It is a great honor to be co-chairing the International Committee of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. We look forward to building on the great foundation that our predecessors have created and we hope to live up to their high standards.
Our vision for the upcoming year is that the International Committee is able to reach out even further beyond its current borders to lawyers around the globe. Having two Co-Chairs who are based on opposite sides of the world, who have international mind-sets and have both previously worked in the USA, highlights the diverse possibilities that we can all explore together.
“I look forward very much to further increasing the ABA’s good standing and profile in the Asia Pacific. The US legal system is highly regarded and many countries especially in Asia wish to learn from the experience, research and knowledge that lawyers in the USA possess and are willing to share. However, as we all know respect and learning has to be a two-way street and all jurisdictions are capable of bringing new ideas, cultural insights and innovation to the table. It is this flow of ideas and novel approaches to problems old and new which I find extremely exciting and engaging. So I am looking forward to working with all ABA friends and colleagues in the next twelve months.”
Danny is dually qualified as a lawyer both in Australia and the UK; he speaks Mandarin Chinese fluently and mediates regularly in Hong Kong and China. In 2009 he was appointed Interim Director of Mediation at the United Nations in New York and currently acts as the Regional Mediator Asia for the World Bank as well as representing CEDR in Asia. He has worked with people of all nationalities and understands the dynamics of mediating and arbitrating across national boundaries.
“Having spent 11 years living and working in Houston, Texas, and being a relatively recent recruit to the ranks of a US attorney (I passed the Texas bar in 2016), I am thrilled to have this opportunity to work with ABA members to expand and develop our presence internationally. As an international arbitrator, a large part of my time is spent liaising with attorneys across the US and the globe and managing cultural differences that arise. Building on the global international network for disputes attorneys is my key aim for the International Committee and I am really looking forward to the challenges that are ahead”.
Lucy is an English national and an international arbitrational arbitrator, dual qualified in the UK and US. She spent 20 years practicing international arbitration with two major law firms, working in London, Paris and Houston, before establishing her own practice in 2017.