Principal and Attorney, Arbitrator and Mediator, Michaelson & Associates 1984-present, and General Counsel (virtual), Direct Grid Technologies LLC, Edgewood, New York Oct 2010-present; Associate Attorney, Pennie & Edmonds 1982-84; Corporate Patent Attorney (Member of Legal and Patent Staff), Bell Telephone Laboratories 1979-82; Electronics Development Engineer, Rockwell International Corporation 1977-79 and Aluminum Co. of America (Alcoa) 1976-77; Electronics Project Engineer, Control Systems Research, Inc. 1975-76.
|Dispute Resolution Experience and Training
Peter Michaelson arbitrated over 450 domestic and international disputes primarily: IP, IT, telecom, infrastructure, energy (oil/gas, solar), and technology-related disputes, and secondarily other commercial disputes. He handled domestic and international arbitrations under UNCITRAL, LCIA, WIPO, CPR and AAA/ICDR rules.
These arbitrations included, e.g., (a) a US contract dispute, involving an alleged breach of confidentiality, concerning a demand‑side, energy load management system with damages claimed of US $ 107 million (was sole arbitrator); (b) a US patent dispute involving a genetically-engineered pharmaceutical drug then having cumulative sales of approximately US $4 Billion; (was panel chair) and (c) a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) telecom infrastructure dispute with approximately US $ 150 Million in dispute and involving a foreign government as a party (was co-arbitrator).
Peter Michaelson has handled arbitrations on both an ad hoc and administered basis with amounts in contention reaching as much as US $400‑800 Million. Continue to serve as chair, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator.
Mr. Michaelson mediated over 150 domestic and international disputes, including an international patent dispute concerning mechanical and electronic aeronautical technologies with approximately US $600 Million in dispute.
Rendered approximately 190 domain name arbitration decisions (20 reported by BNA, Washington DC in US Patents Quarterly (USPQ)).
Training (extensive) – principal: ICDR International Symposia in Adv. Case Management Issues, 2/2009; Advanced Mediator Training, CPR, 10/2004; Advanced Mediator Skills, Mediation and Training Alternatives in association with CEDR/London, 05/04; AAA Arbitrator II-Adv. Case Management, 10/02; AAA Arbitrator 1-Fundamentals of the Arbitration Process, 12/01; 6th Annual Int’l Summer School, Mediator Skills Training, CEDR/London, 8-9/01; Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers: The Lawyer as Negotiator, 6/99, Adv. Mediation, 11/97, and Mediation, 6/96, and Program on Negotiation: negotiation workshops 6/93; WIPO – Workshop for Arbitrators 11/96 and Mediation of Intellectual Property Disputes training, 5/95.
|Professional and Other Activities
Peter Michaelson conducted seminars, served as speaker and provided numerous presentations concerning various aspects of IP law and IP-related ADR to various legal groups, and organizations; and authored articles on various aspects of arbitration, IP-related ADR and IP Law.
Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rated attorney with Peer Review Rating of 5.0 of 5 (“Preeminent”)
New York University School of Law, LL. M., (Trade Regulation), 1985
Dr. John J. Maalouf, Senior Partner of the Firm, is one of Wall Street’s top lawyers and is a globally recognized expert in the areas of International Trade & Finance Law, International Arbitration, Corporate & Business Law, Banking Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil & Gas Law, Pharmaceuticals Law, Telecommunications Law, and Intellectual Property Law.
Under John’s leadership, Maalouf Ashford & Talbot has been honored as “Law Firm of the Year” in the United States, Dubai, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, China, Lebanon, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Kingdom, and Brazil for 2018 in 54 different categories. In addition, John has been ranked as one of the Top 10 International Trade & Finance Lawyers in the United States for the past 14 consecutive years by the United States Lawyer Rankings – 2019 Edition, 2018 Edition, 2017 Edition, 2016 Edition, 2015 Edition, 2014 Edition, 2013 Edition, 2012 Edition, 2011 Edition, 2010 Edition, 2009 Edition, 2008 Edition, 2007 Edition and 2006 Edition.
Dr. Maalouf regularly counsels clients on matters involving international business transactions, international arbitrations & mediations, mergers & acquisitions, oil & gas transactions, compliance issues, international banking, and foreign investment in the Middle-East. In addition, John specializes in representing multinational companies in connection with intellectual property law matters, pharmaceutical law matters, and technology, media and telecommunications law matters.
|Dispute Resolution Experience and Training
In addition to being one of the world’s leading lawyers, Dr. Maalouf is also an International Arbitrator with the following Courts of International Arbitration and International Arbitration Centers:
As an International Arbitrator, Dr. Maalouf has over 12 years of experience deciding large international commercial disputes between multinational companies around the world.
|Professional and Other Activities
Dr. Maalouf has been ranked as one of the Top 10 International Trade & Finance Lawyers in the United States for the past 13 consecutive years by the United States Lawyer Rankings – 2006 to 2018 Editions. In addition, under his leadership, Maalouf Ashford & Talbot has been honored as “Law Firm of the Year” in the United States, Dubai, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, China, Lebanon, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Kingdom, and Brazil for 2018 in 54 different categories
Bachelors of Science (Economics), Boston University, 1990
While in law school, John received the American Jurisprudence Award for Academic Excellence and was on the Dean’s List.
Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges (1994-2001); International Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (1990-1994).
More than twenty years of broad corporate, commercial, finance and international legal experience in common law and civil law jurisdictions in the United States, Canada and Europe. Extensive experience in a number of industries including airline, energy, financial institutions, pharmaceuticals, media and telecommunications, retail, and utilities. Transactional experience includes:
Mergers and Acquisitions — private and public companies, including privatization of incumbent industries (airline, electric & gas utilities, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications).
Energy — development, acquisition and financing of energy projects (including electrical generating facilities and independent power plants), negotiation of electrical power purchase agreements, and oil & gas concession, exploration and joint operating agreements.
Telecommunications — acquisition and spin-off of regional and national telecommunication entities, including negotiations with governmental bodies; served as outside general counsel to an NYSE-listed telecommunications company.
Significant corporate/finance experience, including negotiation and drafting of partnership, joint venture, and shareholder agreements; concession and project finance agreements; complex international syndicated loan agreements; executive employment agreements; licensing, copyright and distribution agreements. Extensive experience with securities and capital markets (public and private offerings of debt/equity); private equity (represented both fund sponsors and investors).
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training
Full-time independent ADR neutral since 2001. Appointed in more than 100 international and domestic cases of varying size and complexity (up to 9 figures), covering a broad legal spectrum, including: telecommunications, energy, mergers & acquisitions, business associations (corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, joint ventures), finance (commercial/investment banking), accounting, intellectual property, franchise, licensing, pharmaceuticals/biotechnology, employment, technology, sale of goods, real property, accounting, appraisal rights, corporate governance, class actions, construction, communication, information technology, maritime, valuations, insurance. Served as Chairman, Sole Arbitrator and Co-Arbitrator in cases under AAA, ICDR, ICC, CPR, UNCITRAL Rules and ad hoc arbitrations. Certified IMI Mediator.
Professional and Other Activities
Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators
International Bar Association (Arbitration Committee)
American Bar Association (Section of Dispute Resolution)
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
International Arbitration Club of New York
New York State Bar Association (Mediation and Arbitration Committees)
Bar Admissions – New York and Ontario
Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto (J.D., Law Review-1977)
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (A.M., International Affairs-1974)
York University (B.A., Honors, first class-1973)
Recipient of the ITT International Fellowship, representing Canada (1973).