Danielle Morris


Morris, Danielle

Danielle Morris is a counsel in the Litigation/Controversy Department and a member of the International Arbitration Practice. She joined the firm in 2012.

Ms. Morris' practice spans both private and public international law. She has 10 years of experience representing clients in both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, including under the rules of ICSID, the LCIA, the SCC and UNCITRAL. She has represented clients in various sectors, including mining, oil and gas, financial services, construction, pharmaceutical and automotive. Among others, Ms. Morris has recently represented a government in an arbitration seated in London involving disputes under a contract to provide gas processing facilities; leading banks in investment arbitrations against an Eastern European State; a leading construction company in an investment arbitration against a Middle Eastern State; a leading pharmaceutical company in an investment arbitration against a Latin American State; and a leading aerospace and defense technology company in a dispute under a contract to develop and supply military aircraft.

Ms. Morris regularly advises clients on the substantive protections and dispute resolution mechanisms under various investment treaties, both bilateral and multilateral, and has represented both investors and States in investment arbitrations. She has also advised an African State regarding a boundary mediation.

Past Experience 

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Morris was a litigation associate in the international arbitration practice group at a law firm in Washington DC. In that position, she focused on investor-State arbitration, including an investment dispute under the Spain-Russia bilateral investment treaty. She was also a member of the trial team in a US securities litigation that resulted in a favorable judgment of almost $1 billion.

From 2008–2011, Ms. Morris was an attorney adviser with the United States Department of State, Office of the Legal Adviser, in the Office of International Claims and Investment Disputes. As a member of the NAFTA team, she argued part of the United States' case in Grand River Enterprises Six Nations, Ltd. v. United States. She also worked on Case No. A/15(II:A), a State-to-State arbitration under Paragraph 9 of the Algiers Accords before the Iran-US Claims Tribunal.

Professional Activities

Ms. Morris has taught both international commercial arbitration and investment arbitration at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She has also lectured at Duke University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center.

Publications & News


March 16, 2018

The Federal Arbitration Act's Principle of Non-Discrimination

A chapter authored by Gary Born, Danielle Morris and Margaret Artz, appearing in Part III: Complexities of Antitrust Rules Around the World of An Antitrust Professor on the Bench, Liber Amicorum, Vol. I by Douglas H. Ginsburg.

March 22, 2016

Investment in Iran After Implementation Day

Danielle Morris and Desley Horton identify factors investors should consider, including the use of international arbitration in resolving potential disputes and maximizing protection for foreign investment in this article published by Commercial Dispute Resolution, March-April 2016, pp. 43-46.

July 17, 2015

Enforcing arbitral awards in Sub-Saharan Africa–Part 2

An article by Steven Finizio, Danielle Morris and Kay Weinberg, published by Lexis@PSL Arbitration, 17 July 2015.

July 7, 2015

Enforcing arbitral awards in Sub-Saharan Africa–Part 1

An article by Steven Finizio, Danielle Morris and Kay Weinberg, published by Lexis@PSL Arbitration, 7 July 2015.

January 1, 2015

The Regulatory State and the Duty of Consistency

A chapter by Danielle Morris, published in The Role of the State in Investor-State Arbitration, edited by Shaheeza Lalani & Rodrigo Polanco Lazo.

June 11, 2013

Implications of the “Arab Spring” for International Investors in the Energy Sector

The Energy Law Advisor, Volume 7, Number 1 (June 2013)

December 2, 2012

Revolutionary Movements and De Facto Governments – Implications of the ‘Arab Spring’ for International Investors

Arbitration International, Volume 28, Number 4, p. 721, (December 2012)


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JD, Yale Law School, 2007, Editor, Yale Law Journal, Editor, Yale Law & Policy Review

BA, Humanities, summa cum laude, Yale University, 2002, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

New York




The Hon. Mark R. Kravitz, US District Court for the District of Connecticut, 2007 - 2008

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