November 2022— Chaffetz Lindsey senior associate May Khoury is among five international arbitration practitioners that are joining forces to launch “ArabArb”, an independent network that aims to unite, promote, and serve the U.S.-based arbitration community with roots, affinity, or interest in the Arab World. Founders of the organization include Randa Adra, partner at Crowell & Moring; Cherine Foty, senior associate at Covington & Burling in Washington, DC; Lillian Khoury, senior associate at Steptoe & Johnson in New York; and Nour Nicolas, associate at Foley Hoag in New York.
Additional advisory committee members include Meriam Al-Rashid, global co-chair of International Arbitration at Eversheds Sutherland; Amal Bouchenaki, partner at Herbert Smith Freehills; Maria Chedid, global co-chair of the International Arbitration Group at Arnold & Porter; and Samaa Haridi, partner at King & Spalding.
ArabArb’s mission is to create a platform for members to connect and collaborate with fellow practitioners as well as advance the knowledge and understanding of international arbitration as it relates to the Arab World. The group will work to increase the visibility of diverse and qualified counsel, arbitrators, and experts who are particularly suited to handle disputes relating to the Arab World.
ArabArb will host a launch event in New York City on November 16, 2022 during New York Arbitration Week to introduce itself to the legal community, present its mission, and welcome new members. The group plans to organize conferences and training seminars on topics relevant to the community, as well as offer mentoring opportunities and exposure to law students of Arab descent. Register for the event here.
Learn more about the organization here.