Katherine Simpson

Arbitrator at Simpson Dispute Resolution, Inc.

Dr. Katherine Simpson is a full-time independent Arbitrator. Her educational and professional background enables her to quickly understand the issues at stake and to manage the arbitration process efficiently and fairly. Dr. Simpson has experience in large and complex, business, commercial, labor, investment, and employment disputes. Dr. Simpson is a member of the panel of many of the leading dispute resolution institutions around the world.


Dr. Simpson is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb). She has served as arbitrator in large and complex cases, as well as 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. She has experience in high value and complex international cases conducted pursuant to the rules of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), 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 National 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 the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Work History

Simpson Dispute Resolution, 2010-present (2010 – 2015 in Germany); 33 Bedford Row Chambers, 2018-present; Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution (2023-2024); Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Ray Corollary Initiative, 2021-present; Academic Affiliate, University of Michigan, 2018-2023; Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School, 2016 – 2020


Attended arbitration on Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), as well as 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).


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


University of Cologne, Dr. iur. magna cum laude in international law, international banking law, and comparative law University of Cologne, LL.M. oec. summa cum laude in international labor, social, and economic law University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D. with concentration in International and Comparative Law University of Bonn, Masters, European Studies Ohio University, B.A./M.A. in Political Science and International Relations


Dr. Simpson’s pro bono advocacy was twice shortlisted for Global Arbitration Review\"s (GAR’s) “Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge” Award.


American Arbitration Association (AAA) Large and Complex Cases, Commercial, Consumer, Employment Puerto Rico, and International (AAA-ICDR) Panels • Member of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) Panels of Distinguished Neutrals: Banking Accounting and Financial Services, Pro-Bono, Health Care and Life Sciences, Detroit ADR, Employment Disputes Panel-Midwest, Energy, Oil & Gas, and Cross-Border Panels • Registered with the USCIB for ICC appointments • Member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) North America Users Council • Member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Panel • Arbitrator with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) • Arbitrator with the Court of Arbitration for Art (CAfA) • Fellow of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals


Arbitrator, 33 Bedford Row Chambers, U.K. Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Ray Corollary Initiative, Inc. 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, 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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