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Jennifer Kirby



Current Employer:


Areas of Expertise:

✔ Commercial/Business ✔ Construction
✔ Contract Disputes ✔ Energy including oil and gas
✔ International ✔ Joint Ventures
✔ Mergers & Acquisitions ✔ Shareholder Disputes
✔ Sports


Jennifer began her career with a multinational firm as a New York litigator, representing clients in both international arbitrations and complex commercial litigations, with a particular focus on securities, insurance, mergers and acquisitions and white-collar criminal cases. From there, Jennifer went to the ICC International Court of Arbitration, where she served as both Counsel and Deputy Secretary General before leaving to join a multinational law firm as a partner in their arbitration group. In 2010, Jennifer founded her own boutique arbitration practice – Kirby.

Work History:

Principal, Kirby (2010-present) • Partner, Herbert Smith (2008-2010) • Deputy Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration (2005-2007) • Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration (2002-2005) • Associate, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett (1998-2001) • Associate, Proskauer (1995-1998)


The cases Jennifer has worked on cover the full economic spectrum, from relatively straightforward sale of goods disputes to complex cases concerning state contracts for the development of significant infrastructure projects, and involve parties and arbitrators from around the world.


New York Bar


While at the ICC, Global Arbitration Review named Jennifer one of the 45 top arbitration lawyers under the age of 45. Since then, Jennifer has been recognized by Chambers Global as “a true expert in ICC-related disputes” and by The Who’s Who of International Arbitration as a “very sharp” global player in the field.


American Arbitration Association (AAA) • Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) • Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA) • Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) • Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) • International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) • International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) • Swiss Chambers of Commerce


American Bar Association • American Law Institute • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators • College of Commercial Arbitrators • Finland Arbitration Institute Board • ICC Commission on Arbitration • ICDR International Advisory Committee • LCIA European Users’ Council • Swiss Arbitration Association


Jennifer studied History at Cambridge and Columbia Universities, and obtained her law degree at the University of Virginia School of Law.


Evolution and the Discoverability of In-House Counsel Communications (2018) • How Far Should an Arbitrator Go to Get It Right?, The Powers and Duties of an Arbitrator, Liber Amicorum Pierre A. Karrer (2017) • Efficiency in International Arbitration: Whose Duty Is It?, J. Int’l Arb. (2015) • Abu Dhabi Inv. Auth. v. Citigroup, Inc.: How the Southern District Approaches Motions to Vacate International Arbitral Awards, Int’l J. Arab Arb. (2014) • What Is an Award, Anyway?, J. Int’l Arb. (2014) • Finality and Arbitral Rules: Saying an Award Is Final Does Not Necessarily Make It So, J. Int’l Arb. (2012) • Witness Preparation: Memory and Storytelling, J. Int’l Arb. (2011) • T.Co Metals LLC v. Dempsey Pipe & Supply, Inc.: Are There Really No Limits on What an Arbitrator Can Do in Correcting an Award?, J. Int’l Arb. (2010) • A View from Paris, Mealey's Int’l Arb. R. (2009/2010) (co-authored with Denis Bensaude) • Insigma Technology Co. Ltd v. Alstom Technology Ltd: SIAC Can Administer Cases under the ICC Rules!?!, Arb. Int’l (2009) • With Arbitrators, Less Can Be More: Why the Conventional Wisdom on the Benefits of Having Three Arbitrators May Be Overrated, J. Int’l Arb. (2009) • Sourcing Unlimited, Inc. v. Asimco Int'l, Inc.: Appellate Jurisdiction and Equitable Estoppel, J. Int’l Arb. (2009) • The ICC Court: A Behind the Scenes Look, ICC Bull. (2005)


Jennifer is a citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom and speaks English and French. She works out of both Paris and New York, depending on which is most cost-effective for the parties.

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