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J.P. is a globally recognized arbitration practitioner who handles all aspects of the international arbitration life cycle, from strategic clause drafting, to lead merits and hearing counsel, through award enforcement and recovery. Recognized as a global leader and one of the ten “Most Highly Regarded” international arbitration partners in the Americas by Global Arbitration Review’s WWL, he has represented clients across a range of industries in international arbitrations conducted under all major arbitral rules, including those of the ICC, AAA/ICDR, LCIA, HKIAC, SIAC, DIAC, JAMS, ICSID and UNCITRAL in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. J.P. also routinely sits as an arbitrator in commercial disputes, and is listed on the arbitrator rosters of most major arbitral institutions, including specialized panels like the AAA-ICDR Life Sciences Arbitrator panel. Additionally, J.P. conducts arbitration-related litigation around the globe, such as judicial interim relief applications and multi-jurisdictional award enforcement and recovery proceedings, and is qualified in New York, England & Wales, and the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts.


  • St. John's University School of Law, 2001, J.D., cum laude
  • Colgate University, 1998, B.A.

  • New York
  • England und Wales
  • Dubai International Financial Centre Court

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York

  • NYSBA (International Section)
  • ABA (International Law & Practice Section)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - Fellow (FCIArb)
  • ICC Commission on Arbitration & ADR - Member (2013-2018)
  • ICC Institute of World Business Law - Member
  • New York International Arbitration Center – Board Member (2013-2016)
  • Institute for Transnational Arbitration - Advisory Board Member (2014-2016)
  • International Arbitration Club of New York - Member (2012)
  • Casting for Recovery – Board Chair (2011-2017)

  • Honorable Thomas C. Platt, U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York

  • Französisch
  • Spanisch


  • “Highly recommended” in 2023 edition of the Latin Lawyer 250 – Arbitration
  • Global Leader for Arbitration in the Global Guide, Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2023, 2024; Future Leader 2018-2022 (One of Ten “Most Highly Regarded - The Americas” 2021)
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for International Arbitration - Commercial, 2021-2024, and International Arbitration - Governmental, 2021-2024
  • Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing (2012)

Notable Quotes

  • January 2023, "4 International Arbitration Trends To Watch In 2023", Law360
  • 27 October 2021 "Will the pandemic lead to pharma disputes in Africa?GAR News
  • 21 January 2021 “9th Circ. Again Says No Arbitration For Indian Incense Co.” Law360
  • 7 January 2021 "Life Sciences Cos. Increasingly Turn To Arbitration" Law360
  • 10 July 2020 "2nd Circ. Arbitration Discovery Ruling Ripe For High Court" Law360 
  • 2 June 2020 "Justices Nix 11th Circ.'s 'Formalistic' View Of Arbitration Law" Law360 
  • 1 May 2020 "Experts: Impact Of HHS/Phlow Partnership On Drug Supply Chain Unclear" Inside Health Policy
  • 14 April 2020 "Lawyer Predicts Uptick In Supply Chain Arbitration Claims Amid COVID-19Inside Health Policy
  • 9 April 2020 "U.S. Drug Makers Continue To Face Hurdles Getting Chinese, Indian APIs", Inside Health Policy
  • 7 April 2020 “Trump leans on India to export his unproven coronavirus drug of choice—but it’s China that determines supply,” Outbreak
  • 1 April 2020, “COVID-19 update: coronavirus and the pharmaceutical supply chain,” European Pharmaceutical Review
  • 27 March 2020 “Coronavirus Disputes May Turn On Little-Known Clause,” Law360
  • 20 March 2020 “Coronavirus May Hasten Arbitration Technology Boom,” Law360
  • 23 August 2019 “3 Things GCs Should Know About Enforcing Arbitral Awards,” Law360
  • 3 July 2019 “GE Case Asks High Court To Clarify Int'l Biz Uncertainty,” Law360
  • 28 June 2019 “Reed Smith Continues to Bulk Up International Arbitration Practice,” The American Lawyer
  • 18 June 2019 “Boston Eyes Ranking Among Top Int’l Arbitration Hubs,” Law360
  • 24 May 2019 “International Expansion for Reed Smith and FTI,” Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • 10 May 2019 “Reed Smith Nabs-Ex Baker McKenzie Arbitration Pro in NY,” Law360
  • 9 May 2019 “Reed Smith Continues Spring Hiring Streak with NY International Arbitration Pro,” The American Lawyer
  • 9 January 2019 “High Court Decision Sets Arbitration, Court Power Balance,” Law360
  • 20 March 2018 “With New Law, The UAE Looks to Make Itself an Arbitral Hub," Law360
  • 4 August 2014 “DR-CAFTA Claims Loom Against Dominican Republic,” Global Arbitration Review
  • 17 June 2014 “Companies with Executive Moves: International Chamber of Commerce - J.P. Duffy” Crains's Business New York
  • 1 August 2013 “Empire State of Mind,” Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • 26 March 2013 “Contractual Class Action Waiver Valid Despite NLRB Ruling,” Inside Counsel
  • 20 August 2010 “Court Rules On Enforcement of Arbitration Agreements,” Inside Counsel
  • 2 September 2009 “Casino Case Illustrates Danger of Limiting Territory for Enforcement,” Global Arbitration Review
  • 21 August 2009 “Company Persists in US with Award Overturned in Qatar in Security Case,” Global Arbitration Review
  • 21 November 2008 “Lawyers Wanted: Abroad, That Is,” The New York Times