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Rachael D. Kent

Partner

Vice Chair, International Arbitration Practice Group

Kent, Rachael D.

Rachael Kent is a partner and vice chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group at WilmerHale, based in Washington, DC. She joined the firm in 1998.

Practice

Ms. Kent has more than 15 years of experience representing clients in a wide variety of commercial and investment disputes in arbitration proceedings seated in common law and civil law jurisdictions worldwide. Her experience includes ad hoc and institutional arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, ICDR, WIPO, ICSID, UNCITRAL and others. She has recently represented parties in disputes in the energy, mining, aerospace, defense, pharmaceutical, construction, insurance, telecommunications, technology and retail sectors, among others.

Recent Highlights

Ms. Kent has recently represented a government in an arbitration seated in London involving disputes under a contract to provide gas processing facilities; a leading pharmaceutical company in an investment arbitration against a Latin American state; a leading technology company in an arbitration seated in New York involving disputes under a patent license agreement related to the semiconductor industry; a leading aerospace and defense technology company in a dispute under a contract to develop and supply military aircraft; a leading pharmaceutical company in an arbitration seated in Switzerland involving an intellectual property license; a leading global retail company in an arbitration seated in Hong Kong arising out of the acquisition of a subsidiary in China; a leading defense company in an arbitration seated in Brussels involving disputes under a software development agreement related to a military aircraft program; a leading mining company in an ICSID arbitration against an Asian state; a major global manufacturing company in an arbitration seated in Hong Kong involving disputes arising out of the acquisition of a computer business in Taiwan; a leading financial services company in arbitrations seated in Bermuda under excess coverage policies; and a large European telecommunications company in arbitrations seated in Vienna involving the ownership of an Eastern European joint venture company.

Honors & Awards

  • Ranked in the 2013-2016 editions of Chambers Global for her international arbitration practice. In the 2016 edition, she is praised for "her ability to translate complex legal principles for her clients."
  • Recognized as a national leader in the international arbitration field in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business, with a source cited as saying "she's always right on point and never misses a beat" 
  • Named to the Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2012 and 2013 "Best in Commercial Arbitration" shortlist by Euromoney Legal Media Group 
  • Recommended in the Euromoney Guide to the World's Leading Experts in International Arbitration and Global Arbitration Review's Who's Who in International Arbitration
  • Recognized by her peers as one of the world's leading experts in commercial arbitration in Legal Media Group's The Best of the Best
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2012-2016 editions of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of international arbitration
  • Named a leading practitioner in Expert Guides' Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law

Professional Activities

Ms. Kent has taught International Commercial Arbitration at the Georgetown University Law Center and the Duke University School of Law. She also frequently speaks and writes on topics related to international arbitration.

Publications & News

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March 23, 2016

Chambers Global 2016 Ranks WilmerHale Lawyers, Practices

Chambers Global has named 28 WilmerHale lawyers among “The World's Leading Lawyers for Business” in its 2016 edition. Additionally, the firm is ranked in 15 practice areas that span five regions.

March 17, 2016

International Arbitration Law360 Features Rachael Kent in Q&A Series

International Arbitration Law360 has profiled WilmerHale's International Arbitration Practice Vice Chair Rachael Kent in its inaugural Q&A series, which features insights from leading practitioners in the international arbitration practice.

August 1, 2015

Arbitrating with States and State-Owned Entities in Latin America

An article by Rachael Kent and Nicolás Costábile, published in the July-August 2015 edition of Commercial Dispute Resolution, pp. 66-69.

May 19, 2015

WilmerHale Practices, Lawyers Ranked Among Nation’s Best by Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2015 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 46 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale attorneys as leaders in their respective fields.

May 1, 2015

Availability of Class Arbitration Under US Law

An article by Rachael Kent and Marik String, published in Legitimacy: Myths, Realities, Challenges, ICAA Congress Series No. 18 (A.J. van den Berg, May 2015). 

May 1, 2015

Interim and Emergency Relief In International Arbitration

Rachael Kent co-authored two chapters in Interim and Emergency Relief In International Arbitration, published by Juris in May 2015.

March 12, 2015

WilmerHale Lawyers, Practices Recognized in 2015 Edition of Chambers Global

Thirty-two WilmerHale lawyers are named among "The World's Leading Lawyers for Business" in the 2015 edition of Chambers Global. In addition to these individual accolades, the firm is recognized in 17 practice areas that span six different regions.

February 2, 2015

Patent Arbitration: The Role of Third Parties

An article by Rachael Kent, published in the January-February 2015 edition of Commercial Dispute Resolution, pp. 58-61.

October 1, 2014

Revised LCIA Arbitration Rules

The London Court of International Arbitration (“LCIA”) has revised its international arbitration rules. The LCIA's revised rules, came into force on 1 October 2014.

March 14, 2014

Chambers & Partners Recognizes WilmerHale in its 2014 Global Edition

Thirty-one WilmerHale lawyers have been named among the “World’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in the 2014 edition of Chambers Global. In addition to these individual accolades, 13 of the firm’s practice areas were also recognized.

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Education

JD, magna cum laude, Duke University, 1998, Order of the Coif

BA, Georgetown University, 1995

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Maryland