James H. Carter

Senior Counsel

Carter, James H.

James Carter is a senior counsel in the New York office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Mr. Carter has more than 40 years of experience as arbitrator or counsel in more than 150 international commercial and investment arbitration cases.


Mr. Carter has represented European, US, Asian and other companies in arbitrations under leading institutional rules and in ad hoc arbitrations in all leading international seats. He has particular experience in joint venture, investor-state disputes, mergers and acquisitions, investment banking and other financial services, project finance, licensing, insurance and energy, as well as international sports law disputes. In addition, Mr. Carter has extensive experience as counsel in US litigation involving commercial, corporate, antitrust, securities and intellectual property matters.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Mr. Carter was co-chair of the international arbitration and cross-border dispute resolution group at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP. He was also co-chair of international arbitration, a position he held for more than 20 years, at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. 

Mr. Carter is a frequent guest speaker and the author of more than 50 articles and book chapters dealing with international disputes. He is the co-founder of the International Arbitration Club of New York and is a co-editor of International Commercial Arbitration in New York (2nd ed. 2016) and the editor of The International Arbitration Review (7th ed. 2016). 

Honors & Awards

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2013-2018 editions of the Best Lawyers in America. In the 2014 and 2017 editions, he was named New York City's Arbitration "Lawyer of the Year."
  • Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2003 as a leading individual for his nationwide international arbitration practice and named as a leading international arbitrator in 2009 through 2017. In the 2013-2016 editions, he is the only lawyer to be named a "Senior Statesman," and over the years impressed commentators stated Mr. Carter is "spectacular," "skillful, firm and efficient" and has "a legendary reputation as an arbitrator and counsel" and is "an icon of the international arbitration Bar" who is "masterful and understated," "intelligent, well prepared, forceful and convincing" and "would always be at the top of my list."
  • Listed in Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leader in international arbitration every year since 2000. The 2017 and 2016 editions noted Mr. Carter's "highly respected" and "legendary reputation as an arbitrator and counsel," and in the 2015 edition, he was lauded as "an icon of the international arbitration Bar" and characterized as "intelligent, well prepared, forceful and convincing." In 2014, a source said Mr. Carter is "'exceptionally talented and deserves his reputation' as one of the top arbitrators internationally." A source claimed in 2013 that he was "a leading international arbitrator who would always be at the top of my list."
  • Selected by peers as being among the world's leading commercial arbitrators in the 2015 and 2018 editions of Who's Who Legal: Arbitration
  • Inducted into Lawdragon's Hall of Fame as part of its 10th anniversary celebration. Mr. Carter is one of only six included on the 2015 "Innovators" list.
  • Named as one of the top 30 commercial arbitrators in the United States by Best of the Best 2015 USA: Expert Guide
  • Nominated in 2013 by Global Arbitration Review (GAR) in the category of "Best Prepared/Most Responsive Arbitrator"
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 US in the field of international arbitration
  • Recognized in the 2006-2017 editions of New York Metro Super Lawyers

Publications & News


March 16, 2018

WilmerHale Recognized for Outstanding International Lawyers and Practices in Chambers Global 2018

In the 2018 edition of Chambers Global, 33 WilmerHale lawyers were named among “The World's Leading Lawyers for Business."

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.

November 16, 2017

Advocacy in International Sport Arbitration

A chapter written by James Carter, published in Global Arbitration Review: The Guide to Advocacy.

September 7, 2017

The International Arbitration Review: Eighth Edition

The Law Reviews has published the eighth edition of The International Arbitration Review, with Senior Counsel James Carter serving as editor and author of the preface, as well as co-author of the United States chapter, along with Counsels Sabrina Lee and Stratos Pahis. Partner Duncan Speller is the author of the England & Wales chapter. Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. These chapters were first published in The International Arbitration Review, 8th edition (August 2017).

August 16, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2018 Best Lawyers in America®, Nine Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 107 WilmerHale lawyers and names nine partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 24th edition.

July 24, 2017

International Comparative Legal Guide to: International Arbitration

Steven Finizio and Charlie Caher are contributing editors to The International Comparative Legal Guide: to International Arbitration 2017. Franz Schwarz, Krystyna Khripkova, Jim Carter, John Pierce, Charlie Caher, Jonathan Lim and John McMillan also contributed chapters.

June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

May 26, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2017 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

March 21, 2017

WilmerHale Recognized for Outstanding International Lawyers and Practices in Chambers Global 2017

Chambers Global has named 27 WilmerHale lawyers among "The World's Leading Lawyers for Business" in its 2017 edition.

August 15, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2017 Best Lawyers in America®, Six Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 101 WilmerHale lawyers and names six partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 23rd edition.

Professional Activities

Mr. Carter is chair of the Board of Directors of the New York International Arbitration Center. He is a former chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association, a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland and a former member of the London Court of International Arbitration, for which he also served as vice president of its North American Council. He is an advisor to the American Law Institute's reporters drafting the Restatement of the US Law of International Commercial Arbitration and is a former president of the American Society of International Law.

In addition, Mr. Carter has chaired the American Bar Association's Section of International Law, as well as its Committee on International Commercial Arbitration, and served as the ABA's representative to the United Nations. He is a former chairman of the New York State Bar Association Committee on International Dispute Resolution and the International Affairs Council of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Mr. Carter also chaired the International Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association.


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LLB, Yale Law School, 1969

Fulbright Scholar, University of Cambridge, 1966

BA, Yale University, 1965

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New York


The Hon. Robert P. Anderson, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1969 - 1970

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