John J. (Jack) Kerr is an international arbitrator based in New York and London. He was a partner of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (1984-2009) where he was head of the firm’s international arbitration and litigation practice. He has served as counsel or arbitrator in more than 100 cases, and his arbitrations include both commercial (ICDR, ICC, LCIA, AAA) and investor-state (UNCITRAL, ICSID) cases.
Mr. Kerr served as Chair of the Board (2013-16) and Chair of the Executive Committee (2010-13) of the American Arbitration Association, and he continues to serve on the AAA Council as an Honorary Member. He served as President of the American Foreign Law Association (2008-11) and is a Founding Member of the International Arbitration Club of New York.
Mr. Kerr is Vice Chair of the World Monuments Fund, which is engaged in the preservation of architectural and cultural monuments around the world, and a former Chair of the New York Landmarks Conservancy. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of Columbia Law School and of the North American Advisory Board of the London School of Economics and Political Science. He received a B.A. from Boston College and a J.D. from Columbia University.