DRI Faculty List

Hot Topics in International Dispute Resolution Seminar

William Fry Law Firm | Dublin, Ireland | 31 - June 2 May, 2017

Philipp Behrendt
Taylor Wessing

Philipp Behrendt is a litigation partner with Taylor Wessing. Philipp Behrendt represents clients in German courts in commercial disputes. Furthermore, he supports clients in proceedings in foreign courts, in particular in the USA, in which he advises about strategic aspects of the litigation, coordinates teams of local counsel and assists in all further aspects, in particular relating to pre-trial discovery proceedings. Philipp focuses on the representation in product liability cases and advises on product safety laws. He further advises on a broad range of commercial disputes. He is member of the German-Indian-Lawyers-Association, the German Society for Distribution Law, the International Section of the German Lawyers Association and DRI where he is the Country Chair for Germany and Program Chair for the 2017 Hot Topics in International Dispute Resolution Seminar .

Roderick "Roddy" Bourke
McCann Fitzgerald

Roderick "Roddy" Bourke is a litigation partner in McCann FitzGerald Dublin specialising in product liability, insurance and commercial disputes.

Richard Breen
William Fry

Richard Breen with the law firm of William Fry in Dublin, advises various institutional, national, multinational, State agencies and private clients in dispute resolution at mediations, arbitrations (domestic and international) and before the Commercial Court, High Court and Circuit Court and at statutory inquiries. His practice areas include:- product liability defence (pharma, tobacco, motor and computer manufacturers); commercial contract and shareholder disputes; property and construction disputes; equine disputes; landlord and tenant disputes; commercial rates and Valuation Tribunal appeals; and maritime/ship arrest. Richard is a member of the firm's FDI Group with a particular focus on India. He is a committee member of the Ireland India Business Association and spent three months on secondment in New Delhi in 2014 in the International Arbitration Practice Group of one of India's largest law firms. He is a CEDR Accredited Mediator, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, committee member of Arbitration Ireland and has been a member of DRI since 2007

Michael Byrne

Michael Byrne is a partner in the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department with Matheson in Dublin. Michael advises on public law, regulatory and administrative law disputes, as well as more general commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on financial services litigation, defamation and product liability litigation. Michael has written articles published in the national press and has contributed to publications, including the Practical Law Company Dispute Resolution Multi-Jurisdictional Guide 2014/2015 and the International Comparative Guide to Product Liability 2003-2014. Michael serves as Honorary Treasurer of the Commercial Litigation Association of Ireland.

Charles-Henri Caron
Senior Associate
Hogan Lovells International LLP

Charles-Henri Caron is a Senior Associate in the Litigation department of Hogan Lovells in Paris. Charles-Henri works extensively with French and international pharmaceutical companies, biotech companies and medical devices manufacturers in commercial litigation, product liability and group actions. He notably represents companies in mass litigation cases involving thousands of plaintiffs and has specific experience in complex product liability matters, particularly multi-jurisdiction bodily injury cases and the cross-border coordination these cases require.

Katie Chandler
Taylor Wessing

Katie Chandler is senior counsel with Taylor Wessing in the Disputes & Investigations group and specialises in advising clients in complex multijurisdictional litigation relating to high-value commercial disputes. Katie has particular expertise in shareholder disputes, technology disputes fraud, corporate crime and investigations, professional negligence and product liability disputes.

Alexandros Chatzinerantzis

Alexandros Chatzinerantzis with Linklaters in Frankfurt is an expert in complex domestic and international litigation and arbitration with a special focus on disputes in the energy sector, construction, commercial and corporate disputes. He is also a certified mediator and has conducted ad hoc and institutional arbitrations under the rules of ICC, DIS, NAI and UNCITRAL in more than 40 cases. Alexandros has been repeatedly recommended as a leading lawyer for litigation and arbitration by Chambers, Legal 500, JUVE and Best Lawyers.

Orla Clayton
Arthur Cox

Orla Clayton is a Senior Associate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution group of Arthur Cox in Dublin, where she provides a wide range of product liability, product safety, regulatory and commercial and personal injuries litigation advice to companies and organisations within the life sciences, food, alcoholic beverage, agribusiness, healthcare, cosmetics, consumer goods and retail sectors. Orla regularly advises on both general and sector-specific EU and national requirements in relation to a wide range of products.

Laura Cooke
Clyde & Co

Laura Cooke is a partner in Clyde & Co of London, one of the world's most prominent law firms in insurance, trade and transport. Laura specialises in liability insurance, particularly relating to financial institutions and D&O.

Christelle Coslin
Senior Associate
Hogan Lovells International LLP

Christelle Coslin, a Senior Associate in Hogan Lovells International LLP litigation practice, has nearly 10 years of experience in commercial and product liability litigation. Christelle advises global companies from the Technology Media and Telecoms, Energy and Life Sciences industries in a wide range of cross-border and mass tort litigation.

Kieran Cowhey
Dillon Eustace

Kieran Cowhey is a partner at Dillon Eustace in Dublin, Ireland, where he advises clients on general business and insurance related matters, conducting litigation on behalf of a broad range of international corporations, banks, and financial institutions. He has been involved with DRI for many years and is also active in the FDCC and the International Bar Association. Mr. Cowhey is the Program Co-Vice Chair of the DRI Hot Topics in International Dispute Resoltution Seminar.

Helen Dixon
Irish Data Protection Commission

Helen Dixon was appointed as Data Protection Commissioner for Ireland in September 2014. She had previously held the role of Irish Registrar of Companies from November 2009. Prior to that, she held senior civil service roles in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in the areas of economic migration policy and, formerly, science, technology and innovation policy. She spent the first ten years of her career in the IT industry, working for two US multinationals with EMEA bases in Dublin.

Peter A. Drucker
Assistant General Counsel - Litigation
AkzoNobel NV

Peter A. Drucker serves as Director, Global Litigation for AkzoNobel, a leading producer of coatings and specialty chemicals headquartered in Amsterdam. Mr. Drucker has worked for AkzoNobel and its predecessor ICI since 2001. He and a team of lawyers located in regional offices manage commercial, toxic tort, product liability, environmental, antitrust, and insurance coverage litigation for Akzo Nobel throughout the world. He is also responsible for the company's team of health, safety and environmental lawyers. He previously served as Assistant General Counsel-Litigation for Asarco Inc., a mining and metals refining company. Mr. Drucker is a frequent speaker on a variety of litigation related topics and is a member of the bar in New York and New Jersey as well as DRI, IADC and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR).

Nicola Dunleavy

Nicola Dunleavy is a partner in Matheson's Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. She has a broad commercial litigation practice, with leading expertise in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. Nicola heads Matheson's arbitration team and is an experienced advocate in alternative dispute resolution. Nicola's domestic and international clients are active in the pharmaceutical, chemicals, food and drink, waste, water, energy, mining, and transport sectors. She represents clients in contract disputes, public procurement and competition litigation, judicial review and major development, environmental, planning and property disputes.

Elizabeth A. Edmondson
Jenner & Block LLP

Elizabeth A. Edmondson is a commercial litigator with the law firm of Jenner & Block LLP based in New York City. Her practice focuses on counseling clients in complex business disputes, particularly in the manufacturing, energy, and financial services sectors. She has considerable experience representing clients in New York state and federal court and in a variety of arbitral forums. She is a member of her firm's Chambers-rated international arbitration practice and writes and speaks about international arbitration.

Fernando Garcia
Nissan Canada Inc

Fernando Garcia is the General Counsel for Nissan Canada Inc. and Infiniti Canada. In his capacity as General Counsel, Fernando is responsible for providing strategic and legal advice on dealership and franchise, employment and general corporate and commercial matters, as well as government affairs for the company's Nissan and Infiniti Canadian product lines. In his role at Nissan Canada and formerly at Navistar Canada, he has served as the General Counsel of major subsidiaries with global operations and has considerable experience in dealing with legal issues that arise across multiple jurisdictions.

Christine Gateau
Hogan Lovells International LLP

Christine Gateau is a litigation Partner in the Paris office of Hogan Lovells. "Highly knowledgeable" in IT and in e-commerce disputes, Ms. Gateau regularly appears before French courts in the context of commercial and civil proceedings involving extensive expert investigations. "A fantastic lawyer", Christine Gateau is one of the few litigation practitioners renowned for her work in the Information Technology field as well as in the Product Liability area. Ms. Gateau is the Chair of DRI International.

Liam Guidera
Mason Hayes & Curran

Liam Guidera is a senior partner in the commercial litigation department of Mason Hayes and Curran, Solicitors, Dublin. His work involves a large and diverse caseload of litigation in both contractual and tortious matters. His primary area of interest is in commercial law disputes where he has acted for parties involving claims for damages, injunctions and declaratory relief. He has also practised extensively in the area of insurance and professional risk. He acts on behalf of a variety of representative associations in an advisory capacity. He has appeared as an advocate in many Courts, Inquiries and administrative tribunals. He has extensive experience of public inquiries and investigations and has written independent reports which have been lodged with various regulators. Liam is a qualified arbitrator and has a particular interest in mediation.

C. Meade Hartfield
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

C. Meade Hartfield with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has represented clients nationwide in a variety of industries, including financial services, drug and medical device, automotive, aviation, industrial equipment, insurance, and environmental. Her financial services practice includes representing financial institutions and mortgage companies in defensive litigation matters throughout the country, including alleged violations of the TCPA, TILA, FCRA, FDCPA and state deceptive trade practices laws. She also spearheads regulatory compliance services in response to pending or new legislation. Meade has been admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. She is an active member of the DRI, where she serves on the DRI Publications Board, the Drug & Medical Device Committee and as Annual Meeting Chair of Women in Law.

Grainne Hennessy
Arthur Cox

Grainne Hennessy is a partner with Arthur Cox in Dublin. Grainne is the go-to adviser for Ireland's top banks. She is regularly engaged on high profile complex funding transactions. Grainne has achieved a number of "firsts" in her career, she is the first woman partner to be appointed as Head of Department in Arthur Cox and a member of the firm's Management Committee for 7 years. When appointed as an equity partner in 1997, Grainne was the first female equity partner in the firm. In 2014, Grainne was appointed to the position of Diversity Partner at Arthur Cox. This role sees Grainne and fellow Diversity Partner, Geoff Moore, spearhead the firm's drive and initiatives to demonstrate the firm's commitment to diversity and inclusion in relation not only to gender, but also to race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. Grainne is also a mentor for female associates in the firm and is an active participant in the firm's initiatives to support and retain female associates.

Dirk Hoffmann
Siemens AG

Dirk Hoffmann has been working with Siemens AG since 2006. He coordinates Siemens wide cooperation and frame agreements and is a Legal contact for key customer topics. He is engaged in different working groups dealing with additive manufacturing and digitalization. Prior to his current position he was head of Contract Management Oil&Gas Germany. Before joining Siemens he worked as a chief consultant for Ramboll Management Consulting, as legal counsel for ABS CBN Media Corporation, Philippines, and as project manager for the German Digital Economy Business Association (BVDW). Dirk Hoffmann has a German law degree and an MBA in strategic management. He has been a lecturer at the Administration Academy for the German State of Saxony in Meissen and Dresden since 2001. He is the author of various publications on procurement and electronic government. Dirk Hoffmann is a member of the German Chinese Lawyers Association.

Dieter A. Hofmann
Walder Wyss Ltd

Dieter A. Hofmann heads the litigation and arbitration practice group of Walder Wyss Ltd., one of Switzerland's leading law firms. He focuses on dispute resolution in complex, mainly international cases and has considerable experience in disputes arising from shareholders' agreements, joint ventures, M&A, international contracts, engineering and construction projects, banking, finance and (re)insurance, directors' liability, and insolvency. Dieter is the chair of the Zurich Bar's litigation practice group and a past chair of DRI – Dispute Resolution International.

Nicola Howell
Dun & Bradstreet

Nicola Howell is a practising solicitor and a Certified Information Privacy Professional for Europe. She trained and worked as a solicitor in the City of London before going in house with the commercial legal teams of Tesco Stores and the online retailer Ocado and managing a variety of B2C and B2B data protection issues. She joined Dun & Bradstreet in 2016 as their EU privacy counsel leading on data protection in the UK and Ireland and managing a network of over 15 member states. Much of her time is currently taken up with strategic and organisational preparations for the GDPR and managing the changing Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations.

Julianne Hughes-Jennett
Hogan Lovells International LLP

Julianne Hughes-Jennett is a Partner in Hogan Lovells' international arbitration and litigation practices and has been appointed to the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR as a member of the Task Force on Emergency Arbitrator Proceedings. She has extensive experience of complex, high-value commercial disputes (including ad hoc arbitrations and arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ICSID), focusing in particular on emerging markets in the natural resources sector, including claims arising under Joint Operating Agreements between co-venturers and claims by third parties with respect to operations.

Daniel Koh
Eldan Law LLP

Daniel Koh is the managing partner of Eldan Law LLP, one of Singapore's large law firms, with lawyers also operating in Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. Daniel has an extensive broad-based practice in commercial disputes resolution and international arbitration. He also teaches at the Post Graduate Law Course conducted by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education. Daniel was the editor and lead author of the Law & Practice of Injunctions in Singapore published by Sweet & Maxwell.

Juha Koivula
Chief Legal Counsel
Sandvik AB

Juha Koivula is a risk manager with Sandvik AB's Group function Risk Management since 2012. Juha focuses on product safety, product liability loss prevention, Sandvik's products liability litigations around the world and insurance issues. Juha joined Sandvik 1996 and held the position of Chief Legal Counsel for Sandvik Mining and Construction until 2012. During that time he worked on commercial disputes, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property issues. Before joining Sandvik Juha was in private practice and a member of Finnish Bar Association for ten years.

William R. Lee
AbbVie Inc

William R. Lee is the Director of Internal Investigations for AbbVie Inc, a global biopharmaceutical company that serves patients in more than 170 countries. His team is responsible for investigating alleged violations of policies, procedures, laws, and regulations, worldwide. In this and previous roles, William has conducted investigations in more than 40 countries across six continents, involving a broad spectrum of corporate functions. Before joining AbbVie, William was a partner in Edwards Wildman Palmer, focused on corporate investigations and complex commercial litigation.

Stefan Leimgruber
Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Stefan Leimgruber is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's Dispute Resolution Group in Zurich. His main areas of practice are domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration. He has acted as counsel before arbitral tribunals and in mediation proceedings in a wide range of commercial disputes, including disputes arising from international joint venture agreements, share purchase agreements, license and distribution agreements and construction contracts. He is listed as a "Rising Star" in the Commercial Arbitration category by Legal Media Group's Expert Guides (2016) and in Who's Who Legal's Future Leaders in Arbitration (2017).

Breege Lynn
Marsh Ireland Ltd

Breege Lynn is a Senior Vice President of the Marsh Ireland Ltd., brokers, and a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute, London. She specialises in directors & officers, professional indemnity, employment practices & pension trustee among other insurances.

Simon Manner
Nordex SE

Simon Manner is a Senior Legal Counsel with Nordex SE, a global manufacturer and supplier of onshore wind turbines headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, where he is handling the company's litigations and arbitrations as well as procurement matters. He further acts as arbitrator in private practice and has sat as chairman, sole arbitrator and party-appointed arbitrator in numerous arbitration proceedings under the ICC and DIS Rules. Prior to his in-house role, he worked with the dispute resolution boutique Hanefeld in Hamburg. He received his doctor of laws from and was a research and teaching assistant at the University of Basel, Switzerland (Prof Ingeborg Schwenzer). He studied law at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and absolved his legal traineeship, inter alia, with Noerr in Munich, Germany, and the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Arbitration, an appointed member of the Consolidation Committee for the current revision of the DIS arbitration rules, and a former co-chair of DIS40.

Rosevelie Márquez Morales
Sidley Austin LLP

Rosevelie Márquez Morales is the East Coast Diversity Director of Sidley Austin, LLP. Ms. Márquez Morales is Chair of DRI's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Rosevelie has served as a co-chair of the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, general counsel of the Hispanic National Bar Association. She is also president of the Sonia and Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program and past president of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, among many other leadership roles.

Nick Marsh
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP

Nick Marsh is a partner at Quinn Emanuel trial lawyers. He is experienced in complex international disputes, through both international arbitration and commercial litigation. His practice focuses on banking, fraud and offshore disputes, including shareholder and joint venture disputes involving parties from Russia, other CIS states and Eastern Europe. Nick lived and practised arbitration in Paris and is a fluent Spanish, French and German speaker and also speaks basic Russian and Italian.

R. Craig Mayfield
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

R. Craig Mayfield is with the law firm of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Tampa, FL. His practice involves the defense of products liability and high-exposure personal injury claims on behalf of manufacturers and businesses. Craig has represented and served as trial counsel for a diverse range of clients, including global medical device companies, a major tobacco company, international hotel brands, asbestos manufacturers, and various other industrial, commercial and consumer manufacturers. Craig is active in both professional and bar-related activities through DRI, holding numerous leadership positions and overseeing educational programming for DRI's legal seminars and webcasts. In addition to being a former national chair for DRI's Young Lawyers, Craig currently serves on DRI's Law Institute, Product Liability Steering Committee, and as the first U.S. Committee Chair on DRI International.

Gillian McNamara
L.M. Ericsson Ltd

Gillian McNamara is Head of Legal for LM Ericsson Limited in Ireland. Gillian is responsible for legal and compliance across Ericsson's business in Ireland. Previously, Gillian was a Senior Associate in the Commercial Department at Mason Hayes+Curran Solicitors in Dublin between 1999 and 2004 Gillian has also worked as in house lawyer for two Irish owned ICT companies. Gillian holds a degree in law (LL.B) from Trinity College Dublin and also holds a Diploma in Arbitration Law from University College Dublin. Gillian qualified as a solicitor in 1995. Gillian's areas of expertise include commercial transactions, company secretary and board operation, broadcasting regulation, dispute management and resolution, data privacy, defamation, intellectual property, public procurement, telecoms regulatory and employment matters.

Leo Moore
William Fry

Leo Moore is a Partner in the William Fry Technology Group, specialising in data protection, technology and intellectual property law. His extensive experience on data protection includes advising domestic, multinational and "big data" companies on data protection compliance and litigation, GDPR readiness, marketing and international transfers. A regular contributor of articles to publications, Leo has also participated in lecture programmes on data protection, commercial law and intellectual property. He is a lecturer at the Law Society of Ireland and has co-authored the Irish chapter of the PLC Data Protection Handbook. Leo was a lead contributor on William Fry's "Europe for Big Data" Report in association with Forbes Insights.

Geoff E. Moysa
McMillan LLP

Geoff E. Moysa is a Partner in McMillan's Advocacy & Litigation group in Toronto with expertise in class actions and product liability defence, international arbitrations, and franchise and distribution disputes. Geoff acts for manufacturers and distributors of products including consumer goods, agricultural machinery, automotive, power tools, medical devices and pharmaceuticals products. He acts as Canadian coordinating counsel for product liability litigation to a major recreational vehicle manufacturer. Geoff also advises companies on recalls, regulatory issues and risk management across a variety of industries including automotive, consumer products, safety equipment and food products.

Declan O'Rourke
AIG Ireland

Declan O'Rourke, general manager AIG Ireland, since 2012 has led the expansion of AIG in Ireland. He has a special interest in business insurance including D&O, where AIG is a leading provider.

Laura E. Proctor
Associate General Counsel
LP Building Products

Laura E. Proctor is Associate General Counsel over litigation with LP Building Products in Nashville, Tennessee. Ms. Proctor focuses her practice on products liability litigation, class action litigation, employment litigation, construction litigation, antitrust, toxic torts, premise liability and general tort litigation. Ms. Proctor, Immediate Past President of DRI and third female president, has served on DRI's Board of Directors as a National Director since 2007. She is active in several DRI committees including DRI's Corporate Counsel Committee for which she is a founding member. She also served as Committee Chair for DRI's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and DRI's Young Lawyers Committee.

Claire J. Rauscher
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP

Claire J. Rauscher brings more than 25 years of courtroom experience to Womble Carlyle's White Collar Criminal Defense team. Claire focuses her practice on complex white collar litigation, and has represented clients in all phases of state and federal proceedings, including pre-indictment investigations, grand jury practice and criminal trials.

Steven F. Rosenhek
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Steven F. Rosenhek is with the law firm of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP and is a leading Ontario litigator and ranked as one of the top 10 product liability defence lawyers in Canada (Who's Who Legal 2015). He has experience as a senior trial and appellate counsel before all levels of Court in Canada, and a wide range of provincial and federal regulatory bodies and administrative tribunals. His practice encompasses commercial litigation, product liability, drug and medical devices and life sciences. Steven is a recognized expert in trial advocacy, having taught extensively as Special Lecturer at both law schools in Toronto.

Hans-Patrick Schroeder
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Hans-Patrick Schroeder with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer represents clients in arbitration proceedings, national and international litigation proceedings and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. One of his special interests is conflict management. Patrick also advises clients on different aspects of distribution law. He has acted as arbitrator in 9 arbitrations (2 proceedings as sole arbitrator) and as counsel in 27 arbitration proceedings under the rules of the ICC, the DIS, the LCIA, the SCC and the UNCITRAL, as well as the Swiss and Vienna Rules. Patrick has also represented clients in more than 50 other disputes, mainly state court litigation proceedings. Patrick's clients come from different industries, including automotive, healthcare, chemicals, professional services and leisure. His regional focus covers Germany, Switzerland, Scandinavia and Poland. In 2010, Patrick was seconded to a top-tier law firm in Zurich (Switzerland) where he worked in the international arbitration group of that firm.

Felix Sedlmaier
Noerr LLP

Felix Sedlmaier is a Senior Associate at the international Law Firm Noerr LLP in Munich. As a member of the Automotive & New Mobility Practice Group, he regularly advises OEMs and Suppliers in the context of product liability and warranty claims as well as in matters of insurance coverage and regulatory requirements. Prior to this, he worked as a research associate at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich.

Anna-Maria Tamminen
Managing Associate
Hannes Snellman Attorneys Ltd

Anna-Maria Tamminenwith Hannes Snellman specialises in commercial arbitration and litigation, with a special focus on complex international disputes. She currently represents parties in commercial and investment arbitrations as well as private enforcement cases. Before joining Hannes Snellman, Anna-Maria worked for several years as a foreign associate in the International Arbitration Group of WilmerHale in London. Anna-Maria is trained in both common and civil law legal systems and is admitted to practice as an attorney both in Finland and the State of New York. Due to her training and work experience in Finland, Austria, United Kingdom, United States and Sweden, Anna-Maria has an in-depth understanding of both common and civil law legal systems. Anna-Maria also acts as arbitrator in both international and domestic disputes. She regularly publishes articles, presents at conferences and lectures on dispute resolution topics.