Marc Goldstein dedicates his professional time to service as an independent arbitrator and mediator of complex business disputes, international and domestic. For more than two decades following graduation from the University of Virginia Law School he practiced with Proskauer Rose in New York, handling complex civil litigation and representing American and foreign clients in international arbitrations against private sector counterparties and sovereign states. Having been appointed in over 100 arbitrations (and served as counsel in a similar number) — and completed a comparable number of mediations as a mediator (certified by the International Mediation Institute) — Mr. Goldstein is often appointed by large multinationals, investors, and State entities, to sit in disputes in the construction, project finance, financial products, financial services, life sciences, insurance and M&A sectors.
The Chambers Global Guide 2024 ranks Mr. Goldstein in the elite bracket of U.S. international arbitrators for the tenth consecutive year. Chambers USA in its 2023 recommendation reported as peer review comments: “Marc knows US arbitration law like no one else – if I had to choose a sole arbitrator I’d choose him because he’s really smart and has good judgment. He’s amazingly bright.”
In 2009, Mr. Goldstein created the widely-read and admired Arbitration Commentaries blog, where he has published more than 250 essays and comments on arbitration law and practice. Mr. Goldstein’s recent essays on Arbitration Commentaries have covered a number of current topics in commercial and investment arbitration, including the treatment of the “Achmea issue” in US award enforcement cases against the Government of Spain, jura novit curia, and current appeals to the US Supreme Court on arbitrator non-disclosure issues.
As a member of the New York City Bar Association’s International Commercial Disputes Committee, Mr. Goldstein has led the Committee’s efforts to promulgate best practices in regard to the taking of evidence from non-parties in commercial arbitration. The Committee’s 2024 update of its widely-used 2015 annotated model witness summons will soon be released to the public. He is currently at work on a book chapter covering the same subject for the Best Practices Guide of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, of which Mr. Goldstein has been a Fellow since 2008.
Mr. Goldstein is also a longstanding Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, sustaining member of the American Law Institute (and was an active participant in the ALI’s decade-long project on the Restatement of the US Law of International Arbitration), and member of the New York International Arbitration Club. He is a panelist of major arbitrator rosters in the USA and Canada, as well as in Asia on the HKIAC, SIAC, KCAB and AIAC rosters. He teaches arbitration to experienced lawyers in the Gold Standard Program of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society and to graduate LLM Students at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto.