Paul Friedland - White & Case LLP

Paul Friedland

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 212-819-8917

Practice Experience

Mr. Friedland is (since 2002) global head of the 2015 No.1 ranked White & Case International Arbitration practice group. He has served as counsel or arbitrator in numerous international arbitrations, both commercial and investor/state. Mr. Friedland's leadership positions include: American Arbitration Association (Executive Committee, 2011-14; Chair of Law Committee, 2008-14; Chair of Subcommittee on ICDR Rules revision, 2013-14), International Bar Association (Arbitration Committee Co-chair, 2014-15); Singapore International Arbitration Centre (Court member, since 2013), and LCIA (Court member, 2006-10).

"One of the most respected advocates on the international scene" and "one of the leading lawyers in the world" (Chambers Global 2014) (ranking Friedland as Band 1 for Leading Individuals and ranking the White & Case Arbitration Group as Band 1).

"'An excellent leader of the practice and an excellent counsel.' He regularly handles both commercial and investor-state cases." (Chambers Global 2013) (ranking Friedland as Band 1 for Leading Individuals and ranking the White & Case Arbitration Group as Band 1).

"'A wonderful person to work with,' [his] leading practice ... garners praise from market commentators for his strength in both commercial and investment treaty arbitration." (Chambers USA 2012) (ranking Friedland as Band 1 for Leading Individuals and ranking the White & Case Arbitration Group as Band 1).

"He has carved a reputation based on a 'high degree of professionalism' and a capacity for 'inventive and lateral thinking'. Moreover, this New York-based partner is 'extremely bright and quick' and 'works well with inside counsel, as well as technical and business people'. Lastly, he is 'very well connected in the world of international arbitration and is well-known and respected by the leading practitioners and arbitrators in the field'" (The Legal 500, 2009).

"A 'tenacious, sharp and analytical operator who is always able to cut right to the heart of the issue'. Clients, meanwhile, have nothing but admiration for his 'flexibility and responsiveness'" (Chambers USA, 2008).

"Clients praised his 'quickness of mind' and 'the seriously impressive speed at which he outpaces opponents or witnesses'" (Chambers USA, 2006).

A frequent writer and speaker on international arbitration topics, Mr. Friedland is the author of Arbitration Clauses for International Contracts (2d. ed. 2007), described as a "must-have for all practitioners working in the burgeoning field of international arbitration" (N.Y. Law Journal, April 2008).

Mr. Friedland also has broad experience of US litigation, having secured favorable verdicts on behalf of his clients in two jury trials and one bench trial.

Additional Information

Court Admissions
  • US District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Supreme Court
Yale UniversityBA Columbia University School of LawJ.D.

Client Comments

"Paul Friedland is distinguished as having deep knowledge. He is highly experienced with high moral character. He is easy to communicate with, confident, and convincing."

"Paul is a real pro in international arbitration and has a thorough understanding of the key players in that community. He is extremely intelligent and is backed by a strong team. He is easy to work with, is very responsive, and is very good to work with."

-Stephen Smith
Lockheed Martin

Office Location

1155 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036-2787
United States

Practice Areas

International Arbitration - Commercial
International Arbitration - Governmental

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