Matthew H. Adler

  • Lecturer

Matthew H. Adler is a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP in Philadelphia and Princeton. He is the co-chair of the firm’s commercial litigation practice and leads the practice group on international and domestic arbitration.

Adler has litigated or arbitrated cases involving the governments of Russia, China, the Czech Republic, the Congo, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Canada, Chile, the former East Germany, and other countries. He has led arbitrations and litigations on behalf of clients in Europe, Asia and South America. He has appeared before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, the International Chamber of Commerce, the London Court of International Arbitration, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, the American Arbitration Association, and the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission. In 2013, he led a team of lawyers in the first reported arbitration to go to a hearing and liability award before the recently formed London Court of International Arbitration – India (LCIA-I) branch. Adler also frequently leads arbitration teams in the United States before the AAA and ad hoc forums.

From 1986 to 1989, Adler served in the Office of Legal Advisor at the United States Department of State, where his practice included representation of the United States before the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal at The Hague. He is a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Private International Law, where he has participated in a working group on a multilateral judgments enforcement convention, a member of the American Bar Association's Section on International Law, and a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has published on arbitration and judgment enforcement in European and American journals, including the Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business, The International and Comparative Law Quarterly, the Georgetown Law School’s Law and Policy in International Business, the U.S.-Mexican Law Journal, and the Fordham International Law Journal. His 2012 article “Figueiredo v. Peru: A Step Backward for Arbitration Enforcement”, 32 Northwestern J. Int’l Law & Bus. 38 (2012), helped lead to American Bar Association Resolution 107c, attacking the use of forum non conveniens as a basis for refusing enforcement of international arbitration awards.

Adler was an adjunct professor of law at Rutgers University (Camden) from 2005 through 2013, where he taught international law, international sales and arbitration.

He is a 1980 graduate of Cornell University and a 1983 graduate of the Columbia University School of Law.


  • J.D.
    Columbia University School of Law
  • B.S.
    Cornell University

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