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J.P. is a globally recognized international arbitration practitioner who handles all aspects of the international arbitration life-cycle, from strategic clause drafting and investment treaty structuring, to the merits phase and award enforcement. He has represented clients across a range of industries in international arbitrations under the ICC, AAA/ICDR, LCIA, HKIAC, SIAC, DIAC, JAMS, GAFTA, ICSID and UNCITRAL rules in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America and handles arbitration-related litigation, such as actions for interim relief in aid of arbitration, award enforcement, and 1782 actions. In addition to his counsel work, J.P. also routinely sits as an arbitrator in commercial disputes and is listed on the arbitrator rosters of many arbitral institutions.


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

  • New York
  • Angleterre et Pays de Galles
  • 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
  • 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
  • Casting for Recovery – Board Chair (2011-2017)

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

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Récompenses et distinctions

  • WWL Arbitration – Future Leader (2018, 2019)
  • Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing (2012)

Notable Quotes

  • "3 Things GCs Should Know About Enforcing Arbitral Awards,” Law360 (August 23, 2019)
  • “GE Case Asks High Court To Clarify Int'l Biz Uncertainty,” Law360 (July 3, 2019)
  • “Reed Smith Continues to Bulk Up International Arbitration Practice,” The American Lawyer (June 28, 2019)
  • “Boston Eyes Ranking Among Top Int’l Arbitration Hubs,” Law360 (June 18, 2019)
  • “International Expansion for Reed Smith and FTI,” Commercial Dispute Resolution (May 24, 2019)
  • “Reed Smith Nabs-Ex Baker McKenzie Arbitration Pro in NY,” Law360 (May 10, 2019)
  • “Reed Smith Continues Spring Hiring Streak with NY International Arbitration Pro,” The American Lawyer (May 9, 2019)
  • “High Court Decision Sets Arbitration, Court Power Balance,” Law360 (January 9, 2019)
  • “With New Law, The UAE Looks to Make Itself an Arbitral Hub," Law360 (March 20, 2018)
  • “DR-CAFTA Claims Loom Against Dominican Republic,” Global Arbitration Review (August 4, 2014)
  • “Companies with Executive Moves: International Chamber of Commerce - J.P. Duffy” Crains's Business New York (June 17, 2014)
  • “Empire State of Mind,” Commercial Dispute Resolution (August 1, 2013)
  • “Contractual Class Action Waiver Valid Despite NLRB Ruling,” Inside Counsel (March 26, 2013)
  • “Court Rules On Enforcement of Arbitration Agreements,” Inside Counsel (August 20, 2010)
  • “Casino Case Illustrates Danger of Limiting Territory for Enforcement,” Global Arbitration Review (September 2, 2009)
  • “Company Persists in US with Award Overturned in Qatar in Security Case,” Global Arbitration Review (August 21, 2009)
  • “Lawyers Wanted: Abroad, That Is,” The New York Times (November 21, 2008)