BIAC has assembled a distinguished Board of Directors, made up of experienced international arbitration practitioners and neutrals dedicated to promoting Boston as a leading center for international disputes.


Conna A. Weiner, Esq. serves as the Vice Chair of BIAC’s Board of Directors. Ms. Weiner is a JAMS neutral with over 20 years of experience handling diverse, complex issues for multinational life sciences companies in the U.S. and abroad, including as a General Counsel. Most recently, Ms. Weiner has served as an independent arbitrator and mediator on a number of well-known national and international cases, with a complex case specialization in biotech, life sciences (pharmaceuticals, devices, diagnostics), health care and other commercial matters.


Jonathan W. Fitch, Esq. serves as a Director of BIAC. Mr. Fitch is both an advocate and arbitrator with a wealth of experience and strong record of accomplishment in the resolution of highly complex commercial disputes. He is an arbitrator for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution and the American Arbitration Association, as well as a Fellow at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Mr. Fitch is the managing partner of Fitch Law Partners where his international practice focuses on counseling, negotiation, litigation, mediation, and arbitration of disputes for parties throughout the world.


Jared L. Hubbard, Esq. serves as a Director and the President of BIAC. Mr. Hubbard works at Fitch Law Partners, where he represents clients in complex litigation matters, with a particular focus on helping clients navigate international disputes—including domestic and international litigation, international commercial arbitration, and investor-state arbitration. Mr. Hubbard has represented Fortune 500 companies, high stakes investors, and sovereign countries through some of their most complex disputes. He also serves as a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation Section Council of the Massachusetts Bar Association.


Carl A. Valenstein, Esq. serves as a Director and the Secretary of BIAC. Mr. Valenstein focuses his practice at Morgan Lewis on domestic and international corporate and securities matters, mergers and acquisitions, project development, and transactional finance. He counsels extensively in the life science, telecom/electronics, and maritime industries, and he has worked broadly in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He is the co-chair of the International Section of the Boston Bar Association and co-chairs the firm’s Cuba Initiative. He is a frequent speaker at conferences on a variety of international compliance and transactional topics.


Merriann Panarella, Esq. serves as a Director on BIAC’s Board of Directors. Ms. Panarella is an independent arbitrator, mediator and consultant who practices in Boston and New York City and focuses on complex commercial and intellectual property disputes. She has arbitration training from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and is a member of the AAA, CPR, ICC, WIPO, AHLA, FINRA, and Massachusetts Fee Arbitration Board (FAB) arbitration panels. She is a member of the American Bar Association’s Women in Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Committee and the International Chamber of Commerce, as well as a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


Andrew B. Loewenstein, Esq. serves as a Director on BIAC’s Board of Directors. Mr. Loewenstein focuses his practice at Foley Hoag on public international law as well as investor-state and international commercial disputes. He has particular expertise advising governments, corporations, and non-governmental organizations regarding international legal matters, including with respect to international boundary disputes, the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, investor-state disputes, international environmental law, and international human rights and humanitarian law.


Daniel V. Ward, Esq. serves as a Director of BIAC. Mr. Ward focuses his practice at Ropes & Gray on complex commercial disputes and securities litigation, including trials and appeals, investigations and international arbitration. His clients include public and private companies, investment advisers (including private equity sponsors, hedge funds and mutual funds) and individual officers and directors.


Jessica Sblendorio, Esq. serves as a Director and the Treasurer of BIAC. Ms. Sblendorio’s litigation and advice practice includes representing and advising companies in the life sciences, healthcare, technology, fashion and entertainment sectors. She has litigated in federal and state courts, the International Trade Commission (ITC), and in confidential arbitration proceedings. Ms. Sblendorio has a long-standing interest in international arbitration, and she has written and spoken on a variety of issues impacting international arbitration practice.



William W. Park, Esq. serves as the Co-Chair of the BIAC Board of Directors.  A leading international arbitrator, Professor Park is the R. Gordon Butler Scholar in International Law at Boston University School of Law.  He is the past President of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and General Editor of Arbitration International.  In addition to his many visiting academic appointments, including a stint as Fellow of Selwyn College at Cambridge University, Mr. Park also served on the Governing Board of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and the Board (Vorstand) of the Association Suisse de l’Arbitrage.


Philip D. O’Neill, Esq. serves as the Co-Chair of the BIAC Board of Directors alongside Professor Park.  Mr. O’Neill is an active international and domestic arbitrator with decades of experience, as well as a longtime adjunct professor of international arbitration at top national law schools.  He is highly experienced and well recognized around the globe, having been selected as a neutral or party nominated arbitrator on over 120 large, complex cases; presided over more than fifty trials; and adjudicated billions of dollars in claims arising in the USA and elsewhere around the world.


Daniel J. Ball, Esq. serves as a Director and the Assistant Secretary of BIAC. Mr. Ball advises clients in the financial services industry and on a wide range of commercial litigation matters. He represents a diverse client-base on all matters from intellectual property disputes to financial regulatory concerns. While in law school, Mr. Ball participated in the International Exchange Program at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany, where he focused his study on international comparative intellectual property rights and international business arbitration.

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