Kurt E. Lindquist II


Kurt is a venerated trial lawyer with a depth of experience resolving commercial matters on a global basis. His international arbitration experience includes numerous commercial arbitrations before the International Chamber of Commerce in Germany, Switzerland, Hong Kong, the SCIA and the HKIAC and Investor/State disputes before the SIAC,  and the PCA.  In the United States, he helped negotiate the acquisition of the third-largest textile manufacturer in the United States by the largest European hosiery manufacturer and successfully defended the European firm in a $600 million breach of contract action brought by the losing bidder. According to a recent Gallup Survey, Kurt was recently ranked within the top 1 percent of all litigators in terms of his substantive knowledge, experience, client service, and satisfaction.

Kurt represented the Lao People’s Democratic Republic against a $1 billion expropriation claim in the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).  The government settled the investment claims with the claimant without payment and successfully defeated two material breach applications from the claimant, with all claims having been dismissed and the settlement remaining in force. Under the auspices of the Singapore International Arbitration Center, he prosecuted a $500 million breach of contract case between the same parties.   

His international arbitration experience has afforded him the honor of speaking in Kyoto, Japan, on “Recent Developments in Investor /State Arbitrations,” and as a co-author in “Expedited/Fast Track Procedures in International Arbitration” at the 10th Biennial Arbitration Symposium in Salzburg, Austria. Since 2018, Kurt has been a member of the adjunct law faculty at Wake Forest University School of Law where he teaches Domestic and International Arbitration. He has served on the  board of directors for the Charlotte International Arbitration Society and the Atlanta International Arbitration Society since 2015 and 2014, respectively.  Kurt currently chairs the International Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association where he has been a council member since 2013.

Dedicated to his community, he has served on the board of trustees for the Woodlawn School, the board of advisors for the Wake Forest University School of Business, and the Board of Visitors for the Wake Forest University School of Law.

Kurt earned his J.D. at the Wake Forest University School of Law, where he was a member of the Moot Court Board, and his A.B. in economics from Duke University, where he graduated cum laude.




Cozen O’Connor Expands International Arbitration Practice with the Addition of Veteran Litigator Kurt Lindquist

December 08, 2020

New Hire Furthers Growth of the Firm’s Washington, D.C. Office.


  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 1983
  • Duke University, A.B., cum laude, 1980

Awards & Honors

Super Lawyers 2011, 2017 - 2019

Recognized in Business North Carolina magazine's Legal Elite

Lexology Client Choice Award, Litigation (North Carolina), 2018

Acritas Star, 2019


  • North Carolina
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of North Carolina

Board of Directors, Charlotte International Arbitration Society (2015 - present)

International Law Section (NCBA): Chairman, Outgoing Exchange Committee (2015 - 2018); Councilor (2015 - present)

Board of Directors, Atlanta International Arbitration Society. (2016-present)

Chair, International Practice Section of the North Carolina Bar Association

Adjunct Professor, Wake Forest University School of Law (2018 to present) 

Board of Trustees, Woodlawn School, Davidson, N.C. (2015 - present)

Board of Advisors, Wake Forest School of Business, Charlotte Campus (2012 - 2018)

Board of Visitors, Wake Forest University School of Law (2010 - 2012) 

Alumni Council, Wake Forest University School of Law (2007 - 2009)

Board of Directors, Children's Theatre of Charlotte (2009 - 2015) 

Board of Advisors, Meredith College Paralegal Program (1990 - 1993) 

American Bar Association

North Carolina Bar Association

Mecklenburg County Bar Association 

Wake County Bar Association