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Lisa M Richman

Lisa M Richman

McDermott Will & Emery500 North Capitol Street, NWWashingtonDistrict of ColumbiaUSA20001

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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

Peers and clients say

“Lisa is one of the best lawyers in the international arbitration space”
“She is an absolutely brutal and relentless cross-examiner—the kind that removes vital organs while smiling at the witness the entire time”
"Lisa is brilliant and energetic"
"She really gets into the technical aspects, works like an absolute machine, and can take information and make it her own in no time at all - she is really amazing"


Lisa M. Richman is McDermott’s Will & Emery’s Co-Chair of the International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Group as well as the Managing Partner of the Firm’s Washington, DC office. For nearly 20 years, Lisa has focused her career on international dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on international commercial arbitration and public international law. Lisa represents companies, individuals, and governments in arbitrations, litigations and mediations in a wide variety of industries seated in common law and civil law jurisdictions worldwide.

Lisa is recognized in the industry by clients, peers and others as one of the “most highly regarded” international arbitration specialists in the United States, and is praised for being “excellent” and “focused” in arriving at creative solutions for her clients. In July 2020, she was designated to the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators for a six year term.  She is listed on the arbitrator list of the VIAC, the LCIA’s database of neutrals and the USCIB Arbitrator Database (the ICC arbitrator roster for the US), and is a member of the SIAC Users Council.

She speaks and writes regularly on international arbitration related topics. In 2020, she co-authored an ebook COVID-19 as a Trigger for Force Majeure: A Global Survey (published by ALM) which covers 26 jurisdictions world-wide. In July 2020, she published a chapter on NAFTA and USMCA in the 5th edition of The Investment Treaty Arbitration Review. Wolters Kluwer published her book, Arbitrating under the 2014 LCIA Rules: A User’s Guide, in April 2015, an updated version of which is forthcoming in 2021.   

Lisa is a native German speaker, and also speaks Spanish and French.

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