Maria Chedid regularly serves as lead counsel in commercial and investment arbitrations. She also sits as an arbitrator, and advises on litigation of international disputes in US courts, including actions seeking judicial enforcement of arbitration agreements and awards. She brings a wealth of experience from a wide range of matters, having worked on disputes around the globe relating to licensing, distribution, technology, energy, taxation, infrastructure, political risk insurance, construction, government contracts, environmental regulation, joint ventures, pharmaceutical products, real estate, administrative law, and claims of corruption.

Ms. Chedid has been named one of California's Top 100 Women Lawyers, and has been recognized for her expertise in Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The Legal 500 US, Super Lawyers, and Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Experts. In these and other publications, clients "commend her handling of complex disputes," "praise her 'highly effective advocacy,'" and "describe her client relationship skills as 'outstanding,'" while peers note that she is "superbly prepared," "exceptionally talented," "relentless," "very thorough," "expert in damages issues," and "largely unflappable." In addition, Ms. Chedid is "particularly noted for her capabilities in IP disputes," her "expertise in Middle Eastern disputes," and "matters involving Asian and Latin American parties." She is highly regarded as "an excellent lawyer and a pleasure to work with."

Ms. Chedid has held various executive and advisory board positions in international law and arbitration. She has spoken about international dispute resolution at conferences worldwide and at numerous law schools, including UC Berkeley School of Law, Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, Columbia Law School, and the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law School, where she has taught as an adjunct professor.

Experience

  • Multi-billion dollar investor-state dispute between Turkish electricity powership company and Government of Pakistan (ICSID)
  • Multi-billion dollar regulatory and tax dispute between Republic of Korea and US private equity firm (ICSID)
  • Tax and environmental dispute between US party and Eastern European government (ICSID)
  • Distribution contract dispute between US company and Korean distributor (ICDR)
  • Contract and IP dispute between German engineering and equipment manufacturer and California solar panel producer (ICC)
  • Contract dispute between French IT services corporation and US software development company (JAMS)
  • Cross-licensing and patent infringement dispute between Chinese manufacturer and US furniture company (AAA)
  • Contract and IP dispute between Canadian manufacturer of environmental water treatment systems and US waste disposal company (ICC)
  • Real estate syndication and fraud dispute between Hong Kong investor and California company (AAA)
  • Contract dispute between Peruvian construction company and Peruvian Ethanol Plant (ICC)
  • Licensing and patent dispute between European manufacturer and US chip maker (ICDR)
  • Contract dispute between Executor of Saipan Estate and Chinese investor (ICC)
  • Shareholder dispute between Executor of Saipan Estate and international courier company (ICC)
  • Contract dispute between Executor of Saipan Estate and Saudi Arabian investor (ICC)
  • Dispute between Japanese company and US company arising out of a buy-sell agreement (ICDR)
  • Dispute between Bermuda political risk insurer and insured investor arising from power plant project in the Republic of Colombia (ICDR)
  • Licensing and IP ownership dispute between US biometrics company and affiliated Korean company (ICDR)
  • Contract and IP dispute between Korean ATM manufacturer and California distributor (ICDR)
  • Investment dispute involving US shareholder and Mauritian and Indian companies (LCIA)
  • Dispute between a Bermuda political risk insurer and an insured investor relating to investment in the Argentine Republic (LCIA)
  • Enforcement proceedings of Russian Claimant seeking to enforce $93 million arbitration award against assets in California (LCIA)
  • Post-arbitration award proceedings involving Mexican and Korean companies in relation to a dealer agreement (AAA)
  • Dispute between US and Yemeni companies in relation to a distribution contract (UNCITRAL/DIFC-LCIA)
  • Dispute between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Republic of Iraq regarding the claims of Egyptian workers for unpaid wages (UNCC)
  • Contract dispute between US construction company and the Islamic Republic of Iran (IUSCT)

Perspectives

Executive Training on International Investment Arbitration
Speaker, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Relationship between Contract Claims and Treaty Claims
Speaker, Executive Training on Investment Treaties and Arbitration for Government Officials, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, New York, NY
The Umbrella Clause: Elements, Defenses and New Developments
Speaker, Executive Training on Investment Treaties and Arbitration for Government Officials, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, New York, NY
Report – State of Arbitration in CA
Speaker, ICC West Coast Conference on International Arbitration, San Francisco, CA
State-to-State Arbitration
Speaker, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
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Recognition

The Legal 500
International Arbitration (2015, 2017-2018)
Chambers Global
International Arbitration (2016-2018)
Chambers USA
International Arbitration (2010-2011, 2015-2018)
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Credentials

Education
  • JD, New York University School of Law, Editor, Journal of International Law and Politics
  • BA, Barnard College, with distinction
  • New York University School of Law, Center for International Studies, Junior Fellow
Admissions
  • California
  • New York
Activities
  • Co-Chair, ICDR California Advisory Committee
  • Committee Member, SIAC Users Council National Committee for the United States
  • Advisory Board, USC Gould School of Law ADR Program
  • Advisory Board, Institute for Transnational Arbitration
  • Member, California Supreme Court Task Force on Foreign Attorney Practice in International Arbitration
  • Fellowship Program, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • President, Northern California International Arbitration Club (2014-2017)
  • Executive Committee Member, California State Bar International Law Section (2014-2016)
Languages
  • Arabic
  • English
  • French
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