CIIDRC’s Panel of neutral arbiters will serve as decision makers in domain name disputes. Our panelists, authorized through a thorough verification process, are professionals in the domain name dispute resolution field.

Panelist City Prov/State Country Language(s)
Bedarida
Fabrizio
Milan Italy Italy English, Italian Read More >
Fabrizio is an Italian and European trademark attorney. Since 1996, his practice has focused on internet-related legal issues. He has represented complainants and respondents in domain name disputes under the UDRP and various ccTLD dispute policies. He has been appointed as an administrative panelist in over 180 proceedings under the ICANN Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy as a sole panelist, presiding panelist and co-panelist, and also in many proceedings under the .it dispute pol

Specialist in intellectual property law. Italian and European trademark attorney. Trademark Consultant. Intellectual property: specialist in Italian/ international and foreign trademark filing and prosecution; trademark infringement, opposition proceedings before the Italian Patent and Trademark Office, unfair competition/copyright infringement. Property asset value assessment (patents/ trademarks, knowhow). Official Expert at the Court of Milan. Internet-related IP matters: legal aspects of domain names vs. trademark policies/ domain name grabbing and litigation. Expert in procedures for reassigning generic top level domains (UDRP), adopted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), to resolve disputes on .gtld’s (i.e., .com, .org/ .net, .biz etc.), and of country code Top Level Domains (i.e.: .it, .eu, etc. etc.). Out-of-court negotiations. I have been professionally responsible for protecting intellectual property on the internet since 1997.

Since 1997, daily practice of intellectual and industrial property law (e.g. trademarks), internet domain name disputes, e-commerce, unfair competition/ distribution and licensing/ protection/ and domain name registrations. Strategy for the protection and defense of intellectual property rights on the web, including settlements, counterfeiting, transfers, cancellations, UDRP procedures, out-of-court negotiations and settlements.

As Dispute Resolution Panelist concerning cctld .it/ rendered 31 decisions. As WIPO Domain Name Panelist concerning both country code and generic Top Level Domain/ rendered 147 decisions. As CAC Domain Name Panelist concerning .eu and generic Top Level Domain, rendered 45 decisions. Whereas as a representative of complainants and/or respondents handled approximately 180 UDRP (or slight variation of UDRP) cases.

Internet-related:

Member of the Italian Naming Authority.

Member of the Arbitration Committee, constituted c/o the Italian Naming Authority.

Member of ICANN At-Large Community.

Global Member of the Internet Society (ISOC).

Member of the Internet Society (Italy Chapter of ISOC).

IP-related:

Registered Italian Trademark Attorney – Member of the Order of Industrial Property

Consultants (Trademark Section No. 912, year 1999).

Registered European Trademark Attorney at the EUIPO (European Intellectual Property

Office), Alicante, Spain, Office of Community trademarks (registration No. 5838, year 2000).

Official Technical Expert at the Court of Milan (trademark economic evaluation) 2009.

Intellectual Property Law

Degree in Economics and Commerce. University of Pisa, Pisa – Italy

Registered Italian Trademark Attorney – Enrolled member of the Order of Consultants in

Industrial Property (Trademark Section No. 912 year 1999);

Registered European Trademark Attorney at the EUIPO – European Union Intellectual

Property Office, Alicante, Spain, competent office on the subject of community marks

(registration No. 5838 year 2000)

Official Expert at the Court of Milan (trademark economic evaluation) 2009.

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Brown
Neil
Melbourne Australia Australia English The Hon Neil Brown QC is a Queens Counsel in Australia and has had a distinguished career in government and the law. He is a qualified arbitrator and mediator practicing in international and domestic matters in the commercial, communication, intellectual property and governmental fields. He is a leading arbitrator and adviser on internet domain name disputes. He was a Minister in the Federal Government in Australia and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Murdoch University in Western Australia. Read More >
The Hon Neil Brown QC is a Queens Counsel in Australia and has had a distinguished career in government and the law. He is a qualified arbitrator and mediator practicing in international and domestic matters in the commercial, communication, intellectual property and governmental fields. He is a leading arbitrator and adviser on internet domain name disputes. He was a Minister in the Federal Government in Australia and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Murdoch University in Western Australia.

The Hon Neil Brown QC is a Queens Counsel in Australia and has had a long and distinguished career in government and the law. He was a Minister in the Federal Government in Australia in charge of portfolios in Attorney-General’s, Communications and Employment and Youth Affairs. In the law, he has appeared in every jurisdiction in Australia and has had experience in commercial, intellectual property, town planning and taxation matters. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Murdoch University in Western Australia. He is a qualified arbitrator and mediator practicing in international and domestic matters in the commercial, communication, intellectual property and governmental fields. He is a leading arbitrator and adviser on internet domain name disputes. Representative cases include:

  • International arbitrations on the sale of goods.
  • A long series of arbitrations, advice, lecturing and tutoring on domain names.
  • Two arbitrations on GST (VAT) relating to small business.
  • Arbitration of a dispute on the international sale of goods between India and the United States.
  • Arbitration of a dispute on the sale of Australian wine to the USA.
  • Arbitration of a dispute between NSW /overseas principal and Victorian agent.
  • Alternative dispute resolution hearing on the price of electricity.
  • Mediation of a dispute on competing proposals for the development of a large tract of land in New South Wales.
  • Mediation of dispute on the provision of fringe benefits under a group of remuneration contracts relating to Fringe Benefits Tax.
  • Mediation on breach of service contract involving IP.
  • Mediation of large construction dispute over steel fixing.
  • Mediation of a dispute on restraint of trade on former employees and directors.
  • Mediation of dispute between lender and shareholders and directors of company.
  • Dispute on the terms of a consultancy agreement.
  • Numerous mediations on quality of work, claims for extras and delays in works.
  • Mediation of several disputes between a private health insurer and groups of private hospitals on the degree of reimbursement to be paid by the insurer to the hospitals.
  • Mediation of several disputes between universities/research institutions and investors on the commercialization of inventions.

Practiced in dispute resolution tribunals, arbitration and mediation since 1964
Qualified Arbitrator and Mediator of The Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators, Australia since 2004
Fellow and Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Intellectual property, Society of Australia and New Zealand

Maintaining website on domain name arbitration at www.domaintimes.info
Extensive writing and lecturing on arbitration and mediation, including domain name arbitration.

Intellectual Property Law, Accounting Law, Banking Law, Commercial Law, Commercial Law – Development, Company Law, Consumer Law, Contract Law, Corporate Law, Defamation Law, Education Law, Employment Law, Engineering Law, Entertainment Law, Estate Law, Financial Services, Fine Art Law, Fine Art Law, General Civil Law, Government Law, Health Law, Information Access Law, Information Technology Industry, Insurance Law, International Law, Land Use Law, Life Science Law, Mining Industry, Municipal Law, Corporate Law – Organizational Change, Partnership Disputes, Performing Arts Industry, Planning, Printing Industry, Privacy Law, Product Liability Law, Professional Negligence Law, Professional Organizational Law, Public Policy, Public Utilities Industry, Publishing Industry, Real Estate Law, Resource Industry, Resource Management Law, Royalties Law, Sale of Goods Law, School Law, Small Business Law, Societies Law, Sports Law, Tax Law, Team Facilitation, Trade Law, Trademark Law, Estate Law – Trusts, University Disputes, Vendor Law, Estate Law – Wills, Workplace Law – Staff

University of Melbourne, LLB 1963

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Chiasson
Craig
Vancouver British Columbia Canada English Craig has been practicing Intellectual Property Law, acted as counsel in international commercial arbitrations and in investor-state arbitrations under bilateral investment treaties and other multilateral investment treaties, for both respondent States and claimant investors. Craig has acted as counsel in international commercial arbitrations and in investor-state arbitrations under bilateral investment treaties and other multilateral investment treaties, for both respondent States and claimant investors.Read More >
Craig has been practicing Intellectual Property Law, acted as counsel in international commercial arbitrations and in investor-state arbitrations under bilateral investment treaties and other multilateral investment treaties, for both respondent States and claimant investors. Craig has acted as counsel in international commercial arbitrations and in investor-state arbitrations under bilateral investment treaties and other multilateral investment treaties, for both respondent States and claimant investors.

Craig has acted as counsel in international commercial arbitrations and in investor-state arbitrations under bilateral investment treaties and other multilateral investment treaties, for both respondent States and claimant investors.

His international commercial arbitration experience (past and present) includes, representing:

  • A Canadian pharmaceutical development company in an ICC arbitration
  • An English marine equipment company in an ICC arbitration
  • A Canadian mining company in an UNCITRAL arbitration
  • A Portuguese cement company in an ICC arbitration
  • A US satellite manufacturer in an ICC arbitration and ad hoc proceedings
  • A Korean shipbuilding company in an ICC arbitration
  • A French nuclear power plant contractor
  • A major international financial institution in an ICC arbitration
  • An Albanian mobile telephone company
  • A Russian energy company in an ICC arbitration
  • A Canadian software company in two international arbitrations under the BCICAC rules
  • A Greek financial institution in a dispute relating to the purchase of a foreign financial institution

His investment treaty experience includes advising:

  • An European State on issues arising out of an investor’s claims for breach of the Energy Charter Treaty relating to the revocation of power-generation concessions
  • An African State on issues arising out of an investor’s claims for breach of a bilateral investment treaty relating mining rights
  • An international energy company on issues arising out of its claims for breach of relevant bilateral investment treaties in relation to its assets in a South American State
  • An international energy company on issues arising out of its claims for breach of relevant bilateral investment treaties in relation to its assets in a CIS State

Craig has also acted as tribunal secretary to Jan Paulsson in Pantechniki S.A. Contractors & Engineers v. Republic of Albania (ICSID Case No ARB/07/21) and in an ICC case to Noah Rubins relating to the dismantling, transportation and reconstruction of a steel plant.
He has appeared as counsel in ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID, SCC, BCICAC and ad hoc arbitration proceedings and in the Appeal, Supreme, and Provincial Courts of British Columbia

  • Member of the Roster of Arbitrators of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC)
  • Member of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Canada’s Arbitration Committee, including as a member of its list of arbitrators
  • Advisory Board Member of the International Arbitration Law Project of the Uniform Law Conference of Canada
  • Member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
  • Member of the London Court of International Arbitration
  • Advisory Board Member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration
  • Member of the International, Canadian and Vancouver Bar Associations
  • Contributor to International Law Office on issues of international arbitration

Intellectual Property Law, Banking Law, Company Law, Competition Law, Conflict Law, Construction Law, Contract Law, Financial Services, Fine Art Law, General Civil Law, Information Technology Industry, International Law, Investment Treaty, Multi-Party Disputes, Partnership Disputes, Product Liability Law, Resource Industry, Sale of Goods Law, Securities Law, Shareholder Disputes, Shareholder Rights, Trade Law

Qualified Solicitor of England and Wales, 2011
Qualified Barrister and Solicitor of the Law Society of BC, 2002
University of Alberta, LLB, 2001
University of British Columbia, BEd, 1995
University of British Columbia, BA, 1992

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Chiasson
Edward
Vancouver British Columbia Canada English, French Ed Chiasson is a retired Judge of the Court of Appeal for British Columbia as of December 11, 2015. He has thirty-nine years of civil litigation experience, including twenty plus years in arbitration. He was an administrative panelist in over 100 proceedings under the ICANN Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy as a sole panelist, presiding panelist and co-panelist.Read More >
Ed Chiasson is a retired Judge of the Court of Appeal for British Columbia as of December 11, 2015. He has thirty-nine years of civil litigation experience, including twenty plus years in arbitration. He was an administrative panelist in over 100 proceedings under the ICANN Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy as a sole panelist, presiding panelist and co-panelist.

Ed Chiasson is a retired Judge of the Court of Appeal for British Columbia as of December 11, 2015.
He has thirty-nine years of civil litigation experience, including twenty plus years in arbitration. He has appeared in all courts of British Columbia, Alberta, the Supreme Court of the Yukon Territory, all divisions of the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Ed has appeared as counsel and acted as an arbitrator or mediator in domestic and international proceedings in Canada, France, England, United States, Hong Kong and Singapore involving parties from Eastern and Western Europe, North America, the Pacific Rim and India. The arbitrations have been both ad hoc and institutional, including proceedings under UNCITRAL Rules, the American Arbitration Association, the International Chamber of Commerce, the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre and the International Centre of Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Mediations include acting under the Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Centre for the Americas (CAMCA).

He sat on FTA Chapter 19 bi-national panel – two as chair. He was also an Arbitrator in a NAFTA Chapter 11 arbitration and was an administrative panellist in over 100 proceedings under the ICANN Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy the STOP procedure as a sole panellist, presiding panellist and co-panellist.

He completed mediation training in a program sponsored by the Centre for Public Resources (CPR), over four days, including extensive role-playing.

Ed Chiasson has spoken at many conferences and had many publications on the topic of ADR.

He was the Hunter Professor of Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, City University of Hong Kong 1995-1996 and
taught an ADR seminar at UBC School of Law for 12 years.

Ed was an associate at Harper Grey Easton – 1967-1969; associate and partner Ladner Downs (Borden Ladner Gervais LLP) -1969-2006.

He as been involved in a number of community activities including Chair of the Vancouver Symphony Society Board.

Aboriginal Law, Banking Law, Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Construction Law, Engineering Law, Environmental Law, Franchise Law, Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law, Maritime Law, Real Estate Law, Tax Law, Technology Law.

B.A., Notre Dame College and University of British Columbia, 1963
LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1966

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Cicchetti
Tina
Vancouver British Columbia Canada English Tina Cicchetti is a leading arbitration practitioner based in Vancouver, Canada. As of 1 September 2017, Tina practices as an independent Resident Neutral at Vancouver Arbitration Chambers (VAC). She has served as sole arbitrator and tribunal chair in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations. Tina also has extensive experience as counsel in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.Read More >
Tina Cicchetti is a leading arbitration practitioner based in Vancouver, Canada. As of 1 September 2017, Tina practices as an independent Resident Neutral at Vancouver Arbitration Chambers (VAC). She has served as sole arbitrator and tribunal chair in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations. Tina also has extensive experience as counsel in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

Tina Cicchetti is a leading arbitration practitioner based in Vancouver, Canada. As of 1 September 2017, Tina practices as an independent Resident Neutral at Vancouver Arbitration Chambers (VAC). She has served as sole arbitrator and tribunal chair in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations. Tina also has extensive experience as counsel in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

Before joining VAC, Tina was a partner of Fasken, a Global Arbitration Review top 100 firm (GAR 100) in 2016 and 2017. Tina has more than 15 years of experience in the resolution of complex commercial disputes. From the beginning of her career, her focus has been on arbitration as a means of commercial dispute resolution. She is regularly asked to speak on the topics of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, and has authored several articles on the subject. Since 2012 Tina has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Review.

From 2003 to 2011, Tina taught international commercial disputes as an Adjunct Professor at the UBC Faculty of Law. Tina has been involved in more than 15 International arbitration matters and been appointed as sole arbitrator and chair in disputes under the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Rules. She also has advised on matters under other arbitration rules including the, American Arbitration Association (AAA), International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA), Swiss Rules, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC).

  • Chambers Global 2017 for Dispute Resolution: Arbitration
  • The Best Lawyers ® 2018 Vancouver International Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Who’s Who Legal Future Leaders – Arbitration 2017 – 2018
  • Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2016 – 2018
  • The Best Lawyers ® in Canada 2017 for International Arbitration
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert ® Directory 2014- 2016 consistently recommended for International Commercial Arbitration
  • Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US-Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers 2014 – 2015 for International Commercial Arbitration
  • Expert Guides Rising Star 2015
  • Lexpert®: Canada’s Leading Litigators 2014
  • Named as a “litigation star” for arbitration in Canada by Benchmark Canada, 2013-2014
  • Vice Chair, International Arbitration Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (ICC Canada)
  • ICDR/AAA Panel Member
  • Board Member, Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society (WCCAS) (formerly WCART)
  • Adjunct Professor, International Commercial Disputes, Faculty of Law, The University of British Columbia (2003 – 2011)
  • Advisory Board Member, Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners
  • NAFTA 2022 Advisory Committee
  • Canadian Bar Association

Intellectual Property Law, Construction Law, Contract Law, Foreign Investment Law, General Civil Law, International Expropriation Law, International Law, Mining Industry, Partnership Disputes, Resource Industry, Transportation Law

LLB, University of British Columbia – 2000
BBA (Hons.), Simon Fraser University – 1996

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Day
Peter
Mercer Island Washington United States of America English, French, German Peter Day's wide-ranging experience as an arbitrator, business lawyer, trial lawyer, corporate executive and university educator make him well-suited to serve as a neutral in nearly any alternative dispute resolution setting. He has a broad background as a lawyer with over 40 years of practice, ranging from trial practice and litigation management to a wide-ranging corporate practice, with significant experience in intellectual property.Read More >
Peter Day's wide-ranging experience as an arbitrator, business lawyer, trial lawyer, corporate executive and university educator make him well-suited to serve as a neutral in nearly any alternative dispute resolution setting. He has a broad background as a lawyer with over 40 years of practice, ranging from trial practice and litigation management to a wide-ranging corporate practice, with significant experience in intellectual property.

Peter R. Day’s wide-ranging experience as a business lawyer, trial lawyer, corporate executive and university educator make him well-suited to serve as a neutral in nearly any alternative dispute resolution setting. He has a broad background as a lawyer with over 35 years of practice, ranging from trial practice and litigation management to a wide-ranging corporate practice, with significant experience in intellectual property, international business, construction, aircraft finance, real estate, and asset sales.

After graduate studies in law in Germany and in business administration as a Fulbright scholar in France, he joined the legal department of The Boeing Company, where he enjoyed a 25-year career which included assignments as Chief Counsel for two division legal departments. In his role as Chief Counsel for two divisions of The Boeing Company, a substantial part of his responsibility was cost-effective and prompt dispute resolution, using negotiation, informal means of alternative dispute resolution, and formal mediation, arbitration or litigation when necessary. Concurrently, he set up and managed fully integrated in-house and outside counsel claims teams in the successful defense of over $100 million in construction claims at minimum cost, many of which were resolved through arbitration.

Peter Day is reasonably fluent in both German and French and has negotiated business transactions in both languages.

After living and doing business on three continents, he has an understanding of the interplay of different legal systems and cultures in international business, a management perspective of business disputes and a very pragmatic approach to dispute resolution.

Upon graduation from law school, Peter R. Day served as a Marine Corps trial lawyer in Vietnam and Japan, then as Chief Prosecutor and Court-martial judge at Camp Pendleton, California. Following release from active duty, he joined the Office of the District Attorney of San Mateo County, California, where he tried 22 jury trials.

  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Diploma Course in International Commercial Arbitration, Oxford, England, 2005.
  • International Chamber of Commerce, Master Class for Arbitrators, Paris 2010.
  • PIDA Mock Arbitration under ICC Rules (French language), Paris, 2006.
  • World Intellectual Property Organization, Arbitration Workshop, Geneva, 2006.
  • American Arbitration Association/ICDR Symposium in Advanced Case Management Issues, New York, 2010.
  • Chairing an Arbitral Panel, Seattle, 2010.
  • Arbitrator II: Advanced Case Management Issues, Miami, 2006.
  • Arbitrator I: Fundamentals of the Arbitration Process, San Francisco, 2005.
  • Using ADR to Resolve Intellectual Property Disputes, Seattle, 2005 – 2006.
  • 40-Hour Mediator Skills Training for Court-Based Settlement Programs, Seattle, 2005.
  • Washington College of Law, American University, How to Handle a Bilateral Investment Treaty Arbitration, Washington, D.C., 2009.
  • FINRA/New York Stock Exchange, Dispute Resolution Chairperson Training, 2008.
  • Arbitrator Training, San Francisco, 2006.
  • Construction Disputes Resolution Services, Construction Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Board Training, Albuquerque, 2007.

Peter Day has taught trial practice to lawyers for 10 years with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy at the San Diego and Seattle programs, and has also taught both MBA and undergraduate courses in business law and international law at the Seattle University Albers School of Business and Economics.

Arbitration Panels

  • International Chamber of Commerce
  • World Intellectual Property Organization
  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution
  • London Court of International Arbitration
  • Chinese European Arbitration Centre
  • American Arbitration Association National Roster of Neutrals
  • FINRA (formerly NYSE & NASD)
  • Institute for Conflict Management
  • Construction Dispute Resolution Services, LLC
  • National Arbitration Forum

Intellectual Property Law, Aviation, Contract Law, Commercial, Corporate, Construction, Engineering, Real Estate, Assets Sales, Securities

University of Auckland, B.A. LL.B., 1958
University of Auckland, LL.D., (Hon), 1999
Chancellor University of Auckland, 1991-1999
Fellow AMINZ 1989
Fellow Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

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Deane
Robert
Vancouver British Columbia Canada English Robert Deane is a partner with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He is the National Leader of the Firm's International Trade and Arbitration Group. Recognized as the 2017 "Vancouver International Arbitration Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in Canada®. Mr. Deane’s arbitration practice includes work with the LCIA Rules, the ICC Arbitration Rules, the AAA’s International Arbitration Rules (ICDR), the Arbitration Rules of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce etc. Read More >
Robert Deane is a partner with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He is the National Leader of the Firm's International Trade and Arbitration Group. Recognized as the 2017 "Vancouver International Arbitration Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in Canada®. Mr. Deane’s arbitration practice includes work with the LCIA Rules, the ICC Arbitration Rules, the AAA’s International Arbitration Rules (ICDR), the Arbitration Rules of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce etc.
  • Recognized as the 2017 “Vancouver International Arbitration Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition (and since 2011) of Chambers Global — The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution — British Columbia, Dispute Resolution — Arbitration).
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2016.
  • Recognized in the 2017 and 2016 editions of Chambers Canada — Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: British Columbia, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration).
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition (and since 2012) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Advertising and Marketing Law, Class Action Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration, and Privacy & Data Security Law).
  • Recognized in the 2016 and 2015 editions of the Legal 500 Canada (International Trade).
  • Recognized in the 2016 and 2015 editions of Benchmark Canada — The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a “Local Litigation Star: British Columbia” and a “Litigation Star: Arbitration, Commercial, Competition, Intellectual Property”.
  • Member, Executive Committee, ICC Canada, 2011-present
  • Past Regional Representative for North America (Canada), Young International Arbitration Group — London Court of International Arbitration
  • Member: Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners, 2010-present; Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, 2010-present; Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society, 2010-present
  • Former Chair, Editorial Board, Working Group on Best Practices for Electronic Document Discovery and Production in Canada (Sedona Canada)
  • Member, Advisory Board, The Institute for Transnational Arbitration, 2009-present

Mr. Deane has been involved in numerous significant arbitration proceedings throughout North America, Asia and Europe.

Mr. Deane represented the United Mexican States in NAFTA Chapter Eleven arbitral proceedings and related court proceedings before the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada (Metalclad Corp. v. United Mexican States; Feldman v. United Mexican States; Bayview Irrigation District v. United Mexican States; Corn Products International Inc. v. United Mexican States; Cargill Inc. v. United Mexican States). Mr. Deane also appeared for the United Mexican States in Waste Management Inc. v. United Mexican States, and has provided advice on numerous other NAFTA Chapter Eleven and other investment treaty arbitral proceedings.

Mr. Deane’s arbitration practice has also provided him with opportunities to work with the LCIA Rules, the ICSID (Additional Facility) Rules, the ICC Arbitration Rules, the American Arbitration Association’s International Arbitration Rules (ICDR), the Arbitration Rules of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, the Domestic and International Arbitration Rules of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre, and the National Arbitration Rules of the ADR Institute of Canada, among others.

Robert Deane is a partner with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, based in Vancouver, Canada. He is the National Leader of the Firm’s International Trade and Arbitration Group, and a member of the Partnership Board, the Firm’s governing body. He also serves as the Co-National Leader of the Privacy and Data Security Group and as the Vancouver Regional Leader of the Advertising, Marketing and Sponsorship Law Group. Robert practises international and domestic commercial arbitration, commercial litigation, privacy law, intellectual property litigation and advertising/competition law. He is ranked nationally and internationally as a leading lawyer in these areas.

Robert has experience in all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and in numerous significant international commercial arbitration proceedings in North America, Asia and Europe under the LCIA Rules, the ICC Rules, the ICSID (Additional Facility) Rules, the American Arbitration Association’s International Arbitration Rules, the Arbitration Rules of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, the Domestic and International Arbitration Rules of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre, and the National Arbitration Rules of the ADR Institute of Canada, among others.

Prior to joining BLG, Robert was a law clerk to the Honourable Madam Justice Beverley McLachlin, Supreme Court of Canada (now the Rt. Honourable Beverley McLachlin, PC, Chief Justice of Canada).

LLB, University of Victoria, 1998 (Law Society of BC Gold Medallist)
BA, Simon Fraser University, 1995
British Columbia, 2000

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Dreyfus
Nathalie
Paris France France English, French, German Read More >

Founder of Dreyfus & Associates, Nathalie Dreyfus is a specialist in Intellectual Property Law and French and European trademark attorney. She is a renowned expert consultant of the Court of Appeals of Paris, as well as of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre and the National Arbitration Forum (NAF). She is also an expert in all issues related to the Internet and new technology.

Since 1992, daily practice of intellectual and industrial property law (trademarks, designs, copyright, patents, software, contracts), Internet domain names disputes, e-commerce, unfair competition and competition law, new technologies law, distribution and licensing, protection and domain name registrations;

Strategy in relation to the protection and defence of intellectual property rights on the web, including settlements, counterfeiting, transfers, cancellations, UDRP procedures, out of court actions, follow up of court actions;

Adjunct professor at the University of Strasbourg and at the National School for the Judicial Profession, and regularly speaks at conferences in France and abroad;

Numerous conferences in France and abroad;
Mission of the European Commission in Georgia for the development of Intellectual Property

Expert or Panelist:
Expert before the Court of Appeals of Paris;
Expert before WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center;
Expert before the National Arbitration Forum (NAF);
Expert before the Belgian Center for Mediation and Arbitration (CEPINA);
Expert before the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Center (ADNDRC);
Expert before the Czech Arbitration Court (.eu and gTLDs);
Panelist in the Paris Mediation and Arbitration Center (CMAP).

Member:
International trademark Association (INTA);
“Internet” commission of the French Association of Practitioners in Trademark and Designs Law, (APRAM);
President of the “Designs commission” of the French Association of Practitioners in Trademark and Designs Law”, (APRAM);
Friend of CEIPI (AACEIPI);
International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property (AIPPI);
National Institute of French Industrial Property Agents (CNCPI);
European Community Trademark Association (ECTA);
French Association of Information and Telecommunication Law (AFDIT);
Association of Industrial Property Attorneys (ACPI);
Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG)
Association of French IT law experts (Cyberlex)

Copyright Law, International Property Law, International Law, Technology Law, Trademark Law.

Centre d’Etudes Internationales de la Propriété Intellectuelle (CEIPI), trademarks, designs and competition law, 1996;
Postgraduate (Intellectual Property Law), University of Paris II, Panthéon-Assas, 1991;
Masters in Law, University Robert Schuman Strasbourg, 1990;
Certificate in English Legal Studies, University of Leicester, United Kingdom, 1989.
French chartered Intellectual Property Attorney, trademarks and designs, registered with the French National Institute of industrial property;
Community Trademark Attorney registered with OHIM.

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Effler
Barry
Winnipeg Manitoba Canada English He is a Chartered Arbitrator designated by the ADR Institute of Canada in 1996. He is an expert in intellectual property rendered numerous decisions related to .ca domain names. He is a Past President and national director of the ADR Institute of Canada, Inc. Mr. Effler is a Past Chair, National ADR section Canadian Bar Association. Mr. Effler has conducted arbitrations in a wide range of areas since 1996.Read More >
He is a Chartered Arbitrator designated by the ADR Institute of Canada in 1996. He is an expert in intellectual property rendered numerous decisions related to .ca domain names. He is a Past President and national director of the ADR Institute of Canada, Inc. Mr. Effler is a Past Chair, National ADR section Canadian Bar Association. Mr. Effler has conducted arbitrations in a wide range of areas since 1996.

Currently, Mr. Effler is employed with the Province of Manitoba. Previously, as a lawyer in private practice, Mr. Effler practiced commercial/corporate, franchise and international contract law.

He is a Past President and national director of the ADR Institute of Canada, Inc., formerly known as the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Canada and the Canadian Foundation for Dispute Resolution.

Barry Effler is a Past Chair, National ADR section Canadian Bar Association.

His past business experience includes serving as Chief Operating Officer of two corporate groups in the security industry and franchising business and as Executive Vice President of a software developer.

Arbitration

  • He is a Chartered Arbitrator designated by the ADR Institute of Canada in 1996, a lecturer in arbitration law, contract, real estate and evidence law, and instructed the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Manitoba arbitration training program for over 10 years
  • Mr. Effler has conducted arbitrations in a wide range of areas since 1996
  • Appointed as a Chartered Arbitrator (Fellow) by the ADR Institute of Canada in 2008

Mediation

  • He is practicing commercial and labour mediator and was approved by the Law Society of Saskatchewan to practise as mediator in 1992/li>
  • Barry Effler is a past Member of Training Advisory Group for Mediation Services of Manitoba- organised training and training standards for volunteer mediators in court annexed victim offender mediation and community dispute mediation.

Among Mr. Effler’s activities with the ADR Institute of Canada, he was:

  • Past Chair, National Arbitration Rules drafting committee
  • Past Chair, National Commercial Mediation Rules revision committee
  • Drafted the General Operating By-law and the Discipline Procedures By-law
  • Committee Member, National Chartered Mediator designation standards
  • Committee Member, National Chartered Mediator designation accreditation

Areas of competence include:

  • Conducting arbitrations and mediations
  • Neutral fact finding

Intellectual Property Law, Commercial Law, Construction Dispute Law, Contract Law, Corporate Law, International Law, Labour Law, Real Estate Law, Treaty Land Entitlement Claims

Bachelor of Laws, (LL.B.), 1983
Master of Laws, (LL.M.), 2011

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Erdle
Michael
Toronto Ontario Canada English Read More >
Michael Erdle co-founded Practical Resolutions Inc. in 2011, to help parties resolve business and commercial disputes in an efficient, cost-effective way, through facilitated negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Michael is one of Canada’s most experienced and qualified commercial dispute resolution professionals. He has more than 25 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer, specializing in technology and intellectual property.

Michael Erdle co-founded Practical Resolutions Inc. in 2011, to help parties resolve business and commercial disputes in an efficient, cost-effective way, through facilitated negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Michael is one of Canada’s most experienced and qualified commercial dispute resolution professionals. He has more than 25 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer, specializing in technology and intellectual property. Michael has negotiated countless agreements and assisted clients in resolving a wide variety of commercial disputes.

He is a trained and experienced facilitator, mediator and arbitrator.

Since 2005, Michael has successfully mediated resolutions in shareholder and joint venture matters, computer software development and implementation projects, copyright, trademark, patent and trade secret disputes. He has acted as sole arbitrator in cases involving ownership of intellectual property, software licensing, system implementation, and other commercial and contract issues. He has acted as mediator/arbitrator in several matters.

Michael is a director of the ADR Institute of Ontario and the ADR Institute of Canada. He is a past president of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, a past director of the Canadian IT Law Association and a past chair of the Toronto Computer Lawyers Group. Michael has written and spoken on many current issues in technology and intellectual property law, including: dispute resolution; software development and licensing; electronic commerce; domain names; and outsourcing. He has lectured at Osgoode Hall Law School and McGill University.  He currently teaches a course in “Powerful Negotiation Skills” at University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.

  • Advanced Mediation Workshop, World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Advanced Mediation Course, Stitt Feld Handy & University of Windsor Law School, Toronto, Ontario
  • International Commercial Arbitration (Accelerated Path to Fellowship), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Intensive IP Arbitration Course, Canadian Bar Association & ADR Institute of Canada
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2015 Best Lawyers in Canada®– Alternative Dispute Resolution, Information Technology Law,       Technology    Law
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory– Leading Practitioner, Computer & IT Law
  • Lexpert / American Lawyer Guide to the Leading Lawyers in Canada– Technology Transactions
  • IAM 250: The World’s Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Lawyers
  • Who’s Who Legal Canada– Internet & E-Commerce
  • The International Who’s Who of Internet, e-Commerce & Data Protection Lawyers

Intellectual Property Law, Commercial Law – Corporate, Contract Law, Entertainment Law, Fine Arts Law, Information Technology Law, International Law, Partnership Law, Professional Disputes –Negligence, Publishing Industry, Sale of Goods Law, Small Business Law, Technology Law, Trademark Law

Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB, 1986

Carleton University, Bachelor of Journalism, 1978

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Fashler
Robert
Vancouver British Columbia Canada English Rob has been practising law since 1980 and has been a Canadian trademark agent since 1984. Rob has deep experience with intangible property and technology. This includes the establishment and structuring of proprietary rights, the commercialization of intangible assets, the enforcement of rights, and dispute resolution on a local, national and international basis.Read More >
Rob has been practising law since 1980 and has been a Canadian trademark agent since 1984. Rob has deep experience with intangible property and technology. This includes the establishment and structuring of proprietary rights, the commercialization of intangible assets, the enforcement of rights, and dispute resolution on a local, national and international basis.

Rob Fashler, FCIArb., is counsel in the Vancouver office of Vanguard IP LLP, practising in the fields of intellectual property and technology law.
Rob has been practising law since 1980 and has been a Canadian trademark agent since 1984. Rob has deep experience with intangible property and technology. This includes the establishment and structuring of proprietary rights, the commercialization of intangible assets, the enforcement of rights, and dispute resolution on a local, national and international basis.
Rob has significant experience in various industry sectors, including, e-business, software, computer equipment, beauty and cosmetics, automotive, aviation, mining, forestry, telecommunications, clean technology, education, government, food, finance, alcoholic beverages, life sciences, retailing, and consumer products.
Rob has unique capabilities in arbitrating and mediating disputes involving IP and technology. He is an arbitrator and mediator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre, Resolution Canada, and the National Arbitration Forum. Rob has served on numerous panels determining domain name disputes under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and the Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (CDRP) of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA).

On the dispute side, Rob Fashler has represented the successful parties in numerous challenging disputes.

On the commercial side, Mr. Fashler has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating a wide variety of IP/IT contracts. He also acts as the chief intellectual property counsel on asset acquisitions and financings.

He is frequently called on by clients to provide high-level strategic advice that encompasses a variety of key issues, such as the design of international ownership and licensing structures.

  • Member of British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre
  • Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • Member of International Trademark Association
  • Member of National Arbitration Forum
  • Member of Resolution Canada

Rob Fashler has been an adjunct professor with Osgoode Hall Law School serving as the British Columbia Regional Director and a local instructor for Osgoode Hall’s LL.M. in E-Business Program.

Recognition:
Canadian Who’s Who, 2010
Best Lawyers in Canada 2010, Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law and Technology Law
Lexpert, Technology, Computer and Information Technology Law

Aviation Law, Copyright Law, Intellectual Property Law, Life Science Law, Mining Industry, Technology Industry, Trade-mark Law.

McGill University, B.A., 1976
University of British Columbia, LL.B., 1980

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Freeman
Claude
Toronto Ontario Canada French Read More >
Claude Freeman, has over 30 years of solid business experience, he is an accomplished mediator and arbitrator, with 20 years of arbitration experience including matters of intellectual property, code of conduct reviews, mergers and acquisitions, contract issues, insurance, and transportation. Claude has been appointed to several prominent mediation and arbitration rosters including the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA). He is fluently bilingual.

Fluently bilingual, Claude’s academic background includes studies in both Business Administration and Aviation Sciences (Commercial Pilot) and Dispute Resolution Law.

Combined with over 30 years of solid business experience, he is an accomplished mediator and arbitrator, with 20 years of full-time civil/commercial mediation, arbitration and fact-finding practice, including matters of employment/workplace, finance, accounting, intellectual property, code of conduct reviews, mergers and acquisitions, contract issues, insurance, and transportation. Claude has been appointed to several prominent mediation and arbitration rosters, and one of his arbitration decisions has been published in the 2007 Canadian Patent Reporter.  His practice has included review/adjudication/appeals of several hundred disability/injury/insurance matters, and is approved as a workplace specialist for the Federal Government. He is also an approved arbitrator by the Province of Quebec to conduct arbitrations under the New Home Warranty Plan. He is also very familiar with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles).

Claude has authored and published close to 30 papers, articles, and media events on Dispute Resolution, and has taught/co-taught a number of courses and seminars, and has mentored several new mediators to the profession.

Claude initially trained as a Mediator and Arbitrator with the Quebec National and International Commercial Arbitration Centre, and has earned a Masters Degree in Dispute Resolution Law, and his designations as Chartered Mediator and Chartered Arbitrator.

Mediation Rosters

  • Roster Mediator, Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program – Toronto/Ottawa/Windsor
  • Member of Walkerton Mediator Roster
  • Federal Department of Justice – Resolution Neutral
  • General Insurance Ombudservice
  • Canadian Human Rights Commission
  • Canadian Portfolio Management Association of Canada
  • Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD)
  • Ombudservice Life & Health Insurance (OLHI)

Arbitration Rosters

  • Canadian Internet Registration Authority
  • KPMG – Ontario/Quebec Workplace Arbitrator Panel
  • Financial Services Company Dispute Roster
  • Canadian Human Rights Commission
  • Canadian Portfolio Management Association of Canada
  • Canadian Transportation Agency
  • Major Insurance Company Misrepresentation Dispute Arbitrator
  • American Commercial Dispute Resolution Centre
  • ADR Chambers
  • Tribunal Appointment: Appointment by Governor-in-Council/Privy Council as member of the Federal Transportation Appeals Tribunal, 9/03
  • ADR Institute of Ontario and Canada
  • ADR Institute Chartered Arbitrator/Mediator Designations Approval Committee
  • Ontario French Lawyers Association (A.J.E.F.O.)
  • Quebec National and International Commercial Arbitration Centre (Q.N.I.C.A.C.)
  • American Arbitration Association (A.A.A.)
  • Quebec Mediation and Arbitration Institute (I.M.A.Q.)

Intellectual Property Law, Corporate Law, Employment Law, Insurance Law, Multi-Party Disputes, Personal Injury Law, Aviation Law

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Henrique
Duarte G.
Lisbon Portugal Portugal Portuguese, English, Spanish, French. Read More >
Duarte G. Henrique is a Lawyer, Arbitrator and Legal consultant, with vast experience in Litigation and Arbitration, IT Law, IP Law and Corporate Law. He is also an Arbitrator at “Arbitrare – Arbitration Centre” a Portuguese Institutionalized arbitration Centre, legally able to resolve disputes over industrial property (trademarks and patents), ".PT" Domain names, trade names and corporate names. He is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish, French.
  • 2013 – (present) – Member of the Portuguese Panel of Arbitrators of the International Film and Television Alliance
  • 2013 – (present) – Arbitrator at “Arbitrare – Arbitration Centre” (Lisbon, Portugal): ARBITRARE is a Portuguese Institutionalized arbitration Centre, legally able to resolve disputes over industrial property (trademarks and patents), “.PT” Domain names, trade names and corporate names as well as compulsory arbitration to resolve disputes over generic drugs (www.arbitrare.pt).
  • 1990 – (present) – Lawyer
  • 1988 – 1990 – Trainee and Lawyer at Jardim, Sampaio, Magalhães e Silva e Associados
  • Lawyer, Arbitrator and Legal consultant, with vast experience on Litigation and Arbitration, IT Law, IP Law, Copyright Law, Corporate Law, Commercial Law and Civil Law.
    • As lawyer has experience with major Portuguese IT / IP companies, insurance companies and others, dealing with corporate and commercial law, IT / IP law, litigation and arbitration.
    • As arbitrator and lawyer at arbitration procedures has experience with domestic and international arbitration on Copyright Law, IP Law, Contracts Law and Corporate Law, both institutionalized and ad hoc
  • Professional License nº 8830L – Portuguese Bar Association (since 1990)
  • Member of “APA” Portuguese Arbitration Association
  • Member of the London Court of International Association European Users’ Council
  • Member of International Bar Association
  • Member of the ICCA – International Council for Commercial Arbitration
  • Member of the International Arbitration Institute – Paris
  • Member of ASA – Swiss Arbitration Association

Intellectual Property Law, Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Competition Law, Contract Law, Entertainment Law, Find Arts Law, Performing Arts Law, Information Technology Law, International Law, Online Dispute Resolution Law, Partnership Disputes, Sale of Goods Law, Technology Law, Trademark Law

Advanced PIDA Training – International Commercial Arbitration – ICC Paris (Oct. 2013)

Graduate in International Trade Law (Contracts and International Arbitration) – 2004-2005

Graduate in Accounting, Financial Analysis and Business Assessment at “Universidade Nova de Lisboa” – 1998

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Isenberg
Douglas
Atlanta Georgia United States of America English Doug Isenberg has been called an “international authority on Internet law” by Atlanta Business Chronicle. Since 1996, his legal practice has focused on Internet-related legal issues. Isenberg has written numerous decisions pursuant to the UDRP. He has represented complaints and respondents in domain name disputes under the UDRP and various ccTLD dispute policies, including the largest-ever UDRP filing, which resulted in the transfer of 1,519 domain names.Read More >
Doug Isenberg has been called an “international authority on Internet law” by Atlanta Business Chronicle. Since 1996, his legal practice has focused on Internet-related legal issues. Isenberg has written numerous decisions pursuant to the UDRP. He has represented complaints and respondents in domain name disputes under the UDRP and various ccTLD dispute policies, including the largest-ever UDRP filing, which resulted in the transfer of 1,519 domain names.

Doug Isenberg, an attorney in Atlanta, Georgia, has been called an “international authority on Internet law” by Atlanta Business Chronicle. Since 1996, his legal practice has focused on Internet-related legal issues, and he is the author of a widely praised book published by Random House in 2002, The GigaLaw Guide to Internet Law. As a domain name panellist for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Czech Arbitration Court (CAC), Isenberg has written numerous decisions pursuant to the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and the Premium Name Trademark Application Rules for .mobi. As an attorney in private practice, Isenberg has represented complaints and respondents in domain name disputes under the UDRP and various ccTLD dispute policies, including the largest-ever UDRP filing, which resulted in the transfer of 1,519 domain names. A frequent speaker on the Internet law issues, Isenberg founded and since January 2000 has published GigaLaw.com, a website that provides daily updates about high-tech legal developments.

  • “Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star,” Law & Politics (published in Atlanta magazine), October 2005
  • One of “Seven Rising Stars,” Atlanta Jewish Life magazine, November/December 2002

Current:

  • Founder, The GigaLaw Firm
  • Adjunct Professor of Computer and Cyberspace Law, Georgia State University College of Law
  • Domain Name Panelist, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • Domain Name Panelist, Czech Arbitration Court (CAC)
  • Founder and Publisher, GigaLaw.com
  • Co-Founder and President, cc:Clients

Previous:

  • Of Counsel, Needle & Rosenberg, P.C.
  • Manager, Legal Affairs, Meridian Management SA
  • Associate, Alston & Bird LLP
  • Associate Editor, Business Atlanta magazine
  • Reporter, Gwinnett (Ga.) Daily News
  • Chair (2005-06), Intellectual Property Law Section, State Bar of Georgia
  • Founding Member, Intellectual Property Advisory Board, Georgia State University College of Law
  • Charter Member, Atlanta Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
  • Member, ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency
  • Board of Trustees, Temple Sinai (Atlanta), 2002-04
  • Board of Trustees, Anti-Defamation League, Southeast Region, 2002-03

Information Technology, Intellectual Property, Online Dispute Resolution, Technology, Trademark

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, 1990
Juris Doctor, cum laude, Georgia State University College of Law, 1996

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Kreider
David
Auckland New Zealand English, Mandarin (spoken and written) David is an independent Chartered Arbitrator, attorney and solicitor, with arbitration offices in Hong Kong and New Zealand. He resides in Auckland.Read More >
Mr. Kreider’s 30+ year legal career includes 14 years as general counsel to telecommunications giants China Mobile and Vodafone, senior securities regulatory roles in New York and Hong Kong, and as a trial lawyer with a major Wall Street law firm. He served as panelist in more than 130 Internet domain name cases, resolving more than 350 disputed domain names. Many of his decisions were written by him in Chinese.

Mr. Kreider’s 30+ year legal career includes 14 years as general counsel to telecommunications giants China Mobile and Vodafone, respectively, senior securities regulatory roles in New York and Hong Kong, and more than a decade as a trial lawyer with a major Wall Street law firm.

He has been appointed presiding arbitrator, sole arbitrator or co-arbitrator in more than 30 international arbitration references, including ICC, HKIAC, SIAC and ICDR administered and ad hoc proceedings. He has also served as panelist in more than 130 Internet domain name cases, resolving more than 350 disputed domain names. Many of his panel decisions were written by him in Chinese.

Currently the Chairman of the New Zealand National Committee of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, he was an Alternate Member on the Court from 2014 to 2017.

Mr. Kreider is a licensed solicitor and attorney-at-law in England, Hong Kong, New York, New Jersey, California, Florida and Washington, D.C. He speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese in addition to English.

  • Presiding arbitrator in a Singapore-seated dispute between Asian parties arising out of a trademark license agreement.
  • Emergency arbitrator in a Hong Kong seated shareholder dispute between P.R. China and offshore parties arising out of a corporate restructuring agreement.
  • Appointed president upon joint nomination by the co-arbitrators in a Seoul seated dispute between Asian parties arising out of a technology licensing agreement.
  • Sole arbitrator in a Hong Kong seated dispute between Japanese and Chinese parties arising out of agreements for the sale and purchase of precision scientific equipment.
  • Co-arbitrator in a Singapore seated dispute between Asian parties arising out of various hotel management agreements.
  • Co-arbitrator in a Macao seated dispute between Macanese and Indochinese parties concerning a gaming joint venture.
  • Co-arbitrator in a Hong Kong seated dispute arising from a settlement agreement between shareholders.
  • Co-arbitrator in a Singapore seated dispute between Bermudan and Indonesian parties arising out of an agreement for the sale and purchase of telecommunications equipment.
  • Co-arbitrator in Hong Kong seated arbitral proceedings involving a dispute between Dutch and Chinese parties to a hotel management agreement.
  • Sole arbitrator in a Hong Kong seated trademark licensing dispute between Japanese and Chinese parties.
  • Co-arbitrator in 4 Hong Kong seated references between a Singapore claimant and Asian and off shore respondents alleging breach of a share purchase agreement and related guarantees.
  • Co-arbitrator in 5 Singapore seated references by a U.S. based securities broker alleging breach of customer agreements by multiple Asian respondents.
  • Sole arbitrator in a trademark licensing dispute seated in Hong Kong between Dutch and Chinese parties pertaining to the manufacture and distribution of luxury clothing and household furnishing products.
  • Sole arbitrator and chairman, respectively, in 2 related Hong Kong seated proceedings involving a trademark licensing dispute between Singapore and Chinese parties pertaining to a luxury hotel brand in China.
  • Co-arbitrator in a dispute seated in Toronto over a trademark licensing and product distribution agreement for water treatment technologies.
  • Chairman in a dispute seated in Singapore between Australian and Malaysian parties to a software distribution and trademark licensing agreement.
  • Co-arbitrator in a Hong Kong seated dispute between a UK telecommunications company and a Chinese telecommunications VAS (Value Added Services) provider for breach of an acquisition agreement.
  • Co-arbitrator in a Hong Kong seated ad hoc arbitration between U.S. and Chinese parties involving a failed acquisition agreement and telecommunications and IP licensing issues.
  • Sole arbitrator in a Singapore seated dispute arising under an agreement between a Singapore ISP (Internet Services Provider) and a Singapore hotel management company for the installation of a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) telecommunications network.
  • Sole arbitrator under a contract between Singapore parties for the construction and testing of a POS (Point-Of-Sale) computer system.
  • Chairman of the New Zealand National Committee of the ICC International Court of Arbitration (Sept. 2016 – present). Responsible for proposing arbitrators to the ICC Court in Paris where the latter is called upon to appoint an arbitrator under Article 13(3), and for recommending new Court Members for appointment by the ICC World Council.
  • Alternate Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris (June 2014 – June 2017). Decides the appointment of arbitrators and their awardable fees; conducts Article 33 (ICC Arbitration Rules 2012) scrutiny reviews and approvals of final arbitral awards.
  • Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London (Since 2006). “Chartered” status is the highest level of membership in this global qualifications body.
  • Faculty member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London. Regularly instructs the Institute’s Diploma Course in International Commercial Arbitration.
  • Member of the New Zealand Markets Disciplinary Tribunal (July 2013 – April 2017). Appointed by the New Zealand Government to serve on this independent disciplinary body, which conducts hearings to determine and impose penalties for financial market misconduct under the rules of the New Zealand Stock Market.

Intellectual Property Law, Information Technology Law, Software and Luxury Goods Licensing, E-gaming, Digital Assets, Meida,  Financial and Hospitality Industry Disputes.

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration, 2007
Doctor of Law, University of Miami School of Law, 1981
Bachelor of Arts, East Asian Studies, Muhlenberg College, 1978
Oberlin-in-Taiwan Intensive Program in Chinese Studies, 1975-76

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Levin
Richard C.
Dallas Texas USA English, French (work and read) Read More >
Richard Levin is an independent international and domestic arbitrator specializing in complex disputes, with a special focus on Intellectual Property cases. He has been named to the Panel of International Arbitrators for the AAA and ICC. Given his extensive experience in complex matters he has developed the ability to quickly analyse and evaluate intricate and seemingly convoluted matters as well as multi-jurisdictional or parallel cases.

Richard’s practice is directed to international arbitration disputes. He has served as counsel and arbitrator in numerous disputes under the AAA, ICC, ICDR, and ICSID rules. His primary areas of expertise are antitrust, competition, IP, joint ventures, and construction, with industry expertise in energy, chemical, retail, real estate, arts, and sports. He has also handled in the competition area major M&A deals, having led the negotiations and antitrust analyses of international joint ventures and acquisitions, and antitrust compliance issues as well.

Richard is a member of the International Arbitration Institute, the Association Suisse De L’Arbitrage, International Council for Commercial Arbitration, and other organizations relating to international arbitration, as well as the Arbitration Commission of the International Court of Arbitration (ICC), and a member of the former Task Force on Arbitrating Competition Law Issues and the Task Force on Reducing Time and Expense in Complex Arbitrations.

He has been awarded as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has been named to the Panel of International Arbitrators for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, AAA, and ICC. He is also a member of the Center for American and International Law’s List of Energy Arbitrators and a member of the American Arbitration Association Roster of Neutrals, as well as the LCIA database of arbitrators in London and several other institutions throughout the world, including WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization),KLRCA (Kuala Lumpur),CRCICA (Cairo),VIAC (Vienna) and the Arbitration Center at the Institute of Modern Arbitration (Moscow). Richard has also been named to the Tech List at the SVAMC (Silicon Valley), a peer vetted selection of “the world’s leading technology neutrals,” and is profiled on the Global Arbitration Review Arbitrator Research Tool (GAR ART).

Richard has been a member of three person tribunals and acted as sole arbitrator in a number of disputes at the ICDR, ICC, and AAA.  He has extensive training through courses sponsored by the AAA, ICDR, ICC and other institutions.  As counsel, he has been at the cutting edge in many cases he has handled, including one of the first Chapter 11 NAFTA disputes under ICSID rules and one of the first arbitrations of antitrust/competition issues under ICC rules.

He has substantial pro bono experience representing children with learning disabilities in their legal issues with their schools. He is a member of COPAA (Parents, Attorneys, and Advocates).

International Bar Association and other organisations.  See http://www.richardlevinarbitration.com

Intellectual Property Law, Corporate Law, Company Law, Competition Law, Conflict Law, Contract Law, Defamation Law, Entertainment Law, Environmental Law, Fine Art Law, Foreign Investment Law, General Civil Law, Health Care Law, Hospitality Law, Human Rights Law, Information Technology Law, International Law, Mining Industry, Multi-Party Disputes, Partnership Disputes, Sports Law, Tourism Law, Trade Law. Transportation Law, Technology Industry

Richard received his B.A. from Tulane University in 1967 and his J.D. in 1970 from Georgetown University, where he was a member of the law journal Law and Policy in International Business. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable John C. Godbold, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. After his clerkship, he was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City where he practiced in the Litigation Section. He is a member of the Texas Bar and the Dallas Bar Association.

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Levy
Steven M.
Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA English Read More >
Steven M. Levy, Esq. has over 30 years of experience practicing in the field of Intellectual Property law and seen a wide range of disputes from many different vantage points (e.g., complainant, respondent, law firm, in-house, etc.). He has been involved in nearly 500 domain name cases as a party representative and has, more recently, decided over 100 cases as a UDRP panelist.

Steven M. Levy, Esq. has over 30 years of experience practicing in the field of Intellectual Property law and seen a wide range of disputes from many different vantage points (e.g., complainant, respondent, law firm, in-house, etc.). He has been involved in nearly 500 domain name cases as a party representative and has, more recently, decided over 100 cases as a UDRP panelist.  In commitment to the goals of education, Mr. Levy has been a frequent speaker at conferences including those hosted by the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the Philadelphia Bar Institute (PBI) and has, for a number of years, attended the Advanced Workshop on Domain Name Dispute Resolution in Geneva, Switzerland. His academic background includes a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School conferred in1989. To support the UDRP as a fair, efficient, and cost-effective vehicle for resolving domain name disputes, Mr. Levy is a participating member of the ICANN Rights Protection Mechanisms Review Working Group. He is enthusiastic and honored to be a panelist for the CIIDRC.

  • Levy is a participating member of the ICANN Rights Protection Mechanisms Review Working Group
  • He has been a member of the International Trademark Association for 25 years and is currently a member of the Internet Committee – ICANN RPM Review Sub-Committee
  • Published a blog for FairWindsPartners.com

Intellectual Property Law

Brooklyn Law School, J.D. Degree, 1989
State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S. Degree in Exercise Science, 1985

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Levy
Richard
Westmount QC CA English , French Read More >
Richard Levy formed his own firm, Levy IP Law and Dispute Resolutions, in Montreal in 2019. He has been a recognized Mediator in Canada since 2008. As such, Richard has succeeded in facilitating the settlement of many commercial and workplace disputes in an efficient and creative manner. As a lawyer, he has specialized in intellectual property and technology law for more than 35 years. Richard is active in both ADRIC, and the ADR committee of IPIC, where he served as its former Chair.

Richard Levy has negotiated settlements for clients in many disputes involving domain names, trademarks, patents, industrial designs, copyrights and trade secrets in Canada and the United States.

Richard has successfully mediated commercial disputes in many fields, including between landlords + tenants, insurers + contractors, executive searchers + employers, home buyers + sellers (over latent defects), interior designers + clients, and equipment suppliers + restaurants. Many of these mediations were conducted in French.

With respect to disputes in the workplace, Richard has acted as Mediator and Informal Conflict Manager in disputes between colleagues and between employees and their supervisors. He has also acted as a Coach to only one of the parties in a multi-party dispute.

He has written many articles, and given many presentations, in person and by webinar, on various aspects of IP law, technology, and mediation. He is the past Chair of the ADR Committee of IPIC (Intellectual Property Institute of Canada)

Richard received his training as a Mediator by taking courses given by Pepperdine University, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, and given by the Quebec Bar.

• July 2017 – Know Your Mediator or Prepare to be Surprised
• November 2016 – Complex Multi-Party Mediations – A Different Kind Of Animal!
• July 2016 – The Inside Scoop (on mediation)
• February 2016 – Using One Neutral for Mediation-Arbitration: Wondrous Hybrid or Frankenstein Monster?
• November 2015 – When Mediation Makes All the Difference
• February 2013 – How a mediator saved the 2012-2013 NHL season.
• October 2012 – « Thinking Fast and Slow » a book on decision-making which illuminates mediation
• February 2012 – How a mediator uses questions
• September 2011 – When is the best time in a dispute to undertake a mediation?

I have represented clients in several UDRP and CDRP (CIRA) arbitrations over many years.

Member of ADRIC (the ADR Institute of Canada), IMAQ (Institut de Médiation et Arbitrage du Canada), and IPIC (Intellectual Property Institute of Canada)

Domain names, trademarks, patents, copyrights, industrial designs, trade secrets, workplace disputes, commercial disputes

• 1980 – Common Law Equivalency Certificate, Law Society of Alberta
• 1975 – LL.L., University of Ottawa, Civil Law Section
• 1972 – B.A., McGill University

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Limbury
Alan
Woolloomooloo NSW Australia English Read More >
Having practised as a litigation lawyer before turning full time to mediation and arbitration, Alan has over 30 years of experience mediating commercial and intellectual property disputes of all kinds in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, in which parties are legally represented. He was described by Who’s Who Legal: Mediation 2018 as “one of the best mediators in the world” .

1964-1996 Commercial litigation lawyer in Sydney law firms.
1976-1996 Partner, Minter Ellison, Sydney. Chairman, Trade Practices, Intellectual Property and Alternative Dispute Resolution Groups.

Wide experience as a litigation lawyer at trial and on appeal in commercial disputes, including intellectual property (trade marks, patents, copyright and confidential information), restrictive trade practices, unfair competition and administrative law.

1996-2017 Solicitor – sole practitioner.

Since 2000 Experience in 11 commercial arbitrations raising issues of contractual interpretation, misleading and deceptive conduct, intellectual property rights, international technology licensing, margin lending and estoppel.

Experience as arbitrator in over 620 domain name disputes.

Eight years as initial Chairman of the Complaints Resolution Panel established under the Australian Therapeutic Goods Regulations to determine complaints about the advertising and promotion of therapeutic goods to consumers; and Member, Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code Council.

Three years as a member of the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal, in determining appeals from governmental administrative decisions.

32 years experience as a mediator in commercial, insurance, retail tenancy and intellectual property disputes.

• Hybrid Processes and Inadmissibility: Who’s Who Legal Briefing, October 2016 http://whoswholegal.com/news/features/article/33249/hybrids-inadmissibility/
• “Don’t be scared, this is the future – avoiding the pitfalls of arb-med-arb”: Australian Alternative Dispute Resolution Law Bulletin 2014, Vol 1 No 4 p.84.
• “Some Aspects of Mediation in Australia” Vadim Abolonin, Svetala Zagaynova (eds) Kommercheskaya mediatsia; teoria i praktika, Infotropic Media, Moscow, 2012.
• “Should Mediation be an Evidentiary ‘Black Hole'”? UNSW Law Journal Volume 35(3) 914, November 2012.
• “Getting the best of both worlds with Med-Arb”: Law Society of NSW Journal, September 2010, Vol. 48 No. 8, 62-65.
• “Resolving IP disputes by mediation”: Law Society of NSW Journal, August 2010, Vol. 48 No. 7, 75-77.
• “Practical Skills Workshop: Hybrid dispute resolution processes: Getting the best while avoiding the worst of both worlds?”: CIArb’s Mediation Compendium (London, 2009).
• “Making Med-Arb work in Australia”: New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer, Spring 2009, Vol. 2 No. 1.
• “Should there be a distinct ‘Mediation Privilege’?”: Chapter III, the Newsletter of the Law Council of Australia Federal Litigation Section, March 2009, Vol.2.
• “Compulsory ADR before proceedings begin?”: LEADR Update, March 2009.
• “Observing mediation from the public gallery – Opes Prime”: LEADR Update, December 2008.
• “Reaction to Amanda‘s corner – Mindfulness: expanding the use of mediation in public law and policy making”: IBA Legal Practice Division Mediation Committee Newsletter, July 2007.
• “Whither confidentiality? – Some thoughts prompted by Brown v. Rice and Patel [2007] EWHC 625 (Ch) (14 March 2007)”: Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Mediation Seminar “The Experts Speak”, London, 11 June, 2007.
• “Making Med-Arb Work”: ADR Bulletin, Vol. 9 No. 7, May 2007.
• “An Australian Perspective on Some Topical Issues in Mediation”: Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Mediation Lecture Series, London, 20 September 2006, Arbitration, Vol. 73 No. 1 (2007) at p.64.
• “‘Why judges shouldn’t be mediators’ and ‘mandatory mediation’ – an Australian perspective”: The Expert & Dispute Resolver, Summer 2006, Vol. 11, No. 1.
• “Online Alternative Dispute Resolution”: IAMA News, June 2006, p25.
• “Med-Arb, Arb-Med, Neg-Arb and ODR”: Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia Forum, 3 August 2005.
• “How should mediators communicate online?”: Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia 30th Anniversary Conference, Canberra, May 28, 2005.
• “Domain Name Disputes: when must trade mark rights exist?”: Internet Law Bulletin, Butterworths, March/April 2005, Vol. 8, No. 1, 9-10.
• “Difficulties and Skills of ODR Mediation Practice”: Third United Nations Annual Forum on Online Dispute Resolution, Melbourne, Australia, 5-6 July 2004.
• “How to Resolve Disputes Online”: NSW Law Society Journal, October 2002.
• “Online Dispute Resolution – A Practitioner’s View”: Domain Name Systems and Internet Governance Conference, Sydney, May 2002.
• “The Regulation and Approval of Pharmaceutical Substances”: Changing Dynamics in the Pharmaceutical Industry Conference, Sydney, October 1994.
• “Intellectual Property Litigation in Australia – The Cimetidine Example 1987-1994”: ARCS Symposium, Sydney, September 1994.
• “Alternative Dispute Resolution: How Should it be Used?” (with G.L. Davies QC): Australian Legal Convention, Adelaide, 1991.
• “Application of the Trade Practices Act to Intellectual Property” (with Michael O’Bryan): Trade Practices Commission, July 1991.
• “A Practitioner’s View of ADR”: 1990 Annual Conference of the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration.
• “Alternative Dispute Resolution – A Better Way of Dealing with Trans-Tasman Differences”: CER and Business Competition – Australia & New Zealand in a Global Economy, CCH, 1990.
• “Mediation and the Role of the Lawyer in Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution”: Licensing Executives Society Conference, January 1989.
• “Appellations of Origin”: Intellectual & Industrial Property Society Conference, Melbourne, March 1989.
• “Part of the Impact of the ADR Movement: Focus on Negotiation”: University of Sydney Faculty of Law Seminar, October 1987.
• “How ADR Can Be Used in Licensing”: joint meeting of LES Australia & New Zealand and the Intellectual & Industrial Property Society, April 1987.

• Trained in arbitration by the World Intellectual Property Organization, 2000 and 2004 and by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2003-4.
• Member, Accredited Mediator and Grade 1 Arbitrator, Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia, 2005-2012.

Experience in 11 commercial arbitrations raising issues of contractual interpretation, misleading and deceptive conduct, intellectual property rights, international technology licensing, margin lending and estoppel.

Experience as arbitrator in over 620 domain name disputes (mostly UDRP, also .uk, .eu and .au) including 47 as panel chair.

Current positions

• Managing Director, Strategic Action Pty Ltd t/a Strategic Resolution.
• Chairman, Complaints Panel of Consumer Healthcare Products Australia.
• Assistant lecturer in Negotiation (postgraduate) and Dispute Resolution (undergraduate and postgraduate) at the University of New South Wales.
• Senior Fellow, Melbourne Law School, teaching Mediation in Practice.
• Member of several mediation panels around the world.
• Member of several domain name arbitration panels around the world.
• Honorary Life Member, Business Law Section, Law Council of Australia.
• Life Member, the Law Society of New South Wales.
• Member, International Advisory Board, Afghanistan Centre for Commercial Dispute Resolution.

Previous positions and activities

• Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales (1970–2017).
• Distinguished Fellow, International Academy of Mediators (2016)
• Chairman, Medicines Australia Code of Conduct and Appeals Committees (2006-2016).
• Chairman, Code Appeals Committee, Medical Technology Association of Australia Limited (2010-2016).
• Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, the University of Sydney (2009-2010).
• Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, (2005-2010).
• Professional Dispute Board Member, the Dispute Board Federation (2008-2009).
• Chairman, Standing Expert Committee on ADR, Law Council of Australia (member 1989-2009).
• Deputy Chairman, National Electricity Tribunal (1998–2007).
• Member, Health Services Advisory Committee (2001-2007).
• Chairman, Complaints Resolution Panel to determine advertising complaints under the Therapeutic Goods Regulations and member, Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code Council (1998-2006).
• Member, Administrative Appeals Tribunal (Commonwealth of Australia) (2001-2004).
• Founding member and director of LEADR (now Resolution Institute), (Chairman 1991-1993).
• Chairman, Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia (1987–1989) and of its Trade Practices Committee. Member, Intellectual Property and Customs Law Committees.
• Member, Advertising Review Expert Committee concerned with Trans-Tasman harmonization of therapeutic goods advertising (2002).
• Conciliator under s.89 of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993 (NSW).
• Legal advisor to the Medical Services Committee (NSW).
• Member, the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Commercial and intellectual property disputes of all kinds in which the parties are legally represented.

• BA (Hons.)(Jurisprudence), University of Oxford, 1963.
• MA, University of Oxford, 1968.
• Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR), University of Technology, Sydney, 1997.

• BA (Hons.)(Jurisprudence), University of Oxford, 1963. • MA, University of Oxford, 1968.

• Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR), University of Technology, Sydney, 1997.

• Barrister, United Kingdom (Inner Temple), 1964.

• Legal Practitioner, High Court of Australia and Supreme Courts of the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria 1965-2017.

• Trained in negotiation and mediation at Harvard University in 1986, 1987 and 1991.

• Trained in mediation by ACDC, 1986; CDR Associates, Colorado, 1988; Institute of Arbitrators Australia (Advanced), 1989; Law Society of New South Wales (Advanced), 1993 and University of Technology, Sydney (Advanced), 1993.

• Specialist Accredited Mediator, Law Society of NSW, 1995-2017.

• LEADR Advanced Mediator since 1997 (now Resolution Institute).

• Trained in arbitration by the World Intellectual Property Organization, 2000 and 2004 and by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2003-4.

• Member, Accredited Mediator and Grade 1 Arbitrator, Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia, 2005-2012.

• Accredited as an Experience Qualified Mediator under the Australian National Mediator Standards since 2008.

• International Mediation Institute Certified Mediator since 2011.

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López García
María Alejandra
Caracas Distrito Capital VE English, Spanish , French Read More >
Corporate, IP and Domain Name Attorney, with experience in private and public sector at national and international level. Graduated from Santa María University (USM – 1994 – Caracas, Venezuela). Intellectual Property Specialist from Metropolitana University (UNIMET – 2004/2006 – Caracas, Venezuela). LL.M. in Industrial, Intellectual Property and Information Society Law from Alicante University (UA – 2006/2007 – Alicante, Spain).

IPRs On-Line S.C., Caracas- Venezuela
Co-Director
Legal counsel on ADR processes (WIPO Mediation, Arbitration [Expedited] and/or Expert Determination).
Legal counsel on UDRP or UDRP Variations proceedings.
WIPO Academy DL-Tutor.
Online Intellectual Property Rights infringements counseling.
Domain Name and Intellectual Property awareness.
Conduction of legalization proceedings.
Legal Assistance at national and international level in Commercial Law matters.

GR LEX AMERICAS S.C., Caracas, Venezuela
Intellectual Property Senior Associate
Trademark and Patent prosecution.
Advice, coordination, micromanagement, and response control of all communications in English.
Domain Name and new gTLDs legal advice.
Junior staff training.
Presentation of all kinds of applications, writs and administrative appeals at the Venezuelan PTO.
By self-initiative, tailored IP Workshop organization, e.g.: Domain Names and Intellectual Property, Nov. 22, 2016. Business Agenda Coordination of INTA, ECTA, AIPLA, ASIPI.
TMAP Meeting, September 14 – 16, 2016, Washington, D.C.
SIPI (Strategic IP Information), domain names legal advice and sales activity.

López Villa & Asociados, Caracas, Venezuela
Legal Research, Legal Framework development for engineering projects in Central America (Liquefied Petroleum Gas).
Legal Assistance at national and international level, in Commercial Law, Corporate Law and Labour Law (Bolivia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, United States of America and Isle of Man).
Legal Advisor for companies interested to develop and protect their intangible assets as trademarks, other distinctive designs, know-how, patents and domain names.
Legal Research of the Olanzapina Case in Venezuela for laboratories.
Legal Advisor on copyright matters as artistic, literary and audiovisual works.
Legal Advisor on domain names and in relation to ICANN´s New gTLD Program.
Legal Advisor on fundamental rights as the right of publicity for foreign artists in Venezuela.

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva, Switzerland
Legal Staff
Administered over 400 domain name disputes under the UDRP.
Administered over 100 domain name disputes under ccTLDs Policies.
Assisted in the implementation process of the Center as a Domain Name Dispute Resolution Service Provider for ccTLDs in Latin
America (.BO, .CR, .DO, .HN, .PE).
Contributed to the drafting and translation of domain name policies and registration agreements for ccTLDs in Latin America (.PE,.BO, .HN, .DO, .CR).
Contributed to the organization and represented the organization in ccTLDs activities for Latin America, including performing as Arbitration and Mediation lecturer and legal assistance for NIC.CR.
English into Spanish translations for the Domain Name Dispute Resolution Section, including articles, main communications, and working documents.
Performing as a lecturer of the Arbitration and Mediation Center in a seminar for students of Business Law Faculty of Adolfo Ibañez University, Chile.

María Alejandra López García and Rodolfo Carlos Rivas Rea, Changing Places: A new role for creators in the digital world, WIPO MAGAZINE (December 2012) http://www.wipo.int/wipo_magazine/en/2012/06/article_0002.html

María Alejandra López García, La Propiedad Intelectual en el Stand-Up Comedy, Revista Propiedad Intelectual de la Universidad de los Andes (January 2014) http://www.saber.ula.ve/handle/123456789/37608

2008 – WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center Workshop.
2009 – WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center Workshop.
2010 – Lecturer of the Arbitration and Mediation Center in a seminar for students of Business Law Faculty of Adolfo Ibañez University, Chile.

2007-2011 Legal Staff of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, serving as a Case Manager of more than 500 domain name dispute resolution cases (UDRP, UDRP Variations and/or ccTLDs).

Since 2012:
Legal counsel on ADR processes for commercial disputes (WIPO Mediation, Arbitration [Expedited] and/or Expert Determination).
Legal counsel on UDRP or UDRP Variations proceedings.

Since 2012: Legal Advice in ADR Methods to private companies.

Since 2018:  WIPO Academy DL-Tutor.

Domain Name and Intellectual Property awareness at different local institutions.

Practice areas: corporate, intellectual and industrial property law, domain name law.

Possible presentation for the website:
Corporate lawyer, researcher and advocate for intellectual property rights, with experience in private and public sector at national and international level. Graduated from Santa María University (USM – 1994 – Caracas, Venezuela). Intellectual Property Specialist from Metropolitana University (UNIMET – 2004/2006 – Caracas, Venezuela). LL.M. in Industrial, Intellectual Property and Information Society Law from Alicante University (UA – 2006/2007 – Alicante, Spain).
Between 2007 and 2011, she was part of the Legal Staff of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (Geneva, Switzerland), serving as the first Venezuelan Case Manager of more than 500 UDRP and ccTLDs for domain name dispute resolution cases. She contributed to the implementation process of the WIPO Center as a Dispute Resolution Service Provider for different ccTLDs in Latin America (.BO, .CR, .DO, HN, .PE). On 2010 she performed as a speaker for the students of the Adolfo Ibañez of Chile University. Between 2015-2017 she performed as an Expert of the Latin America IPR Helpdesk.
When she returned to Venezuela, she worked with a well-recognized Civil and Commercial Law Trial Attorney Rubén López Villa, as a consultant on Intellectual Property and Commercial Law matters at López Villa & Asociados (2012-2015).
Before to create IPRs On-line (2017), Alex worked as a Senior Associate and Intellectual Property Specialist at GR Lex Américas S.C. (2015-2017), where she was on charge of all the English communications, processes and management of trademark portfolios including UDRP proceedings, with associates across United States, Europe, and Latin America. Additionally, she was on charge of the management of the “Domain Names and Intellectual Property Workshop” (Caracas – 2016).

Graduated from Santa María University (USM – 1994 – Caracas, Venezuela).
Intellectual Property Specialist from Metropolitana University (UNIMET – 2004/2006 – Caracas, Venezuela).
LL.M. in Industrial, Intellectual Property and Information Society Law from Alicante University (UA – 2006/2007 – Alicante, Spain).

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Maerov, FCIArb.
Leslie
Vancouver BC Canada English Read More >
In his practice of over 40 years, Leslie Maerov has been a commercial litigator, and corporate and commercial solicitor and was Chief Executive Officer of a public listed telecom company, with broad experience in franchising and licensing, trade marks and other intellectual property matters. He is an experienced arbitrator in domestic and international commercial arbitrations, under ad hoc and institutional rules, and is presently Governing Director and Chair of the BCICAC.

Leslie E. Maerov was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in British Columbia in 1975, and as a solicitor of England & Wales in 1991. He is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto and also obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He was in private practice in Vancouver from 1975 until 1997, initially as a litigator and then as a corporate and commercial lawyer, and became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2011.

Between 2001 and 2014, Mr. Maerov was Chief Executive Officer and President as well as a founder of a public-listed telecom company. Between 2014-2018 he was Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel of the company until it was sold. As CEO he leveraged his commercial law expertise and business mindset to develop and implement the company’s strategic growth plans. He was responsible for financing the company’s operations, mergers and acquisitions, all contractual negotiations and regulatory compliance. Since July 2018, he has resumed full time practice as a commercial arbitrator and solicitor.

Leslie E. Maerov has numerous domestic and international arbitrations as sole arbitrator and as member of three-person panels under ICDR (International Centre for Dispute Resolution) and FINRA (U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) and ad hoc rules.

​​Fellowship training by CIArb. (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators)

2012 to Present – Director, presently Governing Director & Chair, BC International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC)

2004 to Present – Director & Past Chair, Childhood Cancer Family Support Society

2004 -2017, Director and presently Treasurer, Pacific Coast Baseball Umpires Association

2018 to Present – Director and presently Secretary, British Columbia Baseball Umpires Association

Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)

Panelist, International Centre for Dispute Resolution Canada (ICDR Canada)

Member, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Canada Arbitration Committee

Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of BC (ADRBC)

Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of B.C. (1975)

Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (1991)

1997 to 1998 – Past Chairman, School Consultative Committee Academic Committee on Curriculum, Kitsilano Secondary School, Vancouver

1978 to 1995 – Lecturer, Law Society of British Columbia, Bar Admission Course: Company Law

1978 to 1995 – Lecturer, UBC Faculty of Commerce, Certified General Accountants program: Commercial Law

1980 to 1985 – Member-at-large, Advertising Standards Council: B.C. Region

2011 to present – National-level umpire, Baseball Canada

1994 – Author, Bare Bones WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS, Publication by Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia

LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Ontario (1974)

B.A., University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta (1971)

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Manson
Thomas
Beijing China China English Read More >
Thomas Manson is a Vancouver lawyer and arbitrator. He is currently working in Beijing, PRC, as a Foreign Expert at Peking University, while continuing his legal and arbitration practice. His extensive experience as an arbitrator and advisor on internet domain name disputes and has acted both as a sole arbitrator and as co-panelist. He is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Thomas Manson, QC is a Vancouver lawyer and arbitrator. He is currently working in Beijing, PRC, as a Foreign Expert at Peking University, while continuing legal and arbitration matters.

Mr. Manson was called to the Bar in 1981. His law practice includes dispute resolution in connection with commercial, corporate, and environmental disputes.

He has acted as sole arbitrator and as a member of an arbitration panel in commercial, environmental, and other disputes.

Lawyer (1981 – Present)

Arbitrator (1995-present)

Member/Panelist of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (1997 – present),

Member/Panelist of the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute (2007 – present),

Panelist of the CIETAC, Xi’an Arbitration Commission, Chongqing Arbitration Commission (2012- present)

Arbitrator of the Fourth Committee of the Chongqing (China) Arbitration Commission (2013- present)

Director of the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute (2010 – 2013)

Vice President of the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute (2011 – 2013)

Chair – “Securities Litigation” Courses, 2000 and 2005, Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C.

Course Lecturer – CLE, Canadian Securities Institute, BC Compliance Officers’ Forum, Association of Canadian Compliance Professionals, Canadian Institute, Insight, BCAMI, and Client Seminars

Author/Contributor – Numerous papers for CLEBC; CLE’s Supreme Court Chambers Orders, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013 (in progress) Updates; CSA Insider Trading Task Force Report, 2003

Tom has travelled extensively and given lectures in China on Canadian legal and regulatory matters at Shandong University (Weihai), Harbin Institute of Technology (Weihai), Heilongjiang University (Haerbin), Nanjing University School of Law (Nanjing), China University of Political Science and Law (Beijing), HIT School of Law (Haerbin), the Law School of Shandong University (Jinan), University of International Business & Economics (Beijing), Central University of Finance and Economics (Beijing), China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC, Beijing),  the Centre for Financial Regulation and Economic Development, Chinese University of Hong Kong, School of Law of Sun Yat-Sen University (Guǎngzhōu), and Law School of Central University of Finance and Economics (Běijīng).

Intellectual Property Law, Commercial Law, Contract Law, Corporate Law, Environmental Law – Cost Recovery Disputes, Environmental Law – Partnership Disputes, Environmental Law – Remediation, Governance Dispute Law, Public Utilities Industry, Resource Industry – Energy, Resource Industry – Fisheries, Resource Industry – Forestry, Resource Industry – Gas, Resource Industry – Oil, Shareholder Rights, Shareholder Disputes, Societies Law

LLB., University of Victoria, 1980

M.A. University of London (School of Oriental & African Studies), 1977

B.A., University of British Columbia, 1976

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McNeill
Mark
Paris France France English, French, Japanese Read More >
Mark McNeill is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration Group in Paris. He has fifteen years of experience representing companies and States in international arbitrations, both ad hoc and institutional, with a focus on intellectual property and technology cases. He is fluent in French and Japanese.

Mark McNeill is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration Group in Paris. He has fifteen years of experience representing companies and States in international arbitrations, both ad hoc and institutional, with a focus on intellectual property and technology cases. He has handled disputes in the pharmaceutical, chemical, aviation, nuclear construction, mining and reinsurance industries. Before joining Shearman & Sterling’s international arbitration team in Paris in January 2007, Mark McNeill was an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, where he represented the United States in investor-State arbitrations under the investment chapter of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Prior to that, he was an international arbitration associate in Shearman & Sterling’s New York office.

Recent or pending arbitrations in which Mark McNeill has appeared as counsel include the representation of:

  • A French-German consortium in an ICC arbitration in Stockholm against a Finnish utility company. The dispute arises from an agreement for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Finland. Finnish law governs and the language of the proceedings is English. Over USD 4.8 billion is at stake.
  • Electricité de France (EDF) as Claimant in an UNCITRAL arbitration against the Republic of Hungary. The dispute arises from termination of the Power Purchase Agreements put in place during the privatisation of the electricity sector. The claims are brought under the Energy Charter Treaty and the arbitration is conducted in accordance with UNCITRAL Rules. Hundreds of millions of US dollars are at stake.
  • A U.S. corporation in a dispute against the largest Hungarian oil and gas company in relation to a long-term agreement for the production, processing and sales of oil and gas.
  • A North American agribusiness company as Respondent in an ICC arbitration initiated by European agribusiness companies. The dispute relates to the parties’ rights of use with respect to proprietary biotechnology. French law applies.
  • A European pharmaceutical company as Claimant in an ICC arbitration in Paris against three subsidiaries of a global health care company arising out of a license agreement. French law applies.
  • Three European chemical companies in a series of ICC arbitrations in Paris, Geneva and London against the European subsidiaries of a large North American chemical concern. The disputes arise from a joint venture agreement formed to manufacture a product used for the production of nylon. French law applies.
  • A European aviation company as Claimant in an ICC arbitration in Geneva against a North American parts supplier. The dispute arose out of an agreement for the supply of airplane components. French law applied and the language of the proceedings was English. The matter was settled at an advanced stage of the procedure.
  • The majority shareholders in former Yukos Oil Company as Claimants in a series of three arbitrations against the Russian Federation in relation to the expropriation of their investment in the company. The claims are brought under the Energy Charter Treaty, a multilateral convention governing trade and investment in the energy sector, and compensation is being sought for an amount in excess of USD 114 billion. This matter is the largest arbitration ever in terms of amounts at stake. The arbitrations are conducted in accordance with the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and are administered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague. In an Interim Award of November 30, 2009, the Arbitral Tribunal decided that it has jurisdiction over the dispute and that the claims are admissible.
  • The United States in several arbitrations under Chapter Eleven of the NAFTA, including Methanex Corp. v. United States of America (USD 970 million claim challenging California’s regulations banning a gasoline additive); Glamis Gold Ltd. v. United States of America (USD 50 million claim concerning federal and state actions taken with respect to the claimant’s mining claims); In re Consolidated Softwood Lumber Proceedings (consolidated claims for USD 500 million challenging U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty measures); Canfor Corp. v. United States of America (claims challenging softwood lumber duties that were consolidated); Tembec Inc. v. United States of America (same); and Terminal Forest Products Ltd. v. United States of America (same).
  • A North American reinsurance intermediary as both a Respondent and a Claimant in multiple ad hoc arbitrations in New York and New Jersey against many international insurance companies. The dispute concerned liability of various parties with respect to obligations arising out of a complex international reinsurance pool arrangement. An award was rendered in favor of our client in the lead case. Other cases were thereafter settled on confidential terms.
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution
  • Adjunct Professor, International Investment Law and Arbitration, American University Washington College of Law (2006)
  • American Bar Association (ABA), Section of International Law: International Investment and Development Committee (Co-Chair, 2011-13; Vice Chair, 2008-10); International Arbitration Committee (Vice Chair, 2008-09); Programs Committee (Vice Chair 2006-08)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation (ABF)
  • Advisory Board Member, Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA)
  • Member, American Society of International Law (ASIL)
  • Member, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Member, International Arbitration Institute (IAI)
  • Member, International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member, Federal Bar Council Inn of Court, Southern District of New York (2001-02)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of International Law & Politics, NYU School of Law (1997-98)

Intellectual Property Law, Aviation Law, Bio-Tech Law, Conflicts Law, Construction Law, Contract Law, Foreign Investment Law, Insurance Law, International Law, Resource Industry – Mining, Sale of Goods Law, Technology Law

New York University School of Law, J.D., 1998
The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, M.A., 1995
Colgate University, B.A., 1989

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Melnyk
Anton M.S.
Edmonton Alberta Canada English Read More >
Anton Melnyk is a principal of Melnyk Law. He has over 40 years practice in a wide range of law, including intellectual property, commercial, corporate, tax, labour, and administrative law. He has been a panelist on the CIRA Domain Name Resolution Panel of the BCICAC since 2006 and has extensive experience in conducting domain name disputes.

Principal of Melnyk Law, Barristers and Solicitors.

  • Over 40 years practice in a wide range of law, including commercial, corporate, tax, labour, and administrative law.
  • Appeared before the Alberta Trial and Appeal Courts, Tax Court and Federal Court of Canada Acted as Counsel to the Classification Appeal Board, Public Service Appeal Board, Occupational Health & Safety Council, the Alberta Labour Relations Board and Environmental Council of Alberta.
  • Acted as Vice-Chairperson of the Alberta Board of Industrial Relations.
  • Acted as Chairperson in numerous labour, commercial, landlord-tenant, automobile and electrical industry arbitrations.
  • Taught labour law, arbitration law, and tax law in the Law and Business Administration Faculties of the University of Alberta.

Appointed Queen’s Counsel 1981 and Awarded the Chartered Arbitrator designation 1990.  Arbitral and ADR appointments include:

 

  • Grievance Arbitration Roster under the Labour Relations Code of Alberta (1994 –  )
  • Arbitrator under the Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan (1994 – 2008)
  • Sahtu Arbitration Panel (1995 – 2013))
  • Arbitrator under the Western Grain Transition Payments Program (1995)
  • Part IV of the Canada Transportation Act Arbitrations (1998 – 2013))
  • Domestic Canada Panel of the BCICAC (1998 –  )
  • IDA – Alberta Securities Dispute Resolution Panel (2000 – 2009)
  • Province of Alberta Bid Protest Roster (2001 – 2009)
  • Referee and Adjudicator under the Canada Labour Code (2002 –   )
  • Gwich’in Arbitration Panel (2005 – 2015)
  • Automobile Insurance Arbitrators Roster – Alberta (2005 – 2010)
  • CIRA Domain Name Resolution Panel of the BCICAC (2006 –  )
  • Arbitration Panel of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (2007 – 2010)
  • Alberta Arbitration & Mediation Society
  • ADR Institute of Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association – Member of National and Provincial Councils (2000 – 2010)
  • Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Selected Publications (for full list, please contact Melnyk Law.
    • 3 Tax Law – Principles of Farm Law for Alberta Farmers, University of Alberta (1974)
    • Taxation of a Shareholder – TAX 2 – Canadian Bar Association, Intermediate Course on The Income Tax Act (1975)

Aboriginal Issues, Aviation, accounting, banking, financial services, Commercial, Corporate, Company Law, Contract Law, Employment, General Civil, Human Rights, Intellectual Property, Online Dispute Resolution, Partnership, Shareholders Rights and Disputes, Real Estate, Commercial Development, Strata, Small Business, Sport, Tax, Transportation, Wills, Estates, Family Trusts

Harvard Law School, LL.M.,1963

University of Alberta – LL.B., Silver Medalist, 1962

University of Alberta, B.A., 1961

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Michaelson
Peter
New Jersey New Jersey United States of America English Principal and Attorney, Arbitrator and Mediator, Michaelson conducted intellectual property and unfair competition litigation in the U.S. courts, and inter parte and ex-parte proceedings in the USPTO involving patents and trademarks. Peter Michaelson arbitrated over 500 domestic and international disputes primarily: IP, IT, telecom, infrastructure, energy (oil/gas, solar), and technology-related disputes, and secondarily other commercial disputes. Rendered approximately 200 domain name arbitration decisions. Read More >
Principal and Attorney, Arbitrator and Mediator, Michaelson conducted intellectual property and unfair competition litigation in the U.S. courts, and inter parte and ex-parte proceedings in the USPTO involving patents and trademarks. Peter Michaelson arbitrated over 500 domestic and international disputes primarily: IP, IT, telecom, infrastructure, energy (oil/gas, solar), and technology-related disputes, and secondarily other commercial disputes. Rendered approximately 200 domain name arbitration decisions.

Principal and Attorney, Arbitrator and Mediator, Michaelson & Associates 1984-present, and General Counsel (virtual), Direct Grid Technologies LLC, Edgewood, New York Oct 2010-present; Associate Attorney, Pennie & Edmonds 1982-84; Corporate Patent Attorney (Member of Legal and Patent Staff), Bell Telephone Laboratories 1979-82; Electronics Development Engineer, Rockwell International Corporation 1977-79 and Aluminum Co. of America (Alcoa) 1976-77; Electronics Project Engineer, Control Systems Research, Inc. 1975-76.

  • Conducted intellectual property and unfair competition litigation in the U.S. courts, and inter parte and ex-parte proceedings in the USPTO involving patents and trademarks.
  • Counsel in patent infringement cases involving electronic and computer-related technology.
  • Prepared patent and trademark validity and infringement opinions.
  • Experienced in patent and trademark licensing.
  • Counseled in intellectual property, antitrust and unfair competition law.
  • Prepared and prosecuted many patent applications, both U. S. and foreign involving, e.g., complex electronic, communications and computer-related technology, and mechanical technology.
  • Served as Court-appointed expert in patent law in various litigations.

Peter Michaelson arbitrated over 500 domestic and international disputes primarily: IP, IT, telecom, infrastructure, energy (oil/gas, solar), and technology-related disputes, and secondarily other commercial disputes. He handled domestic and international arbitrations under UNCITRAL, LCIA, WIPO, CPR and AAA/ICDR rules.

These arbitrations included, e.g., (a) a US contract dispute, involving an alleged breach of confidentiality, concerning a demand side, energy load management system with damages claimed of US $ 107 million (was sole arbitrator); (b) a US patent dispute involving a genetically-engineered pharmaceutical drug then having cumulative sales of approximately US $4 Billion; (was panel chair) and (c) a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) telecom infrastructure dispute with approximately US $ 150 Million in dispute and involving a foreign government as a party (was co-arbitrator).

Peter Michaelson has handled arbitrations on both an ad hoc and administered basis with amounts in contention reaching as much as US $400 800 Million. Continue to serve as chair, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator.

Mr. Michaelson mediated over 200 domestic and international disputes, including an international patent dispute concerning mechanical and electronic aeronautical technologies with approximately US $600 Million in dispute.

Rendered approximately 200 domain name arbitration decisions (20 reported by BNA, Washington DC in US Patents Quarterly (USPQ)).

Training (extensive) – principal: ICDR International Symposia in Adv. Case Management Issues, 2/2009; Advanced Mediator Training, CPR, 10/2004; Advanced Mediator Skills, Mediation and Training Alternatives in association with CEDR/London, 05/04; AAA Arbitrator II-Adv. Case Management, 10/02; AAA Arbitrator 1-Fundamentals of the Arbitration Process, 12/01; 6th Annual Int’l Summer School, Mediator Skills Training, CEDR/London, 8-9/01; Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers: The Lawyer as Negotiator, 6/99, Adv. Mediation, 11/97, and Mediation, 6/96, and Program on Negotiation: negotiation workshops 6/93; WIPO – Workshop for Arbitrators 11/96 and Mediation of Intellectual Property Disputes training, 5/95.

  • Chair – New York Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
  • Fellow and Chartered Arbitrator, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
  • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators (US)
  • Fellow, Australian Center for International Commercial Arbitration

Peter Michaelson conducted seminars, served as speaker and provided numerous presentations concerning various aspects of IP law and IP-related ADR to various legal groups, and organizations; and authored articles on various aspects of arbitration, IP-related ADR and IP Law.

Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rated attorney with Peer Review Rating of 5.0 of 5 (“Preeminent”)
AvvoRating 10.0 out of 10 (“Superb”)

Intellectual Property Law, Commercial, Contract, Employment, Infrastructure, International, Patent, Information Technology, Resource Industry (including oil/gas and solar), Real Property, Technology, Telecommunications, Trademark

New York University School of Law, LL. M., (Trade Regulation), 1985
Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, J.D., 1979 (Senior Staff Member — Duquesne Law Review)
Carnegie-Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, M.S., Electrical Engineering, 1975
Electrical Engineering & Economics, CMU, B.S., 1974

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Rivas
Rodolfo C.
Geneva Switzerland Switzerland English, Spanish Read More >
Rodolfo Rivas has over 15 years of experience working across various organizations including the WTO and WIPO. Rodolfo Rivas managed docket of over 250 domain name disputes under strict deadlines at WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center. He also assigned over 3,000 cases to multinational legal staff of 20. He is a regular speaker at various international academic and professional events on IP and dispute settlement.

Rodolfo Rivas has over 15 years of experience working across various organizations including the WTO and WIPO. For the last six years he has been at the Mission of Israel to the WTO and he currently serves as Senior Counsellor Economic & Legal Affairs, where he participated in the negotiation and conclusion of three international agreements: the Trade Facilitation Agreement; the revised Government Procurement Agreement, and the expansion of the Information Technology Agreement. He is a member of the WTO List of Panelists to hear WTO disputes. Member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Database of Arbitrators. Domain Name Panelist at the Czech Arbitration Court (ADR.EU), the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC), and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC). URS Examiner at MFSD IP Dispute Resolution Center. Rodolfo Rivas managed docket of over 250 domain name disputes under strict deadlines at WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center. He also assigned over 3,000 cases to multinational legal staff of 20. He is a regular speaker at various international academic and professional events on IP and dispute settlement. He has participated as panelist in the CAC’s Domain Disputes Panelist meeting. As a panelist, he has decided 18 UDRP cases and 3 URS matters.

  • Tarantinos in the Attic: A brief history of Quentin Tarantino’s use of trademarks in storytelling, Medium (July 2019).
  • Book review of The Regulation of International Trade: Volume 1 GATT, Oxford Journal of International Economic Law (April 2018).
  • A Brief Unified Theory of CSR under Milton Friedman, SSRN (September 2017). Available at: http://bit.ly/2zYJEhC
  • Book review of Theories of International Politics and Zombies: Revived Edition, Oxford Journal of International Economic Law (December 2016).
  • Quality Management as Implemented Through Intel’s ‘Copy Exactly!’, SSRN (October 20016).
  • The WTO and the private sector: opportunities and benefits, ABOGADO CORPORATIVO (March 2013).
  • Co-authorship with Serah Mutheu Mati, Corporate IP protection in Cyberspace, ABOGADO CORPORATIVO (May 2014).
  • Copyright and Public Domain, MI PATENTE (October 2010).

Intellectual Property Law, International Trade Law

University of London, London, United Kingdom in progress, expected 2019, MBA in International Management

Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, California, USA 2010, LL.M. Law, Science & Technology

Universitat d’Alacant, Alicante, Spain 2007, LL.M. in Intellectual Property (Magister Lvcentinvs)

Universidad Panamericana, Guadalajara, Mexico 2004, J.D. equivalent (Licenciado en Derecho)

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Roberts
Carol
Vancouver British Columbia Canada English Read More >
Ms. Roberts has worked in the area of alternative dispute resolution since 1992 and obtained her Chartered Arbitrator designation from the ADR Institute of Canada in 1994. Ms. Roberts has been an arbitrator or decision maker in a variety of domestic disputes including personal injury, employment, forestry, sports, human rights and property assessment. She has also adjudicated international sports disputes, including the application of the World Anti-Doping Code.

Professional engagements include:

  • Indian Residential Schools Canada –  Senior Adjudicator
  • Adjudicator, Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada
  • Adjudicator, Canada Labour Code
  • AMEX and KPMG arbitrator rosters
  • Legislative Assembly of the N.W.T. 2000 – 2001

Conflict of Interest Commissioner

Provision of conflict of interest advice to Members of the Legislative Assembly

  • Rapid Transit Project 2000 Ltd. and Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre Expansion Project

Ethics Advisor                                         2000 – present

Provision of conflict of interest advice to directors and officers of the corporations

  • Residential Tenancy Branch, Ministry of Solicitor General, Government of B.C. 1992 – 2005

Arbitrator

Conduct arbitration hearings and issuing awards

 

  • Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal 2003 – 2004

Vice-Chair

Conduct hearings and issue awards on workers compensation appeals

  • Property Assessment Appeal Board 1993 – 1999

Member

Conduct hearings and write decisions on property assessment appeals

British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal 1999 – 2004

Member

Conduct hearings and write decisions on human rights complaints

  • Musqueam Indian Band Board of Review                       1998 – present

Member

Conduct hearings and write decisions on property assessment appeals

  • Employment Standards Tribunal, Province of B.C. 1995 –present

Member

Conduct hearings and write decisions on employment standards appeals

  • Forest Appeals Commission, Province of B.C. 1996 – 1999

Member

Conducted hearings and issued decisions under the Forest Practises Code

Department of Justice                                                                  1989 – 1991

Government of the Northwest Territories

Constitutional Counsel

Bayly & Associates, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories              1985-1988

Student at Law and Barrister and Solicitor

University Of Athabasca, Arctic College Campus                        1990

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Tutor in Political Science

Office of the Ombudsman, Victoria, British Columbia                  1984

Investigator

Department of Justice,                                                                 1983

Government of the NWT, Yellowknife, NWT

Researcher

    Native Women’s Association of the NWT, Yellowknife, NWT    1981 – 1982

Executive Director

Canadian Figure Skating Association: Gold Level Evaluator, Senior Competitive Judge

University of Calgary

Political Science Association                                             1978 -1979

President

Students Council                                                                 1977 – 1979

Academic Commissioner

Student Union Course Guide Co‑editor                             1978 -1979

Member:

Northwest Territories Law Reform Committee               1986 -1988

National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL)

National Steering Committee                                              1987 – 1989

Trustee, NAWL Trust                                                            1995‑ 1997

Intellectual Property Law, Aboriginal Law, Civil Law, Employment Law, Government Law, Human Rights, International Law, Online Dispute Resolution, Personal Injury Law, Public Policy, Real Estate Law, Sports Law, Workers Compensation Law, Work Place Law.

LL.M. credit courses                                                                   1999

Summer Institute of International & Comparative Law

Cornell University, Paris, France

Certificate                                                                                       1996

Summer Seminar of International Law (International Economic Law)

University of Helsinki Helsinki, Finland

Certificate                                                                                       1990

International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France

Bachelor of Laws                                                                           1985

University of Calgary

Certificate                                                                                         1984

Summer School on Human Rights, Canadian Human Rights Foundation

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Banff Centre School of Management                                           1982

Professional Development for Women in Management

Bachelor of Arts (political science major)                                   1979

University of Calgary

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Rogers
John
Vancouver British Columbia Canada English, French Mr. Rogers is a Senior Professional with a unique combination of over 45 years of entrepreneurial, financial, legal and operational experience in the high technology, financial and legal industries. He has served on panels reviewing and authoring panel decisions as part of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority Domain Dispute Resolution Program. Read More >
Mr. Rogers is a Senior Professional with a unique combination of over 45 years of entrepreneurial, financial, legal and operational experience in the high technology, financial and legal industries. He has served on panels reviewing and authoring panel decisions as part of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority Domain Dispute Resolution Program.

Mr. Rogers is a Senior Professional with a unique combination of over 45 years of entrepreneurial, financial, legal and operational experience in the high technology, financial and legal industries. Special expertise in commercializing technology and in acquiring, financing, and building technology businesses.

In the approximately 18 years prior to restricting his practice to third party administrative law, Mr. Rogers’ legal practice consisted of an extremely active M&A and corporate finance practice, acting for clients acquiring and financing businesses; and acting for underwriters and issuers working in jurisdictions throughout North America, Mexico, South America and Europe.

Mr. Rogers has published articles and engaged in numerous presentations in his areas of expertise relating to the investment and technology industries. His articles have appeared in the Advocate, the magazine published by the Law Society of British Columbia, in the Monitor, the magazine published by the British Columbia Technology Industries Association, and in Retail Connections, the magazine published by Shelfspace, the organization representing retail entrepreneurs in British Columbia and Alberta.

Mr. Rogers founded and is the senior partner of R. John Rogers & Associates, a firm focused on providing mediation and arbitration services in the areas of securities and corporate finance, information technology, and healthcare and biotechnology.

With over 18 years of experience as an arbitrator and chair of administrative hearings, Mr. Rogers has acted as both panel chair and as sole arbitrator in matters ranging from the interpretation of joint venture agreements among public mining companies, to the resolution of disputes among shareholders in private companies, to the application of intellectual property agreements.

His training includes:

  • The Conduct of Arbitration Proceedings course of the BC (1995)
  • Arbitration and Mediation Institute
  • Advanced Commercial Mediation certificate from the Continuing Legal (1996)
  • Education Society of BC

As Chair of Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada disciplinary panels, Mr. Rogers has written numerous decisions on behalf of the panels on which he has served. These decisions are published at IIROC.

Mr. Rogers has served on both three member panels and acted as a single panelist both reviewing and authoring panel decisions as part of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority Domain Dispute Resolution Program. These decisions are published at CIRA.

Mr. Rogers is appointed as a Hearing Delegate by the General Manager of the British Columbia Liquor Control and Licensing Branch pursuant to section 5 of the British Columbia Liquor Control and Licensing Act for the purpose of hearing on behalf of the General Manager enforcement matters referred to him by the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch. These decisions are published at http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/business/liquor-regulation-licensing/compliance-enforcement/enforcement-hearing-search.

Mr. Rogers is appointed as an arbitrator under the Canada-British Columbia Production Insurance Program administered by the Business Risk Management Branch of the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture pursuant to the Insurance for Crops Act of British Columbia. These decisions are not published.

As a British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre former Trustee, Mr. Rogers actively participated in the drafting of the BCICAC Domestic Commercial Arbitration Rules.

  • Accredited as a Chartered Arbitrator by the ADR Institute of Canada;
  • Accredited for both arbitration and mediation on the National Commercial Panel of the ADR Institute of Canada Inc.;
  • Accredited for the panel of arbitrators and mediators by the World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.

Professional Activities

  • Chairman of the New Zealand National Committee of the ICC International Court of Arbitration (Sept. 2016 – present). Responsible for proposing arbitrators to the ICC Court in Paris where the latter is called upon to appoint an arbitrator under Article 13(3), and for recommending new Court Members for appointment by the ICC World Council.
  • Alternate Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris (June 2014 – June 2017). Decides the appointment of arbitrators and their awardable fees; conducts Article 33 (ICC Arbitration Rules 2012) scrutiny reviews and approvals of final arbitral awards.
  • Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London (Since 2006). “Chartered” status is the highest level of membership in this global qualifications body.
  • Faculty member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London. Regularly instructs the Institute’s Diploma Course in International Commercial Arbitration.
  • Member of the New Zealand Markets Disciplinary Tribunal (July 2013 – April 2017). Appointed by the New Zealand Government to serve on this independent disciplinary body, which conducts hearings to determine and impose penalties for financial market misconduct under the rules of the New Zealand Stock Market.

Mr. Rogers is on the Panels of various arbitral institutions including AAA, SIAC, ACICA, BCICAC, KLRAC and AGRAP.

His many professional appointments include: Past-President and Fellow of the Arbitrators’ & Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK). He was Chairman of the Banking Ombudsman Commission of New Zealand for 13 years. Sir Ian is a door tenant at Essex Court Chambers, London.

He has delivered papers at numerous conferences and written articles on a wide variety of legal topics.

In 2006 and 2009, he was a visiting scholar at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.

Intellectual Property Law, Accounting Law, Banking Law, Bio-Tech Industry, Commercial Law, Company Law, Contract Law, Corporate Law, Employment Law, Financial Services, Health Law, Information Technology Industry, Life Science Law, Mining Industry, Online Dispute Resolution Law, Partnership Disputes, Partnership Disputes, Professional Negligence Law, Professional Organizational Law, Public Utilities Industry, Sale of Goods Law, Shareholder Disputes, Shareholder Rights, Small Business Law, Tax Law, Technology Industry, Trademark Law

University of British Columbia, B.A., 1965
University of Toronto, LL.B., 1968
The Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators, Course on Valuation I, Valuation II and Taxation in Business Valuation, 1987-1989

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Saravanan
Dhandapani
Chennai India India English, Tamil Read More >
Dhandapani Saravanan is a leading arbitration practitioner based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. He practices as Advocate, Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Conciliator, Examiner, Mediator, Neutral and Negotiator. He has extensive experience in domestic and international commercial arbitration both as arbitrator and advocate. He served as sole arbitrator and tribunal chair in ad-hoc and institutional arbitration. Saravanan handled more than 100,000 domestic arbitrations and more than a hundred domain name

D.Saravanan completed Degree in Law from University of Madras and enrolled himself as an advocate in the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu in the year 1992 and he was trained under the eminent senior lawyer Sri.K.T.Palpandian. He has been practicing in the Chartered High Court of Judicature at Madras in various fields like, Civil (Original & Appellate Side), Criminal (Limited Area), Constitution, Labour & Service, Insurance, Banking, Consumer, Rent Control Laws, Accident Claims, Arbitration & IPR. Considerable cases, in which he appeared as counsel, were reported in leading Regional Law Journals.

He has appeared as lead and co-counsel in numerous domestic and international arbitration proceedings concerning the disputes relating to construction, joint ventures, financial services, international trade, employment disputes, property, maritime, shipbuilding, franchises, investment, on and Offshore contracts, securities and general contractual matters.

D.Saravanan has been accredited as Arbitrator/Neutral by various international leading and renowned arbitral bodies, such as, ICDR of American Arbitration Association, BCICAC (Canada), RAA (Russia), ICAC (Russia), UMAC (Ukraine), BAC (China), WIPO (Switzerland), CAS (Switzerland), CRCICA ( Egypt ), NAI (The Netherlands), CEPANI (Belgium), DOMPCA, AIAC (Malaysia), DIAC (Duabi) and many Arbitration Institutions in Poland, Lithuania, Ghana, Philippines, Italy, Monaco and Bahrain including Indian arbitral bodies, such as, CNICA, ICADR, FACT, East Indian Cotton Association, Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, etc., He is also an empaneled arbitrator in various public sector undertakings of the Government of India.

He has been empanelled as Arbitrator by the National Internet Exchange of India (Government of India Organization under the Ministry of Information Technology) and resolving .IN domain name disputes. He has resolved many domain name disputes involving international trade marks, such as, Kellys Blue Book, Kingston, NBA Sports, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Microsoft, Novarits, Facebook, etc., under National Arbitration Forum (NAF), USA and Asian Domain Disputes Resolution (ADNDRC).

D.Saravanan is also one of the founder trustees and Chairman of an arbitration centre, namely, Council for National and International Commercial Arbitration (CNICA- www.cnica.org) and CNICA Mediation Center, under the agies of a non-profit Trust called Trust for Alternative Disputes Resolution since 2001.

He has undergone a training program in Workplace conflicts in U.S.A. and also a mediation training program conducted by the High Court of Madras annexed Tamilnadu Mediation and Conciliation. He has been accredited as mediator by the High Court, Chennai, Labour Courts, Chennai, Small Causes Courts for accidents claims, Chennai, Family Courts, Chennai and Courts in Trichy District. He has upgraded his mediation skills under the training program conducted by Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India and United Nations Training and Research Centre (UNITAR) in the year 2019. As mediator, he was able to assist the disputants to arrive at an amicable settlement in or about 200 disputes so far. He is also a qualified and certified adjudicator in the year 2019 under Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) in Malaysian laws relating to construction disputes.

He is a trainer for arbitrators and mediators and trained many in-house arbitrators concerning public sector undertakings of Government of India. He is a regular speaker on arbitration in various institutions, associations, organizations, chambers of commerce, etc. and he has attended several conferences, seminars and workshops. His articles on arbitration have been published in various journals and he is one of the co-authors on the compilation of case laws rendered by Supreme Court of India on Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996.

Intellectual Property Law and International Commercial Arbitration

Degree in Law, University of  Madras, India (1992)

Bar Council of Tamil Nadu, Roll No.375 of 1992

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Simburg
Melvyn J.
Seattle Washington USA English Read More >
Melvyn Simburg has been an attorney since 1972 and an ADR neutral since 1980. Mel Simburg is a member of the Large Complex Case Panel and the Commercial and Intellectual Property panels for the AAA and serves on arbitration panels for ICDR and FINRA. Melvyn has particular experience in the areas of intellectual property, copyright and trademark protection.

Mr. Simburg has been an attorney since 1972 and an ADR neutral since 1980. Mr. Simburg is a lawyer’s lawyer. He helps businesses as an imaginative problem-solver and resourceful litigator. Mel Simburg has particular experience in the areas of international distribution, copyright and trademark protection, web contracts, technology and rights licensing and foreign investment. Because of his excellent communication skills and business litigation background, he is frequently asked to serve as an arbitrator or mediator. Mel Simburg is a member of the Large Complex Case Panel and the Commercial and Intellectual Property panels for the American Arbitration Association and serves on arbitration panels for ICDR, FINRA and other organizations as well.

Mr. Simburg is a member of the Large Complex Case Panel and the Commercial and Intellectual Property panels for the American Arbitration Association and serves on arbitration panels for ICDR, FINRA and other organizations as well.

He serves as arbitrator or mediator in a variety of business-related disputes, many of which involve cross-border, multi-cultural and/or intellectual property matters. He has resolved a significant number of franchise, licensing and distribution disputes. He has served as a neutral in computer system installations involving up to several million dollars. Internet-related disputes have involved such matters as banking, copy right infringement, trademark infringement, trade dress issues, domain names.

Mr. Simburg has participated in over thirty ADR training sessions in the last 10 years.

Mr. Simburg serves on State and ABA committees and chairs seminars and symposia here and abroad. He has served as a volunteer attorney for Washington Lawyers for the Arts, Seattle Public Theatre, Seward Park Art Studio and the Faces for Life Project of the Puget Sound Blood and Tissue Center. He was lead counsel for the firm’s representation of the “Best of the USSR Software and Technology Show” held in connection with the 1990 Good Will Games.

Mel Simburg has authored or co-authored several articles and presented at seminars in his areas of special experience. Topics include Use of a Foreign Sales Corporation, Protection of Trademarks, Trade Names and Trade Secrets, Copyright Protection for Foreign Works, Intellectual Property on the Internet and Internet Privacy Policies as well as arbitration and mediation topics. He is the author of the section Proof of Foreign Law for the “Washington State Civil Procedure Deskbook” and is Editor of the ABA’s annual International Intellectual Property Year in Review.

Intellectual Property Law, Accounting Law, Banking Law, Commercial Law, Contract Law, Corporate Law, Entertainment Law, Financial Services, Fine Art Law, Fine Art Law, Information Technology Industry, International Law, Multi-Party Disputes, Partnership Disputes, Performing Arts Industry, Printing Industry, Publishing Industry, Royalties Law, Sale of Goods Law, Small Business Law, Trade Law, Trademark Law

Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1972
Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs, M.I.A., 1972
University of California-Berkeley, B.A.(Citation in Macroeconomics), B.A., 1968

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Smith
Robert
San Francisco California United States of America English Robert M. Smith, Esq., has more than 20 years of commercial litigation and trial experience. He was responsible for overseas litigation worldwide at Bank of America. Subsequently, he had his own commercial litigation firm representing three dozen financial institutions. Prior to law school, Mr. Smith was a correspondent in the Washington Bureau of the New York Times.Read More >
Robert M. Smith, Esq., has more than 20 years of commercial litigation and trial experience. He was responsible for overseas litigation worldwide at Bank of America. Subsequently, he had his own commercial litigation firm representing three dozen financial institutions. Prior to law school, Mr. Smith was a correspondent in the Washington Bureau of the New York Times.

Robert M. Smith, Esq., has more than 20 years of commercial litigation and trial experience. He was responsible for overseas litigation worldwide at Bank of America. Subsequently, he had his own commercial litigation firm representing three dozen financial institutions. Prior to law school, Mr. Smith was a correspondent in the Washington Bureau of the New York Times.

Mr. Smith is a Barrister (Inner Temple, Lincoln’s Inn) in the UK. He is admitted to the Bars of California, New York, and the District of Columbia. He is fluent in French and German, and speaks intermediate Spanish.

Mr. Smith has commercial law experience that includes such matters as: high-tech lending, sexual harassment, computer license disputes, project finance, international letters of credit, construction disputes, insurance coverage, and personal injury.

Robert M. Smith has been an arbitrator and mediator for more than 20 years. He has mediated hundreds of complex matters in a wide range of subject areas and in many jurisdictions. He was Director of Mediation at CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) in London, as well as a Registered Mediator and Chartered Arbitrator in the UK. He has lectured on ADR widely—at the Law Faculty of Oxford University, the United Nations in Turin, Nairobi, Warsaw, Dublin, Singapore, and Amsterdam. He is the author of ADR for Financial Institutions (West Group, 2d ed. 1998, 1200 pp.).

Mr. Smith has completed more than 400 hours of mediation/arbitration training and teaching, including:

  • Practicum for Experienced Mediators, CDR Associates, Boulder, Colorado, 09/1994, 32 hours
  • Mediation Seminar, Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, California, 06/1994, 20 hours
  • Mediation Training, American Academy of Attorney-Mediators, Oakland, California, 01/1993, 15 hours
  • Mediation Training, American Arbitration Association, San Francisco, California, 01/1993, 15 hours
  • Mediation & ADR Training, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Denver, Colorado, 09/1992, 24 hours

Mr. Smith’s mediation style depends on the wishes of the parties and counsel, and his sense of what is appropriate and likely to be effective.

Mr. Smith has more than 250 references from law firms and corporate and government law departments on five continents. For more representative matters, expanded biography, references and testimonials, please see www.robertmsmith.com

Mr. Smith serves, or has served, as a mediator or arbitrator on the following panels:

  • UN’s World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland
  • the World Bank
  • London Court of International Arbitration
  • Arbitration Subcommittee to the U.S. Council for International Business
  • Centre de Médiation et d’Arbitrage de Paris (CMAP) – Médiateur Agréé
  • Center for Public Resources, Panel of Distinguished Neutrals

Mr. Smith has been elected a Fellow of:

  • the American College of Civil Trial Mediators
  • the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators
  • the International Academy of Mediators

Intellectual Property Law, Banking, Accounting, Financial Services, Commercial, Corporate, Company Law, Competition Law, Conflicts of Law, Construction Law, Consumer, Vendor, Contract Law, Defamation, Employment, Entertainment, Environmental, Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Foreign Investment, General Civil, Government, Health Care and Life Science, Hospitality Industry, Human Rights, Information, Technology, Insurance, International, Multi-party, Negligence, Organizational Change, Partnership, Shareholders Rights, Pensions, Benefits, Personal Injury, Privacy, Information Access, Products Liability, Professional Negligence, Professional, Organization, Publishing, Printing, Real Estate, Commercial Development, Strata, Residential Property Assessment, Royalties, Sale of Goods, School, Education, University, Small Business, Trade, Transportation, Technology, Trademark, Wills, Estates, Family Trust, Workplace.

JD, Yale Law School (Board of Editors, Yale Law Journal)
MS in Journalism with High Honors, Columbia University
MA in International Affairs, Columbia University
Diploma Sobresaliente, Centro de Estudios de Español (Barcelona)
Fulbright Scholar, University of Tübingen (Germany)
AB with Honors, Harvard College

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Murray
Vancouver British Columbia Canada English With forty years’ experience as a lawyer, Mr. Smith has had conduct of numerous cases both as counsel and arbitrator. As an arbitrator in complex commercial cases, he recognizes the fundamental importance of due process and equal treatment of the parties while maintaining rigorous procedural oversight. When serving as Chairman of the North American Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators he actively promoted the highest professional and ethical standards for arbitrators in international cases. Read More >
With forty years’ experience as a lawyer, Mr. Smith has had conduct of numerous cases both as counsel and arbitrator. As an arbitrator in complex commercial cases, he recognizes the fundamental importance of due process and equal treatment of the parties while maintaining rigorous procedural oversight. When serving as Chairman of the North American Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators he actively promoted the highest professional and ethical standards for arbitrators in international cases.

With forty years experience as a lawyer Bar Mr. Smith has had conduct of numerous commercial cases both as counsel and arbitrator. He collaborated with Martin Hunter and Alan Redfern in writing the second edition of the leading text “Law and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration” and is a frequent lecturer on the subject of international arbitration practice. Mr. Smith is also an English Barrister. As an arbitrator in complex commercial cases, Mr. Smith recognizes the fundamental importance of due process and equal treatment of the parties while maintaining rigorous procedural oversight and strict confidentiality. When serving as Chairman of the North American Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators he actively promoted the highest professional and ethical standards for arbitrators in international cases.

  • Collaborated with Alan Redfern and Martin Hunter of Freshfields, London in writing “The Law and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration (2nd edition, 1991) (Sweet and Maxwell)
  • Contractual Obligations Owed by and to Arbitrators: Model Terms of Appointment”, (1992) 8 Arbitration International17.
  • “Harper v. Kvaener Fjellstrand Shipping A.S. Arbitration Case Comment, [May 1992] Harbour & Shipping.
  • “How to Avoid Common Pitfalls in the Conduct of a Complex Arbitration” in Advanced Practice in Commercial Arbitration (Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia: Vancouver 1991).
  • “Impartiality of the Party-Appointed Arbitrator”, (1990) 6 Arbitration International 320.
  • Costs in International Commercial Arbitration, (2001) AAA Dispute Resolution Journal 30.
  • Charlesworth’s Business Law (15th edition, (1991) Sweet and Maxwell) specialist editor on arbitration law.
  • Serving as the Chairperson in International Commercial Oil & Gas Arbitrations; The Leading Practitioner’s Guide to International Oil & Gas Arbitration; Juris Publishing Inc. 2015.
  • Reliance Document Management; International Council for Commercial Arbitration Congress Series No. 18; Kluwer; 2014.

Selected Experience (for full list please visit: Smith Barristers):

  • Chairman of three member tribunal under UNCITRAL Model Law and UNCITRAL Rules involving contract disputes over distribution of oil field production profits.
  • Chairman of three person tribunal in an arbitration between North American claimants and off-shore registered corporations related to contract disputes involving royalty payments and rights to intellectual property associated with internet gaming.
  • Member of three person tribunal of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) involving an arbitration between Canadian and U.S. corporations in respect of an alleged breach of contract for purchase of proprietary technology for voice traffic over Ethernet area network.
  • Member of three person panel in a dispute over obligations arising under mining exploration concession contracts for properties located in Central America.
  • Member of three person panel in a commercial arbitration involving a Canadian subsidiary of an international corporation and a U. S. party relating to alleged breach of a contract related to computer software use and licensing.
  • Chairman of a three-person panel under UNCITRAL Model Law involving accounting requirements and RICO claims under oil production profit sharing contract
  • Member of 3 person panel under BCICAC Rules in dispute involving option rights under mining contracts
  • Sole arbitrator under Canada Transportation Act Final Offer Arbitration provisions to resolve rate adjustments in transportation contracts
  • Sole arbitrator under National Arbitration Rules of the ADR Institute involving various disputes relating to contracts for internet services
  • Sole arbitrator under BCICAC Rules in dispute involving rights under Share Purchase Agreement.
  • Chairman of three person tribunal in dispute between Inuit association and mining company under the Arbitration Act (Nunavut).
  • Member of three person tribunal under UNCITRAL Rules in international commercial dispute related to LNG sales contracts.
  • Chairman of three person panel under ICC Rules in contract dispute relating to international energy project.
  • Sole commissioner under the Public Inquiry Act on inquiry into government regulation of charitable gaming.
  • Commission counsel in public inquiry into petroleum product pricing practices.

Selected Professional Activities (for full list please visit Smith Barristers):

  • London School of Economics, Master of Laws, International Business Law with Focus on International Commercial Arbitration Law
  • Called to the Bar of England and Wales, 1990
  • Course Director for numerous arbitrator training programs with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Past Chairman of the North American Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Intellectual Property Law, Accounting Law, Banking Law, Company Law, Construction Law, Education Law, Financial Services, Fine Art Law, Insurance Law, Partnership Disputes, School Law, Trade Law, Trademark Law. Commercial Law, Maritime Law, Oil and Gas Law, Mining Industry, Transportation Law

University of Windsor, Bachelor of Science (1973)
University of Windsor, Bachelor of Laws (1976)
London School of Economics, Master of Laws, International Business Law (1989)

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Wotherspoon
David
Vancouver British Columbia Canada English Law office of Dentons, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada David Wotherspoon, partner, is a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation and National Technology & Intellectual Property (IP) Groups.
  • Arbitrator of .ca domain name disputes for the past 10 years
  • Counsel in.ca and .com domain name disputes since UDRP implementation
  • Recently began as arbitrator in technology disputes
  • Counsel in a number of technology arbitrations for the past 10 years
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Law office of Dentons, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada David Wotherspoon, partner, is a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation and National Technology & Intellectual Property (IP) Groups.
  • Arbitrator of .ca domain name disputes for the past 10 years
  • Counsel in.ca and .com domain name disputes since UDRP implementation
  • Recently began as arbitrator in technology disputes
  • Counsel in a number of technology arbitrations for the past 10 years

David Wotherspoon, partner, is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and National Technology & Intellectual Property (IP) Groups. He is a commercial litigator whose practice is primarily in the areas of
intellectual property, technology and defamation. David has assisted clients in all corresponding facets: counterfeiting, advertising disputes, and software & product development disputes.

His prior experience as a news photographer led to his curiosity in media issues. It transferred into
his legal career as he pursued matters of defamation and media issues, such as publication bans.

To date, David has provided advice and expertise in more than 100 defamation matters. Many of David’s cases have involved protecting businesses that have been targeted in a way that requires intense and swift action and often injunctions to safeguard clients’ rights.

David continually delivers extraordinary success in this particular area of his practice. For more than a decade, David has also been involved in technology disputes – typically more complex transactions that include meticulous contract and document reviews, and careful but aggressive pursuit of clients’ rights.

No matter what legal role David assumes for his clients, he always applies a business-oriented approach. David finds a business solution first, bearing in mind that the best result may ultimately include litigation. It was this tactical approach that helped pioneer the firm’s own Litigation Management protocol – a systematized tool that not only provides clients with guidelines, options, plans for anticipated outcomes, calculated strategies and effective solutions, but uniquely engages them so that they are actively co-piloting the process to satisfaction.

“The Arbitration Tribunal and Equitable Relief: An Update from the British Columbia Court of Appeal” (The Advocate, May 2009)

David is shifting his practice more towards representing clients as counsel and acting as an arbitrator (specifically in domain name disputes), and counsel in arbitrations involving IP and technology.

  • Arbitrator of .ca domain name disputes for the past 10 years
  • Counsel in.ca and .com domain name disputes since UDRP implementation
  • Recently began as arbitrator in technology disputes
  • Counsel in a number of technology arbitrations for the past 10 years

Electronic Evidence and E-Discovery (Butterworths: Toronto, 2010)

Intellectual Property, Technology, Trademark, Defamation700

Simon Fraser University, B.A. (Hons), 1986
University of British Columbia, M.A., 1988
University of British Columbia, LL.B., 1991

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Zhang
Jerry Yulin
Beijing China China English, Mandarin Read More >
Jerry Zhang has advised many clients in intellectual property applications, IP dispute resolution, administrative enforcement procedure, copyright and trademark litigations and unfair competition matters, top-level domain names, domain names in .hk and .cn domains and their dispute resolution, and strategies for protection of intellectual property overseas. His is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Jerry Yulin Zhang has many years of experience in international intellectual property law, corporate/commercial and dispute resolution, particularly in Chinese law and its application in cross border investment and economic activities. In the area of intellectual property, Mr Zhang has advised clients in intellectual property applications, IP dispute resolution, administrative enforcement procedure, copyright and trademark litigations and unfair competition matters, top-level domain names, domain names in .hk and .cn domains and their dispute resolution, and strategies for protection of intellectual property overseas. In dispute resolution, Mr Zhang has acted as counsel in prosecuting complaints, claims or acting on the defense/counterclaim in various foreign related cases.

As arbitrator, he has accepted many appointments as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator or presiding arbitrator or panelist in handling international arbitration or domain name matters with China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) or Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC). In investment law area, Mr. Zhang is familiar with direct investment, project financing, construction contracts, corporate mergers and acquisition and general corporate and commercial law, including general commercial project contract review, risk control, compliance and international taxation avoidance matters etc.

Jerry Yulin Zhang has acted as arbitrator in nearly one hundred arbitration cases either as a co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator or presiding arbitrator. The arbitration cases include many types of disputes, including sale of goods, joint venture disputes, disputes arising from real estate development contracts, licensing agreements, distributorship agreements, construction turnkey agreements, advertising agency agreements, hotel management contracts, equity transfer agreements, etc. Most of the disputes involve Chinese companies and other foreign multinational companies. He received mediation training in Stockholm, Sweden and is an Accredited Mediator of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) in London.

  • Arbitrator, CIETAC
  • MCIArb, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Listed arbitrator, HKIAC
  • Listed arbitrator, Panel of Arbitrators for Intellectual Property Disputes, HKIAC
  • Listed Panelist, Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre of CIETAC and HKIAC
  • Arbitrator, Guangzhou Arbitration Commission
  • Arbitrator, Chongqing Arbitration Commission

Intellectual Property Law, Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Contract Law, Fine Art Law, Arbitration Law, Foreign Investment Law,International Law, Trademark Law.

PhD, UBC Law, Canada, 2017

LLM, UBC Law, Canada, 1994

Post-Graduate Certificate, Beijing University, Law School, 1989

Lawyer’s Qualification Certificate, 1989

LL.B., Beijing University, Law School, 1987

B.A., Beijing University English Language and Literature Department, 1987

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