Madina Lokova

International Attorney, Washington, DC



Madina practices with the Arbitration Group in the Firm's Washington, D.C. office, and her practice focuses on investor-state, commercial arbitration, and complex commercial disputes under a range of applicable rules and laws.  Madina regularly represents clients in commercial disputes across different sectors, including the energy, metals and mining, construction, and renewables, as well as disputes involving shareholder, joint venture, and share purchase agreements.

Madina has represented clients in arbitrations governed by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Rules and before major institutions such as the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Madina is an active member of the American Bar Association, currently serving in the leadership roles in the ABA Young Lawyers Division, International Law Section and Section of Dispute Resolution.  She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. 

Madina is a dually qualified common law and civil law lawyer.  Prior to re-joining White & Case, she practiced law at several global and national law firms and at a major asset-management company in Russia and Switzerland.

Bars and Courts
District of Columbia Bar
New York
Russian Federation
Master of Law
University of Miami School of Law
Juris Doctor
Moscow State University


Speaking Engagements

Moderator, The Rising Arbitrator's Challenge: Navigating the Promise and Perils of Your First Appointment (The Rising Arbitrators' Initiative, 2020).

Faculty, ABA International Arbitration Skills Masterclass (2022; 2023).

Moderator, How to Get Evidence into the Trial Court Record and How to Keep It Out (ABA, 2023).

Moderator, How to Improve Your Direct Examination (ABA, 2023).

Speaker, VII Symposium on Salient Issues in International Arbitration (Washington, D.C., 2023).


Co-author, International Treaty Rights and International Law in the Time of a Pandemic, Swiss Chinese Law Review (June 2020).

Co-author, The Evolving Dynamics of Monetary Restrictions as International Arbitration's Next Big Challenge? Dossier XIX of the ICC Institute of World Business Law Series: Overriding Mandatory Rules and Compliance in International Arbitration (2022).

Madina Lokova, Career Opportunities in International Law, American Bar Association: After the Bar (January 2022).

Madina Lokova, Cryptocurrencies and Ponzi Schemes: What Do They Have in Common? ABA Young Lawyers Division TYL (November 2022).

Madina Lokova, ZF Automotive v. Luxshare: The Supreme Court's New Gloss on 28 U.S. Code § 1782 and What It Means for International Commercial Arbitration, 2024 J. DISP. RESOL. (2024).