2014 Summer Program Faculty

CLAUDIA FRUTOS-PETERSON, Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, Washington

Dr. Frutos-Peterson is a partner in the International Arbitration group in the Washington D.C. office.

Dr. Frutos-Peterson was formerly counsel at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) from 2001 to 2009. At ICSID, she served as Secretary of Tribunals in numerous arbitral proceedings brought under the ICSID Convention and the ICSID Additional Facility Mechanism, based on the bilateral and multilateral investment treaties.

Her practice focuses primarily on disputes in Latin America.  Dr. Frutos-Peterson is an Adjunct Professor at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington D.C., where she lectures on international commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration. She is also a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars in the United States and abroad.  She is also the author of the book L'émergence de l'arbitrage commercial international en Amérique latine: l'efficacité de son droit, published by L'Harmattan.

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).


LEONARDO GIACCHINO, Partner, Solutions Economics, LLP, Washington

Dr. Leonardo Giacchino provides valuation and economic analysis and advisory services in litigation matters. He has worked in more than 30 countries on over 100 projects addressing economic, financial and regulatory issues. Dr. Giacchino has testified in numerous forums: international courts (investment and commercial arbitrations), federal and state courts and before public utility commissions in many countries. He is in Who’s Who Legal as one of the world's top international arbitration experts and is a former faculty member at the UF, Duke and UCA. He is also the coauthor (with Dr. Jonathan Lesser) of Fundamentals of Energy Regulation (PUR, 2007) and Principles of Utilities Corporate Finance (PUR, 2011).

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.


MICHMichael Evan JaffeAEL 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 Chambers USA, Construction Litigation—DC (2003-2013); Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law (2003-2014); Legal 500 US , Real Estate & Construction Litigation (2012); PLC Which Lawyer?, Construction—DC (2011-2012), Dispute Resolution—DC (2008-2010); Who's Who Legal, Construction—DC (2011-2013); Guide to the World's Leading Construction Litigation Lawyers, Euromoney/Legal Media Group (2011); and Super Lawyers (2007-2012).


JEAN KALICKI, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP, Washington

Jean Kalicki is a Partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, focusing on international arbitration. She has served as Chair, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), American Arbitration Association (AAA), International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), as well as on ad hoc tribunals. As counsel, she has particular experience in investment treaty cases and represents both States and investors before ICSID and under the UNCITRAL Rules, in disputes under investment treaties and free trade agreements. In commercial cases, she has represented clients (including the United Nations) in disputes involving five continents.

Ms. Kalicki is widely recognized for her leadership in the field. Selected as one of Global Arbitration Review's top 30 women in arbitration worldwide (2007), Euromoney's top 30 commercial arbitration attorneys in the US (2013), and among the "Best Lawyers in America" for international arbitration (2010-2013), she has been described as "a celebrated presence in the market" who is "creative and business-minded" with "great presence before a tribunal" (Chambers USA 2013), and "is considered outstanding  by market sources, and has particular expertise in ICSID arbitrations" (Chambers USA 2012). She is noted to be "a thorough, meticulous and highly motivated arbitrator" (Chambers USA 2011), who is "simply superb" (Legal 500 2008), and "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 has been selected repeatedly as a leader in her field by the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and by Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers. 

Prior to joining Arnold & Porter, Ms. Kalicki was associated from 1991 to 1998 with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in its New York and Washington, DC offices. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College and a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review.


LOUIS B. KIMMELMAN, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP, New York

Benno Kimmelman is co-chair of the firm’s global International Arbitration practice. He focuses on the arbitration and litigation of complex commercial and investment treaty disputes as well as litigation in aid of the arbitration process. Benno regularly represents U.S. and foreign clients, as well as sovereign entities, in international disputes before arbitral tribunals and state and federal courts in the United States. He has acted as lead counsel in numerous cases before the leading international arbitration institutions and has served as an arbitrator in international disputes.

He is an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, where he teaches International Commercial Arbitration and International Litigation, as well as an Adviser to the American Law Institute project on the Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration. He served as chair of the International Commercial Disputes Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Benno is listed as a leading practitioner of international arbitration in Legal 500 United States and in Chambers USA 2013: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, where he is described as "an outstanding advocate." Additionally, Benno is recognized as a Litigation Star in the United States in the 2014 edition of Benchmark Litigation.


DANA MACGRATH, Counsel, Sidley Austin LLP, New York

Dana MacGrath has a broad range of experience in international arbitration and litigation as well as U.S. litigation. Dana focuses on the arbitration and litigation of complex commercial disputes and litigation in aid of arbitration. Dana has participated in numerous arbitrations before the leading international arbitration institutions as well as ad hoc arbitration panels. She also has served as an arbitrator in ICC international arbitrations. Recent international arbitration matters have involved a variety of business and industries, including oil and gas, LNG, finance, joint ventures and international investment vehicles.

In the context of international litigation, Dana has represented both U.S. and foreign parties regarding the enforceability of arbitration agreements and arbitral awards under the New York Convention. She has also been involved in disputes regarding forum selection and choice of law clauses, sovereign immunity and discovery in the international context. Dana is recognized as a leading practitioner of international arbitration in Chambers USA 2012: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business: “Dana MacGrath is noted for her experience in commercial arbitration and wins acclaim for her work serving a range of clients in complex disputes. Sources attest to her expertise and credit her as being ‘extremely hardworking and very smart.’“ Dana is also recognized as a leading practitioner in Expert Guide’s Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration 2013.

Dana is a member of the Finance Committee of the newly launched New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC). She is a member of the International Commercial Disputes Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and coordinates the Annual New York City Bar Vis Moot Practice Session. Dana is an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, where she teaches a seminar on international commercial arbitration and coaches the Brooklyn Vis Moot team. Dana is Chair of Y-ADR, the young arbitrators group of the CPR Institute. She writes and speaks frequently on the subject of international dispute resolution.


JACK MCKAY, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Washington

Mr. McJack McKayKay 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.


FERNANDO MANTILLA-SERRANO, Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP, Paris

Fernando Mantilla-Serrano is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration Group. He has represented companies, states and state-owned entities in international arbitration cases, with emphasis on international contracts, construction, energy, banking, corporate and general commercial matters. He has also served as sole arbitrator, party-appointed arbitrator or Chairman in domestic and international arbitral proceedings. Fernando Mantilla-Serrano is an expert on arbitration in Latin America.

Fernando Mantilla-Serrano joined Shearman & Sterling as a partner in 2003. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner and head of the international arbitration practice at Garrigues in Madrid, Spain; legal counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration; foreign associate with the law firm of Bracken & Margolin, New York; and in-house counsel for the Colombian Banking Association and for Acerías Paz del Río (steel mill). He appears in Latin Business Chronicle’s ranking of “Latin America’s Legal Stars 2013”, a ranking of the top 50 lawyers working in and with Latin America and the Caribbean in 2013.


MONIQUE SASSON, 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).


LAURENCE SHORE, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP , New York

LaurePhoto of Laurence Shorence Shore is a dual United States/United Kingdom qualified lawyer whose practice area is international arbitration.

Laurence has been the lead counsel in a large number of arbitration cases under, for example, the UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, Cairo Regional Centre, ICDR, and Swiss Arbitration Rules. He also sits as an arbitrator (ICC, ICDR, Cairo Regional Centre, LCIA, and UNCITRAL Rules). In addition to his work as an arbitration practitioner, Laurence tries cases in the United States courts. Laurence is a member of the New York, District of Columbia and Virginia Bars.  He is also a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales (with rights of audience as a solicitor-advocate, Higher Courts, Civil).

Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Laurence was a partner in the New York City office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; prior to Gibson Dunn, Laurence was a partner in the London, England, office of Herbert Smith LLP. He also has served as an attorney-adviser international in the Office of the Legal Adviser, United States Department of State, and he was a litigation associate at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. His law degree is from the Emory University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Emory Law Journal (1988-89). He earned a Ph.D. degree and a Master’s degree in American History from The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland). His undergraduate degree is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History, with highest honors.


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 ranked as a Notable Practitioner for International Arbitration by both Chambers Global 2013 and Chambers USA 2013, 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 2013 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 for 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 is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and regularly lectures on international arbitration in conferences and training programs, including programs for judges. Previously, she was also a lecturer at the Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Institut de Droit Comparé (Université de Paris II). She has published many articles on international arbitration, and is on the advisory board or council of numerous organizations. She is listed as an arbitrator with several institutions, including the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR – AAA), the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) and the Serbian Foreign Trade Court of Arbitration at the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.