Delyan M. Dimitrov

  • Lecturer in Law

Delyan Dimitrov is of counsel in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

Mr. Dimitrov’s practice focuses on transnational litigation, foreign judgment and arbitral award enforcement, international arbitration, complex commercial disputes, as well as FCPA matters.  

Mr. Dimitrov has played a lead role in a wide range of cross-border disputes.  He recently represented Chevron Corporation and Chevron USA, Inc. in their defeat of a petition to confirm an $18 billion sham Egyptian arbitration award.  Mr. Dimitrov also advised Pearl Petroleum in its U.S. enforcement of several multi-billion LCIA awards against the Kurdistan Regional Government, resulting in a successful global settlement.  Mr. Dimitrov also acted for Madden International in its licensing and distribution dispute with Lew Footwear regarding the sale of Steve Madden products in Australia and Ҫukurova Holding A.Ș. in its successful Second Circuit appeal and reversal of a S.D.N.Y. decision that had confirmed a $932 million arbitral award against Ҫukurova.  Mr. Dimitrov also represented Yukos Capital in enforcing four Russian arbitral awards that had been annulled at the seat of the arbitration, helping obtain an attachment order worth hundreds of millions of dollars in aid of enforcement.

Domestically, Mr. Dimitrov is representing Chevron Corporation in more than a dozen lawsuits filed against it and other energy companies by states, counties, and municipalities for alleged climate change-related damages.  Mr. Dimitrov has also represented RMBS trustees and activist investors in putback actions seeking the repurchase of mortgage loans securitized by certain RMBS sponsors.

A native of Bulgaria, Mr. Dimitrov has extensive experience with international arbitrations.  Mr. Dimitrov has played a leading role in representing clients in LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL and JAMS arbitrations.  He regularly publishes in international arbitration treatises and journals.

Mr. Dimitrov’s pro bono efforts have include coordinating assistance to Holocaust survivors for payments under Germany’s ZRBG law, which provides for remuneration to those who worked in Nazi ghettos during their internment, and various immigration matters.

Mr. Dimitrov earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2008, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and the editor-in- chief of the Columbia Journal of East European Law. He received his B.A. from Shippensburg University in 2005.


  • “Electronic Discovery in International Arbitration,” International Arbitration in The United States (Kluwer Law Int’l 2018) (with Dorit Black)
  • “The ‘Manifest Disregard of Law’ Doctrine and International Arbitration in New York,” New York City Bar Report (2012) (Contributor)
  • “The Public Interest in Private Dispute Resolution,” Austrian Arbitration Yearbook (Vienna, 2009) (with L. Shore