John M Townsend is a partner in the Washington, DC, office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP and chairs the firm’s arbitration and ADR group. Mr Townsend was appointed by President George W Bush to the panel of arbitrators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. He served successively as chair of the law committee, chair of the executive committee and chair of the board of directors of the American Arbitration Association. He served as a vice president of the Court of Arbitration of the LCIA, and is a member of the Arbitration Committee and the Challenge Review Board of CPR, and a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. He served as an adviser to the American Law Institute’s project to draft the Restatement of The US Law of International Commercial Arbitration. Mr Townsend has a degree in history from Yale University and a law degree from Yale Law School.