Bart Legum (Salans, Paris)
Barton Legum is a partner in the Paris office of Salans and head of the firm's investment treaty arbitration practice. He has over 20 years’ experience in litigating complex cases, with a focus on international arbitration and litigation in general and arbitration under investment treaties in particular. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Legum served as Chief of the NAFTA Arbitration Division in the Office of the Legal Adviser, United States Department of State. In that capacity, he acted as lead counsel for the United States Government defending over $2 billion in claims submitted to arbitration under the investment chapter of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The United States won every case decided under his tenure.
Mr. Legum is a member of the Executive Committee, the Council and the Administration Committee of the American Bar Association's Section of International Law, and serves as the Section's Financial Officer and Chair of the Financial Committee. He is the editor of International Litigation Strategies and Practice (2005), a book published by the American Bar Association, and frequently writes and speaks at conferences on international arbitration and litigation.
Christian P. Alberti (ICDR, NY)
Christian P. Alberti is the Assistant Vice President of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the international division of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), in New York. He supervises the ICDR’s staff and center management activities and oversees hundreds of large complex multi-party arbitrations and mediations covering all types of disputes and industries each year. Prior to joining the ICDR in 2005, Christian headed the Italian Desk of a mid-size law firm in Germany. After studies at the Philipps-University of Marburg and the University of Queensland he was admitted to practice law in Germany in 2003. He obtained an LL.M. from Tulane University Law School in 2002.
He is the past President of the Alumni Association of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (MAA) and represents the MAA as its NGO delegate at the UNCITRAL Working Group on Arbitration sessions. He is regularly invited to speak at international conferences and guest lectures at various law schools about international arbitration and mediation in the US and abroad. He successfully coaches NYU’s Vis Moot Team since 2007 and NYU’s Foreign Direct Investment Moot Team since 2008. He is an associate of Pace University’s Institute of International Commercial Law and a member of various ADR associations. He speaks fluent English, German, Italian, and has a basic knowledge of French.
David M. Lindsey (Chaffetz Lindsey, NY)
David M. Lindsey is a founding partner of Chaffetz Lindsey LLP, a boutique international arbitration and commercial litigation firm in midtown Manhattan focused on providing the highest quality work on the most complex disputes. David’s 22-year career has focused on cross-border commercial disputes tried before international arbitration tribunals and in U.S. courts. He acts both as counsel and as arbitrator. His experience includes power/energy projects, public international law, sovereign immunity, reinsurance, intellectual property, franchise agreements, license agreements, joint ventures, post-merger disputes, breach of contract and various types of other commercial disputes in North and South America, the Far East, South Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. David was voted by readers of Global Arbitration Review as one of the world’s top 45 arbitrators under 45 and is listed as a leader in his field by the global, U.S.A. and Latin American editions of Chambers,The Best Lawyers in America,Super Lawyers,The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers,The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration,Benchmark, The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, and Practical Law Company’s “Which Lawyer?”. He was co-editor International Arbitration in Latin America (Kluwer) (2nd edition due 2011). He recently co-authored chapter one on applicable law in International Arbitration in New York, J. Carter and J. Fellas, eds. David is co-chair of the Dispute Resolution Interest Group of the American Society of International Law and is a member of the International Dispute Resolution Committee of the New York City Bar and the International Arbitration Task Force of the New York State Bar Association. Before establishing Chaffetz Lindsey in May 2009, David was a partner in the New York office of the global English law firm Clifford Chance, where he headed the Americas international arbitration practice from 1999 to 2009. David is a Florida native and began his legal career at a leading Miami firm, Steel Hector & Davis, where he became a partner in 1995 and opened their London office in 1997. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985 and from Florida State law school in 1988, both with honors. David is licensed to practice in New York, Florida, and the District of Columbia.
Dietmar W. Prager (Debevoise & Plimpton, NY)
Dietmar W. Prager is a member of Debevoise & Plimpton's Litigation Department and focuses his practice on international arbitration and litigation, as well as on international FCPA investigations. He has represented parties at ICSID, ICC, AAA and ad hoc arbitration proceedings, before the ICJ, and in litigation before U.S. courts. Dr. Prager has represented a number of Brazilian clients in international arbitration proceedings. He has sat as arbitrator, and regularly advises corporate clients on potential claims under, among others, concession contracts and bilateral investment treaties. Dr.Prager is a member of the Executive Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) and serves as the ITA’s Program Director. He is the author of several articles on international courts and tribunals, international arbitration and international procedural law.
Professor George A. Bermann (Columbia Law School, NY)
George A. Bermann is Professor at Columbia University School of Law, currently holding both the Jean Monnet Professorship of European Union Law and the Walter Gellhorn Professor of Law.He is director of the School’s European Legal Studies Center.Among his courses at Columbia are Transnational Litigation and Arbitration,Comparative Law, European & EU Law, and WTO Law. Professor Bermann has been visiting professor at the Universities of Paris I, Paris II and Bordeaux; Universities of Fribourg, Lausanne and St. Gallen; Bucerius Law School (Hamburg); New York University and Tulane University.He is a long-term member of the faculty of the College d’Europe (Bruges, Belgium) and of the Masters Program in Law and Globalization at the Institut des Sciences of Politiques (Paris)
Professor Bermann is currently Chief Reporter, of the ALI Restatement of the US Law of International
Commercial Arbitration, and an active international commercial arbitrator. He is a Director of the American Arbitration Association, a member of the ICDR panel of international arbitrators, and member of the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA).He is frequently court-appointed and attorney-appointed foreign law expert on French, German, Swiss and EU Law, and a foreign law expert witness in US courts, international arbitration and courts abroad.
Professor Bermann has served on many occasions as chair or party-appointed arbitrator in international commercial arbitrations, both institutional (including ICC, AAA, LCIA, DIS) and ad hoc. He had been counsel or advisor to counsel in international commercial arbitrations. As well as foreign law expert witness in 6 international commercial arbitrations
At present, Professor Bermann is President of the Académie Internationale de Droit Comparé (Paris).
He is past president of the American Society of Comparative Law (ASCL), and served as coeditor-in-chief of the American Journal of Comparative Law. He founded the Columbia Journal of European Law.He holds membership in the, N.Y. City Bar Comm. on International Commercial Dispute Resolution.
Among his publications are Party Autonomy: Constitutional and International Limits in Comparative Perspective (Juris 2005); Transnational Litigation (West Pub. 2003); International Commercial Arbitration (West Pub. forthcoming 2010); Introduction to French Law (ed. with E. Picard) (Kluwer); French Business Law in Translation (Juris 2008);Human Health and Safety in WTO Law (with P. Mavroidis) (Cambridge U. Press 2006); Transatlantic Regulatory Cooperation:Legal Problems and Political Prospects (ed. with M. Herdegen & P. Lindseth) (Oxford U. Press 2001); WTO Law and Developing Countries (with P. Mavroidis) (Cambridge U. Press 2007). He is also the author of Le droit comparé et le droit international: alliés ou ennemis?, 2003 Rev. int’l dr. compare519; Cases and Materials on European Union Law (West Pub. 2d ed. 2002 and supp. 2004).
Professor Bermann holds a B.A. (1967) from Yale College, from which he graduated summa cum laude with exceptional distinction in political science) and a JD (1971) from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal). B.A.Yale College, 1967 (Doctor honoris causa, University of Fribourg (2004); Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Law, conferred by Commission of the European Union; Distinguished Service Award, American Foreign Law Association (2006).
Lorraine M. Brennan (CPR, Georgetown Law School, Washington,D.C.)
Lorraine M. Brennan joined CPR Institute in 2008 and is responsible for advancing CPR’s innovative programs and initiatives in the United States and abroad. She leads CPR’s international expansion and is responsible for running events, meetings, training, and key committees for the organization.
Prior to her tenure at CPR, she was a partner in the New York office of Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP, a full-service international law firm based in Atlanta, Georgia where she specialized in international arbitration and dispute resolution and was the Director of the firm’s International Arbitration Group. From 1999-2006, Ms. Brennan served as Director of Arbitration and ADR, North America, ICC International Court of Arbitration, where she acted as the American advisor to the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris, France, advising North American attorneys and companies on all phases of ICC arbitration, including: negotiation of arbitration clauses, requests for arbitration, procedural issues and enforcement of arbitration awards. She frequently appears as a speaker/panelist at international arbitration and dispute resolution conferences and seminars and is one of eight U.S. members of the NAFTA 2022 Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes. From 1997-1999, Ms. Brennan served as the Director of Arbitration and Intellectual Property and Legal Counsel at the USCIB, the U.S. affiliate of the ICC. In her role as Director of Intellectual Property, she assisted in formulating and implementing U.S. policy with respect to intellectual property issues and advised U.S. companies on the latest developments in the intellectual property rights field.
Ms. Brennan is an adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York (Spring and Fall 2005 and Fall 2006-2008), teaching International Business Transactions, and an adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Centre (Spring 2006 and Spring 2007-2009), teaching International Business Transactions and Dispute Resolution and International Commercial Arbitration (Spring 2008-2009). She was a Visiting Professor at Shantou University in Shantou, China in May 2006 and July 2007, and May 2008, teaching an intensive International Business Transactions course. Before joining the USCIB in 1997, Ms. Brennan served as Senior Law Clerk to the Honorable Irving Ben Cooper in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and was a litigation associate at Milbank Tweed Hadley and McCloy in New York City, where part of her practice involved international arbitration. She also worked as a litigation associate at Choate Hall and Stewart in Boston.
Ms. Brennan received her Bachelor of Arts degree in French Literature from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School. She is a 1997 graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she received a Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) with a concentration in international economic law. She is also the recipient of a Diplôme d’Études Supérieures from the Institut Universitaire des Hautes Études Internationales in Geneva, Switzerland. Her bar admissions include the Massachusetts State Bar, the New York Bar, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of Massachusetts Bar. She is fluent in French and proficient in Spanish.
Gerald Aksen, Esq. (International Arbitrator, NY)
Gerald Aksen has served as a full-time independent arbitrator since 2003.Prior to that, he was the partner in charge of international arbitration at Thelen Reid & Priest LLP in New York.He is a former vice chairman of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and general counsel of the American Arbitration Association.He is a co-founder and former president of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (USA).He holds a JD degree from New York University School of Law, where, as an adjunct professor of law, he taught international arbitration for thirty years.His broad background in the arbitral field, encompasses a wide range of perspectives – one as an academic, obtained in his years in teaching (NYU), a second as an administrator (AAA), a third as advocate in numerous international arbitrations, and a fourth as arbitrator (ICC, LCIA, JCC, ICDR, SCC; and under ad hoc ARIAS, Bermuda Form and UNCITRAL Rules).He is a member of the New York Bar and former Chairman of the Section of International Law of the American Bar Association.In 2005 he received the ABA Dispute Resolution Section’s D’Alemberte/Raven Award.Mr. Aksen has consistently ranked as one of New York’s notable international arbitrators, named again in 2010, in Chambers Global Arbitration Review.
Glenn P. Hendrix (ABA Section of International Law Chair; Arnall Golden Gregory, Atlanta, GA)
Glenn Hendrix is a partner with Arnall Golden Gregory LLP in Atlanta, Georgia. His practice is focused on commercial and administrative dispute resolution, including international litigation and arbitration.
Mr. Hendrix serves as the Chair of the Section of International Law of the American Bar Association (ABA) and on the Board of Directors of the ABA's Rule of Law Initiative.He served as a private sector advisor on US State Department delegations to The Hague (2003 Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the Hague Evidence and Service Conventions) and Moscow (bilateral discussions in 2004 concerning Russia's implementation of the Hague Evidence and Service Conventions).He serves on the arbitration panel of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) and as an arbitrator in International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) proceedings.He is a member of the Joint Editorial Board for International Law of the Uniform Law Commission (formerly the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws).Mr. Hendrix is listed in Chambers USA,Best Lawyers in America and other leading peer rating services.
Mr. Hendrix has authored numerous works on international commercial dispute resolution issues, including pieces appearing in International Litigation Strategies and Practice (ABA),Private Law, Private International Law & Judicial Cooperation in the EU-US Relationship (Thomson-West),Assessing the Value of Law in Transition Economies (University of Michigan), Вестник Высшего Арбитражного Суда Российской Федерации[Journal of the Russian High Commercial Court], and many other publications.
Mr. Hendrix obtained his J.D. from Emory University (With Distinction; Order of the Coif) in 1985 and his B.A. from New College of Florida in 1982.
John Wilkinson, Esq. (JAMS, NY)
John Wilkinson has served as an arbitrator and mediator of numerous large and complex corporate disputes. He has written extensively in the field of arbitration and mediation and was editor and part author of the ADR Practice Book which received an award and honorarium as the best dispute resolution book of 1993. He has spoken often on the subject of arbitration and mediation to a wide array of professional and bar association groups, corporate legal departments and law school classes, as well as to the legal department of the Navy. He is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and serves on the JAMS arbitration and mediation panels in New York. He is Co-Chair of the Mediation Committee and the Arbitration Discovery Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association. He recently served on a six person committee that the revised the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators. He received a B.A. from Williams College in 1962 and an LL.B from Fordham Law School in 1965. He is currently Of Counsel to Fulton, Rowe & Hart, New York City.
Kevin O'Gorman (Fulbright & Jaworski, Houston, TX)
Kevin O'Gorman is a partner at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.in Houston, and member of the firm's international arbitration group. He has acted as counsel in a wide variety of international arbitration and litigation cases involving energy, commercial, construction and investor-state disputes. He also serves as arbitrator.
Kevin is Co-Chair of the American Bar Association's International Arbitration Committee and has taught as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Law Center. Kevin formerly served as Senior Legal Secretary and Team Leader of the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland (the Holocaust bank accounts tribunal). He is a Fellow of the American, Texas and Houston Bar Foundations.
Kevin received a J.D. with honors from the University of Michigan Law School in 1993, and clerked for U.S. District Judge Howell Cobb of the Eastern District of Texas. He has been recognized by the International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration, The best of the Best USA Expert Guide,The Guide to the World's Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration, Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook,Global Arbitration Review's 45 Leaders in International Arbitration under 45 (runner-up), Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition,Texas Super Lawyers and Texas Rising Stars.
Kevin is a member of the Texas and New York Bars and is admitted to the roll of solicitors in England and Wales.
Professor Linda Silberman (New York University, NY)
Professor Linda Silberman is the Martin Lipton Professor of Law at New York University, where she teaches Civil Procedure, Comparative Procedure, Conflict of Laws, International Litigation/Arbitration, and International Commercial Arbitration. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A. 1965) and the University of Michigan Law Scholl (J.D. 1968). Prior to coming to NYU in 1971, she spent several years in private practice in Chicago. She has also been Professor in Residence at the U.S. Justice Department, Civil Division, Appellate Staff, and she spent last fall as Scholar-in-Residence at the London office of Wilmer Hale.
Professor Silberman is co-author of a Civil Procedure casebook, Civil Procedure: Theory and Practice, and one of five authors on a recent Comparative Procedure book entitled Civil Litigation in Comparative Context. (2007). She was Co-Reporter for the American Law Institute Project on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments and has written extensively on the subject of recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments. She was also part of the Members Consultative Group of the American Law Institute project, Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation, and has authored numerous articles on class action practice.
Professor Silberman is a member of the New York City Bar Committee on International Commercial Disputes and a member of the subcommittee that produced the “Report on Jurisdiction and Forum Non Conveniens as Defenses to the Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards and Foreign Judgments”. Her most recent article on international arbitration was published in the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, and is entitled “The New York Convention After Fifty Years: Some Reflections on the Role of National Law”.
Professor Silberman’s scholarship covers both international litigation and international arbitration as well as comparative procedure, choice of law, class actions, and international child abduction.
Nikolaus Pitkowitz (Graf & Pitkowitz, Vienna)
Nikolaus Pitkowitz heads the litigation and dispute resolution group of Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH. He has been involved in a large number of international arbitrations as party counsel, co-arbitrator, sole-arbitrator and chairman and is considered to be one of the leading Austrian arbitration practitioners. A strong focus of his practice relates to arbitration in Central and Eastern European matters. Nikolaus Pitkowitz also regularly acts as party representative in proceedings before Austrian courts relating to setting aside or enforcement of arbitral awards. Current engagements include the representation in the biggest Austrian arbitration relating to a multi billion international telecommunications dispute.
Nikolaus Pitkowitz is a founding partner of Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH. Hewas admitted to the Vienna Bar in 1990. He obtained a doctorate degree from the University of Vienna (1984) and Master Degree of European und International Business Law from the University of St. Gallen – HSG (1999). From 1992 until 1999 he served as University Lecturer for Czech Business Law. Nikolaus Pitkowitz is also qualified as a Certified Mediator. He is member of the Board of the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC) and member of various other arbitration institutions.
Nikolaus Pitkowitz is co-editor of the Austrian Yearbook on International Arbitration and author of numerous publications. He frequently lectures in the field of arbitration and ADR. Publications include ‘Setting aside of arbitral awards’ (textbook, 2008); investment guides and business law surveys on Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic, (several editions 1990-2003); ‘Security over Real Estate in the Czech and the Slovak Republic’ (1993); ‘The Role of Austria and the EU Proposal for a Directive on Mediation’ (2005); ‘The new Austrian Real Estate Investment Fund Act’ (2003); ‘Defence Tools in Arbitration Proceedings’ (2007); ‘Setting aside Arbitral Awards under the new Austrian Arbitration Act’ (2007); and ‘Digest of Austrian case law on setting aside arbitral awards 1895 – 2007’ ( 2008).
Professor Peter L. Murray (Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA)
For more than three decades Peter L. Murray has combined full and part-time teaching at Harvard Law School, a busy career as a litigating lawyer in Portland, Maine, and an active academic interest in comparative law and legal institutions. He is a graduate of both Harvard College (1964) and Harvard Law School (1967). From 1995 through the present he has been the Robert Braucher Visiting Professor from Practice at Harvard Law School, where he has taught Evidence, Trial Advocacy, Comparative Civil Justice, the American Legal System and a variety of other courses. In 1998 he served as a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Freiburg, Germany, where he has since taught frequently as well.
His publications include German Civil Justice (with Rolf Stuerner);Maine Evidence, 6thEdition,Law in the United States, 2ndEdition (with Arthurvon Mehren);Problems, Cases & Materials on Evidence, 3rdEdition (with Green & Nesson);Basic Trial Advocacy, and a large number of academic articles and monographs published in the United States, Europe and Japan.
In the field of arbitration, Professor Murray has been active as a practitioner, arbitrator and academic. For many years he served as the coach of the Harvard Law School Willem Vis International Commercial Arbitration Team and regularly participated in the Competition in Vienna. He has served as counsel in domestic arbitrations and as arbitrator in both domestic and international arbitrations. His academic research and writing has dealt extensively with arbitration and mediation and the relation of ADR to public justice.
Robert L. Sills (Orrick, NY)
Robert Sills, a litigation partner in Orrick’s New York office, has extensive experience litigating complex cross-border matters before arbitration agencies and in state and federal courts, as well as in domestic disputes.
He has represented parties in arbitrations held under the auspices of most major arbitration agencies, including the International Chamber of Commerce, the London Court of International Arbitration, the American Arbitration Association, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association and JAMS, as well as non-administered arbitrations conducted under UNCITRAL and other rules. He also regularly advises transactional attorneys at Orrick on a variety of issues related to the drafting and negotiation of arbitration provisions and has been involved in a number of significant litigations related to those arbitrations, including two successful applications for anti-suit injunctions to halt foreign lawsuits brought by parties to arbitration agreements.
Mr. Sills has represented a number of well-known private equity funds in a wide variety of litigated and arbitrated matters, including two actions to compel the closing of transactions with a purchaser claiming that there had been a material adverse change in the portfolio company’s financial condition; a successful effort to enjoin a competing bid by management of a target company; an action to rescind the purchase of a portfolio company that had misrepresented its financial condition, which resulted in the re-purchase of the company by its selling shareholders; an action claiming that insufficient assets for a portfolio company’s pension plan were transferred in connection with a sale, which was resolved after trial without any net cost to the fund; disputes with limited partners and lenders; dissenting shareholders proceedings; numerous disputes over earn-outs and indemnities; and general representation of portfolio companies.
After graduating from Columbia Law School in 1976, where he was an editor of the Columbia Law Review, Mr. Sills served as a law clerk to Judge Thomas J. Meskill, of the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. Before joining Orrick in 2003, Mr. Sills was a partner at Reboul, MacMurray, Hewitt & Maynard.
C. Ryan Reetz (Squire Sanders, Miami, FL)
C. Ryan Reetz is a partner at Squire Sanders LLP.He received his A.B. in Government magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1984, and his J.D. summa cum laude from Boston University School of Law in 1987.
Mr. Reetz represents clients as trial counsel in international and domestic commercial and regulatory disputes. His litigation and arbitration practice ranges from investment disputes and sovereign immunity challenges to class actions, unfair trade practice cases, fraud and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act claims, and contract disputes.
Mr. Reetz frequently writes and lectures on arbitration and litigation topics. His recent publications include “United States Anti-Suit Injunctions in the Arbitration Context” in International Arbitration and Mediation – From the Professional’s Perspective,published by Yorkhill in 2007; “Constructing the Rules of the Game” in Transnational Dispute Management;and “Forum Non Conveniens and the Foreign Forum” in the University of Miami Inter-American Law Review.As an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law, Mr. Reetz teaches transnational civil litigation and arbitration. He is also an instructor for the Florida Regional Program of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and has lectured at the law schools of Doshisha University, Marmara University, Istanbul Bilgi University and Istanbul Kültür University.
Mr. Reetz is a member of the American Law Institute and has served on the Civil Procedure Rules and Rules of Judicial Administration Committees of The Florida Bar. He is also active in other professional organizations including the International Bar Association, Union Internationale des Avocats, American Bar Association and Dade County Bar Association, where he served as a director until his term ended in 2009. He is a member of ICC Arbitration Commission Task Forces on Amiable Composition and Ex Aequo et Bono Arbitration, and on National Rules of Procedure for Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Awards pursuant to the New York Convention of 1958.
Mr. Reetz was listed in Best Best Lawyers in America 2010 and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2009,named recommended counsel in Practical Law Company’s which Lawyer? Yearbook 2007 and listed in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Litigation Lawyers 2008.He is also listed as a local litigation star in Benchmark: Litigation.He has been consistently recognized among Florida's Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine and as a Florida Super Lawyer. Mr.Reetz is also listed in Who’s Who Legal: Florida 2008 and was recognized as Best of the Bar by South Florida Business Journal in 2004.
Victoria Shannon (Deputy Director of ICC North America)
Victoria Shannon serves as Deputy Director of Arbitration and ADR in North America for ICC's International Court of Arbitration®. In this capacity, Ms. Shannon advises North American attorneys and companies on all phases of ICC dispute resolution services, including arbitration, ADR, Pre-Arbitral Referee proceedings, Expertise proceedings and Dispute Boards.
Prior to joining ICC, Ms. Shannon served as an associate with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in San Francisco, where she specialized in bond and tax-credit financing as well as matters involving American Indian tribes.
Ms. Shannon earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from Harvard University in 2003 and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School in 2007. She participated in the inaugural class of Harvard's Presidential Management Fellowship Program, where she served as External Relations Fellow in the Office of Government, Community and Public Affairs. Ms. Shannon currently serves as Recruiting Chair for the Harvard Black Alumni Society.Ms. Shannon is admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the District of Columbia.
William H. Baker (Cardozo Law School; Alston+Bird, NY)
William H. Baker is a member of Alston & Bird’s International Arbitration and Intellectual Property Litigation Groups. An experienced trial lawyer who has handled a wide variety of intellectual property and commercial disputes, he has first-chaired more than two dozen trials and numerous arbitrations
Mr. Baker's arbitration practice is broad and diversified. He is listed in the 2010 Edition of Best Lawyers in America in the field of international arbitration and is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School, where he teaches International Dispute Resolution. He is a past officer of the North American Users' Council of the London Court of International Arbitration, and past chair of the International Litigation Committee of the Litigation Section of the ABA. He serves on the Arbitration Advisory Committees of CPR, AAA, ICDR and the USCIB; is the chair of the Arbitration Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO); and has been a member of the AAA's Task Force on Arbitration for the Large Complex Case.
Representatives cases in which Mr. Baker has served as arbitrator include disputes relating to: financial investments, breach of partnership agreements, infringement of pharmaceutical patents, licensing of biotech patents, infringement of biological patents, software contracts in Russia, oil drilling in Ecuador, the termination of distributor arrangements in France, agricultural shipments from Africa, electronics shipments from Taiwan, and construction disputes in Canada. He has also served on numerous class action arbitration panels involving various claims.
Mr. Baker has also mediated disputes of all types and has served as a mediator and judge at The ICC Annual International Mediation Moot Competition in Paris. He serves on the panel of mediators for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and is one of 25 mediators recommended to the IPO for its members’ use in mediating intellectual property disputes.
Mr. Baker received his B.A. from Yale University in 1968 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1972.