Steven Finizio > Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
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Work Department

Commercial Litigation; International Arbitration; Litigation; Securities Enforcement; Securities Litigation; United Kingdom




Steven Finizio’s practice focuses on international dispute resolution. Mr. Finizio also serves as an arbitrator. He has particular experience with energy, financial services, shareholder, joint venture and M&A, and manufacturing issues. He has advised clients regarding disputes under the rules of most of the well-recognized international arbitration institutions and governed by the laws of jurisdictions in Europe, Asia, Africa and the US, as well as under bilateral and regional investment treaties. His pro bono work has included assisting a Central European government to draft new arbitration legislation and he was part of a team that won a landmark decision in the first freedom of expression case in the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Issa Loha Konaté v Burkina Faso.

Professional Activities

Mr. Finizio speaks regularly on international arbitration at conferences and seminars. He also teaches classes on arbitration at law schools, including as an Adjunct Professor at SOAS University of London and at Pepperdine University Law School in London. He is a founding member of the International Dispute Resolution Academy (IDRA) and is on the faculty at the Cologne Academy of Arbitration. He also has been on the faculty for the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA) and the Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA) International Treaty Law and Arbitration Programme.

Mr. Finizio is a member of the LCIA Court and a member of the GIAC Advisory Council. He also is a member of the Global Arbitration Review Editorial Board, the Lexis®PSL Arbitration Consulting Editorial Board, and the Editorial Board, as well as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA).

He is a member of a number of arbitration and international law institutions and related associations, including the International Bar Association (IBA), Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), American Society of International Law (ASIL), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). In addition, Mr. Finizio is a Member of the Board of Trustees for the Media Defence Legal Initiative and the Advisory Board of the Institute of Small and Micro States.


Mr. Finizio publishes extensively on issues relating to international dispute resolution. He is the co-author of “A Practical Guide to International Commercial Arbitration: Assessment, Planning and Strategy,” (Sweet & Maxwell 2010) (second edition forthcoming), and “International Commercial Arbitration,” in The Law of Transnational Business Transactions (Nanda, ed. Thomson Reuters updated 2020). See “Publications” under “Insights & News” for a full list of Mr. Finizio’s publications and articles.



District of Columbia

England and Wales, Registered Foreign Lawyer


JD, University of Chicago Law School, 1992

AB, Georgetown University, 1988

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

(Hall of Fame)

Steven FinizioWilmerHale

With an enviable track record of success in complex, high-stakes disputes, WilmerHale‘s large London group, which is devoted exclusively to international arbitration and handles all its own advocacy, has ‘exceptional experience and knowledge in international investment disputes’. The international arbitration practice department is chaired by ‘brilliant advocateGary Born, an international commercial arbitration and litigation specialist, whose track record includes acting as counsel in four of the largest ICC arbitrations, as well as several of the most significant ad hoc arbitrations in recent history. The practice also showcases Steven Finizio, who is highly focused on investment treaty and public international law issues; global vice-chair of the  international arbitration practice Franz Schwarz; and energy, construction, telecoms, insurance, joint venture and M&A disputes expert Charlie Caher, who is ‘recommended for anyone looking for an arbitration specialist‘.

London > Dispute resolution > Public international law

WilmerHale‘s London PIL practice is particularly well known for its representation in matters involving territorial boundaries and sovereignty over territory, including significant state-to-state matters, intra-state disputes, and high-value investor-state claims. The group also fields experts in the PIL issues that arise within the national courts, which involve transnational litigation and enforcement issues. The firm’s international arbitration practice is chaired by Gary Born, who has heavyweight experience as lead counsel in PIL disputes, including several investor-state arbitrations; and co-chair of the London office Steven Finizio is also highly active in PIL and investment treaty work.