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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

WWL says

Stephanie Cohen “has a great reputation” in the arbitration market as “a very sharp lawyer with excellent drafting skills”.


A Canadian national with more than 15 years’ experience, Stephanie Cohen practises exclusively as an arbitrator, based in New York. Dually admitted to the bars of New York and Ontario, Stephanie regularly serves as tribunal chair and sole arbitrator of international and domestic disputes, while also sitting as co-arbitrator. In addition, she is among the first 30 emergency arbitrators appointed by the ICC and has served as an emergency arbitrator for the ICDR.

Before launching her arbitrator practice, Stephanie cultivated specialised arbitration knowledge and procedural skills over a decade with White & Case, where she handled high-value, complex disputes, including matters arising in the energy and construction sectors, among others. As an arbitrator, Stephanie has heard cases under a variety of legal systems and arbitration rules (ICC, ICDR/AAA, UNCITRAL, SMA), and involving diverse subjects, such as financial services, intellectual property rights, sales and distribution relationships, executive employment and franchise agreements.

Stephanie speaks frequently about matters of practical and scholarly interest in arbitration, including as faculty for arbitrator training programmes. In 2018, Stephanie received the CPR Institute Outstanding Professional Article Award for A Call to Cyberarms: The International Arbitrator’s Duty to Avoid Digital Intrusion, and helped to form a Working Group on Cybersecurity in International Arbitration, which won the 2018 GAR Award for Best Development and launched a Draft Cybersecurity Protocol for International Arbitration.

Stephanie’s leadership positions include executive roles for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (New York Branch) and the NYSBA’s Dispute Resolution Section. Stephanie is on the arbitrator rosters for the ICDR/AAA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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