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John L. Boos

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Jack Boos is a partner in K&L Gates’ San Francisco office. He focuses on domestic and international dispute resolution, including, investigations, international expropriation and other government-related claims, and fine art and cultural property.

Mr. Boos has participated in various international proceedings and dispute resolution in Europe and Asia including representation of investor groups against the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague, The Netherlands. He also has appeared before the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva, Switzerland on behalf of a Gulf War claimant against Iraq. He has spoken widely in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia on litigation, arbitration, construction, environmental and insurance coverage topics.

Under the auspices of the Russian-American Rule of Law Consortium, Mr. Boos addressed a conference of Russian jurists in Yuzhno-Sakalinsk, Russia on the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards.

Mr. Boos also has an extensive record of service as an arbitrator, mediator, r and settlement master including private designations and appointments by state and federal courts.

Mr. Boos has a long involvement in various Pro Bono initiatives in cooperation with national and local public service entities across wide-ranging subject areas. Mr. Boos’ community service also includes leadership in youth sports in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he served eight terms as president of North Oakland Little League Baseball, and served on the Mayor’s Sports Advisory Council.

Professional Background

Before joining K&L Gates, Mr. Boos practiced in the San Francisco offices of two other international firms where he was head of the litigation group. Prior to entering private practice he served as counsel and legislative assistant to a Member of Congress. He also served as counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services, and counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Intelligence to Investigate the Activities of the U.S. Intelligence Community. The Select Committee’s scope included oversight of certain projects of the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, among others.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • American Bar Association
  • Represented two groups of expropriation claimants against the Islamic Republic of Iran, in the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague, The Netherlands, involving the Islamic Republic seizure of an industrial and office park in Kermanshah, Iran.
  • Represented Middle East-based internationally renowned collector of ancient Islamic art against Iraq in United Nations Compensation Commission, Geneva, Switzerland for theft of collection by Saddam Hussein and Uday Hussein, during Iraq’s invasion and occupation of Kuwait.
  • Represented international collector in dispute with European government over provenance and ownership of cultural artifacts.
  • Represented international dealers and collectors in various disputes with galleries, consignors, sellers and purchasers.
  • Represented China-based high-tech firm in an action by U.S. investors.
  • Represented Singapore and Hong Kong-based distributors of electronic products in contract dispute with manufacturer.
  • Represented Taiwan high-tech firm in an infringement and unfair competition action.
  • Lead lawyer in prosecution of electrical change order claims by Asian construction company against Caribbean power authority in connection with erection of power plants.
  • Represented joint ventures and exporters in transnational tribunals involving disputes with Chinese, Swedish and U.S. entities for foodstuff damaged in China, with actions in Swedish, Chinese and California tribunals.
  • Represented U.S. vessel owner against European component manufacturer in pilot project for incineration of toxic wastes at sea.
  • Represented European ship component manufacturer in U.S. Coast Guard inquiry into the cause of fire on cruise ship in the Caribbean.
  • Represented state government in investigation and defense of False Claims Act action brought against the state by the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Represented high-level government official in reverse-discrimination action brought by unsuccessful promotion applicants.
  • Represented state agency in high-profile civil rights litigation involving death of state mental health facility patient.
  • Represented real estate investor group against government agency in land use action involving high profile tourist area.
  • Represented U.S. pharmaceutical company in connection with experimental South American rain forest ingredients and proposed clinical trials.
  • Defended wine industry consortium in California Proposition 65 case alleging non-disclosure of lead in wine and in foil bottle wrappers.
  • Handled the defense of a series of environmental cost-recovery actions against a major oil company.
  • Represented multi-national food distribution company in trademark infringement dispute against Swiss corporation.
  • Represented distributor and co-joint venturer in U.S. district court action against European manufacturer of high tech mountaineering equipment for trade name infringement and intellectual property issues.