Jeremy Lack

Called: 1989

Practice Overview

Jeremy Lack is an independent lawyer and ADR Neutral admitted to practice in England & Wales, New York, various US federal courts, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and Geneva, Switzerland (as a foreign member of the local bar).  In addition to being a Door Tenant with Quadrant Chambers, he is is the founder of LAWTECH.CH, an advisor to CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS LLP (UK/CH), counsel to HELVETICA AVOCATS (CH) and SCHONEWILLE & SCHONEWILLE (NL) and is a part-time faculty member at the EPFL(CH). He is a former partner with Etude ALTENBURGER LTD legal + tax in Geneva, Switzerland, an IMI-certified mediator and mediation advocate, and a co-founder of He qualified as an English barrister in 1989 and as a US attorney-at-law in 1990 (New York State, various federal courts, and the US Patent and Trademark Office), and was admitted to the Geneva bar (as an EU lawyer) in 2003.

Jeremy specializes in complex international commercial disputes, spanning common law and civil law jurisdictions.  His work includes intellectual property disputes, joint ventures, international transactions, partnerships, deal facilitation, entrepreneurship, innovation, media, sports, family-owned businesses, trusts and estates, and technology and healthcare-related matters.  He has a broad dispute prevention and resolution practice (including advocacy, arbitration, conciliation and mediation) and is often appointed as settlement counsel, to work in parallel with litigation counsel. Jeremy worked as in-house counsel for BECTON DICKINSON & CO, MEDABIOTECH and NOVIMMUNE SA and has served on the boards of several companies and not-for profit organizations, advising on corporate governance issues.

Jeremy has been accredited by several mediation institutions in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia (including AAA, CEDR, CIArb, CPR, FIMC, ICDR, ICC, INTA, IMI, JAMS, NCMG, SCCM/CSMC/SKWM, SIMC, and WIPO). He also serves on several ADR committees and has been listed by Who’s Who Legal as one of the  “Most Highly Regarded Firms: Mediation 2012” and as one of the “Top Ten Most Highly Regarded Individuals” in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation in 2011.  He is the global coordinator of the Global Pound Conference Series on Appropriate Dispute Resolution.

Papers delivered
Recent papers presented include:

  • Sept. 20th 2013: Invited speaker to the United Nations’ Geneva Peace Talks on (See:
  • June 7 2013: Neuroadvocacy and Improving Your Skills as a Neutral Party or Attorney in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution: A Cross-Cultural Case Study and Role Play, (The New Jersey State Bar Association, New Brunswick, USA)
  • April 25-26, 2013: Comparative Situation of Mediation in a Comparative Perspective – The Variegated Landscape of Mediation in the European Union (ERA Conference, Trier, DE) February 2, 2013: « Introduction à la médiation commerciale : le rôle de l’avocat » (Paris Bar Association, Paris, FR)
  • November 2012: “Negotiation and Neuroscience: Possible Lessons for Negotiation Instruction” (Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation (PON) annual faculty dinner, Cambridge MA, USA)
  • February 9, 2011: “Train the Trainers: Neurobiology applied to Mediation” (International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Paris, FR)
  • March 10, 2010: Presentation to the James Martin 21s Century School, Oxford University, UK on "Understanding the Mind in Peace Negotiations: The Neurobiology of Confict and New Approaches toDispute Prevention and Resolution" (Oxford, UK)
  • March 4, 2010: Presentation to the European Court of Arbitration on "The Neurobiology of Conflict: Understanding Procedural Choices" (Milan, IT)
  • February 11, 2010: "Mediation in Practice: Tools & Tips on Selecting an Institution & Mediator"(Paris, FR)
  • October 29, 2009: Presentation to the 3rd International Conference of the Scientific & Methodological Center for Mediation & Law on "Hybrid Vigour and the Growing Use of Combined ADR Processes for Cross-Border Disputes" (Moscow, RU)
  • October 8, 2009: Workshop to the International Bar Association (IBA) on "Breakthroughs in the Neurobiology of Conflict and Negotiation" (Madrid, ES)
  • June 1, 2009: Presentation to the Croatian Bar Association on "Negotiation and Mediation -- A Threat Or a Business Niche for Lawyers? Adapt or perish! The Importance of ADR for theFuture of the Legal Profession" (Zagreb, CR)

Mediator Accreditations

  • Centre de Médiation et d’Arbitrage de Paris (CMAP), France
  • Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), UK
  • CPR: International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, USA
  • Croatian Mediation Association (Honorary Member), Croatia Global InterMediation, USA
  • Grand Council of the State of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Florence International Mediation Center (FIMC), Italy
  • International Business Mediation Service - Milan Chamber of Arbitration International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Panelist, USA & Europe International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International
  • International Mediation Institute (IMI), International
  • International Trademark Association (INTA), International JAMS International Panelist, USA & Europe
  • Negotiation & Conflict Management Group (NCMG), Africa
  • Result ADR, the Netherlands
  • Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC), Asia
  • Swiss Chamber of Commercial Mediation (SKWM/CSMC/SCCM), Switzerland
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), International


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MA (Oxon), Lincoln College, Oxford (Jurisprudence and Physiological Sciences) Graduate diplomas in Competition Law and Comparative law of Copyrights from Kings College, London




  • P.M. Lurie & J. Lack, “Guided Choice Dispute Resolution Processes: Reducing the Time and Expense to Settlement” in Dispute Resolution International Vol. 8, No. 2, October 2014, pp. 167-177.
  • J. Lack, “A mindful approach to evaluative mediation” in MfN Tijdschrift Conflicthantering Nummer 3, pp. 18-23 (2014)
  • P.M. Lurie & J. Lack, “The Seven Principles of Guided Choice Dispute Resolution Processes”, Who’s Who Legal Mediation (2014), pp. 17-19
  • M. Schonewille & J. Lack, “Mediation in the European Union and Abroad: 60 States Divided by a Common Word?” in The Variegated Landscape of Mediation: A Comparative Study of Mediation Regulation and Practices in Europe and the World (Ed. M. Schonewille & F. Schonewille), Eleven International Publishing, the Netherlands (2014), Chapter 2, pp. 19-44
  • J. Lack & A. Lafranchi; “Chapter 32. Switzerland” in The Variegated Landscape of Mediation: A Comparative Study of Mediation Regulation and Practices in Europe and the World (Ed. M. Schonewille & F. Schonewille), Eleven International Publishing, the Netherlands (2014), Chapter 2, pp. 19-44
  • J. Lack, Proposed rules for Arbitration-Mediation (ARB-MED) (2014)
  • J. Lack, Chapter 5, “Outline of Civil & Commercial Mediation in Switzerland” in How to Master Mediation (Ed. David Richbell) in publication (2015)
  • J. Lack; M. Leathes; W.J. von Kumberg; "Enabling Early Settlement in Investor-State Arbitration - The Time to Introduce Mediation Has Come", TDM 1 (2014),
  • “The Neurophysiology of ADR and Process Design: A New Approach to Conflict Prevention and Resolution?”, 34 Cardozo J. of Confict Resolution [Vol. 14:33] 2012, pp. 33-80 also published in Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation: The Fordham Papers 2011, Martinus Nijhof Publishers, 2012, pp. 341-82.
  • Bediou B, Mohri C, Lack J and Sander D (2011), “Effects of outcomes and random arbitration on emotions in a competitive gambling task”, Front. Psychology2:213. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00213
  • Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR): The Spectrum of Hybrid Techniques Available to the Parties, Chapter 17 to ADR in Business, Practice and Issues Across Countries And Cultures (Kluwer Law International, edited by A. Ingen-Housz, 2011), pp. 339-79
  • Case Comment No. 7.2 on Mediating on the Wrong Side of the Law, Mediation Ethics: Cases and Commentaries by Ellen Waldman (Jossey-Bass, Wiley Press, 2011) pp. 177-99
  • The Growing Need for ADR in IP Disputes, Intellectual Property Magazine, December 2010 pp. 19-22
  • Maximizing Brand Value: Top Tax Strategies for Brand Owners, article presented at INTA 2010 in Boston, USA, and co-written with B.W.S. Bassett and K. Butcher (Morgan Lewis) & M. Schottle (ExxonMobil)
  • Finding an International Mediator: Identifying Suitable Candidates to Mediate an International Commercial Dispute (co-written with Michael McIlwrath, Diane Levin, & Giovanni Nicola Giudice), The Peacemaker, Vol. 24, No. 2 February 2010
  • The New Swiss Rules of Commercial Mediation of the Swiss Chambers of Commerce and Industry: Possible Links to Arbitration, Müller/Rigozzi (eds.) New Developments in International Commercial Arbitration 2008, Schulthess Editions Romandes 2008, pp. 105- 24 (Nov 2008)
  • The Interaction Between Arbitration and Mediation: Vision vs. Reality (co-written with Prof. Dr. Renate Dendorfer of Munich, Germany) Dispute Resolution International, May 2007 Vol 1 no 1 (also published in SchiedsVZ 4/2007 - German Arbitration Journal, C.H. Beck Verlag, Munich, pp. 195-205)


  • Vice-Chair of the Independent Standards Commission of the International Mediation Institute (IMI) and member of its taskforces on cross- cultural mediation, investor-state disputes, mediation advocacy, ADR Hybrids, and IMI’s Qualified Assessment Programs and QAP Audit Committee
  • Co-Chair of the International Committee of the American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section President of the Swiss Chamber of
  • Commercial Mediation (Section Romande)  Past member of the Practices and Standards Committee and past Chairman of the Mediation Sub- Committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Advisor to the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIG) on mediation issues, and member of the Advisory Council on the Swiss Rules of Commercial Mediation of the Swiss Chambers of Commerce and Industry
  • Past Member of the Executive Committee of the Section of Foreign Attorneys of the Geneva Bar Association/Ordre des Avocats de Genève (ODAGE)
  • Past advisor to the European Commission’s Research Directorate-General on technology transfer and intellectual property issues.

Industry appointments

Director and General Counsel of Medabiotech SA (CH) 1998-2003)

CEO and General Counsel of NovImmune SA (CH) 1999-2001

International Attorney and European Intellectual Property Counsel for Becton Dickinson, Inc. (US) 1995-98

Other Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • 2003: Geneva Bar (admitted as a foreign EU Attorney)
  • 1991: United States Patent and Trademark Office (Reg. No.35,813)
  • 1990: US Federal Courts: EDNY, SDNY, NDNY, CAFC
  • 1990: US New York Supreme Court (1st Dept.)
  • 1989: Bar of England and Wales -- Middle Temple


English, French, Spanish, Hebrew (Conversational Italian and German)


Jeremy has Swiss, British, Israeli and US citizenships, and lives with his wife and two daughters in Geneva.

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