Attorney, Solicitor, Mediator and Arbitrator
Philip (Whit) is an attorney (Georgia and Florida, USA), solicitor (England and Wales), mediator and arbitrator focused on copyright, intellectual property and commercial law, being known in professional circles as Whit. He is a founding member of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society (“AtlAS”) and its current President, as well as a founding member of the Miami International Arbitration Society (“MIAS”) and the North American Roundtable on International Arbitration (“NARIA”). He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on international law and business at the American University in Washington DC, George Mason University and the University of Virginia, and is a frequent speaker and has published extensively on issues related to law and business.
Whit's law practice has included arbitration and mediation since 2001. He has resolved tens of thousands of commercial disputes at both the domestic and international level, mostly via negotiation. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Panel of Arbitrators, and International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Panel of Arbitrators, and the Jamaican International Arbitration Center (JIAC). He has participated as faculty and judge at law school, and Bar Association sponsored events on international business and law, and has conducted training across the Americas for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). He was appointed to the original Arbitration pool of CAfA in January 2020.
He is Past Chair of the North American Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), covering the USA, Canada, Mexico and the Cayman Islands.
Whit’s educational background includes: Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Washington College of Law (American University) in Washington, D.C. (1986), a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Emory University (1999), Atlanta, GA, a Masters of Public Administration (M.P.A.) from the American University, in Washington, D.C. (1978) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science from the University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, USA (1976). His mother tongue is English, and he has a working knowledge of French, German, Spanish and conversational Arabic, and cultural awareness from living in the USA, Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.
Jurisdiction: U.K. and U.S.A