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James M. Rhodes

James M. Rhodes
Commercial Arbitrator, Mediator & Counsel

Jim Rhodes is an attorney admitted to practice in the States of New York and Texas. A litigator, arbitrator and mediator with extensive international and domestic experience, as well as experience as a business executive and house counsel, he has served as an arbitrator or mediator in many commercial and investment disputes, particularly in the international sector. He specializes in high-conflict, complex disputes. In this regard, in the past five years he has served as Chairman, co-panelist or sole arbitrator in many commercial, investment and securities arbitrations conducted under the auspices of various institutions, including the ICC, the AAA, the ICDR, FINRA and the EDNY. He also has over 40 years experience as counsel in international arbitrations. In addition, he has served as mediator in over 75 commercial disputes, and is on the mediator panels for the AAA, ICDR, FINRA, EDNY, SDNY, the Commercial Division ADR Program of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County, and for Civil, General Equity and Probate Cases, New Jersey Courts.

He is a former partner with Battle Fowler (now Paul Hastings LLP) and Coudert Brothers, where he was engaged in a litigation, arbitration and antitrust practice. As a partner at Coudert Brothers, Jim was also the firm’s hiring partner for three years. Earlier in his career, he was an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, and a staff attorney with the Antitrust Division.

In addition to his legal career, Jim has a business background. He served as counsel and principal in several investment firms involved in the acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate properties and privately-held companies. He is Chairman of S. Gumpert Co. of Canada, Ltd., a privately-held, Canadian food company. From 1989 to 1992, Jim was President and General Counsel of Stanwich Financial Services, Inc., which was involved in the acquisition of portfolio assets from financial institutions.

Practice Areas

  • Antitrust and competition law
  • Banking and financial services
  • Bankruptcy, liquidation, work-outs and restructuring
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Contract disputes
  • Distribution, franchise and supply contracts
  • Employment and partnership disputes
  • Energy disputes
  • Licensing and intellectual property
  • International trade
  • Investment fraud
  • Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures
  • Partnerships
  • Securities
  • Shareholders


  • AAA Commercial Panel
  • ICDR panel of international arbitrators
  • ICC Arbitration Panel
  • AAA Panel of Mediators
  • ICDR Panel of Mediators
  • CPR Panels: Banking, Accounting and Financial Services, Franchise-Northeast, Cross-Border and New York City ADR
  • FedArb Panel of Participating Commercial Arbitrators
  • FINRA Board of Arbitrators
  • FINRA Panel of Mediators
  • Arbitration Panel of the U. S. District Court for the EDNY
  • Roster of Mediators for the U.S. District Court for the EDNY
  • Mediator Panel for the U.S. District Court for the SDNY
  • Roster of Neutrals for the Commercial Division ADR Program of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County
  • Roster of Mediators for Civil, General Equity and Probate cases of the New Jersey courts
  • Member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre


  • New York City Bar Association (Arbitration Committee on International Legal Practice)
  • New York State Bar Association (Dispute Resolution Section, member of Executive Committee, Co-Chair of International Mediation Subcommittee; International Section)
  • American Bar Association (Antitrust, Dispute Resolution, International Sections)
  • U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB/ICC Arbitration Committee)
  • Board of Advisors of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration
  • Director at Large, Board of Directors of the Association of Conflict Resolution, Greater New York Chapter, Vice President for Strategic Planning and Chair of Legislation Committee
  • Advisory Board of the Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration and Environmental Law at the University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
  • Founding member of The International Arbitration Club of New York
  • Former member of the Council of Overseers of the Jones School of Business, Rice University, Houston, Texas (2003-2009)
  • Member of Steering Committee which established and organized the New York International Arbitration Center


  • New York (1971)
  • State Bar of Texas (1965)
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Various U.S. District Courts


  • Rice University, B.A. (1962)
  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D. (1965)

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