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Shelby Grubbs

Executive Director and Adjunct Professor    

J.D., University of Alabama, 1975
B.A., University of Mississippi, 1971


Alternative Dispute Resolution, Negotiation, Mediation


Shelby Grubbs, executive director of the Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation, worked as a litigation advocate and as an advocate, special master and neutral in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings prior to joining Georgia State Law in 2014. He was lead counsel in class litigation involving Fortune 150 companies and a “Big Four” accounting firm. Grubbs also coordinated parallel litigation or arbitration proceedings in England, Luxembourg, Mexico and Spain. His special master work included cases pertaining to RICO, securities, water pollution and Medicare.

Grubbs is a past chair of the Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Section of the World Law Group, an international network with more than 15,000 lawyers in 52 firms in more than 200 cities. He edited International Civil Procedure (Kluwer Law 2003). He also organized and wrote the preface for Confidentiality of Communications between Lawyers and Their Clients: A Country by Country Guide (Amazon 2008).

In 2012 and 2013, Grubbs chaired the Global Network Foundation, a nonprofit organization active in the Caucus, Central, South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Turkey. He also served on the board and executive committee of the Society of International Business Fellows, a group open to “C-level” executives and leaders interested in international business.

Grubbs is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and one of the founding board members of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society. He is listed in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers publications. At the ABA, he co-chaired the Section of Litigation ADR Committee and served on the editorial board of Business Law Today. He is published in Business Law Today and the Tennessee Bar Journal, among other places.

Grubbs is a member of Georgia State Law’s Board of Visitors and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and the International Business Advisory Board at the Culverhouse College of Commerce at the University of Alabama.

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