Paul Friedland

Partner, New York


The “enormously respected” Paul Friedland earns praise for his extensive experience acting as counsel and as an arbitrator. He represents both investors and states in investment treaty arbitrations, as well as handling commercial disputes. “He's excellent; very well prepared and very smart.”
Chambers USA 2019


Paul Friedland is a partner in White & Case's New York office and global head (since 2002) of the Firm's International Arbitration Practice Group, which comprises 175 lawyers and is ranked No.1 by Chambers and Global Arbitration Review. Paul has served as counsel or as arbitrator in numerous international arbitrations, both commercial and investor-state, and is repeatedly ranked among the world's leading arbitration practitioners. 

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).

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
Columbia University School of Law

Law Review, Kent Scholar

Yale University
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Representation of the Republic of Macedonia in an ICSID case relating to a bankruptcy proceeding (Cunico v Macedonia).

Representation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in an ICSID case relating to a construction project in Saudi Arabia (Samsung v. KSA).

Representation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in an ICSID case relating to luxury stores (MAKAE v. KSA).

Representation of a US investor in an ICSID case concerning the electricity sector in Grenada (GPP v. Grenada).

Representation of insurer in coverage disputes arising from MTBE liability.

Representation of insurer in coverage dispute arising from losses incurred in Middle East strife.

Representation of medical technology company in a high stakes contract dispute regarding testing and FDA approval.

Three ICC cases arising out of JVs in semi-conductor business. Japanese and CA laws applied.


AAPL v Sri Lanka -- Rethinking Protection and Security for 21st Century Claims, Arbitration Academy 2016 The Berthold Goldman Lecture, 3 PARIS J. INT'L ARB. 605 (2016)

Fact-Finding by International Arbitrators—Sua Sponte Calls for Evidence, in Domitille BAIZEAU and Frank SPOORENBERG, eds., The Arbitrator's Initiative, ASA Special Series No. 45 (2016)

Differential Capacity and the Duty to Protect Foreign Investment From Physical Violence, Liber Amicorum en L'Honneur de William, (co-author with Robert Hornick)

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, 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)

Awards and Recognition

Chambers USA 2017
"Clients describe him as a 'go-to on major international arbitrations,' adding: 'Nobody knows how to present a case better than Paul.'"

Chambers Global 2016
"One of the most talented lawyers… He is extremely well known for his work on both investment treaty and commercial arbitrations in the energy, construction and insurance sectors"

Chambers Global 2014
"One of the most respected advocates on the international scene" and "one of the leading lawyers in the world"

Chambers Global 2013
"An excellent leader of the practice and an excellent counsel."

Chambers USA 2012
"'A wonderful person to work with,' [his] leading practice ... garners praise from market commentators for his strength in both commercial and investment treaty arbitration."

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'"

Chambers USA, 2008
"A 'tenacious, sharp and analytical operator who is always able to cut right to the heart of the issue'. Clients, meanwhile, have nothing but admiration for his 'flexibility and responsiveness'"