Anne Marie Whitesell is a member of the firm’s International Arbitration practice group. She is based in the Washington, D.C. office but works closely with the Paris office.
Ms. Whitesell has been ranked as a Notable Practitioner for International Arbitration by both Chambers Global 2013 and Chambers USA 2013, referral guides to leading lawyers based on the opinions of their clients and peers. She has also been listed in Commercial Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal 2013 and recommended as a National International Arbitration Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation 2012. Additionally, in 2012, Ms. Whitesell was recognized by Legal 500 Latin America for international arbitration and named one of Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Female Litigators in America.
Before joining Dechert, Ms. Whitesell was Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration from 2001 to 2007. She supervised approximately 1,100 international arbitration cases each year involving parties from more than 120 countries. She also worked closely with the 126 members of the International Court of Arbitration, who hailed from 88 different countries, and contributed to the institution’s profile and reputation around the world.
Ms. Whitesell has practiced with law firms in both the United States and in France and acts in numerous international arbitration cases both as counsel and arbitrator. Her experience includes cases in international sales, oil and gas, telecommunications, technology, pharmaceuticals, construction, management and finance contracts. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and regularly lectures on international arbitration in conferences and training programs, including programs for judges. Previously, she was also a lecturer at the Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Institut de Droit Comparé (Université de Paris II). She has published many articles on international arbitration, and is on the advisory board or council of numerous organizations. She is listed as an arbitrator with several institutions, including the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR – AAA), the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) and the Serbian Foreign Trade Court of Arbitration at the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Author and/or co-author of numerous articles on international arbitration, Ms. Whitesell is a regular speaker on programs concerning international arbitration. She has lectured in many training programs for government officials, judges, lawyers as well as at universities.
Smith College, A.B.
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
District of Columbia
Advisory Board, Arbitration Place, Toronto
ICC Commission on Arbitration and ICC Arbitration Rules Revision Task Force
Korean Commercial Arbitration Board
Director, Alternative Dispute Resolution Center, International Law Institute, Washington, D.C.
International Advisory Council, Cheung Kong Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, Shantou University, China
Adjunct Faculty Member, Georgetown Law School
Advisory Board, Heidelberg Center for International Dispute Resolution, University of Heidelberg, Germany
External Advisory Board, Center on International Commercial Arbitration at the American University Washington College of Law
Advisory Board, Georgetown University Law Center International Arbitration Society
International Bar Association and IBA Arbitration Committee
IBA working party for UNCITRAL Working Group II (Arbitration Rules Revision)
Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
International Club of Arbitrators
Venezuelan Arbitration Committee
London Court of International Arbitration
Arbitration Committee, United States Council for International Business
American Society of International Law
District of Columbia Bar International Dispute Resolution Committee
Former Vice President, International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI)
Former Honorary Lecturer, Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee, Scotland