Apoorva J. Patel

Apoorva Patel is a counsel in WilmerHale’s International Arbitration and International Litigation practices. His practice focuses on the resolution of complex international disputes through commercial and investor-State arbitration and cross-border litigation. Mr. Patel has represented and advised clients across the globe in the biotechnology, construction and engineering, defense, energy, financial services, insurance, pharmaceutical, technology and telecommunications industries, among others. In addition to his experience in commercial and investment arbitration proceedings worldwide, Mr. Patel also has extensive experience in international civil and commercial litigation, disputes involving foreign sovereigns and their instrumentalities, and court proceedings relating to the enforcement or challenge of arbitration agreements and arbitral awards.

Professional Activities and Prior Experience

In addition to his client work as an advocate and adviser, Mr. Patel is a leader among international disputes practitioners and in the broader legal community. Among other roles, he is a Vice Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) International Arbitration Committee and International Litigation Committee, serves on the Editorial Board of the ABA Section of International Law’s International Dispute Resolution News publication, serves on the Global Advisory Board of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution’s Young & International Group, 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 global, regional, and local bar associations and professional groups.  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

Mr. Patel writes and speaks regularly on topics of international arbitration law and practice as well as issues of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. His recent publications and speaking engagements include:

  • Co-author, The Personal Jurisdiction Filter in the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in the United States, in International Comparative Legal Guides: Enforcement of Foreign Judgments (5th ed. 2020)
  • 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, Drafting an Effective Arbitration Agreement, Caribbean ADR Initiative Webinar (2020)
  • Speaker, Private International Law Practice, Georgetown International Law Society (2020)
  • 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, Skills in International Arbitration: 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