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Draper & Draper's International Arbitration practice is ranked by U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" 2022 as one of the top nationwide arbitration practices in the United States.  The firm has extensive experience litigating cases before a wide variety of international and domestic arbitral tribunals.


The practice group is led by Matthew E. Draper FCIArb has represented clients in arbitrations administered by the American Arbitration Association’s International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and London Center for International Arbitration (LCIA), and in ad hoc international arbitrations under the Arbitration Rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).


Matthew has sat as arbitrator in dozens of arbitrations, both international and domestic, under the ICC, ICDR, UNCITRAL and AAA rules.  He is the Chair of the ICC USA/USCIB Sole Practitioner Committee, Co-Chair of the ABA Section on Energy, Environment and Resources' ADR Committee, and serves on the executive committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators New York Branch.

Matthew is the author of the chapter on the law and procedure of international arbitration in the United States in the current edition of Lexology Getting the Deal Through—Arbitration 2021.


  • Bringing claims in ICC arbitration seated in New York on behalf of Italian industrial machinery manufacturer against US customer

  • Representing Mexican private equity firm in claim for unpaid fees brought against major US private equity fund in UNCITRAL ad hoc arbitration

  • Defending a major international oil company in a series of billion-dollar arbitrations concerning a long-term joint production and marketing agreement relating to liquefied natural gas

  • Representing a Korean subcontractor in a claim for breach of a $100M road construction contract in Afghanistan against the prime contractor in AAA ICDR arbitration

  • Advising an international sports league on the enforceability in U.S. courts of a Canadian employment arbitral award

  • Representing European telecom company in multiple UNCITRAL arbitrations over control of a Polish telecom company

  • Defending a clinical research laboratory in a contract dispute with a major Canadian pharmaceuticals manufacturer in a London-sited arbitration

  • Representing a U.S. intermodal logistics company in an ICC arbitration against a Mexican railroad for breach of contract



  • Litigating the enforceability of a $1B foreign arbitral award in Federal district court.

  • Petitioning Federal court to enjoin arbitration in the absence of an arbitration agreement

  • Providing strategic advice to a Malaysian oil services company on the enforcement of a foreign arbitral award in the U.S.



  • Advising European bank on bringing treaty-based expropriation claims against a South American State

  • Representing U.S. energy services company in expropriation claim in Federal court against defendant corporations owned by a foreign sovereign

  • Provide multi-day training to a Latin American government in investor-State dispute resolution under bilateral investment treaties and the ICSID Convention

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Matthew Draper and Corinne Atton are the authors of the the 2022 chapter on the law and procedure of international arbitration in the United States in Lexology Getting the Deal Through -- Arbitration 2022

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