Kirton McConkie Welcomes Michael K. Young to Lead International Dispute Resolution Team
Michael K. Young, president emeritus and professor of law and public policy at Texas A&M University and former president of the University of Washington and the University of Utah, has joined Kirton McConkie. Professor Young, a graduate of Brigham Young University and Harvard Law School and former law clerk to the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, is joining an already vibrant team of attorneys to lead the newly formed Kirton McConkie Center for International Dispute Resolution.
“We are so honored to have Professor Young join the firm,” said Robert Walker, Kirton McConkie president and shareholder. “His international arbitration experience; careers in government, private practice, and legal education; and leadership at three of the country’s most renowned institutions of higher education will help make our new Center for International Dispute Resolution a unique service to businesses in need of effective conflict resolution.”
Kirton McConkie’s Center for International Dispute Resolution offers arbitrator and mediator services and representation in international arbitration and litigation matters worldwide. Kirton McConkie lawyers have represented clients from more than 150 nations and every U.S. state and are fluent in over 20 languages. Our team drafts dispute resolution provisions, delivers mediation and arbitrator services, provides representation before arbitral tribunals and mediators, enforces awards and judgments, and works with clients to devise and implement strategies to achieve their goals and successfully resolve international disputes.
Several Kirton McConkie attorneys will work alongside Professor Young in the Center for International Dispute Resolution, including Tim Anderson, Joseph Brubaker, Adam Wahlquist, Qiwei Chen, Shawn Gunnarson, Cliff Blair, Cameron Hancock, Scott Isaacson, and Yangzi Jin.
“We look forward to becoming the premier international dispute resolution program in the region,” said Professor Young. “The thriving business landscape throughout the Intermountain West needs highly skilled assistance and representation to manage its diverse international legal needs. I am thrilled to be joining a team that provides a collaborative approach to dispute resolution.”
Professor Young has arbitrated multiple disputes throughout his career. Notably, he sat as president in the arbitration of Glamis Gold, Ltd. V. The United States of America, an arbitration under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) pursuant to the procedural rules of the United Nations Commission on the International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). Professor Young has also arbitrated disputes administered by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
Kirton McConkie attorneys have represented clients in international arbitrations administered by the leading arbitral institutions, including the ICSID, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the London International Arbitration Center (LIAC), the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC), and the Italian Association for Arbitration (AIA). They have also assisted clients in litigation in the United States and throughout the world, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominical Republic, Ecuador, France, Guyana, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Learn more about the Kirton McConkie International Dispute Resolution team here.