Advisors & Arbitrators

Depending on the wishes of the Parties to the arbitration, eQuibbly will either appoint an experienced arbitration attorney or a retired judge to resolve the dispute. Or the Parties can choose their preferred arbitrator, whether or not they are part of our roster. Please contact us to discuss the options.

An arbitrator does not have to be located in your jurisdiction for the arbitration Award to be legally binding and enforceable in court in your jurisdiction. Due to various national, state, and provincial arbitration laws and The Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the "New York Convention"), it is irrelevant where the arbitrator is located, or where a retired judge served on the Bench.

The arbitration decisions on eQuibbly are enforceable in courts of law in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, China, India and 143 other countries that are signatories to the New York Convention. A list of the signatory countries is available on the UNCITRAL website.

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Georgios Petrochilos

Arbitrator & Advisor

Formerly the head of the Paris arbitration team of a leading international law firm and of that firm’s public international law group, Georgios has a broad practice covering energy, commercial, investment and inter-state disputes.

Mr. Petrochilos has represented international organizations, states and private parties in more than 70 disputes, including some of the most critical cases in the European energy industry in the past decade.

He is an Avocat (France) and an Advocate of the Supreme Court (Greece), and registered with the Law Society of England & Wales. Georgios has published extensively on international law and international arbitration, including the well-known monograph Procedural Law in International Arbitration, and he is the co-author, with Jan Paulsson, of a forthcoming commentary on the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.

Georgios' working languages are English, French, and Greek.

EDUCATION

Doctorate, Oxford Law Degree, Athens

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Law Society of England & Wales
Current rapporteur of the International Law Association International Arbitration Committee
Represented a Member State at UNCITRAL since 2007

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Fred Cohen

Arbitrator & Advisor

In 2014, Frederick Cohen was named the Best Lawyers' New York City Litigation - Construction "Lawyer of the Year." Mr. Cohen has also been recognized as one of the leading construction attorneys in New York in the 2008 to 2014 Chambers USA Guide to America 's Leading Business Lawyers.

Mr. Cohen is a trial lawyer with more than 35 years' experience in construction matters. His experience includes resolving issues involving delays, defective performance and structural failures. He also has resolved many cases through arbitration and mediation.

Mr. Cohen's practice focuses upon the representation of owner-developers, nonprofit institutions, contractors and sureties in both the private and public sectors. In addition to his litigation practice, he has negotiated and prepared complex construction contracts for hospitals, university residence halls, office buildings and high-rise residential buildings.

EDUCATION

J.D., Brooklyn Law School
B.A., Alfred University

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

American Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
American Arbitration Association
UJA-Federation of New York's Real Estate Committee

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Deborah Massuci

Arbitrator & Advisor

Deborah Masucci is the former VP and director of arbitration of FINRA, the former VP of JAMS and the former Chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association.

Ms Masucci has arbitrated over one hundred and fifty matters including breach of contract, commercial disputes, employment disputes and professional fee disputes.

Deborah joined AIG in 2003 to establish its Office of Dispute Resolution in the Litigation Management Division where she was responsible for the strategic use of alternative dispute resolution. She held a Vice President position prior to leaving AIG in 2013.

Ms Masucci is member of the Commercial Arbitration panel for the American Arbitration Association, serves on the Consultative Task Force for the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, is the co-Chair of the Diversity Committee for the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, and is the co-Chair of the CLE Committee for the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar.

EDUCATION

J.D. New York Law School

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

American Arbitration Association
New York State Bar Association
International Arbitration Club of New York
International Mediation Institute

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Gary Born

Arbitrator

Gary Born is the chair of the 70-person International Arbitration Practice Group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, based in London and integrated with related practices in our New York, Washington, Berlin and Brussels offices.

Mr. Born is widely regarded as one of the world's preeminent authority on international commercial arbitration and international litigation. He is uniformly ranked by Euromoney, Chambers, Legal 500 and Global Counsel as one of the leading practitioners in the field. He is one of only two lawyers in the world, and the only lawyer in London, to receive global "starred" status in Chambers rankings for international arbitration. Mr. Born was chosen by his peers as the "World's Best International Litigator" in a recent survey by Legal Media Group.

Mr. Born has participated in more than 550 international arbitrations, including four of the largest ICC arbitrations and several of the most significant ad hoc arbitrations in recent history.

Mr. Born has represented companies around the world in arbitrations under all leading institutional rules (ICC, LCIA, AAA, Vienna, Stockholm, ICSID) and in ad hoc arbitrations in all leading international seats (London, Paris, Geneva/Zurich, Vienna, Stockholm, New York, Washington, Singapore). He has particular experience in joint venture, investor-state, M&A, investment banking and other financial services, project finance, energy, oil and gas, intellectual property and insurance disputes. Mr. Born also advises on the litigation of international disputes in US courts.

Mr. Born recently published the "International Commercial Arbitration, Second Edition", an authoritative 4,500 page work providing a comprehensive commentary on all aspects of the international commercial arbitration process.

EDUCATION

J.D., summa cum laude, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1981
B.A., summa cum laude, Haverford College, 1978, Phi Beta Kappa

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Vice President of the American Society of International Law
Board of Trustees of the British Institute for International and Comparative Law
American Law Institute
Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Court of Arbitration
International Advisory Board of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
Global Advisory Board of the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC)
International Arbitration Committee of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB)
Jerusalem Arbitration Center's Court of Arbitration
Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration
Advisory Board of African International Legal Awareness
Advisory Board of the Indian Journal of Arbitration Law
Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of World Investment and Trade
District of Columbia Bar Association

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Judge Rudy Apodaca

Arbitrator

Justice Apodaca served on the New Mexico Court of Appeals from January, 1987 through June, 2000. He was the Chief Judge from December, 1994 through January, 1997.

While serving in the appellate judiciary, Justice Apodaca heard a wide variety of cases and authored over 1,000 opinions in both criminal cases and civil appeals in areas including tort litigation, taxation, oil and gas law, administrative law, contractual disputes, family law, commercial transactions, and constitutional law. After his retirement as an appellate judge, he has served by appointment as judge pro tempore on the trial bench in the State of New Mexico, deciding both civil and criminal cases in both jury and non-jury trials. Justice Apodaca also has been an arbitrator, mediator or evidentiary hearing officer in numerous cases.

Justice Apodaca received the Seth D. Montgomery Distinguished Judicial Service Award and the Outstanding Judicial Service Award from the State Bar of New Mexico in 2001 and 2000 respectively. Previous to his time on the bench, he served as a trial lawyer for twenty-two years, representing clients in the areas of business and corporate law, administrative law, civil rights, contracts, commercial litigation, personal injury, products liability, real estate, adoptions, and criminal law.

Justice Apodaca served in the military from 1964 through 1966.

EDUCATION

J.D. Georgetown University


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS (past and present)

State Bar of New Mexico
State Bar of Texas
Hispanic National Bar Association
New Mexico State University President's Associates