Jim Pickup is a partner at DLA Piper, an international law firm, and president of the Middle East Investment Initiative (MEII), a unique public/private partnership designed to foster economic activity, create new jobs and help people in the Palestinian territories and elsewhere in the Middle East build a more secure and prosperous future. He also serves on the board of directors of the Iraq Middle Market Development Foundation (IMMDF), which is working across Iraq to provide large commercial loans to private Iraqi businesses, and as an adviser to the Center for American Progress, a progressive U.S. think tank, for its work in the Middle East.
In 2000 and 2001, Mr. Pickup served as Sen. George Mitchell’s representative when the senator chaired the Sharm el-Sheikh Fact-Finding Committee, an international committee established by the United States, Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Jordan, the European Union and the United Nations to examine the crisis between the Israelis and Palestinians and make recommendations to prevent its recurrence. Mr. Pickup played a significant role in the committee’s activities and the drafting of its report, which has become known as the Mitchell Plan.
Mr. Pickup serves as outside general counsel to the Aspen Institute and its Board of Trustees, is a member of the Aspen Institute Middle East Strategy Group, and was an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow. In 2007, he was named by DLA Piper as the firm’s national pro bono partner of the year.
Mr. Pickup graduated magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center; received a Master in International Affairs degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs; and graduated with honors (M.A. hons.) from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.