WilmerHale Continues to Grow its New York Office with Addition of James H. Carter, a Leading International Arbitration Practitioner

WilmerHale Continues to Grow its New York Office with Addition of James H. Carter, a Leading International Arbitration Practitioner


Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP is proud to announce the arrival of James H. Carter, who joins the firm’s New York office as Senior Counsel in the International Arbitration Group. With more than three decades of experience as an international arbitration lawyer, Carter is a noteworthy addition to the firm’s preeminent international arbitration practice.

Carter was a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP until 2010, where he served as the co-chair of its International Arbitration Group and chair of its Intellectual Property Litigation Group. Since 2011, he has been co-chair of the International Arbitration and Cross-Border Dispute Resolution Group at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP. Carter is widely recognized as one of the leading authorities in the United States on international law and dispute resolution, and has served as arbitrator or counsel in more than 100 arbitrations in venues worldwide. His work has often involved joint venture, international trade, intellectual property, securities and investment disputes.

Recently, Mr. Carter has represented a Japanese mining equipment company in an ICDR arbitration in New York, a Canadian gold mining company in UNCITRAL Rules arbitration with the Kyrgyz Republic in Stockholm, and an investor group in arbitration with the Government of Ukraine under the Environmental Arbitration Rules of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. In addition, he has extensive experience as counsel in US litigation involving commercial, corporate, antitrust, securities and intellectual property matters.

“Jim is an elite figure in international arbitration and, more generally, international law. His decades of experience with complex international disputes will complement our dynamic and energetic team in the United States and abroad,” said Gary Born, chair of WilmerHale’s International Arbitration Group. “I can think of no better addition to our team.”

“Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr offers one of the world’s premier international arbitration and dispute resolution practices and I look forward to adding value to their team and continuing to provide strategic counsel to clients with significant international disputes,” said Mr. Carter.

“We are incredibly pleased to welcome Jim to the firm. Our New York arbitration practice is very active, constantly seeking exceptional talent and we are confident that Jim will be a remarkable addition to the team,” added Susan Murley, WilmerHale’s co-managing partner.

“I am thrilled that Jim is joining our team and that we and our clients will have the benefit of Jim’s extraordinary expertise and experience in international arbitration and dispute resolution,” said John Pierce, head of the firm’s international arbitration practice in the New York office.

Mr. Carter is a former president of the American Society of International Law, a former chairman of the Board of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, former member of the London Court of International Arbitration, co-editor of International Commercial Arbitration in New York—a leading treatise on arbitration law, and an adviser to the American Law Institute’s reporters drafting the “Restatement of the US Law of International Commercial Arbitration.”

Mr. Carter’s profile extends beyond international arbitration to other fields of international law as reflected in his previous roles as chair of American Bar Association’s Section of International Law, an ABA representative to the United Nations, chair of the New York State Bar Association Committee on International Dispute Resolution and chair of the International Affairs Council of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

His prominence in the area of international dispute resolution is reflected in the many professional awards and recognitions he has received in the legal press, including being ranked in Chambers Global since their first edition in 2000 and most recently being listed in Chambers USA as one of eight “leading individuals” for international arbitration in the United States.

With decades of experience and more than 70 lawyers in the United States and Europe, WilmerHale has one of the leading international arbitration practices in the world. The team has been involved in more than 600 proceedings in recent years, having successfully represented clients in four of the largest institutional arbitrations and several of the most significant ad hoc arbitrations to arise in the past decade. The practice is consistently ranked in the top tiers of major legal directories, and has recently been named by the Global Arbitration Review as among the top five practices in the world.

Carter earned his BA from Yale University in 1965, was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cambridge in 1966 and earned his LLB from Yale Law School in 1969. After graduating from Yale Law School, Carter clerked for the Honorable Robert P. Anderson of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit before joining Sullivan & Cromwell. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York.