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Most Influential Lawyers: David Rivkin

The National Law Journal

David Rivkin is the heavyweight dispute-resolution attorney whom the biggest companies in the world want in their corner.

He is co-chairman of Debevoise & Plimpton's international dispute-resolution group, one of the busiest practices of its kind. He secured for Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. a $750 million arbitration award against International Petroleum Investment Corp., an investment arm of the Abu Dhabi government, and has handled high-dollar arbitration matters in just about every arbitration forum in the world. Those matters have involved energy concessions, intellectual property issues, construction cases, investment treaties and more.

In November, he was named secretary-general of the International Bar Association.

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Martin Edelman is the tall-building lawyer. For more than 30 years, he's handled some of the biggest and most complex real estate deals in the world.

Most often representing developers and fund managers, he recently worked on the sales of interests in major New York properties, including 650 Madison Ave., 1345 Ave. of the Americas and 299 Park Ave.

As more multinational deals have emerged during his three-decade career, he has spread his practice internationally. In 2009, he advised an Abu Dhabi government-owned investment company in the purchase of a $4 billion semiconductor manufacturer in Singapore.

See all of The National Law Journal's Most Influential Lawyers.