Rainbow Willard joined Chaffetz Lindsey in October 2017. She has broad experience representing clients in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under the major international rules (ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID, LCIA, SIAC, etc.) as well as in award enforcement proceedings in US federal court.
Prior to joining Chaffetz Lindsey, Rainbow was a senior associate in the international arbitration group of Allen & Overy LLP, practicing in both New York and London. Rainbow clerked for the Honorable Kathleen M. Williams of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and served as an assistant federal public defender in the Southern District of Florida, where she appeared as lead defense counsel in more than 100 federal felony cases.
Rainbow is fluent in Spanish and Kaqchikel Maya.
- Represented an oil and gas major and its Indian joint venture partner in arbitration proceedings against the Government of India, in disputes valued at over US$5 billion.
- Represented the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in two investment treaty arbitrations: one involving claims brought by a Turkish power ship company in excess of US$2 billion, and the other arising out of the Reko Diq copper and gold mine in Balochistan, worth several hundred billion US dollars.
- Represented a Middle Eastern LNG producer in three New York law governed commercial arbitrations resulting from contract sales price reviews.
- Represented an investor in award enforcement proceedings against the Government of Belize in federal court in Washington, D.C., successfully obtaining enforcement of the award.
- The Canadian Model BIT – A Step in the Right Direction for Canadian Investment in Africa?, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, July 18, 2015, co-author.
- Does A Private International Arbitration Fall Within “Foreign Or International Tribunal” in 28 U.S.C. § 1782? Practice Pointers for Seeking Discovery in Aid of Arbitration after Intel Corp. v. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., in American Arbitration Association Yearbook on Arbitration and the Law 23 (Stephen K. Huber and Ben H. Sheppard, Jr., eds. 2011), co-author.
- Note, How to Get Less Than You Bargain For: Adjudicating the Belize-Guatemala Territorial Dispute at the ICJ, 23 Emory Int’l L. Rev. 739 (2009).
- Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA (May 2010) Juris Doctor, with high honors
- Order of the Coif
- Robert W. Woodruff Fellow (full merit scholarship with stipend)
- Articles Editor, Emory International Law Review
- Exchange Program, Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City, Fall 2009 (all instruction in Spanish)
- University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (May 2003)
Master of Arts in Linguistics
- Tulane University, Newcomb College, New Orleans, LA (May 2000)
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Anthropology and Linguistics
- New York (2011)