Maria Chedid is a partner at Arnold & Porter, where she leads the U.S. West Coast international arbitration practice. In addition to having served as counsel in commercial and investment arbitrations for over twenty-five years, Maria sits as an arbitrator and advises on international law disputes in U.S. courts. Maria has twice been a recipient of California’s Top Women Lawyers of the year award, in recognition of her exemplary advocacy on behalf of clients as well as her trailblazing work in international arbitration in her jurisdiction. Maria also has been consistently recognized for her arbitration expertise by Chambers GlobalChambers USAThe Legal 500 U.S.Super LawyersWorld’s Leading Expert Guides, and the SVAMC’s “Tech List” of Leading Arbitrators, among others. Clients “commend her handling of complex disputes” and “praise her ‘highly effective advocacy,'” while peers note that she is “superbly prepared,” “exceptionally talented,” “relentless,” “very thorough,” and “largely unflappable.” Maria is one of two U.S. representatives appointed to the ICC Court of Arbitration; Co-Chair of the ICDR California Advisory Committee; an Officer of the LCIA Users’ Council; a Member of the U.S. National Committee for the SIAC Users Council; and founding President and Co-Chair of the California International Arbitration Council. She frequently speaks and teaches about international dispute resolution and advocacy at conferences and universities worldwide.