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Arbitration 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say

"She is already getting more appointments than arbitrators with decades more experience"
"Stephanie is brilliant for tech sector arbitration"
"She is very knowledgeable and efficient"


A Canadian national with nearly 20 years of 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 and emergency arbitrator. She is on rosters for the ICDR/AAA and CPR, and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and vice chair of its New York branch.   

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 arbitrator, Stephanie has heard cases under a variety of legal systems and arbitration rules (eg, ICC, ICDR/AAA, UNCITRAL, SMA), involving diverse subjects such as financial services, intellectual property rights, sales and distribution relationships, executive employment, franchise agreements and technology development agreements.

Stephanie regularly participates as faculty in arbitrator training programmes run by leading organisations including the ICC, AAA/ICDR and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, among others. In addition, Stephanie speaks frequently about matters of practical and scholarly interest in arbitration, and is recognized for her leading role in raising cybersecurity awareness. She received the 2018 CPR Institute Outstanding Professional Article Award for her article, A Call to Cyberarms: The International Arbitrator’s Duty to Avoid Digital Intrusion, and serves on the ICCA-NYC Bar-CPR working group on cybersecurity in international arbitration, which won the 2018 GAR Award for Best Development and recently launched the 2020 Cybersecurity Protocol for International Arbitration.

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