John V H Pierce

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Mr. Pierce is the head of the firm's International Arbitration practice in the New York office. Recognized by the Chambers guides as "a crucial figure in the firm's global arbitration practice," Mr. Pierce represents clients in international arbitration matters in venues around the world, under both civil and common law regimes, and under the rules of all major arbitral institutions. He also represents clients in international civil litigation matters in United States courts.

Mr. Pierce's practice is focused on the resolution of international disputes, often involving multi-jurisdictional elements and parallel proceedings. He has extensive experience handling arbitration and litigation matters valued in the billions of dollars and involving highly complex issues of law and fact. Most recently, Mr. Pierce has represented a European manufacturing company in an ICC arbitration sited in London, under English and Japanese law, involving claims in excess of $3 billion. He has also recently represented a major European telecommunications company in three related arbitrations sited in Vienna, and related litigation proceedings in the United States, involving issues of Polish, Austrian and US law, and claims in excess of $2 billion.

Professional Memberships

Mr. Pierce is a Board Member and member of the Programs Committee of the New York International Arbitration Center; a founding member of the International Arbitration Club of New York; a former member of the International Dispute Resolution Committee and Committee on International Security Affairs at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; a member of the Federal Bar Council and a member of various international arbitration associations around the world (the International Bar Association (Committee D - Arbitration and ADR), the Association Suisse de l'Arbitrage, the Section of International Law and Practice of the American Bar Association and the International Arbitration Association in Paris). Mr. Pierce is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former Young Leader of the American Council on Germany.


JD, with honors, Georgetown University Law Center, 1996; École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France, 1993; BSFS, magna cum laude, Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, 1992; Certificat d’Études Politiques, Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, Paris, France, 1991