Mr. Peter L. Michealson

Professional Experience

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.
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Peter Michaelson arbitrated over 450 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 150 domestic and international disputes, including an international patent dispute concerning mechanical and electronic aeronautical technologies with approximately US $600 Million in dispute.

Rendered approximately 190 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.

Professional and Other Activities

  • 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”)

Academic Qualifications

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

Dr. John J. Maalouf

Professional Experience

Dr. John J. Maalouf, Senior Partner of the Firm, is one of Wall Street’s top lawyers and is a globally recognized expert in the areas of International Trade & Finance Law, International Arbitration, Corporate & Business Law, Banking Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil & Gas Law, Pharmaceuticals Law, Telecommunications Law, and Intellectual Property Law.

Under John’s leadership, Maalouf Ashford & Talbot has been honored as “Law Firm of the Year” in the United States, Dubai, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, China, Lebanon, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Kingdom, and Brazil for 2018 in 54 different categoriesIn addition, John has been ranked as one of the Top 10 International Trade & Finance Lawyers in the United States for the past 14 consecutive years by the United States Lawyer Rankings – 2019 Edition, 2018 Edition, 2017 Edition, 2016 Edition, 2015 Edition, 2014 Edition, 2013 Edition, 2012 Edition, 2011 Edition, 2010 Edition, 2009 Edition, 2008 Edition, 2007 Edition and 2006 Edition.

Dr. Maalouf regularly counsels clients on matters involving international business transactions, international arbitrations & mediations, mergers & acquisitions, oil & gas transactions, compliance issues, international banking, and foreign investment in the Middle-East. In addition, John specializes in representing multinational companies in connection with intellectual property law matters, pharmaceutical law matters, and technology, media and telecommunications law matters.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

In addition to being one of the world’s leading lawyers, Dr. Maalouf is also an International Arbitrator with the following Courts of International Arbitration and International Arbitration Centers:

  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC)
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA – The Hague, The Netherlands)
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA – United States of America)
  • Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA)
  • British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC) and
  • GCC Arbitration Centre (Bahrain)

As an International Arbitrator, Dr. Maalouf has over 12 years of experience deciding large international commercial disputes between multinational companies around the world.

Professional and Other Activities

Dr. Maalouf has been ranked as one of the Top 10 International Trade & Finance Lawyers in the United States for the past 13 consecutive years by the United States Lawyer Rankings – 2006 to 2018 Editions. In addition, under his leadership, Maalouf Ashford & Talbot has been honored as “Law Firm of the Year” in the United States, Dubai, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, China, Lebanon, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Kingdom, and Brazil for 2018 in 54 different categories

Academic Qualifications

Bachelors of Science (Economics), Boston University, 1990
Juris Doctor, Suffolk University School of Law, 1993
LL.M. (International Banking and Financial Services Law), Boston University School of Law, 1994

While in law school, John received the American Jurisprudence Award for Academic Excellence and was on the Dean’s List.

Mr. Frederick R. Fucci

Professional Experience

Fred is a transactional and project finance lawyer who also devotes an important part of his practice to commercial arbitration and dispute resolution. His transactional work focuses on the acquisition, development and financing of power generation and other energy assets. He has represented developers and acquirers of both renewable (solar, biomass, geothermal, hydro, wind) and fossil fuel (natural gas, coal, petroleum and cogeneration) power plants in the United States and in several other countries. He is experienced in drafting and negotiating key project agreements, including power purchase and interconnection agreements, construction contracts (EPC and design-build, land use/concessions and operations & maintenance (O&M) agreements. He also advises energy services companies on energy efficiency projects and the installation of distribution generation facilities. Fred was named to the NY Metro Super Lawyers List in Energy and Natural Resources for 2013 and 2014.

His non-contentious work also encompasses corporate transactions including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and asset purchases and dispositions. He has represented many foreign companies in starting up or acquiring businesses in the United States. Related to these corporate transactions, he provides general commercial and corporate advice for foreign and U.S. entities and is well-versed in contracts involving supply and sales of goods and equipment.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Fred has extensive experience in dispute resolution techniques including international commercial arbitration and international judicial assistance in the aid of enforcement of judgments. He has acted as counsel to parties to disputes and as a neutral arbitrator in international and domestic arbitration proceedings under American Arbitration Association (AAA), International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) rules.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Member ICDR Panel and Energy Arbitrators List
  • Listed on AAA Construction and Commercial Rosters
  • CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals (Energy, Oil & Gas, Int’l, Environmental)
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Panel of Arbitrators
  • U.S. Delegate to ICC Commission on Arbitration
  • Member of USCIB Committee on Arbitration, Chair of the Transactional Lawyers Subcommittee
  • Member Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, LCIA North America Users’ Counsel
  • List of Practitioners – Vienna International Arbitration Centre
  • Chair, Energy Committee, New York City Bar Association (2009-2012)
Academic Qualifications

Bar Admission – New York, New Jersey, Solicitor – England & Wales
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1987
Johns Hopkins University, M.A., 1987
Amherst College, B.A., 1981

George Gluck

Professional Experience
Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges (1994-2001); International Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (1990-1994).

More than twenty years of broad corporate, commercial, finance and international legal experience in common law and civil law jurisdictions in the United States, Canada and Europe. Extensive experience in a number of industries including airline, energy, financial institutions, pharmaceuticals, media and telecommunications, retail, and utilities. Transactional experience includes:

Mergers and Acquisitions — private and public companies, including privatization of incumbent industries (airline, electric & gas utilities, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications).

Energy — development, acquisition and financing of energy projects (including electrical generating facilities and independent power plants), negotiation of electrical power purchase agreements, and oil & gas concession, exploration and joint operating agreements.

Telecommunications — acquisition and spin-off of regional and national telecommunication entities, including negotiations with governmental bodies; served as outside general counsel to an NYSE-listed telecommunications company.

Significant corporate/finance experience, including negotiation and drafting of partnership, joint venture, and shareholder agreements; concession and project finance agreements; complex international syndicated loan agreements; executive employment agreements; licensing, copyright and distribution agreements. Extensive experience with securities and capital markets (public and private offerings of debt/equity); private equity (represented both fund sponsors and investors).

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training
Full-time independent ADR neutral since 2001. Appointed in more than 100 international and domestic cases of varying size and complexity (up to 9 figures), covering a broad legal spectrum, including: telecommunications, energy, mergers & acquisitions, business associations (corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, joint ventures), finance (commercial/investment banking), accounting, intellectual property, franchise, licensing, pharmaceuticals/biotechnology, employment, technology, sale of goods, real property, accounting, appraisal rights, corporate governance, class actions, construction, communication, information technology, maritime, valuations, insurance. Served as Chairman, Sole Arbitrator and Co-Arbitrator in cases under AAA, ICDR, ICC, CPR, UNCITRAL Rules and ad hoc arbitrations. Certified IMI Mediator.

Professional and Other Activities
Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators
International Bar Association (Arbitration Committee)
American Bar Association (Section of Dispute Resolution)
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
International Arbitration Club of New York
New York State Bar Association (Mediation and Arbitration Committees)

Academic Qualifications
Bar Admissions – New York and Ontario
Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto (J.D., Law Review-1977)
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (A.M., International Affairs-1974)
York University (B.A., Honors, first class-1973)
Recipient of the ITT International Fellowship, representing Canada (1973).