Dana MacGrath, President of ArbitralWomen, is an independent arbitrator with decades of experience in international dispute resolution. Her unique mix of experience includes serving as an arbitrator, arbitration practitioner, and in-house counsel in arbitration finance.
Most recently, Dana was Legal Counsel and an Investment Manager at Omni Bridgeway, a leading global litigation and arbitration finance company. In this role, she led the arbitration investments out of the United States while also serving as an independent arbitrator. Prior to joining Omni Bridgeway, Dana was a partner in the international arbitration group at Sidley Austin LLP. Previously, she was in the international arbitration group at Allen & Overy LLP and O’Melveny & Myers LLP. She started her career in the litigation department at Sullivan & Cromwell.
Dana’s high-stakes international arbitration matters have involved a variety of businesses and industries, among them oil and gas, LNG, energy, construction, finance, telecommunications, intellectual property, construction, sale of goods, and international investments. In the context of international litigation in aid of arbitration, she has represented parties regarding the enforceability of arbitration agreements and arbitral awards under the New York Convention, disputes regarding forum selection and choice of law clauses, sovereign immunity, arbitral immunity, and discovery pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782.
Dana has been recognized as a leader in international arbitration in various directories including Chambers USA and Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration. She has also been recognized in the field of arbitration finance in various directories including Leaders League – Arbitration Finance and LawDragon 2021: Global 100 Leaders in Legal Finance.
Dana is active within the international arbitration field across arbitral institutions and organizations. She is on the Council of the AAA-ICDR, co-chairs the AAA Large Complex Case Committee, and is a member of the AAA Nominating and Governance Committee. Dana is also an active member of the CPR Arbitration Committee. Previously she served as Chair of the Arbitration Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and as co-chair of the CPR Institute Arbitration Rules Revision Committee that revised CPR’s domestic and international arbitration rules. Additionally, Dana served on the ICC Commission on Arbitration Task Force on Reducing Time and Cost in Complex Arbitration and the ICC Commission on Arbitration Task Force on National Rules of Procedure for Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Awards Pursuant to the New York Convention of 1958.
Dana is a committed leader in the diversity and inclusion space. In addition to serving as President of the Board of Directors of ArbitralWomen since 2018 and Board member since 2016, she is on the Global Steering Committee of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge and serves as Strategic Advisor on the Global Steering Committee of Racial Equality for Arbitration Lawyers. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Rising Arbitrators Initiative (RAI) and the North American Committee for the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations.
Dana regularly speaks and writes on international arbitration issues. She co-authored a chapter on Covid-19 and Third-Party Funding published by Kluwer International in 2020 and several articles on recent case law regarding U.S. discovery pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782 in aid of foreign arbitrations. She has long served as an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School teaching a seminar on international commercial arbitration and coaching the Brooklyn Vis Moot team.
Dana earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her B.A., cum laude, from Middlebury College. She is a member of the New York Bar. She is fluent in English and proficient in French, having majored in French at Middlebury and lived in Paris for a year. More information about Dana can be found on her website.