund required to pay 80 percent of limited partners’ legal fees
  • Antiboycott regulations counseling and voluntary disclosure for L3
  • Litigated a contract dispute with the Defense Logistics Agency on behalf of a government contractor in front of the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals as a key member of the trial team
  • Won summary judgment for a large European energy company defending against qui tam claims of fraud in the transportation of oil from offshore U.S. leases

Government Contracts Disputes

  • Successfully represented a large U.S. environmental and engineering services firm before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in connection with the firm’s acquisition by a Netherlands-based global energy infrastructure firm;  CFIUS cleared merger after a national security investigation
  • Represented Crimson Exploration Inc. before CFIUS and successfully persuaded the Committee that the acquisition by American Capital Energy Corporation, a company owned by a Chinese private company, of a minority interest in Crimson did not fall within CFIUS’ jurisdiction
  • Advised a Japanese company on compliance with OFAC sanctions in connection with LNG projects in U.S. and India
  • Represented a veteran in his appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims; the Board of Veterans' Appeals had denied the veteran disability benefits based on a questionable medical opinion; Negotiated a remand of the case and filed an application for her fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA); The Department of Veterans Affairs conceded all points in the EAJA application and has agreed to pay attorney's fees and expenses
  • Represented a media entertainment company as an interested third-party in administrative proceedings before federal regulatory agency

Contact Details


T +1.202.639.6533
F +1.202.879.8833
2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 500 West
Washington, DC 20037-1701
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Adrianne's Practices

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1999 (Articles Review Board, Virginia Law Review)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, M.A. International History, 1989
  • Davidson College, B.A. magna cum laude with honors, 1988 (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Admitted to practice: Virginia; District of Columbia
  • Speechwriter: Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, 1993–1995
  • Special Assistant: Secretary of the Army, 1995–1996
  • Work recognized in Law360 feature, “Top Gov’t Contracts Cases of 2017: Mid-Year Report”, July 2017
  • GlobalArbitration Review, GAR 100, 2009
  • The President’s Volunteer Service Award, “MLK Drum Major for Service,” 2012
  • Member: International Law Section, District of Columbia Bar
  • Member: National Security Committee, ABA Section of International Law
  • Member: Women in Defense, National Defense Industrial Association