James Menz is Deputy Secretary General and Head of Case Management at the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) in Cologne/Berlin, Germany. The DIS is a leading institution for the resolution of commercial disputes, administering hundreds of arbitration and ADR proceedings. Offering a complete set of conflict management, ADR, sports and commercial arbitration rules tailored to the needs of the business community, the DIS is one of the most diversified dispute resolution providers in the world.
Prior to joining the DIS, James practiced international arbitration, complex litigations and competition law at Schellenberg Wittmer in Zurich and Shearman & Sterling in New York. He has advised parties or acted as counsel, arbitrator and legal secretary to arbitral tribunals in numerous arbitrations involving a variety of institutional arbitration rules. He is also experienced in ADR techniques such as adjudication and mediation.
A bilingual German-American dual citizen, James received his B.A. summa cum laude from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota (2000) and his M.A. from the University of Wisconsin- Madison (2001). He graduated with highest honors from the George Washington University Law School (J.D. 2005).
James regularly publishes and speaks on issues in international commercial arbitration. He is an alumnus of the Swiss Arbitration Academy and a graduate of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy’s Workshop on questioning of expert witnesses in international arbitration. James is a member of a number of professional associations, including the ASA, the ABA, where he is a Vice-Chair of the Section of International Law’s International Arbitration Committee, the LCIA, and the ICCA. He is included in Who’s Who Legal Future Leaders Arbitration 2017, where he is listed as “one of the most highly rated individuals in the country”.