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Princeton University, A.B., magna cum laude (1995)

Minor: East Asian Studies

Columbia Law School, J.D. (2002)

Honors: Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

Certificate of Achievement, Parker School

of Foreign and Comparative Law 






Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Fellow, American Bar Foundation


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New Mexico

New York


U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York



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Matthew Draper is the author of the the 2020 chapter on the law and procedure of international arbitration in the United States in Lexology Getting the Deal Through -- Arbitration 2020.​

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Matthew E. Draper FCIArb is an experienced litigator and international arbitration counsel.  He has served as an arbitrator in more than two dozen arbitrations.  He is recognized as a "Future Leader" in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2018, which reports that clients describe him as "an exceptionally gifted attorney ... a creative thinker,"  and "is very good on his feet.'"  Matthew is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for International Arbitration,  and Super Lawyers 2020 cites him as a "Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney" in New York. 


Matthew's commercial disputes practice focuses on energy and water-related disputes. Matthew regularly represents clients in transboundary water disputes. He has represented U.S. and foreign clients in courts and international arbitrations across various industries, including telecommunications, construction and transportation. Matthew also has significant experience representing financial services firms before industry arbitration panels and regulators.   


Matthew sits as an arbitrator in international disputes administered by the ICC and ICDR, and U.S. commercial disputes administered by the AAA.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and serves on the arbitrator rosters for the AAA's Large and Complex disputes and the ICDR's international panel.  He also sits as arbitrator in ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Rules.


Matthew is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and Co-Chairs the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the American Bar Association's Section on the Environment, Energy and Resources.  He serves as Chair of the USCIB Arbitration Committee's Sole Practitioner Subcommittee, and was a member of the ICC Task Force on Arbitration of Climate Change Related Disputes.  He is a member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre's Users Council, the International Commercial Disputes and the Arbitration Committees of the New York City Bar Association, and the New York International Arbitration Center.  


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 2020.


Matthew splits his time between the firm’s New York City and Santa Fe offices. Before co-founding Draper & Draper, Matthew was a litigator and international arbitration practitioner for more than a decade at WilmerHale, Sullivan & Cromwell, and Chaffetz Lindsey.


Matthew also has significant public international legal experience. From 2002 to 2003 Matthew served as a Junior Legal Officer in the Office of the High Commissioner on National Minorities, a division of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, where he advised the High Commissioner on public international legal issues. Matthew has authored numerous articles on a variety of international treaty law topics, and advises clients on various treaties, including the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and a variety of other bilateral and multilateral trade and investment treaties.


Matthew is a graduate of Princeton University (magna cum laude) and Columbia Law School (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar). Matthew served as the Articles-Submissions editor for the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and received a Certificate of Achievement from the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law.

Prior to attending law school, Matthew served for nearly two years as an aide to a Member of the Japanese parliament sitting on the Foreign Affairs Committee.




Natural Resources:

  • Montana v. Wyoming & North Dakota (U.S. Supreme Court) - Enforcement of interstate water compact

  • Defended an energy firm in a $90M gasoline blendstock dispute in AAA ICDR international arbitration

  • Defended a buyer in a $20M oil-trading dispute in New York state court

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

  • Defended 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

  • Represented U.S. energy services company in an expropriation claim against defendant corporations owned by a foreign government

  • Provided international technology licensing advice for a wave energy company

  • Advised a gas producer in settlement negotiations a Latin American transnational gas supply contract dispute


International Arbitration:

  • Acted as arbitrator in more than a dozen disputes administered by the ICC, ICDR, and AAA

  • Represents an Italian industrial machinery manufacturer in an ICC arbitration seated in New York

  • IFG v. Unifoods,  Slip Op. 14-cv-5207 (Sept. 29, 2015 E.D.N.Y.) - Enforced a Mexican food company's international arbitral award against a successor company of the award debtor

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

  • Attacked enforcement of a $1B foreign arbitral award in Federal court;

  • Petitioned Federal court to enjoin an arbitration for lack of the existence of an arbitration agreement

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


Investor-State Arbitration Advice:

  • Advising European bank on bringing treaty-based expropriation claims against Venezuela

  • 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


Appellate Litigation:

  • Successfully sought dismissal by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals of WWII reparations claims against German companies as being contrary to bilateral agreement


Finance Industry Disputes:

  • Represents Mexican private equity advisor in ad hoc UNCITRAL arbitration against major US private equity firm

  • Represented investor in dispute with broker-dealer in FINRA arbitration

  • Advised a European bank on legal recourse for the expropriation of its operations in Venezuela under bilateral investment treaties

  • Represented a prime broker of a major investment bank in $140M FINRA arbitration concerning complex options trading strategies

  • Represented a prime broker in a $60M FINRA arbitration concerning rogue trading at a hedge fund

  • Prepared the CEO of Morgan Stanley for testimony in litigation concerning claims of excessive compensation for N.Y. Stock Exchange executives

  • Defended Barclays Bank in the Enron class action litigation

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