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Adrianne L. Goins

Adrianne L. Goins Counsel, International Dispute Resolution & Arbitration

Adrianne Goins resolves disputes for clients. Her practice focuses on international commercial arbitration and government contracts disputes. Adrianne advises clients on national security matters including U.S. economic sanctions.

Adrianne is experienced in all phases of dispute resolution, from case assessment and discovery, to motions practice, trial preparation, mediation, and hearings before arbitration and administrative panels. She has represented prime government contractors and subcontractors, energy companies, and other major commercial concerns in disputes involving services, teaming agreements, transportation, 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.

Arbitration and Dispute Resolution

  • Represented European shipbuilder and U.S. subsidiaries in disputes with major defense contractor under teaming agreement, including disputes related to international and U.S. procurement opportunities; managed injunction action involving litigation and arbitration under AAA Commercial Arbitration Rules
  • Represented major subcontractor seeking compensation for out-of-scope work from prime government contractor in arbitration under Society of Maritime Arbitrators rules
  • Represented leading alternative energy company in arbitration under AAA Construction Industry Arbitration Rules against terminated construction contractor
  • Represented international energy company in UNCITRAL arbitration arising from LNG joint venture with claims of breach of contract, self-dealing, fiduciary duties, and derivative claims arising under the laws of multiple countries
  • Defended four limited partners and former officers of 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
  • Litigated contract dispute with the Defense Logistics Agency on behalf of government contractor at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals; won remand on key liability issue on appeal
  • Represented large European energy company in defense of qui tam claims related to valuation of gas produced from U.S. leases  
  • Won summary judgment for large European energy company defending against qui tam claims of fraud in transportation of oil from offshore U.S. leases
  • Represented satellite-launch company in arbitration brought by satellite owner to recover payment for delayed launch 
  • Represented U.S. energy company in $1.5 billion arbitration against South American state-owned energy company arising out of a power plant project 
  • Represented consortium of energy companies against group of contractors building large facility in South America, with claims for $340 million in additional costs and over 100 days in extensions, disputes about suspension, force majeure, and access to documents on shared systems
  • Represented South American national energy company in $6 million IT contract dispute with U.S. company, with related state-to-state proceedings based on political risk insurance 
  • Represented chemical company in consolidated, multi-jurisdictional arbitration concerning change orders and delays in construction of two turn-key projects in Europe and South America with value of $150 million; claims governed by laws of several countries
  • Mediated claim for defective work under engineering contract for specialty pier owner 
  • Mediated claim for damage to industrial transformers delivered under wartime procurement contract for international logistics company 

National Security and Economic Sanctions

  • Advise companies based in Europe, Latin America and Middle East on compliance with U.S. sanctions against Venezuela
  • Conducted internal investigations and prepared voluntary disclosures under U.S. sanctions, export control and anti-boycott regulations; represented companies before government agencies
  • 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
  • Advised Japanese company on compliance with OFAC sanctions in connection with LNG projects in U.S. and India

Contact Details


T +1.202.639.6533
F +1.202.879.8833
2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 500 West
Washington, DC 20037
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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
  • Director of Legislative Research, Office of Senator Terry Sanford, United States Senate, 1990
  • Research Analyst, Congressional Research Service, Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division, 1990
  • Research Assistant and Project Manager, The Brookings Institution, Foreign Policy Studies Program, 1990–1993
  • Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense, 1993–1995
  • Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, Office of the Secretary of the Army, Department of the Army, 1993–1996 
  • Associate, Shearman & Sterling LLP, Washington, DC, Frankfurt and Mannheim, Germany, 2001–2005 
  • 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
  • Department of the Army, Superior Civilian Service Award, 1996
  • Arbitrator: Member of AAA Commercial Panel
  • Vice Chair: Contract Claims & Disputes Resolution Committee, ABA Section of Public Contract Law, 2019-2020
  • Arbitrator: Virginia State Bar Fee Dispute Resolution Program
  • Member: International Law Section, District of Columbia Bar
  • Member: Virginia State Bar, International Practice Section
  • Member: National Security Committee, ABA Section of International Law
  • Member: Women in Defense, National Defense Industrial Association
  • Member: Military Spouse JD Network