Natalie Reid

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 

Natalie L. Reid is a partner in the firm’s International Disputes Group and focuses on international arbitration, public international law and complex commercial litigation matters. A Jamaican national, she regularly advises and represents multinational corporations, international organizations and non-governmental organizations in proceedings in U.S. courts and international fora.

As part of that practice, Ms. Reid acts as counsel in commercial and treaty arbitrations conducted under the rules of the major arbitral institutions, where her recent representations include disputes arising under bilateral investment treaties in South Asia and East Asia.

Prior to joining Debevoise, Ms. Reid was an Associate Legal Officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. The Legal 500 US (2018) describes Ms. Reid as “creative and inspiring” and recommends her as a Next Generation Lawyer. Ms. Reid has been named a Rising Star in 2015 by the New York Law Journal and a Future Leader in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2018 & 2019, which describes her as “an exceptional lawyer who stands out in complex cases” and “a great and very positive leader who values flexibility and teamwork,” and notes that “peers also speak highly of her expertise in public international law.”

Ms. Reid has also been recognized as one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in 2018, and a Local Litigation Star for international arbitration in New York by Benchmark Litigation (2019).

Ms. Reid currently serves as a Director of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). Additionally she serves on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law, and multiple committees of the American Society of International Law (ASIL). She is Co-Chair of the Young Attorneys’ group of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR Y-ADR).

She previously served on the ASIL Executive Council, the International Commercial Disputes Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and as a Co-Chair of the 2015 ASIL Annual Meeting.

Ms. Reid is the author or co-author of a number of publications concerning international arbitration and public international law, including contributions to The Arbitration Review Of The Americas(2015, 2016 & 2017), the ICCA Congress Book (2015) and Current Issues and Future Challenges in International Arbitration (International Bar Association, 2015), and is a co-author of the International Criminal Law Practitioner Library (Cambridge University Press, Vols I–III). She speaks and lectures frequently on international law, including guest lectures at Yale Law School and New York University School of Law.

Ms. Reid received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she was co-managing editor of the Harvard International Law Journal. She received her A.B., magna cum laude, from Brown University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.


  • Claimant Tethyan Copper Company (jointly owned by Barrick Gold and Antofagasta Minerals) in an ICSID arbitration against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and an ICC arbitration against the Pakistani province of Balochistan in disputes regarding a copper and gold mining project in the west of Pakistan.
  • A leading provider of telecommunications services in an arbitration of an indemnification dispute under the auspices of the London Court of International Arbitration (“LCIA”).
  • The Government of Grenada in an ICSID arbitration arising out of reforms to the electricity sector.
  • Claimant MAKAE Europe SARL an ICSID arbitration against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation in arbitration and litigation of dispute concerning breach of an insurance claim settlement agreement.
  • An investment firm in two BIT cases against the Government of Laos under the ICSID Additional Facility Rules and the UNCITRAL Rules.
  • Alternative asset managers in arbitration of a dispute arising out of partnership and employment agreements.
  • Prudential Financial, Inc. in shareholder class action and derivative lawsuits arising from regulatory inquiries into death benefit payment practices and compliance with unclaimed property laws.
  • Phoenix Life Insurance Company in a putative class action in the District of New Jersey relating to reductions of its dividend scales.
  • The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights as amicus curiae before the U.S. Supreme Court in Boumediene v. Bush and Al Odah v. United States, arguing that the continued detention of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay and the procedures of the military tribunals established to try those prisoners breached the international treaty obligations of the United States.


  • Harvard Law School, 2003, J.D.
  • Brown University, 1999, A.B.

Bar Admissions:

  • New York


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