Paul Friedland | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Paul Friedland
Paul Friedland

Paul Friedland

Partner, New York

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“One of the leading lawyers in the world” and “one of the most respected advocates on the international scene.”

Chambers Global, 2014


Paul Friedland has been global head of the 2015 No. 1 ranked White & Case International Arbitration practice group since 2002. He is widely recognized as one of the world's leading authorities in international arbitration.

Paul has served as counsel or as arbitrator in numerous international arbitrations, both commercial and investor-state. He has argued ground-breaking cases, including the successful representation of SGS in an ICSID claim against Paraguay, which resulted in a landmark decision that expands the potential protection afforded to foreign investors under international law.

Paul's leadership positions include: American Arbitration Association (Executive Committee, 2011-14; Chair of Law Committee, 2008-14; Chair of Subcommittee on ICDR Rules revision, 2013-14), International Bar Association (Arbitration Committee Co-chair, 2014-15), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (Court member, since 2013), and London Court of International Arbitration (Court member, 2006-10).

A frequent writer and speaker on international arbitration topics, Paul is the author of Arbitration Clauses for International Contracts (2d. ed. 2007), which has been described as a "must-have for all practitioners working in the burgeoning field of international arbitration" (N.Y. Law Journal, April 2008).

Paul also has broad experience of US litigation, having secured favorable verdicts on behalf of his clients in two jury trials and one bench trial.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar
  • US District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Supreme Court


  • JD, Columbia University School of Law, Law Review, Kent Scholar
  • BA, Yale University


  • English
  • French
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Representation of national oil companies, ICC, 2014

Paul has represented four major national oil companies in a US$90 million ICC arbitration against a private oil company in relation to a dispute over the chargeability of certain costs to joint venture partners in an oil block in South-East Asia.

Major international insurance company, 2010–ongoing

Paul represents a major insurance company operating in the energy sector in several ad hoc arbitrations (all seated in London under New York law), including two outright victories in 2012 and two favorable settlements in 2011.

Post-M&A ICC arbitration in New York, 2014

Paul represented a European telecommunications company in a US$200 million claim against another European telecommunications company respecting a litigation indemnity in a New York law governed Share Purchase Agreement between the two companies. The case settled on terms favorable to Paul's client.

Major gas supply contract disputes, 2013

Paul represented a major gas supply company in two cases concerning disputes over long-term gas supply contracts price re-openers in the Middle East.

US$1 billion AAA arbitration for a US State, 2013

Paul represented a US State in an expedited AAA arbitration involving approximately US$1 billion in casino revenues payable under a gaming contract. Following a one-week hearing, the parties settled on terms favorable to Paul's client.

Government of Georgia, ICSID, 2007–12

Paul has defended the Government of Georgia in a series of ICSID cases.

Government of Bulgaria, ICSID, 2012

Paul defended the Government of Bulgaria in an ICSID arbitration brought by Plama Consortium Limited under the Energy Charter Treaty and a bilateral investment treaty involving claims of over US$100 million arising from the privatization of an oil refinery project. The claims were dismissed and Bulgaria obtained a substantial costs award.

US$100 million partnership dispute, 2011

Paul represented several investment entities in a US$100 million partnership dispute of a real estate development project in the Bahamas concerning the misappropriation of funds and other serious breaches of fiduciary duties. The Tribunal unanimously held that the other side had defrauded Paul's client, misappropriated funds and destroyed evidence, and dismissed all of its claims.

Major mining company in four LCIA and ICC disputes, 2011

Paul represented a major multinational mining company in four LCIA and ICC disputes with a large Eastern European mining company arising out of bauxite and alumina delivery contacts.


  • Drafting Considerations for Clauses Designating New York as the Place of Arbitration, in J. Carter & J. Fellas, International Commercial Arbitration in New York (2d ed 2016), (co-author with Damien Nyer)
  • Soft Law and Power, in S. Brekoulakis, J. Lew & L. Mistelis, The Evolution and Future of International Arbitration (2016)
  • The 2014 Revisions to the IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration, 9 Dispute Resolution International 55, 2015, (co-author with Eduardo Zuleta)
  • The Revised ICDR International Arbitration Rules - Key Changes, LexisNexis Arbitration, April 2014, (co-author with John Templeman)
  • Rabid Redux: The Second Wave of Abusive ICSID Annulments, 27 American University International Law Review 727, 2012, (co-author with Paul Brumpton)
  • The 2012 International Arbitration Survey: Current and Preferred Practices in the Arbitral Process, AMS Global Engineering and Construction Newsletter and NYSBA Dispute Resolution Journal, November 2012, (co-author with John Templeman)
  • Discoverability of Communications between Counsel and Party-Appointed Experts in International Arbitration, 28 Arbitration International 1, 2012, and 15 ICCA Congress Series 160, 2011, (co-author with Kate Brown de Vejar)
  • Negotiating and Drafting Arbitration Agreements with Chinese Parties – Special Considerations of Chinese Law and Practice, 28 Journal of International Arbitration 5, 467, 2011, (co-author with Bing Yan)
  • The New ICC Rules: Continuing Evolution of Case Management Powers to Control Costs and Delays in International Arbitration, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, September 2011, (co-author with Paul Brumpton)
  • "Drafting Considerations for Clauses Designating New York as the Place of Arbitration," in James H. Carter & John Fellas (eds.), International Commercial Arbitration in New York 71, 2010
  • "Controlling Cost in International Arbitration", 24 Japan Commercial Arbitration Association Newsletter, December 2009
  • Recognition And Enforcement Of Annulled Awards: From Chromalloy To Comity, The U.S. Story So Far, Mealey's The New York Convention: 50 Years of Experience, October 2008, (co-author with Judith Levine)
  • "Arbitration Clauses for International Contracts", Juris Publishing, (2d ed.), 2007

Awards & Recognition

United States Arbitration Counsel of the Year, Euromoney's Benchmark and Expert Guides, Global Arbitration Awards 2014

Chambers Global 2014; Band 1 ranking

"One of the leading lawyers in the world" and "one of the most respected advocates on the international scene"

Chambers Global 2013; Band 1 ranking

"An excellent leader of the practice and an excellent counsel"

Chambers Global 2012; Band 1 ranking

"Handles major commercial and investor-state cases and is acclaimed for his 'first-rate work'"

Chambers USA 2014; Band 1 ranking

"A widely recognized leader in his field. Clients highlight his longstanding reputation, noting that 'his experience has paid off - he anticipated everything and was right.'"

Chambers USA 2013; Band 1 ranking

"Very smart, knowledgeable, calm and detail-oriented… highly regarded for his abilities as both an arbitrator and an advocate."

Chambers USA 2012; Band 1 ranking

"A wonderful person to work with, [his] leading practice... garners praise from market commentators for his strength in both commercial and investment treaty arbitration."

Leading Lawyer, The Legal 500 2014

Friedland's "professional track record speaks for itself."

Leading Lawyer, The Legal 500 2012

Paul Friedland in New York is regarded as "simply the best."

Leading Lawyer, The Legal 500 2009

"He has carved a reputation based on a 'high degree of professionalism' and a capacity for 'inventive and lateral thinking'. Moreover, this New York-based partner is 'extremely bright and quick' and 'works well with inside counsel, as well as technical and business people'. Lastly, he is 'very well connected in the world of international arbitration and is well-known and respected by the leading practitioners and arbitrators in the field.'"