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Nicolle Kownacki is an associate in the Firm's International Arbitration and Commercial Litigation Groups. She represents and advises private companies, foreign sovereigns and international financial institutions in the resolution of international disputes. She has represented clients in arbitrations before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), as well as in litigation in US federal district and appellate courts. Her experience includes litigation related to the Alien Tort Statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1350, the US Anti-Terrorism Act, 18 U.S.C. § 2333 et seq., and the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. § 1 et seq. Ms. Kownacki is also actively involved in pro bono matters at the firm.
During law school, Ms. Kownacki served as a Managing Editor of the UCLA Law Review and Chief Articles Editor of the UCLA Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs. She worked as a clerk at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Office of the Prosecutor, in The Hague, Netherlands, and also conducted extensive pro bono research in Bogotá, Colombia, on witness protection programs for human rights victims.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Kownacki worked on extradition and mutual legal assistance requests to and from Latin America, as an international analyst at the US Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Office of International Affairs.
Are Antitrust Violations Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude?, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' The Champion Magazine, April 2012, (co-author with Eric Grannon)
Prospects for ICSID Arbitration in Post-Denunciation Countries: An Updated Approach, 2010, 15 UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs 529