Berglind Halldorsdottir Birkland is a member of the International Dispute Resolution Group and is based in New York. Ms. Birkland’s recent representations include investor-state arbitrations and international commercial disputes before both the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Ms. Birkland is also actively involved in the firm’s pro bono practice, particularly in the area of immigrant rights. In recognition for this work, she was awarded the Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award for outstanding pro bono service in 2010 and 2011.

Ms. Birkland joined the firm in 2009. She received a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2009 where she was a notes editor of the New York University Law Review. Ms. Birkland is the author of “Reining in Non-state Actors: State Responsibility and Attribution in Cases of Genocide,” 84 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1623 (2009). She received a B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota in 2006. Ms. Birkland is the co-author of “Key Duties of International Investment Arbitrators: A Transnational Study of Legal and Ethical Dilemmas,” ICSID Review (2019).

Ms. Birkland is a member of the Bar of New York. She is fluent in Icelandic.


  • New York University School of Law, 2009, J.D.
  • University of Minnesota, 2006, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Minnesota