USCIB Arbitration Committee Hosts Corporate Counsel Luncheon

L-R: Josefa Sicard-Mirabal (ICC), Stephen E. Smith (Lockheed Martin), Mark Beckett (Latham & Watkins)
L-R: Josefa Sicard-Mirabal (ICC), Stephen E. Smith (Lockheed Martin), Mark Beckett (Latham & Watkins)

Stephen E. Smith, vice president and general counsel with Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, was the keynote speaker at an October 22 luncheon hosted by USCIB’s Arbitration Committee and held at the New York offices of Latham & Watkins, LLP.

Attended by over 40 legal practitioners, Mr. Smith’s remarks on “Reflections of a Corporate Counsel on International Arbitration” provided attendees with insight into the objectives and expectations of a Fortune 500 company in an arbitration proceeding.

Mr. Smith said institutional arbitration provides significant advantages over ad hoc arbitration and noted that ICC is well positioned as the world’s most international arbitration institution.

Other speakers at the luncheon included Josefa Sicard-Mirabal, ICC’s director of arbitration and ADR for North America, and Mark Beckett, partner at Latham & Watkins and chair of USCIB’s Arbitration Committee.  Additional topics addressed during a lively Q&A session that followed Mr. Smith’s speech ranged from e-discovery to controlling costs in arbitration.

USCIB’s Arbitration Committee serves as the contact point for the ICC International Court of Arbitration and its multi-faceted dispute resolution services.

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Staff Contact:   Nancy Thevenin

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Tel: 212.703.5047

Nancy Thevenin supports the USCIB Arbitration Committee and coordinates the work of the U.S. Nominations Committee. She works closely with USCIB’s Business Development team in ensuring a more comprehensive policy, legal and arbitration membership outreach to both law firms and corporations. Thevenin previously served as deputy director of the ICC Court of Arbitration’s North American marketing office. During her tenure, the group helped launch the ICC International Mediation Competition and developed USCIB Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF), with Thevenin drafting the proposal for the ICC to make YAF a global organization. Nancy then joined Baker & McKenzie as a special counsel in and global coordinator of their International Arbitration Practice Group. She left Baker in 2014 to start her own practice as arbitrator and mediator and continues to teach the spring semester international commercial arbitration course at St. John’s Law School.
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