New York Stories: Career Options, Opportunities and Challenges in International Arbitration (Morning Session)

Wednesday, November 17
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Sponsor – Arbitral Women


Morning Session:

In recent years, we have seen much change in the field of international arbitration, including many professionals in the field choosing to pivot to a different role. This has occurred despite the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic having a visible impact on the field.

As a testament to the exceptional opportunities New York has to offer, Arbitral Women will present a morning panel discussion among members of the international arbitration field who will share stories about their own professional changes and comment on career transitions they have observed in the field, illustrating the resiliency and perseverance of the members of our international arbitration community.

A request for CLE credit for non-transitional Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias for all NY Bar Members and law school graduates is pending for the Morning Session. To receive credit, please record the codes that will be displayed on the screen during the program and submit the CLE form (linked below) and evaluation. You must provide your state bar/ARDC number in order to receive credit.


  • Yasmine Lahlou (Moderator); Partner – Chaffetz Lindsey LLP & Board Member, ArbitralWomen; New York, NY, USA
  • Louise Woods (Moderator); Partner – Vinson & Elkins LLP & Vice President, ArbitralWomen; London, UK
  • Chris Alberti; Chief of ADR and General Counsel – Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA), former Assistant Vice President, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR); Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Lorraine Brennan; Independent Arbitrator – JAMS & Adjunct Professor, Georgetown Law School, formerly held positions with CPR Institute, ICC/USCIB, and Milbank LLP; New York, NY, USA
  • Dana MacGrath; Independent Arbitrator – MacGrath Arbitration & President, ArbitralWomen, previously Investment Manager and In-House Legal Counsel, Omni Bridgeway; New York, NY, USA
  • Dr. Friedrich Rosenfeld; Partner – Hanefeld Law Firm & Global Adjunct Professor of Law, NYU Law School in Paris (Spring 2022); Hamburg, Germany
  • E. Rainbow Willard; Trial Attorney – U.S. Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs, previously Counsel, Chaffetz Lindsey LLP; Washington, D.C., USA