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Philip D. O’Neill, Jr.

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Philip D. O'Neill, Jr. was a partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP (now known as Locke Lord) from 1987 to through 2014, and before that at Hale and Dorr (now known as Wilmer Hale). He served as advocate in complex business and intellectual property disputes for over thirty five years in international and domestic arbitral and judicial forums. As an international general counsel, O'Neill's also handled matters in as many as 45-50 countries in a year, ranging from guidance on dispute resolution planning and strategy, to advising the Chairman of the world's largest Arab-owned bank on counter-terror finance issues after 9/11, and on sanctions issues pertaining to Iran, Syria among others.

O’Neill is now an independent arbitrator. He is a Fellow in England's Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and also a Chartered Arbitrator. He is also a fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators. Currently he is on the institutional arbitral panels of or listed by a number of arbitral institutions globally, including the AAA, ICC, WIPO, CIETAC, LCIA, CPR and Asian centers in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and South Korea. He has been selected as a neutral arbitrator in an array of approximately 140 large and complex cases. As arbitrator he has presided over dozens of trials, with billions of dollars in total either claimed as damages or at issue through declaratory judgment actions. The disputes have ranged from development of the F-35 fighter jet to multibillion dollar pharmaceutical patent license claims. He is listed in America's Best Lawyers in International Arbitration, the Expert Guide to Arbitration, as well as the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center’s short list of the top global technology arbitrators.    

O'Neill is or has been an Adjunct Law Professor at several institutions. He has taught international arbitration at Boston College Law School since 1989. In 2005, he taught international arbitration at Harvard Law School, when he served as Nomura Lecturer in Law. He also currently teaches international arbitration in Boston University's executive LLM program. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on cross-border (and domestic) arbitration, including a text book on the subject. His academic experience also includes teaching international business transactions at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (2007), and National Security Law at Boston University Law School (from 2001-2009). His books, National Security and the Legal Process, and Verification in an Age of Insecurity: The Future of Arms Control, were both published by Oxford University Press.

For more information see his arbitrator website at pdoneill.com.