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Distinguished Practitioner in International Law

Louis Pepe, Distinguished Practitioner in International Law

Mr. Pepe is the fifth Distinguished Practitioner in International Law, and presented two lectures during his visit.


Professor Kristen Boon hosted Louis R. Pepe, a Partner at law firm McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP, as Seton Hall Law’s Distinguished Practitioner in International Law.

Mr. Pepe is a litigation attorney who focuses his practice on business torts and contract disputes and construction contract cases. He represents his clients in state and federal courts as well as in arbitration, mediation and other ADR proceedings, and now heads McElroy’s International Practice Group. His lectures to Seton Hall students addressed international commercial arbitration, and drew on his own specialization in Construction Arbitration.

During his visit, Mr. Pepe discussed differences between litigation and arbitration, and walked the students through the process of international commercial dispute resolution, and discussed why international dispute resolution has become a cutting-edge field. He also discussed career opportunities in international law and paths to obtaining jobs in the field.

Professor Ronald Riccio had recommended Mr. Pepe as the 2015 Distinguished Practitioner. “When Professor Boon asked if I could recommend a guest lecturer to address international arbitration, Lou immediately came to mind,” said Professor Riccio. “He is a well- known practitioner and speaker. And he did a spectacular job for our students and our school. We were fortunate to benefit from his generous contribution of time and talent.”

Mr. Pepe is the fifth Distinguished Practitioner in International Law. Past Distinguished Practitioners include Gian Luca Burci, General Counsel of the World Health Organization; Sahr Muhammedally, Attorney for the Center for Civilians in Conflict; Arnold Pronto, Senior Legal Officer, Codification Division, of the United Nations; and Jennifer Smith, Executive Director of the International Legal Foundation.

Pictured, from left, are Eva Harte ’15, Professor Kristen Boon, Mr. Pepe, Julianne Kallas ’16, Christopher Cochran ’16 and Ghalib Mahmoud ’15.