Courtney Lotfi is an experienced international arbitration practitioner with broad-based experience in the energy, construction and industrial engineering, life sciences, automotive, aerospace, and technology sectors.
Courtney began her international arbitration practice in Vienna, Austria, where she represented a European energy company in a series of market-leading arbitrations, including a prominent price review resulting in the tribunal rewriting the purchase price formula under a long-term, large-volume natural gas supply contract and a take-or-pay arbitration concerning the validity of certain contractual off-take provisions under EU competition law.
Prior to joining Jones Day in 2022, Courtney represented Belgian and Hungarian energy companies in a post-M&A ICC arbitration with a Swiss energy company related to the sale of a coal-fired power plant. In another ICC arbitration, she represented an international consortium in a dispute stemming from the construction of a liquified natural gas (LNG) re-gasification plant.
She was also recently the lead lawyer on a team advising a German power company on its shareholder rights and obligations under New York and Delaware laws and pursuant to a joint venture agreement and represented the seller of natural gas in a DIS arbitration concerning off-take and payment obligations under a European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET) agreement. In addition, she was lead arbitration counsel representing a U.S. private equity group in a dispute related to a management buyout.
Courtney is an enthusiastic supporter of developing young legal talent. She has developed bespoke training programs on arbitration and lectures on trial advocacy, rules of evidence, and civil procedure at the University of Bonn.
The War in Ukraine and the Consequences for the European Gas Market: New Russian Sanctions a Tit for Tat? Not Quite
- October 4, 2022
4th Dispute Resolution Forum: Navigating through crises – speeding up the energy transition https://www.energy-community.org/events/2022/10/DRF.html
- Pace University (J.D. cum laude 2006; International Law Certificate 2006); Franklin College Switzerland (B.A in International Relations with highest distinction 2002, with minors in Economics and History)
- Virginia and Germany (registered foreign lawyer, Frankfurt)
"Rising Star" in arbitration, Legal 500 (2020-present): "impresses with her ability to bundle information, data, strategy and procedural tactics in a powerful manner"
"Future Leader" in arbitration, Who’s Who Legal (2022): "provides precision, creativity and speed"; "very responsible, thorough and hard working"; "very smart and dedicated lawyer"; "true pleasure to work with her"
Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt (2022)
Member, ICC Task Force on Disability and Inclusion in International Arbitration
Founding Member, German Dispute Resolution Days
- English and German