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Judd practices primarily as an arbitrator in major international commercial and investment arbitration cases. For further information on his experience as an arbitrator, please refer to Representative Matters. Judd has also practiced in the areas of international business transactions, international project financing and government contracting. He has been a partner at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur since 1982.

Judd’s practice has included counseling of major international companies, to their immediate legal needs and more broadly as an advisor on major foreign policy issues affecting business. Based on his experience and long relationships in the executive and legislative branches of the United States government, he has an established track record of enabling clients to identify and deal with sensitive political and business issues based on information going well beyond what is made public in ordinary media sources. He is knowledgeable in all aspects of U.S. export controls, including ITAR, EAR and OFAC, and has successfully managed complex voluntary disclosures and investigations related to the above.

Judd has also become a leading international arbitrator in cases involving foreign investment, having served as president of several major arbitration tribunals, as well as an important resource for the Porter Wright litigation/arbitration team in representing major clients in international arbitration cases.

Prior to joining Porter Wright, Judd was assistant general counsel of the Agency for International Development (AID). He was appointed by President Reagan to the career rank of counselor in the Senior Foreign Service. He was also chief counsel for AID's Near East and North African programs and before that, chief counsel for its Latin American and Caribbean programs. Earlier, he was chief legislative counsel for the agency, special assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Military and Security Assistance and resident regional legal adviser for AID in South America for five years. During this period, Judd had principal responsibility for legal aspects of cases involving more than $800 million in assets of U.S.-owned private investments nationalized in Chile by the Allende government, including a major role in representing the interests of Overseas Private Investment Corp. which had issued political risk insurance for many of those investments.

Judd is a frequent author of articles in business and legal journals on business law and international transactions. He is also a speaker and commentator on international business law issues for such institutions as the American Management Association, the National Association of Manufacturers and the International Development Law Institute.


  • Harvard Law School  (J.D.)
  • Oberlin College  (B.A.)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Associations

  • American Arbitration Association, International Panel of Arbitrators
  • London Court of International Arbitration
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
  • World Bank, International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), Panel of Arbitrators and Conciliators
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), United States Arbitration Committee
  • Inter-American Bar Foundation, President
  • American Society of International Law
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, International Section, past Chairman
  • Export Legal Assistance Network, Founder; National Coordinator
  • Cosmos Club of Washington, D.C.

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers®, International Arbitration - Commercial and International Arbitration - Governmental
  • Chambers USA and Global, International Arbitration: Arbitrators, Band One, Nationwide
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers®
  • Investment Arbitration Reporter, recognized as one of 80 lawyers worldwide who are most experienced in international investment arbitration
  • William Roy Vallance Award, 2009
  • Inter-American Bar Association, Inter-American Jurisprudence Prize, 2004
  • Inter-American Bar Association, International Lawyer of the Year (Norberg Award), 2002
  • Export Legal Assistance Network, U.S. Presidential, “E” Award (Excellence in Export Service), 1997


  • Spanish, fluent
  • French, intermediate