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Philip Allen Lavovara

Philip Allen Lavovara
Commercial Arbitrator
c/o Mayer Brown LLP

Arbitration Experience

Chairman, sole arbitrator, or tribunal/panel member in arbitrations administered by International Chamber of Commerce, JAMS, International Centre for Dispute Resolution, American Arbitration Association, and Netherlands Arbitration Institute, as well as ad hoc arbitrations governed by Federal Arbitration Act, English Arbitration Act, etc.

Arbitral experience in matters including telecommunications, intellectual property, insurance and re-insurance, executive employment, construction, mining, heavy equipment manufacturing, licensing, pharmaceuticals, technology, partnership dissolution, acquisitions and earn outs, financial transactions, etc.

Mediation experience in matters involving financial services, securities, executive employment, technology licensing, contracting, franchise distribution, construction, insurance and reinsurance coverage, class actions, hedge funds, professional malpractice, etc.

  • Fellow, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London).
  • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators (elected).
  • Panels of Distinguished Neutrals (International, General Counsel, Banking Accounting & Financial Services, Insurance, and New York City panels), CPR International Institute for Dispute Prevention and Resolution.
  • Panel of International Arbitrators, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) (international affiliate of American Arbitration Association).
  • Chambers USA (2010; 2011, 2012) Band 1: Leading International Arbitrators.
  • Member, London Court of International Arbitration.
  • Member, International Chamber of Commerce Task Force on Production of Electronic Documents in Arbitration.
  • JAMS, The Resolution Experts: New York and Washington, D.C., panel of neutral arbitrators and mediators, 2004 to 2006.

Other Professional Experience

Management and international business; academic research, teaching and lecturing; government service and public policy formulation; corporate legal counseling, including securities, antitrust and corporate governance; litigation, including Supreme Court, appellate and trial litigation and regulatory enforcement.


  • Mayer, Brown LLP: Partner, New York and Washington, D.C., 1993-2003.
  • Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc.: Managing Director, General Counsel, and member of Management Committee, New York, 1990-1993.
  • General Electric Co.: Vice President and Senior Counsel for Litigation and Legal Policy, Fairfield, CT, 1988-1990.
  • Hughes Hubbard & Reed: Partner-in-Charge, Washington, D.C., 1974-1988; Associate, New York City, 1969-1971.
  • Watergate Special Prosecutor’s Office: Counsel to the Special Prosecutor, Washington, D.C., 1973-1974.
  • Office of the Solicitor General, Department of Justice: Deputy Solicitor General, 1972-1973; Assistant to the Solicitor General, 1967-1969, Washington, D.C.
  • New York City Police Department: Special Counsel to the Police Commissioner, New York, 1971-1972.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia: Law Clerk to United States Circuit Judge Harold Leventhal, Washington, 1966-1967.


  • Executive Development Program, European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD), Fontainebleu, France, Fall 1989.
  • Columbia University, J.D. summa cum laude, 1966. First in class each year. Awarded John Ordronaux Prize as outstanding graduate. Chairman of Board of Visitors, 1991-1995.
  • Georgetown University, B.A. magna cum laude, 1963. Pi Sigma Alpha academic honor society.


Articles published in Columbia Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Harvard Journal of International Law, Arizona Law Review, Delaware Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Inter-American Law Review, St. John’s Law Review, Law & Contemporary Problems, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, National Law Journal, and others.

Arbitration-related articles: Med-Arb, Arb-Med – A Case Study in Success, 5 NEW YORK DISPUTE RESOLUTION LAWYER 39 (Spring 2012) Class Action Arbitrations – The Challenge for the Business Community, 24 ARBITRATION INTERNATIONAL 541 (2008); The Rules of the Road: The Number of Options for Arbitrating International Commercial Disputes Has Grown, GENERAL COUNSEL: NEW YORK (November 14, 2005); The Varying Standards of Review of Arbitration Awards, NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL (August 2, 2004).


Academic lectures presented at Yale Law School, Columbia Law School, Duke University, Wesleyan University, United States Military Academy (West Point), University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Marymount Manhattan College, Hunter College, and others.

Arbitration-related presentations (selected): College of Commercial Arbitrators, National Summit on Business-to Business Arbitrations, 2009: CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution annual meetings, 2007, 2008.


Formerly Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science, Hunter College of the City University of New York; Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center and at Columbia Law School; adjunct lecturer at John Jay College, City University of New York.

Professional Associations

  • International Bar Association, Arbitration Committee.
  • International Arbitration Club of New York
  • Formerly Chair, American Bar Association Section of Individual Rights; Chair, ABA Special Committee on Amicus Curiae Briefs; and member, ABA House of Delegates (Delegate from the District of Columbia Bar).
  • District of Columbia Bar: President, 1988-1989; formerly General Counsel and member of Board of Governors.
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (1984-2009).
  • American Association of Appellate Lawyers.
  • American Law Institute (Life Member).


  • Counsellor for Legal Affairs, Permanent Observer Mission of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta to the United Nations, 2005 - .
  • Appointed by Governor Cuomo to the New York State Superintendent of Banks Advisory Commission on the Regulation of Transnational Banking Institutions, 1991-1992.
  • Appointed by President Reagan to Judicial Nomination Commission for the District of Columbia, 1981-1985.
  • Other appointments include Chairman of the Board of Trustees of District of Columbia Public Defender Service, various judicial conferences, and court committees.


  • Columbia University Medal for Excellence, awarded by Trustees of the University, 1975.
  • Charles A. Horsky Award for Outstanding Lawyering, Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, 1997.
  • Chambers & Partners, Award of Excellence for Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession, 2006.

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1967
  • District of Columbia, 1974
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1970
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York and for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Eleventh, and District of Columbia and Federal Circuits.
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, 2003.


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