James W. Semple

Leaders in Law endorses James W. Semple as our exclusively recommended Dispute Resolution Law expert in Delaware, USA. If you wish to get in touch with James please use the contact information provided above.

Mr.Semple has more than 45 years of experience assessing and resolving complex business disputes in a broad range of contexts.  As a charter member of the Delaware Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and an ABA-trained mediator for the Delaware Superior Court, Jim has tried, mediated, arbitrated, and advocated in hundreds of legal and alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

He has represented clients in jury and bench trials in virtually every type of business dispute before the Federal District Court, the Delaware Superior Court, the Delaware Supreme Court and the Court of Chancery.  He represents clients ranging from individuals to Fortune 50 corporations in major complex commercial litigation cases, contract disputes, advancement disputes, employment and non-compete agreement disputes, complex tort cases, and complex insurance coverage actions.

Recent Representations

Lead counsel for an insurer on a claim by an insured who was a licensee of a software licensor who had breached the license agreement and whose continued unauthorized use of the software was a copyright infringement.  Obtained summary judgment for the insurer because the claims, under a claims first made policy, related to wrongful acts that took place prior to the policy’s inception, and because the insured did not disclose prior identical claims with the licensor when it applied for the policy.  Argued and won the appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court.

Delaware counsel to a non-Delaware law firm in defending claims asserted by a former bankruptcy trustee also appointed as the trustee of an estate litigation trust and a private actions trust arising from the failure of a real estate investment entity

Delaware counsel to an excess fidelity bond and director and officers’ liability insurer of a fund sued for losses arising from the Madoff fraud.

Delaware counsel to an excess liability insurer of companies sued for asbestos liabilities.

Delaware counsel to an excess liability insurer in a Delaware declaratory judgment action where a principal issue was whether the more than $150 million in settlement amounts arising from state statutory claims constitute a penalty within the definition of Loss under the policy.

Delaware counsel to a large company sued by foreign plaintiffs for birth defects to their children arising from allegedly improper use of pesticides in a foreign country.


Delaware, 1974

District of Columbia

United States District Court, District of Delaware

U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit


Villanova University School of Law, J.D.

St. Joseph University, B.A.


Supreme Court of the State of Delaware, Board of Bar Examiners, Past Member; Board on Professional Responsibility, Past Member

Supreme Court of the State of Delaware

Superior Court of the State of Delaware, New Castle County, Liaison Counsel

District of Columbia Bar Association

American Bar Association

The American Board of Trial Advocates, Delaware Chapter, Charter Member

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

Delaware State Bar Association, Former Member of Executive Committee; Founding Chair of Torts and Insurance Practice Section

Defense Counsel of Delaware, Founding President

Honors and Awards

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Andrew C. Hecker Award for Legal Writing (1996, 2002)

Delaware Super Lawyers®, 2007-2014

Best Lawyers®, 2009-2021

Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rating; highest 5.0 rating

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, “Regulatory Framework: UPL and Ethical Issues Arising from Legal Services Provided by In House Counsel and Paralegals,” DuPont Legal Department Seminar, February 20, 2008, Wilmington, Delaware.

Speaker, “The Ethical Rules Addressing the Unauthorized Practice of Law by Foreign and In-House Lawyers,” Legal Ethics in Delaware, Lorman Education, December 4, 2008, Wilmington. Delaware.

Speaker, “The Ethical Rules Addressing the Unauthorized Practice of Law by Foreign and In-House Lawyers,” Legal Ethics in Delaware, Lorman Education, December 1, 2009, Wilmington. Delaware,

Speaker, “A Review of Ethics Opinions & Developments,” Legal Ethics in Delaware, Lorman Education, December, 2010 to 2012, 2014 – present, Wilmington. Delaware.

Panelist, “Managing Court Cases on a Day to Day Basis,” June 19, 2015, ABOTA Bifferato Seminar, Wilmington, DE.

Firm Description:

Cooch and Taylor, P.A., one of Wilmington’s older and most respected law firms, was founded in 1960. Throughout its distinguished history, the firm has assisted a wide variety of clients in both transactional and litigation matters. Today, the firm’s primary focus is on assisting and serve clients in complex or bet-the-company cases.


Elmar B. Galacio, CFE, FCIArb

Leaders in Law endorses Elmar Galacio as our exclusively recommended Dispute Resolution Law expert in the Philippines. If you wish to get in touch with Elmar please use the contact information provided above.

A senior litigator, Elmar is the Firm’s primary litigator in banking fraud cases. His Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) license is a most sought-after expertise in the field, especially in commercial, civil, criminal and labor litigation, exemplified by his being lead external counsel representing the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), among other notable clients and some major banks, in their must-win complex cases.

Elmar heads the firm’s Arbitration Practice Group. He acts either as arbitrator or lead counsel in arbitration proceedings.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Institute of World Business Law, Asia Pacific Institute of Experts (APIEx), and of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). He obtained his Oxford (CIArb) Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration in London. In the Philippines, he is accredited arbitrator with the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission (CIAC), Philippine International Center for Conflict Resolution (PICCR), Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (PIArb), and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP). He has extensive practice in construction and commercial arbitration (including information technology, mining and energy), both domestic and international, and both ad hoc and institutional arbitration, spanning almost 20 years now.

He graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 1997 where he was member of the Order of the Purple Feather Honor Society, his Master in Public Policy from Saitama University (now Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies) in Japan in 2000 as Monbusho scholar, and his Bachelor of Arts from the Holy Name University in Bohol where he graduated summa cum laude in 1992.

Elmar Galacio was Deputy General Counsel of the IBP.

Firm Overview:

The firm’s lawyers are highly respected by their peers for providing sought after legal guidance to leaders of our nation, captains of industry, and even the common man. All 20 partners, together with the firm’s associates and non-legal personnel, who count among the very best in the profession, are bound by a commitment to deliver the highest quality of service to help the firm’s clients attain success and contribute to nation building.

Together, practicing law as one firm, Cruz Marcelo and Tenefrancia provides unparalleled legal representation in various fields of law as a full-service firm.

United by common ideals and shared values

Ours is a true partnership of accomplished professionals dedicated to building a legal institution that will carry on the torch of professionalism, meritocracy and mutual respect that transcend individual interests – principles befitting true practitioners of the noble profession of law.

Our core values

Our core partnership values translate into our governance principles and are both integral to ensuring that our lawyers are able to deliver the highest quality of service to help our clients attain success.


Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia is an enduring legal institution founded on the core values of integrity, professionalism, meritocracy, and mutual respect in providing unparalleled legal representation in various fields of law that extends to the broader context of Philippine Society.


We are committed to consistently deliver the highest quality of effective legal representation that efficiently meets every client’s needs, observing the highest professional standards, through a continuous enhancement and development of expertise, coupled with an understanding of the client and its business, in an environment that fosters creativity, mutual respect, and teamwork.


Karoline Henriksen

Karoline Henriksen is a partner at Advokatfirmaet Henriksen Bakke-Nielsen. She was admitted to the bar in 1998 and the Supreme Court in 2000. Her key areas of practice include: Litigation and other Dispute Resolution, Labour and Competition, Company and Contract law, Damages and Insurance Law, Inheritance, Family and Probate (including generational).


  • 2013: Partner / lawyer in the law firm HBN Henriksen Ground-Nielsen ANS
  • 2013: Partner / lawyer in the law firm Haakonsen & Haaland DA
  • 2004-2012: Partner / lawyer in the law firm Langseth DA
  • 2002-2003: Hired attorney in the law firm Hjort DA
  • 1999-2002: Partner / lawyer in the law firm Winther Christensen & Co ANS
  • 1996-1998: Associate at law Steinar Winther Christensen

Dispute Resolution and Litigation Practice:

Advokatfirmaet Henriksen Bakke-Nielsen aims to be one of the leading firms in Norway in the field of dispute resolution and litigation. We represent both companies and private individuals, and have experience handling cases before district courts, courts of appeal and the Supreme Court.

HBN has represented clients in litigation and dispute resolution in most business law areas, and in most jurisdictions for individuals. We assist in dispute resolution through negotiations and various forms of mediation. When a case is not settled by negotiation or mediation, we litigate before the courts and appeal bodies in Norway, and Norwegian and international arbitral tribunals. One of our lawyers is admitted to the Supreme Court, and several of our lawyers have experience as legal mediators (approved lawyer mediators) and judges.

We assist our clients with:

  • Extrajudicial mediation (dispute settlement)
  • Judicial mediation
  • Procedure Missions district court, appellate court and the Supreme Court
  • Procedure Assignments for special courts and appellate body arbitration

Advokatfirmaet Henriksen Bakke-Nielsen:

HBN is a law firm centrally located in downtown Oslo. We provide assistance to small and medium enterprises / businesses, with particular emphasis on contracts and contract negotiations, including labor and competition law, real estate, restructuring, compensation and insurance in contractual relationships. We also have expertise in oil, gas and energy industries.

We also assist individuals in areas such as labor law, inheritance, family and probate, including generational, compensation and insurance law.

We have significant experience and expertise in dispute resolution covering all of our practice areas.

Our goal is to provide services with high professional and ethical standards, tailored to each client’s needs. We seek to find practical solutions to legal issues with an emphasis on personal follow-up and a high degree of availability and service.

Steven C. Choquette

STEVEN C. CHOQUETTE is an experienced mediator, arbitrator, and trial lawyer who brings passion and creativity to resolving disputes via both Alternative Dispute Resolution and litigation.

During nearly 30 years practicing law, he has focused on business, personal injury, and wrongful death matters.  He has mediated dozens of cases in those areas, and also in construction, insurance coverage, landlord-tenant, employment, homeowners association, and other areas.

He has arbitrated several commercial cases as both arbitrator and lawyer, and was recently chairman of a three-arbitrator panel in a large commercial dispute.

From 2006-2008, he was an adjunct professor of Alternative Dispute Resolution at Denver University’s Sturm College of Law.

In 2007, following 20 years as an associate and partner with the US national law firm of Holland & Hart LLP, he co-founded a firm now known as Choquette & Hart LLP.

He received his Juris Doctorate from Denver University and his Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University.

He has long held Martindale.com’s highest ranking of AV Preeminent/5.0, has been named a Colorado “Super Lawyer” every year since the program’s inception in 2006, and has been peer-selected to “The Best Lawyers in America” since 2014.


Selcuk Esenyel

Leaders in Law endorses Selcuk S. Esenyel as our exclusively recommended Dispute Resolution Law expert in Turkey. If you wish to get in touch with Selcuk, please use the contact information provided above.

Selcuk S. Esenyel is the founding partner of Esenyel&Partners and is a qualified lawyer admitted to the Istanbul Bar Association after completing his LL.B. Law degree in Turkey and studying for an LL.M. in the United Kingdom.

He primarily focuses on maritime, admiralty, dispute resolution, banking and finance and asset finance and securitisation. He has acted for a wide range of clientele, from P&I Clubs to H&M insurers, to international banks, to ship charterers and owners. He is currently in charge of the Shipping, Finance and Litigation team at Esenyel&Partners.

Practice Areas

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Maritime
  • Litigation
  • Bankruptcy and Execution
  • Intellectual Property
  • Employment

Significant Clients

  • Cosco Shipping
  • Turkish Chamber of Marine
  • Turkish Shipbuilders Association
  • Spliethoff’s
  • Hyundai
  • London P&I
  • ITIC
  • Omsan Logistics
  • Kiran Holding
  • Fedcom Invest
  • Zeller Associates

Firm Description:

ESENYEL & PARTNERS is Turkey’s leading law firm based in Istanbul having correspondent lawyers and offices all over the country in cities such as Izmir, Canakkale, Kocaeli, Samsun, Trabzon, Mersin, Iskenderun and Ankara and worldwide.

As a law firm that always aims to grow, we owe our success to the fast, practical and high-quality service we provide to our clients. Our highly experienced lawyers take a hands-on approach to the practice of law and provide both legal and technical assistance in favour of our dedication to understanding specific sectors of represented clients.

We have used the highest ethical and professional standards, combined with the firm’s reach and depth of understanding of the law, to help it deliver better and more innovative solutions. Our solution-driven approach combines the excellence of legal assistance with commercial awareness and counsel to advise the world’s leading companies in extensive fields of law. Besides our deep expertise in shipping, logistics and trade, we have an effective commercial practice specialized in commercial disputes, contractual claims and international arbitration especially in LMAA, FIDIC, GAFTA and FOSFA arbitration. From the beginning, we aim to consistently develop a trustworthy relationship with our Clients by advising them on their most significant transactions and disputes.

Our highly trained and experienced lawyers are qualified to work in an internationally challenging environment, furthermore, we also have partners admitted to English Bar, Lincoln’s Inn, the Russian Bar, Ukrainian Bar and the Cypriot Bar. We believe in good work ethic, team harmony and appreciation of hardworking people is what makes us who we are.


Adil Idrissov

Leaders in Law endorses Adil Idrissov as our exclusively recommended Dispute Resolution Law expert in Kazakhstan. If you wish to get in touch with Adil Idrissov please use the contact information provided above.

Adil Idrissov is a counsel in the Astana Office. He advises members of EME Corporate Group and Commercial Dispute Group on the matter related to Kazakh law.

Adil was playing a key role in Reed Smith Kazakh team being its representative in Kazakhstan for more than 15 years until the firm opened the office in Astana in 2012.

Adil has extensive experience in working on different projects related to the subsoil use and energy sector of the Kazakh economy.

Firm is also benefiting from his strong knowledge and understanding of the governmental processes and procedures as well as from Adil’s public procurement expertise.

Firm Overview:

Reed Smith’s team of Kazakh, Russian, UK and U.S. qualified lawyers has been providing high quality legal and commercial advice to the Kazakhstan market for more than 15 years. Now located in Astana, our team acts as a guide for clients ranging from government ministries and state-owned entities to domestic and international corporations and individuals.

Our Kazakhstan team is fluent in both Russian and English and has served clients across a range of industries. Our extensive experience in the region has provided us with an acute understanding of business practices and challenges in Central Asia and the Greater Caspian Region, particularly those challenges faced by state and state-owned entities. That knowledge has bolstered the efficacy of Reed Smith’s global network and has earned our Kazakhstan team key-player reputation in arbitration and disputes regarding cross-border M&A, energy and natural resources, nuclear project, financing, banking and capital market matters in the region.


Allison Altersohn

Leaders in Law endorses Allison Altersohn as our exclusively recommended Dispute Resolution Law expert in the USA – New York. If you wish to get in touch with Allison please use the contact information provided above.

Allison Altersohn focuses on complex patent litigation across technologies ranging from networking and telecommunications to computer systems, electronic devices and digital imaging. As a partner in our Intellectual Property, Patent, Trademark and Copyright Litigation practice, Allison represents clients in a broad range of technology and patent litigation.

Allison is experienced in all stages of litigation, and frequently takes a lead role in coordinating joint defenses in multi-defendant cases. With an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, she brings an understanding of engineering and technology to the issues faced by her clients.

For technology companies such as Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent, Avon, Comcast and Google, Allison advises on evaluating large patent portfolios, developing strategies for patent licensing negotiations, and establishing IP policies as standard business procedures.

Allison is the author of two study guides on copyright and trademark law, titled Easy Review for Copyright Law and Easy Review for Trademark Law.

Firm Overview:

King & Spalding helps leading companies advance complex business interests in more than 160 countries. Working across a highly integrated platform of more than 1,000 lawyers in 20 offices globally, we deliver tailored commercial solutions through world-class offerings and an uncompromising approach to quality and service.

Sylvia W. Y. Siu

Ms Sylvia SIU Wing-yee, BSc, MBA, LLM, FCIAb, FHKIArb, JP

  • Consultant Solicitor, Sit, Fung, Kwong & Shum
  • President of Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators
  • Chairperson, ADR & International Relation Committee, Hong Kong Federation of Women Lawyers
  • Vice-Chairperson, Nansha International Arbitration Centre
  • Vice-President, Guangdong, Hong Kong & Macao Arbitration Mediation Alliance
  • China-Appointed Attesting Officer by the Ministry of Justice, People’s Republic of China

Solicitor admitted in Hong Kong (“HK”) (practising), United Kingdom, Singapore & Australia (non-practising). Ms Siu is an accredited mediator and is listed on various panels such as China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Dongguan Court No.2, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (“HKIAC”), the Law Society of Hong Kong (“LS”), HK Institute of Arbitrators, Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited (“HKMAAL”) and Hong Kong Mediation Centre (“HKMC”); International General Mediator and International Family Mediator of the LS. She is a conciliator of World Trade Centre (“WTC”) Macau Arbitration Centre, and is the founder of the HKMC.

Ms. Siu is also an arbitrator on many arbitration panels, such as HKIAC, LS, WTC, Macau Arbitration Center, China International Economic & Trade Arbitration Commission and numerous other PRC panels of Arbitration Commissions such as Guangzhou, Qingdao, Wenzhou, Wuhan International Arbitration Court, Nansha International Arbitration Court, Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration.

Being an experienced mediator, arbitrator and trainer in alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”), Ms. Siu has a sound profile in the ADR field where she has been invited as speaker at many local and international ADR conferences.

On the academic side, Ms. Siu was the ADR PCLL Examiner of the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the City University of Hong Kong, a PCLL Academic Board Member and External Academic Advisor of the City University of Hong Kong

Ms. Siu is a Member of the :- Advisory Committee on Promotion of Arbitration of Hong Kong Department of Justice (“DOJ”), Appointment Committee of Financial Dispute Resolution Centre, Mediation Accreditation Committee of HKMAAL, Communications and Publicity Committee of HKMAAL; Mediation Committee of LS, a Director of Joint Mediation Helpline Office.

She was a member of the :- Steering Committee on Arbitration of DOJ, Steering Committee on Mediation and Accreditation Subcommittee of DOJ, Working Party on Mediation of Hong Kong Judiciary, Working Party for the Reform of the Law of Arbitration in Hong Kong; Vice Chairlady of Town Planning Appeal Board.

蕭詠儀女士 BSc, MBA, LLM, FCIAb, FHKIArb, JP

– 薛馮鄺岑律師行顧問律師
– 香港仲裁司學會會長
– 香港女律師協會另類爭議解決方案主席及國際主席
– 南沙國際仲裁中心副會長
– 粵港澳商事仲裁調解聯盟副主席
– 中國委託公證人

蕭女士為香港 (執業)、英國、新加坡及澳洲(非執業)註冊律師。她也是中國國際貿易促進委員會、東莞二院、有效爭論決議中心、香港國際仲裁中心、香港律師會、香港仲裁司學會、香港調解資歷評審協會及香港和解中心的認可調解員,香港律師會國際調解員及國際家庭調解員、同時亦是澳門世界貿易中心仲裁中心的調停員及香港和解中心創辦人。




蕭女士為:- 律政司司長仲裁推廣諮詢委員會、金融糾紛調解中心遴選委員會成員、香港調解資歷評審協會調解評審委員會委員及通訊與宣傳委員會委員; 香港律師會調解委員會成員、聯合調解專線辦事處董事。

她亦曾任:- 律政司司長仲裁督導委員會及仲裁、調解督導委員會、司法機構調解工作小組,香港仲裁法改革工作小組成員及香港城市規劃上訴委員會副主席。

Satinder Kapur

Satinder Kapur is a dual-qualified English Solicitor and Indian Advocate. He has experience of advising clients on a wide variety of issues including structuring of investments, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate advisory. Mr Kapur has also handled various international and domestic arbitrations under various arbitration rules (including ICC, LCIA, AAA, SIAC, DIAC, Swedish Chamber of Commerce, UNCITRAL and GAFTA). He is also presently acting for Russian investors in a Bilateral Investment Treaty Arbitration before the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague.

He did his Bachelors in Technology (B.Tech) from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, India. He post-graduated from Bombay University in the area of Management Sciences (M.M.S) and went on to study law at the prestigious Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, India.

He was called to the Bar in India and also qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales. He is also a member of the Bar Council of India, International Bar Association and The Law Society of England & Wales.

Satinder Kapur & Associates (SKA):

Satinder Kapur & Associates (SKA) is a Full Service Law Firm in New Delhi, India, that provides a complete range of Domestic and International, Corporate, and Dispute Resolution related Legal Services.

The Firm’s practice areas include International Commercial Arbitration, Bilateral Investment Treaty Arbitration, General Corporate Practice, Cross Border and Domestic Mergers and Acquisitions, Domestic Arbitrations and Litigation in India, setting up and supporting FDI Companies in India, Regulatory and Legal support to companies in India.

The Firm has tie-ups with several International Law Firms, Individual Lawyers and Hedge Funds.


Louis Ambrose

Leaders in Law endorses Louis Ambrose as our exclusively recommended Dispute Resolution Law expert in Malaysia. If you wish to get in touch with Louis please use the contact information provided above.

Founding Partner of Louis Ambrose & Partners with more than 27 years’ experience as an Advocate & Solicitor with substantial experience in both civil litigation and employment law.

In the area of civil litigation, I act as counsel in a wide variety of matters in all tiers of the civil courts in Malaysia.

In employment law, I have vast experience in providing advisory services to local and foreign clients on a wide array of matters, including recruitment, termination, reorganisation, downsizing and cross border mergers & acquisition exercises. He also acts as counsel in employment disputes in the Industrial Court and all tiers of the Malaysian Courts.

I am a certified as a “Tutor Trainer Trial Advocacy” by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in 2011 and I regularly provide training to young advocates through the Advocacy Training Programme conducted by the Malaysian Bar.