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Helmut Ortner

Counsel

Ortner, Helmut

Helmut Ortner is a counsel in the firm's Litigation/Controversy Department, and a member of the International Arbitration Practice Group. He joined the firm in 2011.

Practice

Mr. Ortner focuses on complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. He is experienced in arbitral practice and procedure in civil as well as common law systems.

Mr. Ortner has acted as counsel as well as arbitrator in ad-hoc arbitrations and before major arbitral institutions (including ICC, LCIA and VIAC), at multiple seats and governed by a variety of substantive and procedural laws. He regularly counsels clients on conflict of laws issues and international enforcement of arbitration awards and judgments.

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Mr. Ortner is a regular speaker on international arbitration topics, and serves as a lecturer on comparative law and alternative dispute resolution at the University of Innsbruck, where he recently taught the course The US-American Legal System – An Introduction, and the Imadec University Vienna. He is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Vienna. In this capacity, Mr. Ortner also acts as coach for the team of the University of Vienna at the Willem C. VIS International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court.

Mr. Ortner has also published extensively on a variety of subjects and legal areas including topical issues of arbitration law.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Ortner has been awarded numerous awards, including the Franz Gschnitzer Award for excellence in legal research and writing, the Würdigungspreis of the Austrian Ministry of Education for excellence in academic studies, the conferral of the doctorate by the Federal President of the Austrian Republic, the Awards of the Eduard-Wallnöfer-Foundation as well as the Rudolf-Sallinger-Fund for outstanding legal research and writing and the Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship. In addition, Mr. Ortner has been featured in Who's Who Legal: Arbitration and was named a leading arbitrator in the 2017 and 2018 editions of Who's Who Legal: Arbitration - Future Leaders,  a guide profiling the foremost practitioners in the arbitration community. In the 2018 edition, client and peers credit his "deep and cutting-edge international arbitration knowledge," and say that he is "extremely hard-working and a very smart lawyer who stays calm even if under tremendous pressure."

Publications & News

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December 8, 2017

Who's Who Legal: Arbitration Recognizes 18 WilmerHale Lawyers in 2018 Edition

The 2018 edition of Who's Who Legal: Arbitration has recognized 18 WilmerHale lawyers for their industry-leading experience in international arbitration.

January 27, 2017

How to Apply the Applicable Law in International Arbitration

By Helmut Ortner and Yoanna Schuch, published in the Austrian Yearbook on International Arbitration 2017

December 20, 2016

Who's Who Legal Names Seven Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr International Arbitration Practitioners as "Future Leaders of International Arbitration"

Who's Who Legal has ranked Rachael Kent, Franz Schwarz, Duncan Speller, Maxi Scherer, Michelle Bock, Sarah Ganz and Helmut Ortner in its inaugural listing of the "Future Leaders of International Arbitration."

June 27, 2016

Comparative Study of "Arbitrability" Under the New York Convention Country Report for Austria

This memorandum by Maxi Scherer, Helmut Ortner and Yoanna Schuch sets out the notion of "arbitrability" as defined under Austrian statutory law and further developed by Austrian courts. Country Report for Austria, IBA Subcommittee on Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards, 27 June 2016.

May 1, 2015

Conflict of Law - Text and Materials (Third Edition)

Digest of national statutes, European law, international conventions and arbitral rules by Helmut Ortner with Thomas Tiede and Bernhard Koch, 2015 (third edition).

December 15, 2014

Private Law in Graphs

Textbook (4th ed), LexisNexis

November 18, 2014

Conflict of Law – Text and Materials (Second Edition)

Digest of national statutes, European law, international conventions and arbitral rules by Helmut Ortner with Thomas Tiede and Bernhard Koch, 2014 (second edition).

March 15, 2014

Religious Communities as Public Corporations

Article appearing in Walter Hetzenauer (ed), Colloquium Series, Volume 20 (2014) p. 35-89.

August 2, 2013

Conflict of Law – Texts and Materials

Digest of national statutes, European law, international conventions and arbitral rules by Helmut Ortner with Thomas Tiede and Bernhard Koch, 2013.

December 1, 2011

International Cooperation

Article appearing in The Executive December 2011

Speaking Engagements

July 31, 2017

Sixth ELSA Law School on Dispute Resolution

Vienna, Austria

July 17-19, 2017

Austrian Arbitration Academy

Vienna, Austria

March 29-April 5, 2017

University of Innsbruck: Introduction Into the US legal System

Innsbruck, Austria

July 31-August 7, 2016

Fifth ELSA Law School on Dispute Resolution

Vienna, Austria

July 17-29, 2016

Austrian Arbitration Academy

Vienna, Austria

February 12-13, 2016

University of Vienna: Advocacy in International Arbitration

Vienna, Austria

February 1-2, 2016

Masters Program at the Europa-Institut of Saarland University

Saarbrücken, Germany

January 22-23, 2016

Vienna Arbitration Days 2016

Vienna, Austria

August 2-9, 2015

Fourth ELSA Law School on Dispute Resolution

Vienna, Austria

July 17-29, 2015

Austrian Arbitration Academy

Vienna, Austria

Professional Activities

Mr. Ortner is a member of the Austrian Arbitration Association, the Young Austrian Arbitration Professionals, the Swiss Arbitration Association below 40, the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum, as well as the Austrian, American and New York Bar Associations.

Practices

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Education

MLE, summa cum laude, Imadec University Vienna, 2011, medal of the university for outstanding achievements

JSD, Yale Law School, participant in the program 2006-2010

ICC Masterclass, 2009

LLM, summa cum laude, Imadec University Vienna, 2008, medal of the university for outstanding achievements

LLM, Yale Law School, 2006, Fulbright Scholarship, Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship

Visiting Scholar, admitted to LLM program, Harvard Law School, 2005

Dr iur, summa cum laude, Innsbruck University, 2004, sub auspiciis praesidentis rei publicae

Mag iur, summa cum laude, Innsbruck University, 2002

Bar Admissions

New York

Rechtsanwalt, Austria

Languages

German

English

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