Craig A. B. Ferris, QC., FCIArb.

Professional Experience

Mr. Ferris has practiced with Lawson Lundell LLP for over 30 years. He has been involved in many (in excess of 20) international and domestic arbitrations as counsel. These arbitrations have covered a wide range of legal issues including most recently (last 2 years) mining, charitable giving, construction, and shareholders rights. For the past 3 years he has been Chair of the Law Society Tribunal and is currently President of the Law Society.


Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • 2017 – Present Law Society of BC, Tribunal Chair
  • 2016 – Present Law Society of BC, Chamber Bencher
  • 2013 – Present Law Society of BC, Panel Member
  • 2018 – Present Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Member (achieved CIArb. Designation)
  • 2013 – BC Council of Arbitrators Tribunals – Completed Tribunal Member training
Professional and Other Activities
  • 2014 – Appointed Queen’s Counsel
  • Best Lawyer in Canada 2010 – 2020
  • Chambers Canada: recommended in Litigation
  • Benchmark Litigation 2020: listed as one of the Top 50 Trial Lawyers in
    Canada
  • Chambers Global: recognized in Dispute Resolution
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Litigation – Corporate Commercial
  • L’expert Zenith Awards 2018
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

Academic Qualifications
British Columba (1991)
Queen’s Counsel, British Columbia (2014)
University of British Columbia (B.A., 1986)
University of British Columbia
(LL.B., 1989)

Daniel Urbas

Professional Experience

Mr. Urbas has advised and represented clients in commercial arbitration and litigation across a variety of industries and disputes involving intellectual property (patent, trade-mark, copyright), information technologies (ownership, license, service contracts), energy (wind, bio), natural resources (mining, forestry, fishing), aboriginal law (land claim, treaty disputes), telecommunication, broadcasting, product liability and complex contractual disputes.

He has handled trial and appellate advocacy, urgent and extraordinary applications, appearing in the Provincial and Federal courts and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as before arbitration tribunals and various administrative tribunals.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mr. Urbas sits as an arbitrator, both as a sole arbitrator and as a member of a three-member arbitration tribunal. He is fluently bilingual in English and French.

Up until June 2017, Daniel Urbas served as Regional Leader of the International Trade Litigation and Arbitration group and Regional Leader of the Intellectual Property Litigation group of a national law firm. Formerly, until 2013, Daniel was also that firm’s Regional Leader of the Commercial Litigation group and National Leader of the Intellectual Property Litigation group.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) based in London, U.K. and formerly elected to the Executive of the CIArb’s North American branch, founding member of Canadian Branch, director and treasurer
  • Recognized as “Local Litigation Star- Quebec” in the 2013-2017 editions of Benchmark Litigation Canada
  • Recognized in the 2014-2017 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate and Commercial Litigation)
  • Recognized in the 2013-2017 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Computers IT Law)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™.
  • Recognized in the business section of La Presse, North America’s largest circulation French-language daily, for being “at the top of his game”
Academic Qualifications

  • BCL/LLB, McGill University. 1991
  • BA, University of Western Ontario, 1984
  • Barreau du Quebec, 1992
  • LSUC Ontario, 1998
  • LSBC British Columbia, 2004
  • LSNL Newfoundland & Labrador, 2016

 

Mr. Philip D. O’Neill Jr.

Professional Experience

Philip O’Neill’s international practice ranges from general corporate work to dispute resolution. Primarily, Philip O’Neill has been engaged in litigation/arbitration as a trial attorney and arbitrator for over 30 years, with approximately equal experience in international and domestic arbitration and litigation involving complex business disputes (70%). He has acted as outside general counsel to a number of American and foreign clients in connection with projects in the U.S. and around the world, including joint ventures and private equity investments. Phil’s international general counsel practice has involved matters/issues in as many as 45-50 countries per year. He has also represented both U.S. and foreign companies in cross-border and domestic arbitration as well as litigation matters in the U.S. and abroad for over 30 years. His experience as advocate or arbitrator includes international commercial disputes involving energy supply, joint ventures, distribution, health care, life sciences, telecom, valuation and transfer pricing, as well as patent royalty and other intellectual property, technology transfer and licensing matters.

Notable Experience

Guidance/Transactional:

  • Phil provided post 9/11 guidance to the Chairman of a large Arab bank on anti-terrorist finance issues.
  • He served as International Special Counsel to a NYSE listed company on joint ventures.
  • He acted as International General Counsel on joint ventures and related industrial projects for Middle Eastern strategic financial partners and American technology partners.
  • He served as International General Counsel to a Middle Eastern-financed offshore collective investment through special purpose corporations for U.S., European, North African and Middle Eastern investments.
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Phil O’Neill is a very experienced international arbitrator and is on panels or listed by arbitral institutions globally, including the American Arbitration Association, International Chamber of Commerce, WIPO, the London Court of International Arbitration, CIETAC and the Stockholm, Milan, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and Hong KongArbitrationCenters. Phil is a chartered arbitrator and a fellow in both the College of Commercial Arbitrators and in England’s Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He was previously on the American Panel of Arbitrators to resolve trade disputes under the North American Free Trade Agreement. Phil has been listed repeatedly in the International Arbitration section of The Best Lawyers in America.

  • Phil authored a panel decision relating to a ten-figure patent/licensing royalty claim between an Asian pharmaceutical and an American biotech company.
  • He was an advocate in a ten-figure energy long-term supply contract breach claim between American and African companies.
  • He served as a panel chair in a nine-figure patent royalty claim between an American company and an Asian company in the telecom industry.
  • Phil was a member of the panel for a nine-figure patent license dispute between American and Canadian companies over European and Latin American technology transfer.

Training

  • College of Commercial Arbitrators, Annual Meeting, 2008, 2009
  • AAA Dealing With Delay Tactics in Arbitration, 2006
  • AAA International Arbitration Symposium, 2005
  • AAA Neutrals Conference, 2005
  • AAA Dealing with Delay Tactics in arbitration (ACE004), 2005
Professional and Other Activities

In 2007 Phil O’Neill taught international business transactions at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. Phil served as Nomura lecturer in law at Harvard Law School on International Arbitration in 2005. His professorial career began at Boston College Law School in 1988, where he initially taught a seminar on “National Security Law” and he continues to teach an “International Arbitration” course. He also teaches at Boston University School of Law, where he currently conducts an LLM seminar on “International Arbitration”, and previously taught for ten years a “National Security Law” seminar, and previously a L.L.M. level course entitled “American Foreign Policy and International Banking”. Phil previously guest-lectured at the Harvard Law School on “International Arbitration” in the mid to late 1990s as well as 2006, and before that at Harvard Business School on venture capital.

Academic Qualifications

Hamilton College, B.A., 1973
Boston College, J.D., 1977

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leslie E. Maerov

 

Professional Experience

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.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

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).

Professional and Other Activities

  • 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
Academic Qualifications

LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Ontario (1974)
B.A., University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta (1971)

Marvin J. Huberman

Professional Experience

Marvin is a mediator, municipal ombudsman, and arbitrator, and is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in civil litigation. He is a former administrative law judge, and adjunct law professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he taught legal ethics and trial advocacy.

Marvin has expertise in corporate/commercial litigation and administrative and public law, including cases involving banking, contracts, labour, corporate and shareholder remedies, securities, tax, insurance, fiduciary duties, torts, transportation law, professional liability and ethics, and constitutional/human rights. He has extensive experience with administrative/regulatory matters and constitutional/human rights disputes. He served as the Vice-Chair of the Ontario Commercial Registration Appeal Tribunal. Marvin was appointed by the Chief Justice as a member of the Civil Rules Committee (Comité des règles en matière civile), pursuant to the Courts of Justice Act (Ont.).

For over 30 years, Mr. Huberman has litigated, mediated, adjudicated as a former Vice-Chair of the Ontario Commercial Registration Appeal Tribunal, and/or arbitrated hundreds of disputes involving various forms of construction and building contracts, new home warranty and Tarion issues, owners, contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, architects and engineers, federal, provincial, and municipal contracts, quantum meruit, damages, concurrent liability in contract and tort, tendering, surety bonds, insurance, liens, holdbacks, change orders, setoff, non-payment, trusts, and alternative dispute resolution.

Marvin has been certified as a construction adjudicator by the Ontario Dispute Adjudication for Construction Contracts (ODACC) and has been placed on ODACC’s registry as a certified Adjudicator in Ontario.

Marvin has been inducted as a member of The Canadian Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and recognized by the Ontario Chapter for Civil/Commercial Mediation & Arbitration.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Marvin holds a Master of Laws Degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School, where he served as a negotiation and mediation coach. He has also served as a civil litigation and advocacy instructor at the Law Society of Upper Canada, Bar Admission Course. He was awarded the designation of Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb.) in 2015.

Mr. Huberman has also taught, spoken about, and published in these areas throughout his professional career, including as a columnist for the trade magazines Purchasing B2B and Materials, Management and Distribution – MM&D.

Marvin has served as litigation counsel, mediator, and arbitrator in cases involving farm debts, livestock, advertising, marketing, and sales of goods, including farm products, and in the interpretation and application of relevant statutory provisions. Marvin was recently appointed as an arbitrator by the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission.

Marvin has been appointed to the FINRA roster of arbitrators, which is the largest securities and business dispute resolution forum in the United States among investors, brokerage firms and individual brokers.

Marvin co-authored a book entitled “A Puisne Judges’ Guide to Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Handbook for Canadian Judges on ADR in the Courts,” and published several articles, including “Pre-Trial Conferences and Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques: Maximizing Settlement Potential,” and “ADR in the United States Federal Administrative Justice System – The Administrative Conference of the United States.” His Master of Laws thesis, “Integrating Alternative Dispute Resolution Into Administrative Justice Systems: Improving Society and Justice” was written in consultation with the Deputy Attorney General of Canada and the Department of Justice Canada.

Marvin has recently published through Irwin Law, “A Practitioner’s Guide to Commercial Arbitration”, which offers clear and practical advice and guidance on how to conduct arbitrations fairly, impartially, efficiently and effectively, in domestic and international forums.

Marvin is also a founding member of the Chief Justice of Ontario’s Committee on Professionalism in the Legal Profession (2001).

He was awarded The Lawyer International – Global Award- 2017- Law Firm of the Year- Commercial Arbitration – Canada.

Marvin was the recipient of the 2017 Corporate International Magazine Global Award: Partnership Disputes Mediator of the Year in Canada.

Marvin served as an acclaimed member of the Executive Committee of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society. He is the current President of the ADR Institute of Ontario, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), and Fellow of the Asian Institute of Alternate Dispute Resolution (FAIADR).

Visit Marvin’s website at www.marvinhuberman.com

Professional and Other Activities

  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society
  • ADR Institute of Ontario, Inc.: Former Member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the IP/Technology Section
  • ADR Chambers, Inc.: Mediation/Arbitration panel member
  • B’nai Brith Canada: National legal counsel and member of National Administrative Board, and Financial Management Cabinet
  • Chief Justice of Ontario′s Advisory Committee on Professionalism: Founding Member
  • Canadian Bar Association: Former Chair, National and Ontario Civil Litigation Sections
  • Civil Rules Committee: Member
  • Competition Law and Policy Task Force of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce: Former Member
Academic Qualifications

  • Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, LL.M., Alternative Dispute Resolution (1997)
  • University of Toronto (Arbitration Certification 1996)
  • Harvard Law School (Mediation Certification 1994)
  • University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, LL.B. (1982)
  • Certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada

 

Mr. Peter R. Day

 

Professional Experience

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.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • 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.
Professional and Other Activities

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
Academic Qualifications

  • INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France, Four-week executive program (Programme Supérieur pour Dirigeants), 2005
  • B.A., University of Grenoble, France (Fulbright scholar) Graduate degree (Diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées), 1976
  • University of the Saar, Germany Graduate studies at the Europa-Institut in European Union law, 1974-1975
  • J.D., University of San Francisco, 1969
  • B.A., Economics, Yale University, 1966