Gabriela Lopez Stahl

Associate, Los Angeles



Gabriela Lopez Stahl represents and advises companies and sovereign states in international arbitration and mediation. Her practice focuses on investment treaty and commercial arbitration, as well as public international law.

Gabi represents clients in international arbitrations before major arbitral institutions and in ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL rules.  She has experience in many industries and core sectors, including energy, mining, technology, and industrial and real estate development.

Gabi is a Regional Representative for North America for the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Young Arbitration and ADR Forum.  She is actively involved in California's international arbitration community and in efforts to promote the growth of international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution in California.  She is a founding member of California Arbitration (CalArb) and a member of Young CalArb's Steering Committee.

Gabi is a guest lecturer in USC Gould School of Law's externship program.  She also frequently speaks, publishes, and organizes programs on issues of international law and international dispute resolution.  

Before moving to Los Angeles, Gabi practiced for five years in the firm's Washington, DC office.

At Columbia Law School, Gabi was Executive Editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and Editor of the Yearbook on International Investment Law and Policy. She also worked for two years as a Research Assistant to Professor George A. Bermann, Chief Reporter of the Restatement of the Law, The U.S. Law of International Commercial and Investor-State Arbitration.

Bars and Courts
District of Columbia
New York
Columbia Law School
Wellesley College


Gabriel Resources Ltd. and Gabriel Resources (Jersey) v. Romania
Representing the Canadian mining company Gabriel Resources and its Jersey subsidiary in an ICSID arbitration for US$4.4 billion under Romania’s bilateral investment treaties with Canada and the United Kingdom.

ACF Renewable Energy Limited v. Republic of Bulgaria
Representing the Republic of Bulgaria in an ICSID arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty relating to an investment in the renewable energy generation sector.

Moti Ramot and Rami Levy v. Republic of Bulgaria
Representing the Republic of Bulgaria in an ICSID arbitration under the Bulgaria-Israel BIT relating to a real estate development project.

Ad hoc arbitration by European investors against a State
Represented a European State in an ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL rules relating to an industrial development project.  The tribunal dismissed all of the investors' claims on jurisdictional grounds.

Speaking Engagements

Guest Lecturer, USC Gould School of Law Externship Program, 2022-2023

"Innovative Strategies for Effective Oral Advocacy in Arbitration," ICC YAAF, California International Arbitration Week, March 15, 2023 (opening remarks)

"A Day in the Life of an International Arbitration Practitioner," California Arbitration and University of San Diego School of Law, February 24, 2023

"Matter Management in International Arbitration," White & Case Internal Training, December 15, 2022

"Top 10 Tips on How to Better Match the Arbitration Process with Businesses' Expectations," ICC YAAF, California International Arbitration Week, March 16, 2022 (closing remarks)

"Breaking into Big Law," USC Gould School of Law, November 5, 2021

"Get to Know White & Case," University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, March 26, 2021

"Litigation & Transactional Work," Columbia Law School, March 11, 2021

Co-chaired the 2015 Columbia Arbitration Day Conference: "Back to Basics: Enduring Challenges in International Arbitration," March 6, 2015


Top 10 Tips on How to Better Match the Arbitration Process with Businesses’ Expectations, ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin, 2022, Issue 2

Recent Findings on Technology in International Arbitration, Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center Newsletter, Fall 2021 (co-authored with Brody Greenwald)

The Role of State Parties in Contract-Based Arbitration, Global Arbitration Review, August 6, 2019

Awards and Recognition

Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Columbia Law School

Parker School Certificate for Achievement in International and Comparative Law, Columbia Law School

Production Prize for Outstanding Service to the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Columbia Law School