Katherine Simpson

Arbitrator at Simpson Dispute Resolution, Inc.


Dr. Simpson is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA). Dr. Simpson has over twelve (12) years of experience in US domestic and international arbitration, both as arbitrator and as “tribunal secretary” – a legal professional that is comparable to a judicial law clerk, but engaged by leading arbitrators. Dr. Simpson has served as arbitrator in disputes involving the financial services industries, partnership disputes and the dissolution of joint ventures, travel and tourism, general commercial contracts, and consumer matters. She also has experience in arbitrations involving public-private partnerships, production sharing agreements, pharmaceutical testing, sport and anti-doping regulations, construction, general commercial contracts, energy, mining, renewable energy, investor-state dispute settlement, employment, labor, patent licensing, and tourism. Dr. Simpson is a member of the panel of many of the leading dispute resolution institutions around the world. She is a frequent speaker and author on arbitration, mediation, artificial intelligence, and equality issues.

Work History

Simpson Dispute Resolution, 2010-present (2010 – 2015 in Germany); 33 Bedford Row Chambers, 2018-present; Academic Affiliate, University of Michigan, 2018-present; Vice Chair, Ray Corollary Initiative, 2021-present; Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School, 2016 – 2020


Dr. Simpson has served as sole arbitrator in disputes conducted pursuant to the Commercial and Consumer Rules of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and in international disputes administered by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA-ICDR). She has served as sole arbitrator in contractual disputes in the travel and tourism industries (applicable law: England & Wales). She has also served as tribunal secretary in high value (US$ 2.6 billion) and complex cases, conducted pursuant to a variety of institutional rules, including those of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), and the Chinese European Arbitration Centre (CEAC). She has assisted in ad hoc arbitrations under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Rules (2010) and in investor-state arbitrations before the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).


Attended arbitration training with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), American Bar Association (ABA) Training Institute, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), Hague Academy on International Law, Cologne Academies on Arbitration and Mediation, Paris Arbitration Academy, and American Arbitration Association (AAA). Recent training includes: AAA Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New AAA Arbitrators, 2021; AAA Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards, 2021; Energy Arbitration, African Energy Arbitrators\" Forum, 2021; FINRA Dispute Resolution: Arbitrator Training Program, 2021; ACE21 Impartiality: Do You Know Where Your Biases Are? 2021; ACE20 Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility, 2021; ADS 19 - Case Finances: What Arbitrators Need to Know ICDR International Symposia in Advanced Case Management, 2019; ICC training sessions held in New York, Detroit, and Atlanta, 2018; FMCS - Becoming a Labor Arbitrator; FMCS - Arbitrating in the Federal Sector; A Practical Guide to the Consumer Arbitration, AAA\"s Administrative Review Council, 2022 ACE 22 - Process Essentials for AAA Arbitrators, 2022


Admitted to Bar, Maryland (2009) and New Jersey (2008) Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb.)


Dr. Simpson’s pro bono advocacy was shortlisted for GAR’s 2020 “Equal Representation in Arbitration”-Award. Dr. Simpson has been involved in the most influential arbitration cases of the past decade, including Mobil CN v. PDVSA, ICC 24156 (shortlisted for Global Arbitration Review’s (GAR) Most Influential Damages Award, 2012), Bear Creek v. Peru (ICSID 14/21) (elaborating the need for a “social license” to conduct business) and UP v. Hungary (ICSID 13/35) (GAR’s “Most Important Award” of 2019, regarding the ECJ’s Achmea Decision\"s impact on ICSID jurisdiction).


American Arbitration Association (AAA) Commercial, Consumer, Puerto Rico, and International (AAA-ICDR) Panels • Member of the International Centre for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) Energy, Construction, Employment, and Cross-Border Panels • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Panel of Arbitrators (CIArb) • Member of the USCIB ICC Panel • Member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) North America Users Council • Member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Panel


Arbitrator, 33 Bedford Row Chambers, U.K. Vice Chair, Ray Corollary Initiative Co-Chair, Women in Dispute Resolution (WIDR) Committee of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section Member, International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Member, ArbitralWomen Fellow, American Bar Foundation (ABF) Member, Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) Member, Atlanta International Arbitration Society (AtlAS) Member, Energy Arbitration Club (formerly Oil & Gas Arbitration Club) Member of the Peer Review Board, ICSID Review - Foreign Investment Law Journal

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