Tom Villalon recently spoke on a panel on the topic of ‘Crisis Negotiation’ at the Sixth Annual Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution Conference. Tom spoke alongside Calvin Chrustie, Professor Christine Pearson, and Ambassador Miomir Zuzul. The panel was moderated by Professor Art Hinshaw.

The conference convened lawyers, counsel for global corporations, arbitrators, mediators, and academics from across the US and the world.

The conference was attended by over 500 individuals, both in person and online, and took place on January 11 2024 at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.


Tom is an associate in the Washington, DC office. He has significant experience representing clients in a wide range of international arbitrations under most major institutional rules, with a particular focus on disputes across Asia and Latin America. Tom has represented and advised clients from an array of industries, including construction, mining & metals, post-M&A, biotech, and pharmaceuticals.

Tom holds a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Hawaii School of Law, and a B.A with Honors from Dartmouth College. While in law school, he won first-place individual oralist for the global International Environmental Law Moot Court competition. He is the host of The China Arbitrator, a Mandarin language arbitration podcast dedicated to understanding Asian views of the practice of international arbitration. He is also the co-founder of Rescue Afghan Women Now, an organization dedicated to rescuing high-risk Afghan women from Taliban capture and execution.

Tom is admitted to practice in California, New York, and Washington DC. He speaks English, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean, and is conversant in Arabic (Egyptian dialect) and Farsi.

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