Robert Amsterdam is founding partner of the international law firm Amsterdam & Partners LLP, with offices in London, United Kingdom and Washington, DC.
Over the course of his 32-year career, Mr. Amsterdam has represented high-profile clients in commercial, corporate, and political cases in a variety of countries. The firm’s core practice areas are underscored by a strong track record in countries facing rule of law challenges, which at times have called for media and government relations strategies to produce results. The firm is experienced in managing, litigating and arbitrating disputes around the world, with a history of putting together “virtual firms” of the best minds in their fields to handle complex issues and crises under the best possible representation within the context of both local and international laws.
Past clients have included the Four Seasons Hotel & Resorts Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and numerous mining and energy companies operating in emerging markets. In 2003, Amsterdam was retained by Amnesty International-recognized prisoner of conscience Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was once Russia’s most prominent oil executive, to defend him against political persecution by the Russian government. In 2008, he joined the defense team for Eligio Cedeño, a businessman and political prisoner in Venezuela who was later successfully released into freedom. Mr. Amsterdam serves as counsel to prominent opposition leaders such as Dr. Chee Soon Juan in Singapore. In 2010 he was appointed by the former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra to defend members of the Red Shirt pro-democracy movement.
Amsterdam is a member of the Canadian and International Bar Associations, and is licensed as a solicitor in the United Kingdom. He earned his BA from Carleton University in Ottawa, and studied law at Queen’s University in Ontario (LLB).