MICHAEL MCILWRATH is the founder and CEO of MDisputes Srl, a company devoted to providing in-house dispute resolution support to private and public enterprises. He spent 22 years as in-house litigation counsel, most recently as Vice President of Litigation of Baker Hughes Company, and previously as the head of litigation for GE Oil & Gas. He lives in Florence, Italy.
Michael is Chair of the ICC's Governing Body for Dispute Resolution Services, an adjunct professor at Bocconi School of Law in Milan, and an Officer at Large of the IBA's Mediation Committee. He was the Chair of the Global Pound Conference in 2016-17 and a Board Member of the International Mediation Institute (IMI) from 2008 to 2020, as well as IMI's President in 2009-10. In 2017, Arbitral Women recognized Michael as a Champion of Change for promoting diversity in international arbitration.
Michael is the co-author of two textbooks Negotiating International Commercial Contracts: Practical Exercises (2020 Eleven Publishing) and International Mediation and Arbitration: A Practical Guide (Kluwer 2010), and numerous articles about international mediation and arbitration. He is a regular contributor to OGEMID and the Kluwer Arbitration Blog.