Michelle Grando

Counsel, Washington, DC



Michelle Grando is a member of the international arbitration group. She specializes in international and cross-border disputes, with a particular focus on Brazil and Latin America.

Michelle has experience in ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL rules and arbitrations before institutions such as the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). She has also assisted international judges in disputes before the World Trade Organization (WTO). These cases have spanned areas such as oil & gas, electricity, mining, infrastructure, telecommunications, steel, gambling, customs and valuation services and retail.

Michelle's dual training in the civil and common law traditions allows her to understand the differences between various legal systems and structure advice accordingly.

Bars and Courts
District of Columbia Bar
Brazilian Bar (OAB)
New York State Bar
Harvard Law School
University of Toronto
University of Toronto
Federal University of Santa Catarina


Toshiba in three ICC arbitrations brought by SanDisk in connection with the sale of Toshiba's multi-billion dollar memory business.

Foreign investor in an UNCITRAL arbitration against a Central American state concerning tax related measures.

Brazilian mining company in insurance dispute.

Brazilian construction company in insurance disputes.

Oil and gas company in ICSID arbitration concerning expropriatory measures taken by a South American state.

Energy company in UNCITRAL arbitration regarding the expropriation of shares in a local company by a South American state.

International inspection and valuation services provider in an ICSID arbitration against a South American state.

Brazilian retailer in ICC arbitrations arising out of a failed merger attempt.

Telecommunications company in ICC arbitration arising out of merger with a Brazilian company.

South American state in UNCITRAL arbitration against a mining and smelting investor involving environmental questions.

Speaking Engagements

"The Arbitrator's Duty to Conduct the Process in an Efficient Manner", September 2017: Conference on The Duties, Rights and Powers of International Arbitrators, Washington, DC.

"The Procedure for Challenging Arbitrators", October 2016: III Pan-American Arbitration Conference, São Paulo, Brazil

"Arbitrability and Admissibility of Claims", May 2016: Joint Conference between Queen Mary University of London and the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce and the Brazilian Arbitration Council (CAM-CCBC), São Paulo, Brazil

"Claims by Dual Nationals against Countries of their Own Nationality", May 2016: ITA Young Arbitrators Initiative Talks, Washington, DC

"The Role, Duties and Powers of Arbitrators: Independence, Neutrality & Corruption", April 2016: Harvard Arbitration Discussion Series, Harvard Law School

"Arbitration in Emerging Markets", April 2016: Annual Symposium of the Stanford Journal of International Law, Stanford Law School

"Oil and Gas Disputes: the Latin America BIT Experience", March 2015: Practical Oil and Gas Issues in International Commercial Arbitration, São Paulo, Brazil

"Aspectos Fundamentais da Arbitragem Comercial Internacional" (in Portuguese), October 2014: CAMERS, Porto Alegre, Brazil

"An International Law of Privileges", May 2014: Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law Third Annual Conference, Stepping Away from the State: Universality and Cosmopolitanism in International and Comparative Law, Cambridge, United Kingdom

"La Contribución de América Latina para el Derecho Internacional de Inversión" (in Spanish), October 2013: Segunda Conferencia Bianual de la Red Latinoamericana de Derecho Económico Internacional, Lima, Perú

"El Uso de la Cláusula de la Nación Más Favorecida para Obviar el Plazo de Contencioso Local Previsto en Tratados Bilaterales de Inversión" (in Spanish), September 2012: VI Seminario de Arbitraje Internacional de Inversión, Bogotá, Colombia


Desafios para a Legitimidade da Arbitragem Internacional (in Portuguese) in 58 Revista Brasileira de Arbitragem, 2018. 

A Arbitragem no Setor de Energia: os Destaques da 4ª Conferência Anual sobre Arbitragem Internacional no Setor de Energia (in Portuguese) in 54 Revista Brasileira de Arbitragem, 2017.

Challenges to the Legitimacy of International Arbitration: A Report from the 29th Annual ITA Workshop, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 2017.

O modelo de proteção de investimentos do Brasil: os novos acordos internacionais (in Portuguese) in 12:1 Pontes, 2016 (co-authored with Jonathan C. Hamilton). 

The Coming of Age of Interim Relief in International Arbitration: A Report from the 28th Annual ITA Workshop, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 2016. 

Oil and Gas Investment Disputes in Latin America, Latin Arbitration Law, 2015 (co-authored with Jonathan C. Hamilton).

Brazil: Investment Promotion More than Protection, Latinvex, 2015 (co-authored with Jonathan C. Hamilton).

An International Law of Privileges, 3 Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law 666, 2014.

Estado y Futuro del Derecho Económico Internacional en América Latina: I Conferencia Bianual de la Red Latinoamericana de Derecho Económico Internacional (in Spanish), 2013 (edited with José Manuel Alvarez Zárate and Holger Hestermeyer).

Evidence, Proof, and Fact-finding in WTO Dispute Settlement, Oxford University Press, 2010.

Allocating the Burden of Proof in WTO Disputes: A Critical Analysis, 9 Journal of International Economic Law 615, 2006.