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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 business litigation, arbitration and mediation, internal and external investigations, construction, international expropriation and other government-related claims, insurance coverage, intellectual property, real estate, employment, fine art and cultural property, and financial services. He is a veteran advocate with numerous court and jury trials and arbitrations.

Mr. Boos has participated in various international proceedings and dispute resolution in Europe and Asia including representation 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.

In 2006, 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.

In addition to his experience as an advocate in various forms of dispute resolution, Mr. Boos has an extensive record of service as an arbitrator, mediator, early neutral evaluator and settlement master including appointments by the state and federal courts in California, the Bar Association of San Francisco, the American Arbitration Association and the Private Adjudication Center of Duke University.

Mr. Boos’ community service activities include 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 as a member of the Mayor’s Sports Advisory Council.

Professional Background

Before joining K&L Gates, Mr. Boos practiced in the San Francisco office of two other international law firms where he was a partner and head of the litigation group. Prior to entering private practice he served as counsel and legislative assistant to a member of Congress, 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 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 art collector in dispute with European government over provenance and ownership of cultural artifacts.
  • Represented international art collectors in 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.
  • Represented international joint venture in construction defect litigation involving commercial office park.
  • Served as the 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 media firm in securities arbitration with communications conglomerate.
  • Represented joint ventures and exporters in transnational tribunals involving disputes with Chinese, Swedish and U.S. entities for foodstuff damaged in China, leading to 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 by the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Represented high-level local government official in reverse-discrimination action brought by unsuccessful promotion applicants.
  • Represented state government agency in high-profile civil rights litigation involving death of mental health facility patient while being restrained.
  • Represented major city police chief in civil rights action by disappointed promotion seekers.
  • Represented real estate investor against government agency in land use action involving high profile tourist area.
  • Represented U.S. pharmaceutical company in connection with transit damage to experimental South American rain forest ingredients for 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. These actions involved claims for substantial clean-up costs in environmentally-sensitive sites as well as damages sought by developers for loss of use and diminution in value.
  • 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 Italian manufacturer of high tech mountaineering equipment for trade name infringement and intellectual property issues.