Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas is a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Hong Kong office. Her practice focuses on international arbitration, internal investigations and commercial litigation throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and she has particular experience in matters relating to China, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Malaysia, and Japan.


She regularly advises clients on complex disputes and investigations across a wide range of industries, including technology, engineering, manufacturing, healthcare/pharmaceuticals, automotive, insurance, and telecoms. Ms. Thomas is qualified in New York, England & Wales, and Hong Kong. She received her LL.B. from the London School of Economics and her J.D. from Columbia Law School.


Ms. Thomas has in-depth knowledge of the arbitration legislation of all the major seats and the seats in the Asia-Pacific region and has represented clients in arbitrations seated in a variety of locations, with particular frequency in Hong Kong, London, Singapore, and Mainland China. She is experienced representing clients in both ad hoc and administered proceedings and under a variety of procedural rules, including those of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and the American Arbitration Association (AAA), in addition to the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.


Ms. Thomas was named a “Dispute Resolution Star” for International Arbitration by Benchmark Litigation in its Asia-Pacific 2019 rankings.


She is fluent in English and highly proficient in German.

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Supreme Court Asked to Resolve Circuit Split Over Discovery in Aid of Private Commercial Arbitration Seated Outside the United States (12/22/20)
On December 7, 2020, Servotronics, Inc. filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether parties may seek discovery in the U.S. for use in commercial arbitration proceedings seated outside the U.S. under 28 U.S.C. Section 1782, a vigorously debated question that has increasingly divided lower courts.