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Parker Poe Attorney Selected for International Arbitration Panel

  • April 01, 2009

International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the international division of American Arbitration Association (AAA), has named Parker Poe Partner Catharine Biggs Arrowood to its International Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators.

ICDR is one of the world’s leading providers of dispute resolution services to companies around the globe. Fewer than 600 ICDR panel members worldwide arbitrate new cases each year.  More than 60 percent of the ICDR’s panel members are located outside the United States. Arrowood is the only member in North Carolina.
Arrowood, based in the Parker Poe Raleigh office, was selected to the elite panel after an extensive review of her qualifications, which included her international legal experience, reputation and demonstrated ability to manage the arbitration process. Caseload needs and national diversity of the panel were also criteria for consideration.

She has served on the AAA Panel of Commercial Arbitrators since 2003. Less than two percent of AAA commercial panel members also work on the ICDR panel.

“Catharine’s appointment is a tremendous honor and recognition for her accomplishments,” said Henry Campen, managing partner for Parker Poe’s Raleigh office.  “Her experience and talents will be of great benefit to the ICDR panel and is reflective of our firm’s commitment to the area of international arbitration.”

Arrowood has been practicing law for more than 30 years and focuses on resolution of  “bet the company” disputes.  She is a partner in the Parker Poe Antitrust & Business Torts Practice Group and a leader in the Litigation Department’s International Arbitration Team.

In the past year, Arrowood and members of the team arbitrated a $200 million dispute involving a Vietnamese mining operation.  The matter was arbitrated in Toronto.  Soon to be published, the arbitration team has co-authored a series of papers on the extraterritorial enforcement of U.S. and Canadian judgments and arbitral awards.

Most recently, she was named as the “Raleigh Best Lawyers Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year” for 2009.  Arrowood previously served as the President of the Wake County Bar Association and of the 10th Judicial District of the North Carolina State Bar and on the firm’s management committee.  She is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been named among the Best Lawyers in America, Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” and Lawdragon magazine’s “500 Leading Lawyers in America.”  Arrowood earned a JD, cum laude, in 1976 and a BA, cum laude, in 1973 from Wake Forest University.

International Centre for Dispute Resolution

The ICDR was established in 1996 as the international division of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) to further enhance the delivery of conflict resolution services around the globe. The ICDR has offices in Dublin, Mexico City, New York and Singapore.  As a full-service global conflict management provider, the ICDR administers worldwide dispute resolution proceedings under a set of rules consistently applied by the ICDR, rather than under numerous sets of national rules applied by unfamiliar foreign court systems.  For more information, please visit

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP

The Firm has 225 lawyers in six offices across the Carolinas, including Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina; and Charleston, Columbia, Myrtle Beach and Spartanburg, South Carolina.  The Firm counsels clients in Banking & Capital Markets, Business Law, Litigation, Real Estate & Commercial Development and Regulatory Law. These clients represent a wide range of industries and include leaders in international banking and finance, health care, life sciences, retail, energy, construction, manufacturing, technology, professional services, and resort and hospitality.

Members of the Parker Poe international arbitration team have more than 30 years of experience in arbitration domestically and abroad.  The team regularly advises clients doing business abroad on how to best draft disputes resolution clauses to provide for the most efficient dispute resolution mechanism and to ensure the maximum opportunity to enforce awards which may be made as a result of the selected dispute resolution procedure.