International Arbitration

Commercial • Investment

Elliot E. Polebaum

Elliot E. Polebaum is an independent arbitrator. He has been appointed presiding arbitrator, sole arbitrator, or co-arbitrator in numerous international arbitrations in both administered and ad hoc cases. He has been recognized in Band 1 by Chambers USA in the category of International Arbitrators where he is described as "a distinguished international arbitration practitioner with notable experience as both arbitrator and advocate in a wide range of arbitral proceedings" (2017) and "enjoys an outstanding reputation for his credentials as arbitrator with deep experience in disputes heard under all major institutional rules and in ad hoc proceedings" (2018). Mr. Polebaum is Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center where he has taught international arbitration since the 2004-2005 academic year and is the author of the treatise "International Arbitration: Commercial and Investment Treaty Law and Practice" (ALM/Law Journal Press 2015, 2016 and 2017 Updates).

While a partner at Fried Frank, Mr. Polebaum established the Firm’s worldwide international arbitration practice and headed it for more than twenty-five years while dividing his time between the Washington and Paris offices of the Firm. He has appeared as counsel before arbitral tribunals throughout the world in more than 140 international cases.

Mr. Polebaum was a member of the Board of Directors of the New York International Arbitration Center (2012-2017), is co-chair of the International Committee of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and a member of the Board of Directors of the CCA, and is a member of the panels of arbitrators of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the London Court of International Arbitration, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, and the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, among others. He is also a member of the Arbitration Committee of the U.S. National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce and the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR.

Before joining Fried Frank, Mr. Polebaum served as law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. and United States Circuit Judge James L. Oakes.

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