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R. Zachary Torres-Fowler is an associate in the Construction Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Philadelphia and New York offices. Mr. Torres-Fowler joined Pepper’s Construction Practice Group in 2017. Before joining Pepper, he was an associate in the international arbitration group of a multinational law firm headquartered in New York.
Mr. Torres-Fowler concentrates his practice in construction-related disputes and specializes in complex domestic and international arbitration proceedings. He has advised clients located on nearly every continent in connection with projects located in the United States, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. Mr. Torres-Fowler has represented owners, EPC contractors, and equipment manufacturers in disputes arising from a wide variety of construction projects including power plants, airports, commercial buildings, and other civil infrastructure works.
Mr. Torres-Fowler also regularly advises clients in connection with contract drafting and negotiation, contract administration, and dispute avoidance. While many of these matters have involved bespoke EPC and other construction contracts, Mr. Torres-Fowler has significant experience with a large number of industry standard agreements, such as FIDIC.
Mr. Torres-Fowler is a frequent contributor to Pepper’s construction blog, constructlaw.com and has been published in multiple academic and professional journals on topics concerning international arbitration. His articles include: Abuse of Due Process in International Arbitration: Is Due Process Paranoia Irrational, Am. J. Constr. Arb. & ADR (2018); The Corruption Defense Asserted in International Arbitration Disputes: A Look at BSG Resources v. Guinea, N.Y. Disp. Res. Lawyer (2016); A Bribe is a Bribe: FCPA’s Influence on International Arbitration, N.Y.L.J. (2015); Undermining ICSID: How the Global Anti-Bribery Regime Impairs Investor-State Dispute Resolution, 52 Va. J. Int’l L. 995 (2012).