Kenneth Kramer

Kenneth M. Kramer, Esq., FCIArb

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
George Cuervos
T: 212-607-2789
F: 212-751-4099
620 Eighth Avenue, 34th Floor, New York, NY 10018


Kenneth M. Kramer, Esq. serves as an arbitrator and mediator of complex commercial, financial services, asset management, antitrust, merger and acquisition and construction disputes. Mr. Kenneth Kramer joined JAMS in 2010 after a 40 year career at the international law firm of Shearman & Sterling where he served as chair of the litigation group and member of the Practice Committee. He was a resident partner in Sherman & Sterling’s Paris office where he was enrolled as a conseil juridique. He is fluent in French and has competency in Spanish and Italian. He represented multinational companies and governments throughout Europe, South America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Australia. He has served as an arbitrator or counsel in international ADR proceedings involving ICC Rules, ICSID Rules, ICDR Rules, JAMS Rules, London Court of International Arbitration Rules, and the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Rules.

Representative Matters

  • Arbitrator in dispute between German bank and London based insurers concerning a pre-export financing facility for Brazilian soybeans
  • Arbitrator in dispute between purchaser and seller of glass manufacturing business
  • Represented North African national company in multiple arbitrations concerning the construction of hydrocarbon plants and pipelines
  • Represented North African National company in arbitrations concerning oil and natural gas lifting contracts
  • Represented consortium of Korean construction companies in arbitrations concerning the construction of housing complexes in Saudi Arabia
  • Represented China National Coal company in arbitration involving joint venture agreements
  • Represented international oil company in arbitration with Australian minerals company
  • Represented South American hydrocarbons company in arbitrations concerning joint venture agreements
  • Represented French oil rig designer in proceedings pending in the Tribunal de Commerce in Paris
  • Represented US construction company in litigation against a French Bank in the Tribunal de Grand Instance, Paris
  • Represented US Bank in proceedings arising from the sequestration of Iranian bank funds in the Tribunal de Grand Instance, Paris
  • Represented the Republic of Italy in securities litigation pending in federal court in New York
  • Represented numerous non-US companies including companies based in Sweden, Switzerland, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands in antitrust litigation pending in the United States and before EU regulators
  • Represented numerous non-US companies in litigations arising from hostile merger proposals including proceedings in courts in the United States, London, Belgium, France, and Germany
  • Represented numbers of non-US companies in securities litigation in the United States and before securities regulators in France, Finland, and the United Kingdom
  • Represented French, Swedish, and German companies in class action products liability litigation pending in the US
  • Represented Spanish bank in contract litigation in the US
  • Represented South African company in disputes concerning a Brazilian affiliate
  • Represented Chilean exporters of grapes in US litigations
  • Represented Argentine companies in disputes with international bank lenders
  • Served as a member of a tripartite arbitration panel in a dispute over tax indemnities arising from the acquisition of telecommunications businesses in Europe; served as a member of a tripartite arbitration panel in a dispute concerning payments due on the sale of a chain of hotels; sole arbitrator in a dispute between non-US internet platform and advertising supplier; sole arbitrator of a dispute between a pharmaceutical company and an exclusive sales agent concerning the termination of contract; member of a tripartite panel in a dispute between the promoter/owner of a beauty pageant and the local partners in a non-U.S. venue
  • Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Registered Mediator, United States Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York
  • Recognized as a New York Superlawyer, 2006-2013
  • Recognized as a leading antitrust lawyer by Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Listed in Who’s Who in America and in Who’s Who in American Law
  • Board member: International House (Board Secretary and member of Executive Committee), Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services (Chairman of the Board and President), Music for Life International (Chairman Emeritus), Healing Communities Network, Berkshire Opera Festival
  • Past Board member: New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, The Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, General Theological Seminary (Chancellor), Brooklyn Heights Casino
  • Frequent contributor to ADR publications and panelist at ADR meetings: JAMS' Expedited Rules: Returning Arbitration to Its Roots, CPR Alternatives, November 2010; Complex International Financial Disputes: Is Arbitration the Answer, in Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation, The Fordham Papers (2013)
  • Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP, 1980-2009
    • Co-Chairman, Litigation Department
    • Member, Practice Management Committee
  • Associate, Shearman & Sterling LLP, 1977-1980
  • Associate, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, 1973-1976
  • Law Clerk, Honorable Orrin G. Judd, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, 1972-1973
  • J.D., Albany Law School, Union University, NY, 1972 (Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review)
  • A.B., Colgate University, NY, 1965
  • Lieutenant, United States Naval Reserve, 1966-1969
  • Languages: French (fluent), Spanish (competent), Italian (competent)



Practice Areas


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