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Lawyers Charles H. Brower II and Troy L. Harris Named to Prestigious Global Arbitrator List

September 16, 2014

The law firm of Miller Canfield announces that two members of its International Dispute Resolution Section, Charles H. Brower II and Troy L. Harris, have been listed in the 2015 global edition of Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration, to be published in November by Global Arbitration Review and Who’s Who Legal

Based in the United Kingdom, Global Arbitration Review is a leading international arbitration news resource published by Law Business Research, Ltd., the official research partner of the International Bar Association.

The pair were selected through a peer-nomination process that required independent nominations and a thorough international media review and peer interviews. Brower and Harris were two of only 120 Americans – and two of only ten U.S. academics – to make the list. 

The recognition by their peers in the international arbitration community comes on the heels of both Brower and Harris being elected fellows of the American Bar Foundation, an honor that is limited to less than one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Members are nominated by Fellows in their jurisdiction and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.

Commenting on these latest honors, Frederick A. Acomb, Chair of the Miller Canfield International Dispute Resolution Section, said, “Our aim goes well beyond being the best in the region.  With globally recognized talent like Chip Brower and Troy Harris, we intend to build a reputation as the mid-market leader for international dispute resolution worldwide.” 

Brower is Of Counsel to the International Dispute Resolution Section.  He is also a full-time Professor of Law at Wayne State University, where he teaches International Commercial Arbitration, Investment Treaty Arbitration, Contracts, and the Law of Armed Conflict.

He is an elected member of the American Law Institute, Vice Chair of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, and winner of the prestigious Smit-Lowenfeld Prize for 2012.  His path-breaking article on the ALI’s Draft Restatement on International Commercial Arbitration appears under the title “Hollow Spaces,” 61 Buff. L. Rev. 731 (2013).

Brower has served as Advocate for the Government of the Republic of Costa Rica in proceedings before the International Court of Justice, as a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University’s Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law, and a member of the American Arbitration Association’s observer delegation to UNCITRAL Working Group II.

Harris is also Of Counsel to the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Section, as well as a full-time professor at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where he teaches International Commercial Arbitration, Sales, Contracts and Construction Law. He has also served as the law school’s Interim Dean.

Harris is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and ’co-authored a first-in-its-field, how-to practice guide, International Construction Arbitration Handbook, first published by West in 2008 and updated annually.  He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Construction Law and is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s International, Commercial, and Construction panels of arbitrators.

Miller Canfield’s International Dispute Resolution Section has experience before international arbitration tribunals around the world. Its members regularly serve as both advocates and arbitrators in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations and hold leadership positions in the International Bar Association, the American Society of International Law, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, and the American Bar Association.  They are frequent speakers on international arbitration topics at local, state, national, and international venues.