Eric A. Szweda is the Managing Partner of Troutman Sanders Hong Kong Office. He is also the Firm’s Head of International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Team. Mr. Szweda advises clients when issues of liability or significant risk arise involving commercial contracts and dealings, governmental regulations and corporate governance. Mr. Szweda's engagements include litigation in the national courts and international arbitrations and mediations. His practice is overwhelmingly transnational, with cases currently or recently venued in or involving multiple jurisdictions, with claims governed by numerous different laws and legal systems.
Mr. Szweda also counsels clients with respect to their operations in Hong Kong, with a focus on employment, privacy/data protection, anti-corruption, competition, and intellectual property. Mr. Szweda also advises on the extraterritorial effect of various laws of the United States pertaining to worldwide operations, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
The editors of the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 state that “Troutman Sanders LLP’s US-qualified team head Eric Szweda is ‘a tenacious advocate, who brings considerable cross-border disputes experience’.” Mr. Szweda is recognized by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific as a Leading Disputes Lawyer in Arbitration, General Commercial, and Labor and Employment in Hong Kong. Chambers also ranks him as a leading practitioner in international arbitration and dispute resolution, stating that ”Dual-qualified Eric Szweda . . . receives praise as ‘highly competent and technically accomplished, efficient in case management and accurate in giving advice.’” In the Legal 500 Asia Pacific, the editors have also stated that “Troutman Sanders LLP’s team, headed by Eric Szweda, has a solid presence in contentious and non-contentious [IP] matters,” and clients also praise Mr. Szweda as a “seasoned litigator” and an “accomplished advocate” and that Troutman Sanders LLP’s “highly skilled arbitrators” “can put together teams to work anywhere in the world.”
For 2010 and 2011, Mr. Szweda served as the Chair of the Law Committee of American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. He was the Vice-Chair for two years (2008, 2009). Mr. Szweda also chaired the American Chamber of Commerce’s Working Group on Hong Kong’s then proposed Competition Bill during 2010 and 2011. Currently, Mr. Szweda serves as a member on the Employment Law Committee of The Law Society of Hong Kong.