Gretta Walters

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Where Advocacy Meets Business

Gretta Walters is one of the most promising young professionals that I have worked with at the firm and brings a fantastic point of view to each case.” -Legal 500 USA

Gretta’s experience as arbitrator and counsel spans a diverse range of commercial and investment disputes in domestic and international arbitration and state and federal courts.  These include arbitrations arising under the ICC, ICDR, AAA Commercial, AAA Construction, AAA Employment, BCICAC, LCIA, SCC, SMA, and UNCITRAL Rules.  Her cases have included disputes concerning construction/infrastructure projects; energy projects such as oil & gas, wind, solar, coal-fired, and hydroelectric projects; licensing and distribution agreements; the telecommunications sector; aerospace technology; shipping; the automotive industry; tax issues; investment agreements; banking and finance; mergers & acquisitions; lending agreements in developed and emerging markets; securities laws; manufacturing and sales contracts; employment disputes; executive compensation agreements; and healthcare management agreements.  These matters have included legal questions arising under the laws of Brazil, British Columbia, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, France, Germany, Haiti, Mexico, the Netherlands, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, and numerous United States jurisdictions, such those of California, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC.

Experience

Prior to joining Chaffetz Lindsey, Gretta was an Associate at Mayer Brown, Legal Counsel at the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, and a Visiting Lecturer at Stockholm University.

Representative Matters

  • Representing developer and manufacturer of wind energy turbines in ICDR-administered arbitration with wind farm owner regarding alleged product defects.
  • Represented a German manufacturer in an ICDR arbitration arising from an agreement to manufacture automotive parts.
  • Represented the subsidiary of a large European energy company in an ICC arbitration against a major international contractor over construction of a power plant in Costa Rica.
  • Represented owner of a power plant project in Guatemala in an ICC arbitration of complex construction/project finance claims totaling over $1 billion concerning termination of an EPC contract.
  • Represented a global asset manager in an ICDR arbitration against a US hedge fund in compensation disputes with former employees and executives.
  • Represented a private equity firm in a New York action and before the European Court of Human Rights for losses suffered as a result of a fraud by a large Spanish fishing company.
  • Represented a secured lender in several litigations related to its use and liquidation of loan collateral;
  • Represented Brazilian bank in New York federal court in discovery proceedings (28 U.S.C § 1782) in aid of Brazilian court proceeding and in New York state court to attach assets to satisfy judgments from Brazilian courts.
  • Represented a global financial institution in federal court against lawsuits brought by investors in residential mortgage-backed securities under the Securities Exchange Act and state blue sky laws.
  • Represented real estate developers from the Dominican Republic in federal court against a lawsuit brought by a hotel management company.
  • Represented a global biopharmaceutical company in a New York state investigation under the New York False Claims Act, achieving a favorable settlement.
  • Represented a client (pro bono) in a lawsuit in federal court for claims brought under the American with Disabilities Act against New York state, achieving a favorable settlement.

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • “Roundtable on ‘The Future of ICC Arbitration, Where Are We Headed?’” – Blockchain and arbitration, 100 years of ICC: Past, Present, and Future – ICC Arbitration Conference, June 2022, Mexico City.
  • “Arbitration Advocacy in the Virtual & Hybrid World,” CPR Training for Counsel in Arbitration – A Five Session Program, June 2022, virtual event.
  • “International Litigation: Outbound Cross-Border Discovery,” NSYBA International Discovery – Tools and Practice Tips, June 2022, virtual event.
  • “International Litigation: Inbound Cross-Border Discovery,” NSYBA International Discovery – Tools and Practice Tips, May 2022, virtual event.
  • “Challenges and Perspectives Towards Efficiency in International Arbitration,” 2022 CLS Brazil Forum: Challenges and Perspectives, April 2022, virtual event.
  • “R.E.A.L. Special Training on Oral Advocacy Skills,” March 2022, virtual event.
  • “Overview of the Global Energy Market and the Impact of Regulatory Changes on New York Practitioners,” ENERAP NY Chapter Launch Event, October 2021, virtual event.
  • “Rise & Shine with Arbitration – New York,” DIS40 Event, September 2021, virtual event.
  • “2020-21 North American Recap: What You Need to Know,” 16th ICC New York Conference, September 2021, virtual event.
  • “Persuasion: Strategies for effective oral advocacy skills from the Counsel’s and the Tribunal’s perspectives,” NYU Brazilian Arbitration Day, September 2021, virtual event.
  • “Arbitragem e Mulan: qual o real espaço para as mulheres na arbitragem?: IV Congresso Visão Crítica da Arbitragem: 21 Anos CAM-AMCHAM, June 2021, virtual event.
  • “Discovery Under Section 1782: The Latest Developments,” ABA International Law Section’s International Litigation Skills Conference, May 2021, virtual event.
  • “The ICDR’s Revised International Arbitration Rules – Inspirations, Interpretations and Insights,” ICDR Event, May 2021, virtual event.
  • “New Opportunities for Arbitration Lawyers: Climate Change, Outer Space and Human Rights,” Young ArbitralWomen Practitioners Event, May 2021, virtual event.
  • “The House only has one door!’” and “The House serves all types of coffee!” Annual ICDR Y&I Coffee House Debate, March 2021, virtual event.
  • “How to Prepare for Online Proceedings in a Virtual World,” Fordham University School of Law Virtual Event, Speaker (March 2021).
  • “Unfogging the Future of U.S. Arbitration Law,” Washington University School of Law, Panelist (February 2021).
  • “ICDR Y&I Tertulia Sessions,” ICDR America’s Conference, Moderator (November 2020).
  • “Joinder of Parties and Virtual Hearings: When, Why and How?,” ICDR Y&I Virtual Event, Panelist (November 2020).
  • “Introduction to International Arbitration,” NYU IAA Virtual Event, Panelist (October 2020).
  • “Career Paths of Women in International Construction Arbitration,” ICDR Y&I Virtual Event, Moderator (October 2020).
  • “Data Protection in International Dispute Resolution,” ACEDS NY Metro Chapter Seminar, Panelist (New York, February 2020).
  • “Assessing the State of Play – UNCITRAL’s Working Group II (WGII) and Institutional, Expedited Arbitrations,” NYIAC Talks, Moderator (New York, February 2020).
  • “A Buyer’s Right to Specific Performance:  Article 46 of the CISG,” CISG in International Arbitration, Speaker (New York, February 2020).
  • “Diversity Challenge: Reinventing the Landscape for Young IA Practitioners,” New York Arbitration Week, Panelist (New York, November 2019).
  • “Understanding the Options in an ICDR International Arbitration,” AAA-ICDR Dispute Resolution Center, Speaker (New York, August 2019).
  • “Hot Topics in International Arbitration,” IASC/ICDR Y&I Event, Panelist, (Madrid, July 2019).
  • “A Guide to the ICDR International Arbitration Rules – An Update on the Application of the ICDR Rules,” AAA-ICDR Dispute Resolution Center, Panelist (New York, June 2019).
  • “Developments in Swedish Arbitration:  Court Procedures, SCC Rules and Practice,” SAA & SCC Half Day Conference, Speaker (Stockholm, May 2019).
  • “The Art of Advocacy: Tips, Tricks and War Stories,” ICDR Y&I Event, Moderator (New York, April 2019).
  • Demystifying the Arbitral Tribunal – Arbitrator Selection, Challenge and Dynamics,” KCAB International Seminar, Panelist (Vienna, April 2019).
  • “You can have your coffee black, but not black market!’” and “The barista knows best!” Annual ICDR Y&I Coffee House Debate, Debater (Vienna, April 2019).
  • “How to Handle Parallel Proceedings,” ICAL Conference 2018: Navigating the Muddy Waters of Modern Arbitration, Speaker (Stockholm, November 2018).
  • ICDR Y&I/YAS Seminar on Cross-Examination in International Arbitration, Panelist (Stockholm, November 2018).
  • “Developments in Swedish Arbitration Court Procedures, SCC Rules and Practices,” SAA & SCC Conference, Panelist (Stockholm, May 2018).
  • “Arbitrating Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims,” American University, Washington College of Law, Panelist (Washington D.C., March 2018).
  • Who’s paying for coffee?” and “The café selects the baristas, not the customer!” Annual ICDR Y&I Coffee House Debate, Debater (Vienna, March 2018).
  • “Cross-Examination in International Arbitration,” Young ICCA Skills Training Workshop, Panelist and Participant (Stockholm, November 2017).
  • “Tips from the Top: Young ICCA interviews Gretta Walters,” Young ICCA Blog, Interviewee (October 2017).
  • “Careers in International Arbitration: The Role of International Courts, Institutions, and Tribunals,” ICC-YAF Event, Speaker (Washington D.C, October 2017).
  • You spilled my coffee – I’m not paying for you!” and “Waiter, just bring our coffees and stay out of it!” Annual ICDR Y&I Coffee House Debate, Debater (Vienna, April 2017).
  • Innovation in Arbitration,” VIII International Congress of Arbitration of ICC Costa Rica, Speaker (San Jose, February 2017).
  • “The Quite Triumph:  How Arbitration Changed the World,” Film Premier at Stockholm Chamber of Commerce Centenary Gala, Speaker in Film (Stockholm, January 2017).
  • Arbitral Institutions, Roles and Activities,” 8th Conference on Teaching Transnational Commercial Law, Speaker (Washington D.C., November 2016).
  • “To what extent can parties and counsel have an obligation to disclose hidden information relevant to the outcome?” Co-Chairs’ Circle Second Global Conference, Table Session Moderator (Helsinki, May 2016).
  • “Too Much Milk in my Coffee!’” and “If I don’t get my coffee now, you pay for my lawyer,” Annual ICDR Y&I Coffee House Debate, Debater (Vienna, March 2016).
  • “Discovery and international best practices – a practitioner’s perspective.” Stockholm Pre-Moot Conference, Speaker (Stockholm, March 2016).
  • “What Does an Arbitration Cost?” Georgetown Arbitration Month, Speaker (Washington D.C., February 2016).
  • In defense of international commercial arbitration: Lessons to be learned or ignored from investor-state arbitration,” ICC Young Arbitrators Forum, Moderator (New York, September 2015).
  • “Interim Measures from a U.S. perspective,” Interim Measures: Current and Future Perspectives, Speaker (Stockholm, May 2015).
  • “Arbitration in Eastern Europe – What’s Going On?,” 2015 European Forum ABA, Section of International Law, Speaker (Berlin, March 2015).
  • “Investor-State Arbitrations at the SCC,” FDI Moot 2014, Speaker (Malibu, October 2014).
  • “Debate: 2013 IBA Guidelines on Party Representation, Advocate Your Client’s Case No Matter What?” YAS 10 Year Jubilee, Panel Debater (Stockholm, August 2013).
  • “20 Years of Arbitration in Estonia and the Arbitration Proceedings in Latvia, Lithuania, the Russian Federation, Finland and Sweden,” Conference Speaker, (Tallinn, May 2012).
  • 2012 SCC Vis Pre-Moot Conference, Panel Moderator (Stockholm, March 2012).
  • “SCC Investment Arbitrations,” Frankfurt Investment Moot, Speaker (Frankfurt, March 2012).
  • Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Arbitrator (Vienna, 2011-2015).

Professional Affiliations

  • International Center for Dispute Resolution Young & International (ICDR Y&I), Executive Board Member (2020-present), Global Advisory Board Member (2017-2019);
  • Arbitration Committee, New York City Bar, Member (2020-present);
  • International Commercial Disputes Committee, New York City Bar, Secretary (2016-2020, 2022-present), Member (2013-2016);
  • CIArb New York Chapter, Secretary (2022-present);
  • CPR Young Alternative Dispute Resolution (Y-ADR), Steering Committee Member (2019-present);
  • Stockholm University, ICAL Alumni Association, Chair of the Board (2021-present), Member of Board of Directors (2019-2021);
  • ENERAP NY Chapter, Founding Member;
  • BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network;
  • ArbitralWomen, Member;
  • Young ICCA, Buddy in Mentorship Program with Claus von Wobeser as Mentor (2019-2021);
  • Vis Moot Alumni Association (MAA), Mentor (2020-present).

 

Credentials

Education

  • LL.M., Stockholm University
  • J.D., American University, Washington College of Law magna cum laude (Articles Editor American University Law Review)
  • B.A., University of Maryland cum laude

 

Admissions

  • New York

Recognition

  • Legal 500 USA: International Arbitration – Rising Star (2022); Key Lawyer (2022);
  • Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2022 – Selected as a Most Highly Regarded Future Leader for the Americas;
  • Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2021 – Selected as a Most Highly Regarded Future Leader for the Americas;
  • Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2020 – Future Leaders;
  • Stockholm University, ICAL Alumni Association, 2019 Outstanding Alumna.

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