Mark has nearly 40 years of global arbitration and mediation experience, having served in both executive and senior executive positions at the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), leaving ICDR/AAA as Senior Vice President, EMEA in December of 2015.
Mark is thoroughly familiar with arbitration, mediation and conflict management practice and procedure, with 30 years of experience in training arbitrators, mediators, process users and advocates on four continents on behalf of various arbitral/ADR institutions, government ministries, Courts and NGOs.
While serving as a Regional executive for AAA, he personally administered or was responsible for the administration of thousands of commercial arbitrations, facilitating arbitral pre-filing and preliminary hearings which routinely addressed issues including jurisdiction, arbitrator appointment/conflicts, scheduling and information exchange in a wide variety of commercial settings, with individual case claims up to 1 Billion USD. Mark has also successfully mediated cases, including complex multi-party cases, in various industries including Construction/Infrastructure, Energy, Technology, Commercial Finance, Joint Venture/Partnership, Real Estate and Equipment Leasing.
In consultation with companies, governments and industry experts, Mark has drafted multiple sets of bespoke arbitration and ADR procedures, including online, “desk” arbitration procedures and AAA’s first set of Dispute Review Board procedures and model contract specifications.
Mark is a founding, now honorary, Director of the International Mediation Institute.
Tony Marks, the Chairman of ArbDB commented
“We are delighted to welcome Mark Appel as an International Member of Chambers. Mark enjoyed a stellar career with ICDR and we now look forward to working with him to further develop his arbitration, mediation and dispute board practice”.