James P. ("JP") Duffy IV has joined Baker & McKenzie's North American Litigation & Government Enforcement practice as a Partner, adding 15 years of international arbitration and international litigation experience in complex commercial and investor-state disputes.

Based in New York, Mr. Duffy brings particular expertise in the energy, life sciences and technology sectors, in addition to deep experience working in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as India and Asia.

Throughout his career, Mr. Duffy has acted in over 70 international arbitrations before a variety of institutions including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), JAMS, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the Dubai International Arbitration Center (DIAC) and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

"International arbitration is a key area of need for many of our clients as they engage in business across borders," said Mark Taylor, Chair of Baker & McKenzie's North American Litigation and Government Enforcement Practice. "JP brings unique experience handling disputes in a wide range of arbitral venues, and this will be a tremendous asset to our clients as they seek to resolve complex global disputes."

Mr. Duffy has also represented clients in US state and federal courts in matters such as prospective relief in aid of arbitration, award enforcement, and actions under 28 USC § 1782 to obtain evidence in support of foreign tribunals. He is dual-qualified in New York and England & Wales.

Some of Mr. Duffy's representative matters include:

  • Representation of a U.S. company as claimant in an ICSID arbitration against the Dominican Republic
  • Representation of an Austrian company as claimant in an ICSID arbitration against Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Representation of the subsidiary of an Italian pharmaceutical company as respondent in an ICC arbitration seated in London brought by a Korean claimant

"JP brings an exceptional level of knowledge and experience in international arbitration, especially representing clients in the Middle East, North Africa and the Asia Pacific region," said Grant Hanessian, Chair of the Firm's International Arbitration Practice in North America. "Having previously lived and practiced in Dubai, he brings a familiarity with the region that few IA practitioners in the US can match. We are thrilled to have JP join our growing team."

The Firm continues to strengthen its international arbitration capabilities, having recently added leading IA practitioners Maria Chedid in San Francisco, Luis O'Naughten in Miami, and Teddy Baldwin in Washington, DC. In addition, the Litigation and Government Enforcement Practice continues to grow in North America, adding former DOJ attorney Mark Hamer in Washington, DC and former Canadian Attorney General and Minister of Defense Peter MacKay in Toronto in the last three months.

Baker & McKenzie's International Arbitration group is one of the world's leading practices, consistently ranked by Chambers Global and GAR, with more than 200 practitioners located in all of the major arbitral centers.

"I was drawn to Baker & McKenzie by its renowned global platform, which offers a tremendous opportunity to expand and enhance the international arbitration capabilities I can provide to my clients," said Mr. Duffy. "I am pleased to join its exceptional team of IA practitioners."

Mr. Duffy received his B.A. from Colgate University and his J.D. from St. John's University School of Law.

Mr. Duffy joins Baker & McKenzie from K&L Gates, where he had been a partner since 2013. Prior to that he was a partner at DLA Piper from 2011 to 2013 and an associate from 2006 to 2011.

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