A leading voice in litigation and law firm finance, international arbitration, and global class and mass actions.

About Maya Steinitz

Professor of Law and Bouma Family Fellow in Law, University of Iowa College of Law

Professor Maya Steinitz is one of the nation’s leading experts on litigation and law firm finance. Her articles have been published by journals at Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Vanderbilt Law School, Oxford University, and others. She regularly serves as an expert witness and advises funders, law firms, investors, and parties seeking funding on issues including contract drafting, economics and ethics, regulatory developments, and industry trends and practices.

Professor Steinitz is active in international dispute resolution. She has presided over arbitrations as chair and solo arbitrator, and served as a panelist as well as member of court, counsel, expert, and consultant in dozens of international and domestic arbitrations. She is a Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and of the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration. She was appointed to the inaugural bench of the Israeli-Palestinian ICC Jerusalem Arbitration Center (JAC). 

Her previous experience includes serving as a litigator at Latham & Watkins, LLP (2003-2009) and Flemming, Zulack & Williamson LLP (2001-2002). She also clerked for the Hon. Esther Hayut, currently the Chief Justice of the Israeli Supreme Court (1998-1999). While in private practice, Professor Steinitz led the representation of the emerging government of Southern Sudan in drafting its national and sub-national constitutions and provided legal advice on various aspects of the Sudanese peace process in what The Deal described as “the most ambitious international pro bono undertaking ever by a commercial law firm.”

Professor Steinitz graduated from New York University School of Law with a JSD (’05) and LLM (’00), and from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with an LLB (’99).

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Maya Steinitz

Robust Constitutions

Maya Steinitz concieved and oversaw one of the most ambitious international pro bono undertak­ ings ever by a commercial law firm, a more-than-yearlong effort to assist the Southern Sudanese in drafting federal and regional interim constitutions. The effort harnessed the energies of about 50 Latham & Watkins LLP lawyers in multiple offices around the world. It established a model for law firms wading into pro bono develop­ ment of international rule of law.