Apoorva J. Patel

Apoorva Patel is a senior associate in WilmerHale's Litigation/Controversy Department and a member of the firm's International Arbitration and International Litigation practices. His practice focuses on the resolution of complex international disputes through commercial and investor-state arbitration and international litigation. Mr. Patel has represented and advised clients across the globe in the construction and engineering, defense, energy, financial services, insurance, pharmaceutical, technology and telecommunications industries, among others. He also has extensive experience in litigation before US courts, particularly in cross-border disputes and matters involving foreign sovereigns.

Professional Activities and Prior Experience

In addition to his work as counsel, Mr. Patel serves on the Editorial Board of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law’s International Dispute Resolution News, is a Vice Chair of the ABA International Arbitration Committee, and is a member of the national leadership committee of the ABA Young Lawyers Division’s diversity initiatives.

Mr. Patel is also actively involved in many bar associations and professional groups, including the ABA, Young ITA, ICC Young Arbitrators Forum, Young ICCA, Young ICSID, District of Columbia Bar, Charlotte International Arbitration Society, and the South Asian Bar Association of North America.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Patel was a member of the international arbitration, litigation and intellectual property practices in the New York office of a global law firm. At Harvard Law School, Mr. Patel was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, a leading journal of scholarship on legal dispute resolution. He also advised the Ministry of Justice of Chile on a pilot alternative dispute resolution program through the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Co-author, US Supreme Court Rejects “Wholly Groundless” Exception to Rule That Arbitrators Must Decide Arbitrability When Contract Delegates That Question to Arbitrators, WilmerHale International Arbitration Alert (2019)
  • Author, Solving the Diversity Problem, Global Arbitration Review (2018) (on behalf of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration)
  • Author, Implicit Bias in Arbitrator Appointments: A Report from the 15th Annual ITA-ASIL Conference on Diversity and Inclusion in International Arbitration, Kluwer Arbitration Blog (2018) (on behalf of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration)
  • Co-author, US Appellate Court Permits Attachment of Assets in Suit to Compel Arbitration, LexisNexis UK LexisPSL (2017)
  • Author, A New Chapter in the Confirmation of International Arbitration Awards Vacated at Their Seat, Young ICCA Blog (2017)
  • Author, Evaluating the Reforms to India's Arbitration Regime, International Bar Association Arbitration News, Vol. 21, No. 2 (2016)
  • Co-author, International Arbitration in New York: A Practical Perspective, Indian Journal of Arbitration Law, Vol. 5, No. 1 (2016)
  • Speaker, Ethics in International Arbitration, Third British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Conference (2019)
  • Speaker, Is a ‘Minority Pledge’ Needed in International Arbitration?, International Council for Commercial Arbitration – Young ICCA and American Society of International Law – BASIL Workshop (2019)
  • Moderator, Transforming the Legal Profession, American Bar Association, Business Law Section Annual Meeting (2019)
  • Speaker, Men of Color Summit, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Spring Conference (2019)
  • Speaker, From School to Practice: Preparing Witnesses, Experts, and Document Requests, Georgetown International Arbitration Society (2019)
  • Speaker, Preparing Witnesses and Experts to Testify in International Arbitration, WilmerHale Seminar (2018)
  • Moderator, Breaking Into International Arbitration, New York University School of Law (2016)
  • Speaker, The Hughes Institute Litigation Training Program, Hughes Hubbard & Reed Seminar (2015, 2016)

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  • Education

    • JD, Harvard Law School, 2013

      Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Negotiation Law Review; Dean's Scholar Prize

    • BA, Duke University, 2010

      magna cum laude

  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • New York

  • Languages

    • Spanish

    • Gujarati

    • English