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Robert B. Davidson

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Arbitrator and Mediator, JAMS


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Mr. Davidson is a retired senior litigation partner of a major international law firm and the Executive Director of JAMS Arbitration Practice. He is widely recognized as one of the world's leading international arbitrators.

Mr. Davidson has acted as sole arbitrator, chairman or member of a tripartite panel in over 200 domestic and international arbitrations conducted under the rules of various institutions including the Rules of the ICC, the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, the Rules of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute, the LCIA, the CPR non-administered rules, the ICDR (AAA) International Rules, the CIETAC Arbitration Rules and the Domestic Arbitration Rules of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. Prior to his retirement from practice, he also acted as counsel to parties appearing before various arbitral institutions, including acting as lead counsel in eleven cases before the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal (more than any other lawyer), cases before the U.N. Compensation Commission (established to determine claims against Iraq arising out of the first Gulf war), cases before domestic panels, the International Chamber of Commerce, the Netherlands Arbitration Institute, and ad hoc panels. In addition, he represented clients in over 100 arbitrations administered by the American Arbitration Association and the ICDR. Mr. Davidson has been listed as one of the world’s Leading International Arbitrators since 2010 by Chambers-USA-America’s Leading Lawyers for Business where he has been recognized and praised in Band 1 for International Arbitration: 2011—“Easy to work with and fantastically knowledgeable” 2012—A “preeminent figure in the market” and praised “for his expert practice as both an arbitrator and mediator.” He was particularly noted for his strong technical capabilities with an increasing focus on European cases to complement his strong expertise in Asia 2013—A “fountain of knowledge and always at the forefront of cutting-edge arbitration issues,” and “a preeminent figure in the market...noted for his strong technical capabilities” 2014—An arbitrator who “can really cut through the smoke and mirrors effectively,” with a significant amount of experience as both a sole arbitrator and a panel member 2015—“An excellent and incredibly efficient” individual who “really has an instinct for arbitration” 2016—“Superb” and “a dynamic guy who really knows the business” 2017—“Smart and very capable” and “one of the go-to guys in New York” for arbitration matters in areas such as aviation, energy, intellectual property and real estate 2018—Mr. Davidson impressed interviewees with his “common-sense approach to technical issues” and his “calm and sage demeanor” 2019—Drawing praise for his extensive experience sitting as an arbitrator. “Bob is great,” says an interviewee, explaining that “he's even-keeled, smart, unflappable, and has a deft touch”


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