Patrick W. Pearsall
Attorney-Adviser, Office of the Legal Adviser, Adjunct Professor of Law
B.A. Columbia College, J.D. Columbia Law School
Mr. Patrick W. Pearsall is an Attorney-Adviser in the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser. At the U.S. State Department, Patrick has worked...Continue Reading
Mr. Patrick W. Pearsall is an Attorney-Adviser in the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser. At the U.S. State Department, Patrick has worked as the primary attorney responsible for overseeing investment-related disputes in Central America and the Caribbean. He has represented the United States as counsel on claims under bilateral investment treaties, the NAFTA and the CAFTA-DR. He was the United States' delegate to International Court of Arbitration's (ICC) Task Force on Arbitration with State or State-Owned Entities, which was asked to provide recommendations for revision of the 2012 ICC Rules, and was later on the Special Drafting Committee. He has been Editor-in-Chief of International Litigation section of the ABA's Year-in-Review, and has published on investor-state arbitration and Asia-Pacific region investment agreements. In addition Mr. Pearsall has led negotiating delegations for several of the United States treaties on marine life and is the lead lawyer on cross-border infrastructure matters for the Department. He is currently serving as the United States delegate to the International Bar Association Arbitration Steering Committee. Prior to joining the U.S. State Department in January 2009, he worked as a litigator in private practice where he appeared in numerous international arbitrations as counsel to both sovereigns and multinational corporations. He has worked for both the ICC and the Hon. Sonia Sotomayor on the United States Court of Appeals. He has taught at Columbia Law School and at the George Washington School of Law in Washington D.C.