Stephanie Cohen

Independent Arbitrator

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"Stephanie is very strong, measured and smart." "She has a great deal of knowledge and is well respected by colleagues." She is "doing an outstanding job on her matters" and is particularly noted for her handling of commercial disputes. (Chambers USA & Chambers Global)

"[V]ery knowledgeable and efficient," "brilliant for tech sector arbitration," and "getting more appointments than arbitrators with decades more experience" (Who's Who Legal)

Stephanie Cohen is a Canadian arbitrator of international and domestic commercial disputes, based in New York City. She is admitted to practice law in New York and Ontario, Canada.

Stephanie has nearly 20 years of experience specialized in the arbitration of complex commercial disputes. Since 2012, she has practiced exclusively as an arbitrator, serving as tribunal chair, sole arbitrator, and co-arbitrator, with arbitrator appointments under the ICC, ICDR, UNCITRAL, Society of Maritime Arbitrators, and AAA Commercial rules. She has also served as emergency arbitrator for the ICC and ICDR, and is among the first thirty emergency arbitrators appointed by the ICC. Prior to establishing her practice as an arbitrator, Stephanie was Counsel at White & Case LLP in New York, where she was a member of the Firm's pre-eminent international arbitration practice.

Stephanie has broad experience with complex disputes and diverse legal systems, including cases involving aircraft equipment contracts, construction delay on power projects, demurrage, distribution agreements, energy marketing, financial services agreements, franchise agreements, gas turbines, insurance coverage (in the coal mining and class action securities contexts), intellectual property licensing, investment banking, shareholder agreements, a toll road concession project, technology development agreements, trademark rights, and wine and spirits distribution, among other matters.

Stephanie regularly speaks and writes about arbitration, including as faculty for arbitrator training courses for the ICC, ICDR-AAA, CPR, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, New York State Bar Association, and Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society. She is also well-known for her work on technology impacting arbitration procedure. Stephanie Chairs the Working Group on Information Technology in International Arbitration for the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and is a member of the ICCA-NYC Bar-CPR Working Group on Cybersecurity that drafted the Cybersecurity Protocol for International Arbitration. She is also the author of early-pandemic model procedures for virtual hearings and an award-winning article on cybersecurity.

Stephanie is a member of the ICDR/AAA's International and Commercial Panels of Arbitrators, a CPR Distinguished Neutral, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and Chair of its New York Branch. She also serves on the ICDR's Publication Committee and was Co-Chair of New York Arbitration Week 2020.

Further information about Stephanie's experience and professional activities is available through the downloadable CV and representative matters pages on this website.