Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, New York
Why international arbitration?
The short answer: I love it. The long answer: I feel at home in an environment with different languages and legal traditions, conflict of laws and public international law issues.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
All of the cases, including the Venezuelan expropriations, in which I worked with Timothy Nelson - he is a superb advocate.
Who do you consider your mentor?
John Gardiner, head of the international litigation and arbitration group at Skadden.
Who else in the field do you admire?
Judith Gill QC and Lucy Reed.
What other career might you have chosen?
A photo reporter.
What advice would you give someone just starting out?
Find the ways in which you add value to a case or your practice group generally. Build on your strengths, work on your weaknesses.
Do you sit as an arbitrator?
Yes. I was appointed for the first time by ICC through the Canadian national committee. I was just under 35.
What are the biggest challenges facing arbitration?
Credibility in the eyes of users. Our clients are looking for results, and we have to deliver.
What’s been your most memorable moment in a hearing?
Arbitrating against a Texan litigator over twice my age who made the arbitration look like a jury trial.
What’s your favourite city to arbitrate in?
New York and London. “Entre les deux mon coeur balance.”
What’s your favourite restaurant?
Public Restaurant in Nolita, Manhattan.