News 05 Sep. 2013

Curtis Bolsters Litigation and Arbitration Practices with Addition of James Kellick as Counsel in Oman

New York, September 5, 2013 — International law firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP has announced that James Kellick has joined the firm as Counsel based in its Muscat office.

Mr. Kellick brings more than 15 years of litigation and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) experience to Curtis, including LCIA, ICC and UNCITRAL arbitration. He has advised clients in relation to a wide range of commercial matters covering a number of industry sectors. He was most recently with Trowers & Hamlins in Muscat.

James Kellick is one of two new Counsel, along with Charles Cruden, to move to Curtis in Muscat at this time. Curtis Oman is also adding three new associates there to its growing team of lawyers.

We are excited that Jamie is joining Curtis,” said Bruce Palmer, managing partner of Curtis in Muscat. “With the continuing rise in the use of arbitration in Oman, his many years of experience and accomplishment in both arbitration and litigation will be very valuable for Curtis and our clients both here and throughout the Gulf Region.”

Mr. Kellick, who has been ranked by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for his work in Oman and the UAE, has counseled government organizations and state-owned industries, as well as leading international and local companies. His varied caseload includes trust matters (both contentious and non-contentious), fraud cases, regulatory investigations and cross-border asset recovery claims.

Mr. Kellick is an advocate of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has handled matters in both civil law and common law jurisdictions, and regularly speaks at seminars concerning arbitration and ADR practice, most recently at a panel discussion for the Disputes Resolution Board Foundation Annual Conference in Doha and at the Oman Society of Engineers Annual Conference in Muscat. He was recently appointed as a guest lecturer for the new DIFC Courts Academy in Dubai.

Mr. Kellick has published articles that include the Oman chapters in international arbitration journals: Global Arbitration Review 'The European and Middle Eastern Arbitration Review' in 2010 and 2011; the 'International Comparative Legal Guide to International Arbitration, 2010;' and, most recently, the Middle East Business Review 2013.” He earned a Dip. Legal Practice degree in the Department of Professional Legal Studies at the University of Bristol, his Dip. Law at Nottingham Law School and his BSC at the University of Hertfordshire.

Curtis Oman has been helping Omani and international companies, financial institutions and governmental agencies in the Sultanate for the past 15 years. Curtis was the first U.S.-headquartered law firm licensed to practice in Oman.

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