We combine years of leadership with our collective intelligence gained from thousands of arbitrations to help clients resolve disputes in private forums.

Our approach

In a world with less and less privacy and more and more complexity, arbitration helps clients control costs, manage publicity, minimize forum risk and increase the predictability of outcomes.

With over 150 lawyers whose experience spans thousands of proceedings, clients depend on us every day for positive, predictable arbitration outcomes here and abroad, from smaller recurring cases, to large bilateral commercial arbitrations, to massive multiparty proceedings.

When our clients need to start an arbitration, we prosecute those matters vigorously. When our clients face claims in court that should be in arbitration, or claims in arbitration that should be in court, we are knowledgeable in the efforts needed to stay or move those claims to a different forum. When our clients face claims as respondents in an arbitration setting, we defend them fiercely.

As recognized leaders in the field, our lawyers frequently speak and publish on issues and trends related to arbitration. We also regularly help negotiate clauses and develop dispute resolution plans for clients who recognize the value of a practical perspective. We have drafted arbitration clauses used in over 100 million contracts and have developed specialized arbitration rules, both public and private.

Who we work with

  • Public and private companies
  • Domestic and foreign investors
  • Government agencies and state, local, and foreign governments that engage in commercial activity or investment
  • C-suite executives
  • Licensed employees in regulated industries

Top arbitration developments of 2021

Law360 | December 22, 2021

This 2021 roundup of arbitration developments related to wage and hour law quotes San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Hillary Baca related to a September ruling in Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America v. Bonta, when a Ninth Circuit panel found that California’s A.B. 51, which cracks down on arbitration agreements, doesn’t run afoul of the Federal Arbitration Act.


Christopher M. Mason

Leader, Arbitration Practice

Phone: 212-940-3017

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