Jeffrey W. Sarles

Position:  Partner.  Mayer Brown, LLP, Chicago, Illinois
Education:  Northwestern University School of Law, JD, cum laude, 1994; Editor-in-Chief, Northwestern University Law Review • University of Chicago, MA. with honors • Wesleyan University, BA; Phi Beta Kappa
General Experience: Jeff Sarles divides his dispute resolution practice between appellate and international arbitration work, and also handles a variety of other litigation matters. He joined Mayer Brown in 1994 and is the co-practice leader of both the firm's Supreme Court and Appellate group and International Arbitration group. In appellate matters, Jeff has briefed and argued numerous appeals in the federal and state courts, involving such issues as free speech, patent infringement, employment discrimination, ERISA, securities fraud, environmental, telecommunications, consumer class actions, arbitration and antitrust. Jeff has represented companies in commercial arbitrations before such leading bodies as the AAA, ICC, CPR, and LCIA, as well as under the UNCITRAL Rules. His numerous domestic and international arbitrations have involved such issues as construction disputes, post-closing purchase price adjustments, the adequacy of custom-ordered software technology, auto production shortfalls, and indemnification for a product recall. He has practiced before courts of first instance and appellate courts in cases involving arbitrability, arbitral jurisdiction, and judicial review of arbitration awards. Jeff has also represented governments and investors in investor-state arbitrations and annulment proceedings before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes and in appellate litigation involving the scope of arbitral jurisdiction over foreign governments.
Lectures: “Arbitrating under NAFTA,” Chicago International Dispute Resolution Association, January 2007 “International Commercial and Investment Treaty Arbitration,” LexisNexis Mealey's Corporate Conference Series, Atlanta, June 2006 “Negotiating and Drafting Purchase Price Adjustments,” Corporate University, Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, May 2006 “Framework of International Arbitration,” PriceWaterhouseCoopers Alumni Conference, Chicago, March 2006 “The Revised AAA and IBA Ethics Rules for Arbitrators,” California Bar Association/ International Centre for Dispute Resolution/CANACO, Newport Beach, Calif., March 2006
Publications: "Tips on Petitioning for and Opposing Certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court," Litigation, Winter 2008 "Tips on Petitioning for Certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court," Circuit Rider, May 2007 "Bilateral Investment Treaties," BNA’s Corporate Counsel Weekly, Feb. 28, 2007 “Drafting Arbitration Clauses That Work For You,” ReedLogic Video Leadership Seminar (2006) “Winning Legal Strategies for Alternative Dispute Resolution,” ADR Best Practices (2006) “The Confidentiality Conundrum in International Arbitration,” ADR and the Law (2002) “US Courts Divided Over Enforceability of Arbitral Subpoenas to Non-Parties,” Mealey’s Int’l Arbitration Report, Jan. 2001 “International Business Disputes are Increasingly Resolved by Arbitration," BNA’s Corporate Counsel Weekly, May 10, 2000 “Using Generic Arbitration Clauses Can Be Bad Medicine,” BNA’s Corporate Counsel Weekly, Apr. 28, 1999
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