2013 Summer Program
CARLOS ACOSTA, Inspector General of Maryland Police Department, Washington
Acosta currently serves as the Inspector General in Prince George's County, Maryland Police Department. He functions as the independent authority over the Internal Affairs Division. Before becoming the Inspector General he worked at the United States Department of Justice Criminal Division as the Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) Mérida Program Manager, where he fought organized crime through programs. He recived a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in English (Rhetoric) from the University of Maryland. In 1991, he received his J.D. from the Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, Texas. He is licensed in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia. In 2012, he travelled to Panama as part of an American Bar Association-Rule of Law Initiative to assist in a business process review of the country's effort to transform its criminal justice system. He has been an adjunct professor of American University Washington College of Law since 1997.
JANIS H. BRENNAN, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP, Washington
Janis Brennan brings both international dispute resolution and transactional experience to her extensive international practice. In the area of international disputes, Janis represents sovereign states and their state-owned corporations in investor/state disputes before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and other arbitral forums and in lawsuits brought against her governmental clients in the U.S. courts, governed as to jurisdiction by the U.S. Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. On behalf of both national government and private sector clients, she has also successfully arbitrated international commercial disputes under the arbitration rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), American Arbitration Association (AAA), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and various commodities and other specialized associations.
MARK CYMROT, Baker & Hostetler, LLP, Washington
Mark Cymrot heads BakerHostetler’s International Disputes Practice, focusing on international and commercial arbitration and litigation. He is a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) and London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and chair of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).Mr. Cymrot’s cases have involved a wide variety of commercial and financial matters, including fraud, securities, corporate investigations, antitrust, RICO, banking, real estate and a multitude of other issues. Mr. Cymrot has represented newspapers and TV stations in First Amendment actions. He represented Puerto Rico’s largest newspaper in a civil rights lawsuit against the Governor for attempting to suppress free speech and obtained summary judgment in an antitrust suit alleging the newspaper was monopolizing the printing market. His honors include Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in Asset Recovery Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal 100 for Asset Recovery Lawyers, an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and Best Attorneys in Washington, D.C.
CLAUDIA FRUTOS-PETERSON, International Counsel, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, Washington
Claudia Frutos-Peterson is an International Counsel in the Washington office of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP where she concentrates her practice in International arbitration. Prior to joining Curtis, Ms. Frutos-Peterson worked as legal counsel at the World Bank Group’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). As Counsel at ICSID, Ms. Frutos-Peterson served as secretary of tribunals in numerous arbitral proceedings brought under the ICSID Convention and the ICSID Additional Facility Mechanism. In March 2003, Ms. Frutos-Peterson published a book on international commercial arbitration in Latin America. She is adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law teaching International Commercial Arbitration. Ms. Frutos-Peterson received her law degree at the University of Nuevo León, in Monterrey, Mexico. She also received a Master’s Degree in International Economic Law and a Doctorate in International Commercial Arbitration in Latin America, with highest honors, from the University of Paris-I ( (Panthéon-Sorbonne).
MICHAEL EVAN JAFFE, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Washington
During his more than 30 years as a trial lawyer, Mr. Jaffe has focused on dispute resolution internationally in arbitrations under various international arbitral regimes and domestically in court and arbitration proceedings. A significant part of his work has involved representing owners, contractors and other stakeholders in projects ranging from infrastructure and energy facilities to sports stadiums and a wide variety of commercial structures. He has acted as counsel in numerous international and domestic arbitrations, has been counsel in mediations involving both international and domestic matters and has served as an arbitrator involving projects in North America, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Jaffe is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
He has been lead counsel, in a wide array of construction industry and commercial litigation matters. He has been widely recognized as a leading trial lawyer. Among the publications recognizing him are the 2008 and 2009 PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook (“Highly Recommended”), the 2003 through 2009 Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers, the 2008 and 2009 Super Lawyers (Washington, DC Edition), and the 2007-2009 PLC Cross Border Dispute Resolution Guide. He has, in addition, been recognized in various other “Best Lawyers” guides.
JEAN KALICKI, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP, Washington
Jean Kalicki is a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP focusing on international arbitration as both arbitrator and counsel. As arbitrator she has served as chair, sole arbitrator, and co-arbitrator in a wide variety of commercial and investment disputes, before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR). As counsel, she has particular experience in investment treaty disputes and has represented both investors and states, in roughly equal numbers, in disputes arising under bilateral investment treaties, NAFTA and the Energy Charter Treaty. In commercial cases, Ms. Kalicki has represented clients (including the United Nations) in disputes involving five continents.
Ms. Kalicki is a member of the AAA Board of Directors, the ICC Commission on Arbitration, and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and is listed on numerous rosters of arbitrators maintained by leading institutions. She is the long-time co-chair of the DC Bar's International Dispute Resolution Committee and a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration. She teaches as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and American University Washington College of Law.
Ms. Kalicki has been widely recognized for her leadership in the field. Selected as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" for international arbitration (2010-2011) and as one of the top 30 women in arbitration worldwide (Global Arbitration Review 2007), Ms. Kalicki has been described as "a thorough, meticulous and highly motivated arbitrator" (Chambers USA, 2011), as "simply superb" (The Legal 500, 2008), and as "an incredible investigator and researcher who is gifted at identifying key issues" and "knows how to use legal analysis to structure the best argument possible" (Chambers USA, 2008). She is also repeatedly listed in Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers and International Who's Who of Business Lawyers.
LOUIS B. KIMMELMAN, Partner, Allen & Overy LLP, New York
Benno Kimmelman is a partner in the International Arbitration group. His work focuses on the arbitration and litigation of a broad range of complex commercial and construction disputes. He regularly represents U.S. and foreign parties, along with sovereign entities, in international disputes before arbitral tribunals and state and federal courts. These disputes have involved issues such as the jurisdiction of U.S. courts, the doctrine of forum non conveniens, anti-suit injunctions, forum selection and choice-of-law clauses, the extraterritorial application of U.S. law, sovereign immunity, discovery in the international context, and the enforceability of arbitration agreements and arbitration awards. Benno has arbitrated cases before the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, the American Arbitration Association, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Center for Arbitration, and other international and domestic arbitration bodies.
Benno is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, where he teaches International Commercial Arbitration and International Litigation. Prior to joining Allen & Overy, Benno was a partner and co-chair of the international arbitration practice at O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Benno was ranked in Chambers USA 2008: "According to observers, the presence of the 'thoughtful and diligent' Benno Kimmelman has made a 'palpable difference' to A&O’s US arbitration practice. His 'obvious ability' in this area has attracted a range of heavyweight clients from various industries."
DANA MACGRATH, Senior Counsel, Allen & Overy LLP, New York
Dana MacGrath has a broad range of experience in international arbitration and litigation as well as U.S. federal and state court litigation. She has participated in international arbitrations before the major arbitration institutions as well as ad hoc arbitration tribunals.
She has represented parties in U.S. courts regarding the enforceability of international arbitration clauses as well as enforcement of international arbitral awards. Ms. MacGrath writes and speaks regularly on current issues in international arbitration and litigation.
Dana MacGrath received her B.A. from Middlebury College in 1991 and J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1996.
JACK MCKAY, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Washington
Mr. McKay is a member of Pillsbury's Litigation/Arbitration group with more than 30 years of experience in courts across the United States and in dozens of arbitrations, domestic and international. His clients include significant businesses in the United States and abroad.
Litigation in disputes concerning technology and energy contracts has been a staple of Mr. McKay's practice. He has litigated the development, sale and implementation of computer hardware and software; represented the manufacturer of the primary mirror of the Hubble Space Telescope; and directed the most significant litigation to date over the transportation and storage of spent nuclear fuel. Energy related work has included international litigation/arbitration for foreign clients in disputes regarding coal deliveries, importation issues, and intellectual property rights. Mr. McKay has complemented this experience by litigating a wide variety of joint venture, partnership and other contractual agreements created to exploit business opportunities.
Mr. McKay serves as an arbitrator under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association, and lectures on international arbitration conducted under the rules of the ICC and other dispute resolution rules.
HORACIO A. GRIGERA NAON, Director, Center on International Commercial Arbitration, Washington
Professor Horacio Grigera Naón is a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence and Director of the Center on International Commercial Arbitration at American University Washington College of Law where he teaches International Commercial Arbitration and Choice-of-Law Issues in International Commercial Arbitration. He also serves as an independent international arbitrator and consultant on business and international law matters, and is former Secretary General of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce. He has been a practitioner in the field of international commercial arbitration and international business law for over twenty-five years.
Dr. Grigera Naón has published and lectured widely on these topics, including a book on "Choice-of-Law Problems in International Commercial Arbitration" (1992) and lectures at the Hague Academy of International Law (2001) on the same topic. He is also an adviser for the American Law Institute’s new Restatement of the Law (Third) of International Commercial Arbitration, a member of the Advisory Board of The Institute for Transnational Arbitration, a former Special Counsel with White & Case LLP and a former Senior Counsel with the International Finance Corporation in Washington D.C. Professor Grigera Naón holds LLM and SJD degrees from Harvard Law School, LLB and LLD degrees from the School of Law of the University of Buenos Aires and is a member of the Argentine Federal, New York, District of Columbia, and United States Supreme Court Bars.
JOSE ANTONIO RIVAS, Associate, Arnold & Porter LLP, Washington
José Antonio Rivas concentrates his practice in international investment arbitration and international law. He brings experience from government in Latin America in solving complaints and disputes submitted by foreign investors, as well as from the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) where he served as Counsel.
Mr. Rivas currently defends Latin American States in international investment arbitration before ICSID, and in commercial arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). His practice benefits from his experience as former Director of Foreign Investment of the Colombian Trade Ministry. As Counsel at ICSID, Mr. Rivas conducted reviews, analysis, and registrations of requests for investor-state arbitration in English, French, and Spanish. Mr. Rivas received a Doctorate in Juridical Science-SJD, with Distinction and an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center. He holds separate degrees in law and economics from the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia. He is Adjunct Professor of Trade and Integration at Georgetown University Law Center, former Professor of Public International Law at the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, and former trainer of students in international moot court competitions. In addition to completing a doctorate in law with focus on rules of interpretation in public international law and General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade Article XXIV on regional trade agreements, he has negotiated trade in services chapters of FTAs on behalf of Colombia, including those with Canada on telecommunications, and those with Guatemala, El Salvador, and Hondras.
DAVID ORTA, Quinn Emanuel, LLP, Washington
Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America report that clients call David Orta “a vastly experienced attorney who inspires real confidence, with a remarkable ability to see all the angles.” They also report that David wins praise from clients for his "sound advice and excellent client service." Mr. Orta is the Head of Latin American and Washington, D.C. International Arbitration Practice and is a trial lawyer and arbitration advocate with years of experience successfully representing clients in complex international arbitrations, complex commercial litigation, class actions, consumer fraud litigation, and pharmaceutical and medical device product liability cases. He represents clients in international disputes all around the world, including in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. He has a particular emphasis in investor-state arbitrations administered under the auspices of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). He also has handled ad hoc arbitrations administered under UNCITRAL Rules and international arbitrations administered by the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR/AAA). Mr. Orta also acts as lead counsel in international litigations for clients.
ANTONIO PARRA, Consultant, World Bank, Washington
Antonio Parra has served as the first Deputy Secretary-General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) from 1999 to 2005. From 1990 to 1999 he was a Legal Adviser. His earlier positions include Senior Counsel, ICSID; Counsel, Office of the Senior Vice President and General Counsel, World Bank; Counsel, Policy and General Affairs, World Bank; Assistant Legal Counsel, OPEC Fund for International Development; and Research Staffer, OPEC Secretariat. At the World Bank’s Legal Vice Presidency and ICSID, Mr. Parra was a member of the staff teams that worked on the establishment of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency and the preparation of the World Bank Guidelines on the Treatment of Foreign Direct Investment.
He is an Honorary Secretary General of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (having been Secretary General from 2004 to 2010), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre. He has published a book on ICSID and almost 40 articles and contributions to edited volumes.
EDUARDO SILVA ROMERO, Partner, Dechert LLP, Paris
Eduardo Silva Romero is a Partner at the Paris office of Dechert LLP. He focuses on litigation and arbitration matters, particularly on international disputes involving state entities, as well as Spanish and Latin American parties. An accomplished expert in international commercial arbitration, he has supervised numerous proceedings before arbitration panels worldwide. Former Assistant Counsel, Counsel, and Deputy Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Mr. Silva Romero's far-reaching experience includes international sales and distribution contracts, construction, oil, M&A and electricity-related disputes. Recognized as one of the top 45 lawyers under the age of 45 (45 under 45) by the Global Arbitration Review, Mr. Silva Romero is also listed in the Legal 500, Chambers and Décideurs Stratégie Finance Droit. He is admitted to the Colombian and French Bars and is fluent in Spanish, French and English. Mr. Silva Romero earned his PhD (Docteur en Droit Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Paris II - Assas in 2000. He also holds advanced degrees from the same institution in Philosophy of Law (DEA, 1996) and Private International Law (DSU, 1995), and a diploma in Comparative Law and Legal Terminology and a law degree from Universidad del Rosario (1993).
Co-Managing Editor of the ITA Arbitration Report and of World Trade and Arbitration Materials, New York
Monique Sasson is the Co-Managing Editor of the ITA Arbitration Report and the Co-Managing Editor of World Trade and Arbitration Materials.
Ms. Sasson initially qualified as an Italian Avvocato and practiced at Chiomenti Studio Legale in Rome, where she appeared before arbitral tribunals and Italian courts. In 2000 she joined Herbert Smith’s international arbitration and litigation practice group in London. She qualified as an English solicitor (and subsequently as a solicitor advocate), and acted in a number of international commercial arbitration cases as well as litigation matters. In 2006 Monique began a doctoral programme in public international law at the University of Cambridge, with a concentration on investment treaty arbitration. Her doctoral thesis studied the roles of municipal law and international law in investment treaty awards. In 2009 she obtained her Ph.D. and in 2010 she published a monograph titled Substantive Law in Investment Treaty Arbitration: the Unsettled Relationship between International law and Municipal Law (Kluwer).
LAWRENCE SHORE, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, New York
Laurence Shore is a dual U.S./U.K. qualified partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is Co-chair of the firm's International Arbitration Practice Group. Mr. Shore's practice focuses on international arbitration. He has been the lead advocate in a large number of arbitration cases under, for example, the ICC, LCIA, AAA, UNCITRAL and SWISS Rules. He also has sat as an arbitrator in cases under the ICC, Cairo Regional Centre, and LCIA Rules. In addition to his work as an arbitration practitioner, Mr. Shore has tried cases in the United States courts and in England's High Court.
Chambers Global 2009 and Chambers Europe 2008 ranks Mr. Shore as a leading individual for Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration. Mr. Shore is a co-author (with C. McLachlan and M. Weiniger) of International Investment Arbitration: Substantive Principles (Oxford University Press, 2007). He also serves on the Editorial Board of International Arbitration Law Review, and holds the appointment of Visiting Professor in the School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary, University of London. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Shore was the global head of international arbitration at a major law firm in London. Mr. Shore earned his Juris Doctor in 1989 from, Emory University School of Law. He previously earned a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in history, both from the Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Shore received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
MALLORY B. SILBERMAN, Associate, Arnold & Porter LLP, Washington
Mallory Silberman is an associate in Arnold & Porter LLP's international arbitration, litigation, and Latin America practice groups, where she focuses on international dispute resolution between sovereign States and multinational corporations. In addition to representing sovereigns in international commercial arbitration proceedings and US litigation proceedings, Ms. Silberman has particular experience in investment treaty disputes before the World-Bank-affiliated International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes ("ICSID"). She has represented investors and States in more than 15 ICSID and ICSID Additional Facility disputes arising under bilateral investment treaties, NAFTA, or the Energy Charter Treaty. Ms. Silberman speaks Spanish and Italian, and reads basic French and Portuguese. Her cases typically require a working knowledge of legal terms in two or more languages. Ms. Silberman is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she teaches a substantive and oral advocacy course on international arbitration. She frequently speaks at industry conferences, and is a guest lecturer for an intensive arbitration course held at American University Washington College of Law.
Ms. Silberman earned her JD with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2009, and her BA magna cum laude in international relations and public relations from Syracuse University in 2006. At UNC, Ms. Silberman served as notes and comments editor on the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, and as class representative on the Student Bar Association.
ANNE MARIE WHITESELL, Of Counsel, Dechert LLP Paris - Washington
Anne Marie Whitesell is a member of the firm’s International Arbitration practice group. She is based in the Washington, D.C. office but works closely with the Paris office.
Ms. Whitesell has been recognized as a Notable Practitioner for International Arbitration by both Chambers Global 2013 and Chambers USA 2012, referral guides to leading lawyers based on the opinions of their clients and peers. She has also been listed in Commercial Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal 2012 and recommended as a National International Arbitration Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation 2012. Additionally, in 2012, Ms. Whitesell was recognized by Legal 500 Latin America International Arbitration and named one of Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Female Litigators in America.
Before joining Dechert, Ms. Whitesell was Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration from 2001 to 2007. She supervised approximately 1,100 international arbitration cases each year involving parties from more than 120 countries. She also worked closely with the 126 members of the International Court of Arbitration, who hailed from 88 different countries, and contributed to the institution’s profile and reputation around the world.
Ms. Whitesell has practised with law firms in both the United States and in France and has acted in numerous international arbitration cases both as counsel and arbitrator. Previously, she was also a lecturer at the Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Institut de Droit Comparé (Université de Paris II).