Rachael D. Kent


Vice Chair, International Arbitration Practice Group

Kent, Rachael D.

Rachael Kent is a partner in the firm's Litigation/Controversy Department, and a vice chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group. She joined the firm in 1998.


Ms. Kent represents clients in a wide variety of commercial and investment disputes in arbitration proceedings, under numerous substantive and procedural governing laws. Her experience includes ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, seated in both common law and civil law jurisdictions, including Bermuda, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris, The Hague, Vienna and Zurich.

Ms. Kent also has experience with the taking of evidence in foreign jurisdictions in connection with international litigation and arbitration proceedings. Ms. Kent is now resident in the firm's Washington DC office. She previously spent five years based in the firm's London office.

Honors & Awards

  • Ranked in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of Chambers Global for her international arbitration practice
  • 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 2012-2015 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

Publications & News


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 and Siddharth Velamoor, 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.

May 23, 2014

Chambers USA Ranks Top WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices in 2014 Edition

We are pleased to announce the names of the individuals and practice areas that are ranked in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

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.

March 11, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Holds that Arbitrators, Not Courts, are Entitled to Interpret Local Litigation Requirements in Bilateral Investment Treaties

October 4, 2013

Prospects for Further Market Access and Protections in China: US-China Bilateral Investment Treaty Developments

Recent Highlights

Ms. Kent has recently represented 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 an M&A transaction; a US company in an investment arbitration against a Latin American state; a leading US financial services company in arbitrations seated in Bermuda under excess coverage policies; a large European telecommunications company in arbitrations seated in Vienna involving the ownership of an Eastern European joint venture company; a major global manufacturing company in an arbitration of an M&A dispute seated in Hong Kong; a leading manufacturing company in an ad hoc arbitration seated in London involving disputes under a manufacturing supply agreement; and a leading manufacturing company in an arbitration seated in Zurich involving an intellectual property license.

Professional Activities

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


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

BA, Georgetown University, 1995

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia