Kirstin Dodge is one of the top mediators in the Swiss market this year. She is described as “calm, well prepared and in possession of great diplomacy skills”. Her practice focuses on representing clients in IP and investment treaty matters across several sectors.
Kirstin Dodge has been counsel at the Zurich law firm Homburger since 2006. Her practice focuses on representation of clients in international arbitrations, including with respect to intellectual property and investment treaty disputes as well as the energy and pharmaceutical industries.
Ms Dodge also has a certificate of advanced studies (CAS) in mediation from the University of St. Gallen Law School and is an accredited mediator with the Swiss Chamber for Commercial Mediation. Ms Dodge has served as a mediator in disputes involving cross-border patent licensing and pharmaceutical manufacturing between parties of differing nationalities and cultures. She also provides advice to clients regarding mediation clauses and preparation for mediation and assists clients during mediations.
Prior to relocating to Switzerland, Ms Dodge earned her legal degree (JD) at Harvard Law School then gained extensive experience as a commercial litigator in the US, where she was a partner at a leading Pacific Northwest firm. In that role, Ms Dodge represented clients before state and federal courts and administrative tribunals, and in mediations and arbitrations involving a wide variety of commercial disputes, including, in particular, energy and telecommunications matters.
Ms Dodge served as co-chair of the international arbitration committee of the American Bar Association's section of international law from 2015 to 2018. In 2017, her committee was awarded the section's Outstanding Committee Award. Ms Dodge remains a senior adviser to the committee and is a member of the section's international mediation committee. She regularly speaks at international conferences and conducts training on topics related to arbitration and mediation.