Katherine Simpson

Arbitrator at Simpson Dispute Resolution, Inc.


Dr. Simpson is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) with over twelve (12) years of experience in US domestic and international arbitration. 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. She has experience in high value and complex international cases conducted pursuant to the rules 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 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; 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


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). 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 twice shortlisted for Global Arbitration Review\"s (GAR’s) “Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge”-Award.


American Arbitration Association (AAA) Commercial, Consumer, 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, 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, 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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