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Elliot E. Polebaum

Elliot E. Polebaum

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson

Washington, DC, USA


Elliot E. Polebaum leads Fried Frank's International Arbitration practice group and is chair of the Firm's Washington, DC litigation department. He divides his time between the Washington, DC and Paris offices of the Firm. 

Mr. Polebaum frequently serves as arbitrator in both administered and ad hoc cases, including recent disputes between US and Indian pharmaceutical companies, a Japanese contractor and South American customer, and Canadian and Argentine parties to an acquisition agreement. He has served as co-arbitrator, chairman or sole arbitrator in more than 35 international arbitrations.

He has also appeared as counsel before tribunals throughout the world in approximately 100 cases. Some of his recent arbitrations include representing a European aerospace company in an ICC arbitration in New York arising out of an agreement for the supply of airframe components; US, Danish and Belgian claimants in an ICC arbitration in Paris against German and French respondents arising out of a stock and asset purchase agreement; the international owners of a large industrial project in a Middle Eastern country against an international engineering firm in an UNCITRAL arbitration in London; a French claimant in an UNCITRAL arbitration in Geneva arising out of a joint venture in Turkey with a major Turkish industrial group; a French respondent in an ad hoc arbitration in New York concerning patent disputes relating to avionics equipment; and Turkish claimants in ICC arbitrations in Istanbul, Helsinki and Frankfurt.

Mr. Polebaum has substantial experience, as arbitrator and as counsel, in the aerospace and defense, energy, telecom, pharmaceutical, construction and hospitality sectors.

He is Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches international arbitration.

Mr. Polebaum is consistently recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in International Arbitration (National), where he is described as "a lawyer with superb writing skills," "outstanding on his feet," "always meticulously prepared," and "bring[ing] a wealth of experience to the table." He is also consistently recognized by Legal 500 in Litigation: International Arbitration (one of 17 Leading Lawyers in the United States) and recognized by Benchmark: Litigation as a National Star and a Washington, DC Litigation Star.

Prior to joining Fried Frank, Mr. Polebaum served as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. and United States Circuit Judge James L. Oakes.

Mr. Polebaum received his BA from Middlebury College, his MPA from Harvard University, and his JD from The New York University School of Law.

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