Lucas V.M. Bento FCIArb FRSA
Lucas is President and a founding member of BALA. He is a dual-qualified lawyer (New York and England & Wales) at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP in New York City, specializing in transnational dispute resolution.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Panel of Neutrals of the Mediation and Conciliation Network. He also teaches a course on international arbitration at New York University. In 2018, Mr. Bento was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in recognition for his contributions to the legal profession in the US and UK.
Mr. Bento regularly writes about international law and related topics, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, the Berkeley Journal of International Law, the American Review of International Arbitration, and the Harvard Negotiation Law Review. His articles have been authoritatively cited by US federal courts. He is the author of the only book (forthcoming) on Section 1782 discovery, which is a mechanism that allows a foreign litigant to obtain discovery in the United States for use in a foreign proceeding. He has also spoken about international legal issues at various organizations, including the United Nations and Harvard University.
Lucas holds an LLB (First Class) from the University of Warwick, an LLM from the University of Bristol, a Postgraduate Diploma of Legal Practice (Distinction) from the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, and a Masters from Harvard University, where he received the Dean's Prize for Best Thesis (under the supervision of Professor Gabriella Blum, Harvard Law School).