Barry H. Garfinkel

Barry H. Garfinkel

Of Counsel, International Litigation and Arbitration
Barry H. Garfinkel has served as lead counsel in international arbitrations for numerous multinational companies (both U.S. and international entities), among others. He has appeared in ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID, LCIA and AAA arbitrations.


Mr. Garfinkel is a senior member of Skadden’s International Litigation and Arbitration Group. He formerly headed the group. In addition to handling a broad spectrum of U.S. and international litigation and arbi­tration, Mr. Garfinkel has been in charge of many of the firm’s more significant appeals. He formerly headed the firm’s U.S. litigation practice.

Mr. Garfinkel also has served as party-nominated arbi­tra­tor in ICC, AAA and ad hoc arbitral tribunals and has served as the chair­man of tribunals. He has advised numerous firm clients on the preparation of arbi­tral claus­es in international com­mercial con­tracts and overall arbitration strategy.

The matters in which he has acted as both counsel and arbitrator are a broad spectrum, including construction disputes, investment, joint ventures, sales and distribution, insurance, securities law, oil and gas, corporate and commercial, power and energy, and technology issues.

Mr. Garfinkel is listed as “leading” in Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Euromoney Publications’ Guide, International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitrators and The Best Lawyers in America. He was named Best Lawyers’ “2015 New York City International Arbitration — Commercial Lawyer of the Year.” Mr. Garfinkel is a frequent lecturer on AAA and ICC programs, which he also has chaired. He has written on diverse international arbitration topics, which have been published in Mealey’s and in AAA publications. He also has lectured on inter­na­tion­al arbitration topics at the Second Circuit Judicial Conference.

Chambers states Mr. Garfinkel “earns great respect from peers as a senior member of the firm’s dispute resolution practice,” is a “great resource of arbitration knowledge” and is considered an “outstanding arbitrator.”



  • LL.B., Yale University, 1955 (Managing Editor, Yale Law Journal)
  • B.S.S., College of the City of New York, 1950


  • New York


  • President (former), College of Commercial Arbitrators
  • Member, International Arbitration Committee, American Arbitration Association
  • Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association (Complex Cases), London Court of International Arbitration and International Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Board of Trustees of The Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York
  • ICSID, Former Designated Member of Panel of Arbitrators, Colombia
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Institute for Transnational Arbitration
  • Member, Chief Judge’s Task Force on Commercial Courts, New York
  • Chairman, Planning and Program Committee of Judicial Conference of the Second Circuit (1980-1987)
  • Chairman Emeritus, Practising Law Institute
  • Chairman, Subcommittee on Litigation, Federal Regulation of Securities Committee, American Bar Association (1978-1981)
  • Chairman, Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s 125th Anniversary Committee
  • Trustee Emeritus, New York University School of Law
  • Trustee, New York Community Trust
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers


  • Law Clerk, Hon. Edward Weinfeld, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (1955-1956)

Barry H. Garfinkel

Of Counsel, International Litigation and Arbitration