Craig Celniker has extensive international commercial litigation and arbitration experience, with a particular emphasis on intellectual property issues. He leads Morrison & Foerster’s International Arbitration and Asia Dispute Resolution practices. Mr. Celniker has been described by clients as “an exceptional strategist on both the legal and business levels.”
Experience in Asia
After spending 10 years in our Tokyo office, where he developed his reputation as a leading international dispute lawyer, Mr. Celniker now divides his time between the firm’s Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore offices. Clients have come to rely on Mr. Celniker’s regional knowledge and contacts as well as his strategic advice. In Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016, he is described as “a world-class lawyer – highly experienced, knowledgeable and business-minded. His strategies make you feel safe.”
Mr. Celniker is the only attorney rated as a “Star Individual” for Dispute Resolution: International Firms: Japan by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific’s 2013 - 2015 editions, making him their highest-rated foreign dispute resolution specialist in Japan.
Since its inception in 2009, Japan’s Best Lawyers has listed Mr. Celniker in the categories of Intellectual Property, Litigation, and Arbitration and Mediation. In 2015, he was named Japan’s Best Lawyers’ Tokyo Litigation “Lawyer of the Year.”
Dispute Resolution Experience
Mr. Celniker represents clients from every continent in the world and from diverse industries in the litigation and arbitration of intellectual property, construction and commercial issues before U.S. courts and administrative agencies and courts in Japan and China.
Mr. Celniker’s experience covers a range of international litigation issues, from the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, Act of State Doctrine and the United States Arbitration Act to international arbitration conventions, the Hague Convention and international discovery and enforcement issues.
Mr. Celniker has participated in more than 80 international arbitrations before various tribunals, including the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal.
Mr. Celniker has drafted hundreds of arbitration clauses and advised clients on various arbitration issues, including the enforcement of arbitration awards and the benefits of arbitration under different regimes.
He is a member of JCAA’s Panel of Arbitrators, the SIAC’s IP Panel of Arbitrators and the Shenzen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA). He is also recommended by the International Arbitrators of the Pacific International Arbitration Centre (PIAC) in Vietnam.
Mr. Celniker has been recognized for his strength in IP litigation by such publications as Benchmark: Asia Pacific and Asialaw. Intellectual Asset Management described him as a “bona fide IP authority.” In 2013, Lawyer Monthly’s Legal Awards recognized Mr. Celniker as the winner in the category of Biotechnology Lawyer of the Year for Japan.
Craig Celniker is recommended as a top-tier dispute resolution lawyer by Chambers Global 2016 and Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016; The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015; Intellectual Asset Management’s IAM Patent 1000 2014: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners; Benchmark: Asia Pacific 2013 (leading litigation star in Japan); Best Lawyers in Japan (since inception in 2009); and Euromoney’s Expert Guides.
He is the only attorney rated as a “Star Individual” for Dispute Resolution: International Firms: Japan by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific’s 2013 - 2015 editions, making him their highest-rated foreign dispute resolution specialist in Japan.
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