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President’s biography

James Bridgeman C.Arb

James Bridgeman, C.Arb

President 2018

James Bridgeman is a practising barrister, Chartered Arbitrator and certified mediator. He holds practising certificates as a barrister both in Ireland and in England and Wales.

His practice, with a focus on civil and commercial litigation, international arbitration and ADR is based at the Law Library Dublin and 4-5 Gray's Inn Square, London.

He is a member of the ICSID panel of arbitrators and conciliators nominated by the Irish government. He has received appointments in international disputes from WIPO (Geneva), ICC (Paris), CIArb (London), NAF (Minneapolis, MN) CAC (Prague) and KLRCA (Kuala Lumpur).

He is an accredited mediator (Mediators Institute of Ireland) and served for a number of years on the Council of the Mediators Institute of Ireland, including a term as Vice-Chair.

He is a member of the ADR Committee of the Bar Council of England & Wales (formerly known as the ADR sub-committee).

He is an associate lecturer on the Diploma in Construction Law and Contract Administration, Trinity College Dublin.

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Thomas Halket

Thomas Halket, FCIArb, C.Arb

Deputy President 2018

Thomas Halket practices law in the State of New York, dividing his time between his corporate and commercial technology law practice, his arbitration and mediation work both as counsel and neutral and law school teaching.

He is a partner at Halket Weitz LLP and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Fordham University School of Law where he teaches courses on International Arbitration, on Licensing, on Commercial Technology and IP Transactions and on Entrepreneurship Law. Prior to forming Halket Weitz, he was the partner in charge of the Commercial Technology Practice in the New York Office of Bingham McCutchen LLP. Prior to that he was a partner and co-chair of the Technology and the Emerging Company Group of Hughes, Hubbard & Reed.

A Chartered Arbitrator, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, Tom has been an arbitrator and mediator for over 30 years. He is a member of arbitral panels around the world. Although Tom has acted as a neutral for a wide variety of domestic and international disputes, he specializes in intellectual property and technology related matters. He is a member of the Scottish Arbitration Centre’s Arbitral Appointments Committee, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators in London, a member of the USCIB Arbitration Committee and member of the International Arbitration Club of New York.

Tom is deeply committed to professional education.  He has been an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School for more than ten years. When he was Vice Chair of the New York Branch, he was instrumental in the establishment of the week-long Columbia/ CIArb international arbitration course and he continues to act as a and faculty member for the course. And he has taught many courses both for the Chartered Institute as well as other professional organizations.

Throughout his career, Tom has also been active in a number of professional organizations. In addition to being Deputy President, he is currently on the Chartered Institute’s Board of Management and Chair of its New York Branch. Positions he has held with other organizations include Chair of the Technology Advisory Committee of the American Arbitration Association, Chair of the Section of Science and Technology of the American Bar Association, Chair of the Subcommittee on Software and the Uniform Commercial Code of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and member of Task Force on IT in Arbitration of the ICC Commission on Arbitration.  

He was a co-author and editor of a book on the arbitration on international IP disputes and is currently writing another book on the arbitration of IP disputes in the U.S.  Tom holds a law degree from the Columbia University School of Law and bachelors and masters degrees in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.