Joseph R. Profaizer is a partner in the Litigation practice of Paul Hastings. He is the global head of Paul Hastings’ international arbitration practice, a former vice-chair of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, and an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. He maintains a litigation and arbitration practice that focuses exclusively on complex international disputes.
Mr. Profaizer, a U.S.-qualified attorney and English-qualified Solicitor, has practiced in both the United States and England, and served as counsel in threatened or actual litigation or arbitration in over 50 countries. He has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as in over 70 arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, the AAA/ICDR, the LCIA, the SIAC, the HKIAC, ICSID, JAMS, CEPANI, and UNCITRAL.
Mr. Profaizer represents public and private corporations as well as foreign sovereigns and their instrumentalities in a wide range of complex multi-jurisdictional cross-border disputes, including commercial, construction, energy, e-commerce, hotel/hospitality, insurance, intellectual property, investment, joint venture, licensing, media, pharmaceutical, private equity, securities, and technology disputes. He also sits as arbitrator.
Mr. Profaizer is consistently ranked as a leading attorney in international arbitration by Chambers and Partners Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (2013-2019), Chambers and Partners USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2008-2019), Euromoney's Commercial Arbitration Expert Guide (2017-2019), The Legal 500 (United States) (2007-2013, 2017-2019), and Who's Who Legal: Arbitration (2015). In 2018, the National Law Journal recognized Mr. Profaizer one of 40 “ADR Champions” in the United States.
According to Chambers:
The Legal 500 (United States) reports that:
Mr. Profaizer’s “all-round qualities as a lawyer” have been recognized by the Global Arbitration Review in their annual ranking, the GAR 100. He has been listed by GAR 100 as a "name to know" every year from 2009 to 2018.
Mr. Profaizer is the author of numerous published articles, including:
Mr. Profaizer regularly speaks at conferences, in-house seminars, law schools, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations on various aspects of international arbitration, international litigation, mediation and international law. He has taught or spoken in the United States, England, Canada, the Philippines, Germany, Bangladesh, South Korea and South Africa.
Mr. Profaizer’s analysis of international legal disputes has appeared in The Washington Post, The ABA Journal, The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, Bloomberg, UPI, CNN Money, Reuters, Global Arbitration Review, Fox Business, Al Jazeera, Morningstar, Oil Daily, The Guardian of London, and Law360.
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2020
May 01, 2020
Lotte Chemical USA Sells Membership Interests in LACC to Eagle US for US$816.5 million
November 14, 2019
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2019
May 01, 2019
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2018
May 11, 2018
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2017
June 05, 2017
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2016
June 08, 2016
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2015
May 20, 2015
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2014
May 27, 2014
Paul Hastings Extensive Practice Strength Highlighted in The Legal 500 United States 2013
June 05, 2013
Paul Hastings Employment Practice Honored with Chambers ''Award for Excellence'' and Firms Leading Practices and Lawyers Ranked in Chambers USA 2013
May 27, 2013
Paul Hastings Leads Lotte Chemical Corporation to U.S. Trade Secrets Litigation Victory
January 09, 2013
Paul Hastings Excels in Chambers USA 2012 Guide
June 07, 2012
Paul Hastings Excels in Chambers USA 2011 Guide
June 10, 2011
Paul Hastings Soars in 2011 Edition of Legal 500 US
June 01, 2011
Paul Hastings Garners Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2010 Guide
June 14, 2010
Paul Hastings Excels in 2010 Edition of Legal 500 US
June 07, 2010
Paul Hastings Successfully Defends Leading Korean Pharmaceutical Company in International Arbitration Dispute
November 03, 2008
Paul Hastings Soars in Chambers USA 2008 Rankings
June 13, 2008
Paul Hastings Earns Top Marks in the Latest Volume of The Legal 500 US
June 19, 2007
Paul Hastings Continues Expansion Of Global Litigation Practice with Addition of 11 Attorneys in Washington, D.C.
February 07, 2006
Not a Party, Not a Problem: SCOTUS Rules That Non-Signatories Can Enforce International Arbitration Agreements in U.S. Courts
June 03, 2020
SCOTUS Grounds the “Wholly Groundless” Exception: Parties Can Delegate Arbitrability to Arbitrators
January 09, 2019
“Respectful Consideration”: U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Deference Due to a Foreign State’s Interpretation of Its Law
June 27, 2018
U.S. Supreme Court Leaves Unresolved Circuit Split on Forum Non Conveniens Defense in Foreign Arbitration Award Enforcement Actions
January 19, 2017
Its Not That Special: U.S. Supreme Court Decides its First Investment Treaty Arbitration Case
March 13, 2014
Whats So Special About Treaty Arbitration?: U.S. Supreme Court Confronts Its First International Investment Treaty Arbitration Case
December 16, 2013
UPDATED: Breakdown Between CIETAC Central Authority and Sub-Commissions Prompts Second Look at Dispute Resolution Strategies in China
July 08, 2013
American Express Co. v. Italian Colors: Supreme Court Broadens The Impact of Class Action Waivers in Predispute Arbitration Agreements
June 25, 2013
U.S. Supreme Court to Hear an International Investment Treaty Arbitration Case
June 12, 2013
U.S.: Injunctions in Aid of International Arbitration in Federal Courts
January 25, 2012
Obtaining Injunctions in Aid of Arbitration in United States Federal Courts: Addressing a Potential Threshold Jurisdictional Bar
October 27, 2011
U.S. Supreme Court Further Limits Class Arbitration
May 11, 2011
U.S. Supreme Court Limits Class Arbitration
May 06, 2010
International Arbitration Loses Its Grip
April 20, 2010
International Arbitration: Now Getting Longer and More Costly
July 28, 2008
U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of Judicial Review Under the Federal Arbitration Act
April 30, 2008
Venezuela Launches Next Stage of Expropriation
March 05, 2007
Recognized by Chambers USA 2020
Chambers USA 2020: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business listed the firm in 37 research areas and named 104 firm lawyers to its rankings of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
May 01, 2020
Ranked by Chambers USA 2019
Chambers USA 2019: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business listed the firm in 44 practice areas and named 107 firm lawyers to its rankings of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
April 26, 2019
Recognized by Chambers Global 2019
Chambers Global 2019: The World’s Leading Lawyers listed the firm in 37 research areas and named 59 firm lawyers to its rankings of leading lawyers and law firms adept in complex international work and with strong cross-border capabilities.
February 14, 2019
Recognized as a 2018 National Law Journal ADR Champion
Joseph Profaizer was recognized as an “ADR Champion” by the National Law Journal, which profiled 40 individuals who have made their mark in alternative dispute resolution. He was profiled for his career using negotiation, mediation, and arbitration techniques alongside traditional litigation tools.
Recognized by Chambers USA 2018
Chambers USA 2018: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business listed the firm in 45 research areas and named 112 firm lawyers to its rankings of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
May 15, 2018
Recognized by Chambers USA 2017
Chambers USA 2017: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business named 46 of the firm’s practice areas and 112 individuals to its ranking of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
June 05, 2017
Recognition by the Global Arbitration Review's GAR 100
Paul Hastings was recognized by Global Arbitration Review in their annual "GAR 100" survey of the top 100 firms in international arbitration. The Firm was praised for work from diverse fields, including "commercial disputes, investor-state arbitration, enforcement of awards... [and] political risk insurance and trade credit insurance." Joe Profaizer and the team were praised by clients for their "excellent" preparation and in hearings. GAR also made note of Camilo Cardozo joining the firm in 2016.
April 12, 2017
Recognized by Chambers USA 2016
Chambers USA 2016: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business named 47 of the firm’s practice areas and 112 individuals to its ranking of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
June 08, 2016
Global Arbitration Review
Paul Hastings was ranked in the eighth edition of Global Arbitration Review’s The GAR 100. The editorial profiling the firm included client praise for Joe Profaizer.
February 26, 2015
Paul Hastings Soars in 2012 Edition of Legal 500 US
Paul Hastings announced that 32 practice areas were recognized in the 2012 edition of Legal 500 US, a leading independent legal referral guide.
June 14, 2012
Recognized by Chambers USA 2012
111 lawyers and 40 practices were included in Chambers USA's 2012 list of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
June 07, 2012
Recognized by Chambers USA 2011
Paul Hastings has announced that Chambers USA has named 102 lawyers and 41 practice areas to its 2011 list of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
June 10, 2011
Paul Hastings Soars in 2011 Legal 500 US
Paul Hastings announced today that 89 lawyers and 27 practice areas have been named to the 2011 edition of Legal 500 US.
June 01, 2011