Mrs. Edna Sussman

Professional Experience

Edna Sussman is a full time arbitrator and mediator, the Distinguished ADR Practitioner in Residence at Fordham University School of Law and the principal of SussmanADR LLC. She was formerly a litigation partner at the law firm of White & Case LLP and of counsel at Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP. Represented clients and served as an arbitrator and mediator in complex international and domestic commercial disputes involving claims or determinative of transactions ranging in value from $1 million to $3 billion.

Professional Qualifications

Served as an arbitrator (chair, panelist and sole arbitrator) in over 100 complex multi-million dollar arbitrations and over 100 complex mediations. Handled arbitrations under various institutional rules and adhoc. Serves as a court certified mediator.

  • Conducts semi- annual two day training for new American Arbitration Association arbitrators (1 of less than 10 trainers nationwide) and serves as faculty for other trainings.
  • Member of arbitration and mediation institutional panels in multiple jurisdictions around the world.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Best Lawyer every year since 2007 for Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Super Lawyers every year since 2009 for Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Selected based on peer review as Best Lawyer’s “2012 New York City Mediation Lawyer of the Year” (one selected annually)
  • Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation 2011
  • Certified mediator, International Mediation Institute
  • Board of Directors, American Arbitration Association, College o f Commercial Arbitrators
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
    • Co- Chair, Arbitration Committee and Member of Council, Dispute Resolution Section
    • Co-Chair, Arbitration Committee, Section of International Law
  • New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
    • Co-Editor-In-Chief, New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer
    • Former Chair, 2010-2011, Dispute Resolution Section
  • Author of numerous articles and frequent speaker
Academic Qualifications

Columbia Law School (J.D. 1973); Barnard College (B. A. 1970)
Bar Admissions: New York 1974; United States Supreme Court.; U. S. District Court Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; United States Court of Appeals, 2nd and 3rd Circuits.

Mr. Alan Scott Rau

Professional Experience

  • 1968-1971: Practicing Attorney, Coudert Frères, Paris, France
  • 1971-1974: Assistant Professor, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
  • 1975-Present: Professor of Law, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
  • 1974-1975: Visiting Professor, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Toronto
  • 1985-1986: Fulbright Professor, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, People’s Republic of China
  • Spring 1992: Fred Paulus Chair in Public Policy and Visiting Professor of Law, Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon
  • Spring 1996, Spring 2000- 2006, Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva
  • Spring 2004: Visiting Professor, Université de Paris-I (Sorbonne) and Université de Paris-II (Panthéon-Assas)
  • Fall 2007 : Visiting Professor, Université de Paris-I (Sorbonne) and Université de Paris-II (Panthéon-Assas)
  • 2010 – Present: Mark G. & Judy G. Yudof Chair of Law, University Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Board of Directors, Dispute Resolution Center of Austin-Travis County, 1987-1991
  • (Mediator training, DRC 1985; Advanced Mediator Training, Texas Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution, 1999)
  • Board of Advisors, The Texas Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution, 1993- present (Under contract with the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution designed a dispute resolution system and drafted dispute resolution clauses for construction contracts entered into by Texas General Services Commission, Summer 1993)
  • Member, Commercial Panel, American Arbitration Association (AAA Advanced Arbitrator Training, March 1991; AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training Workshop, October 1998; AAA Commercial Arbitrator II Training, December 2001; AAA Arbitrator Continuing Education: Chairing a Panel, December 2005)
  • Member, Panel of Arbitrators, British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre
  • Member, Commission on Settlement in Arbitration, CEDR
  • Member, Editorial Committee, Stockholm International Arbitration Review
  • Member, Advisory Board, Journal of International Dispute Settlement (The Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and Geneva University Law School)
  • Member, Academic Council, Institute for Transnational Arbitration
  • Member, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Member, Advisory Council, American Law Institute, Restatement of the Law of International Commercial Arbitration
Academic Qualifications

Harvard College, B.A., 1963, Phi Beta Kappa
Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1967, Magna Cum Laude

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Robert M. Smith

Professional Experience

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.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

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

Professional and Other Activities

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
Academic Qualifications

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melvyn Simburg

Professional Experience

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.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

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.

Professional and Other Activities

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.

Academic Qualifications

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

Mr. Mark Kantor

Professional Experience

Mark Kantor currently serves as an arbitrator in international investment and commercial disputes. Until he retired from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, he was a partner in the Project Finance Group of the Firm. He teaches courses in both international arbitration and international business transactions as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Vale Columbia Center for Sustainable International Investment (a joint undertaking of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute at Columbia University). Additionally, Mr. Kantor is Editor-in-Chief of the online journal Transnational Dispute Management.

Mr. Kantor is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association, Chair of the DC Bar International Dispute Resolution Committee and a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of Global Arbitration Review, the Board of Editors of the Journal of World Energy Law and Business, and the ADR Advisory Board of the International Law Institute. Among other publications, Mr. Kantor is the author of Valuation for Arbitration: Compensation Standards, Valuation Methods and Expert Evidence (Kluwer 2008).

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Arbitrator in over 50 commercial and investment arbitrations. Member, Board of Directors, American Arbitration Association. Fellow, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Chair, Washington, D.C. Chapter (2008-2010). Chair,D.C. Bar International Dispute Resolution Committee. Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators. Member, ADR Advisory Board, International Law Institute, Washington, D.C. Member of the AAA Large Complex Disputes, Commercial and International Panels, the ICC database of arbitrators, the AAA/ICDR Energy Arbitrators’ List, the SIAC panel of arbitrators, the HKIAC panel of arbitrators, the LCIA list of arbitrators, the KL Regional Centre for Arbitration, the National Futures Association roster of arbitrators and CPR Panels for Banking and Finance and International Neutrals.

Professional and Other Activities

Until he retired from the Firm at the age of 44, Mark Kantor was a partner in the Corporate and Project Finance Group of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, acting as the lead partner in Milbank’s involvement in a number of prominent domestic and international project financings, including several “Deals of the Year” named by trade periodicals throughout the 1990s. His practice combined Wall Street expertise with Washington experience. Kantor has represented investment banks, commercial banks, sponsors, institutional investors and government authorities in complex financing and investment transactions, and he has considerable experience in the energy, power, telecommunications, aircarrier, satellite, financial services and leasing industries. Kantor also has represented financial institutions and users in connection with numerous complex credit, interest rate and foreign exchange structured finance and derivatives transactions. During the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990’s, he was the U.S. head of Milbank’s Asian Crisis Team, and has represented public sector and private sector parties in numerous transactions, workouts and bankruptcies, both domestic and international. In addition, he has represented U.S., Japanese and Canadian government agencies and multilateral financial institutions in a variety of financing transactions, workouts, bankruptcies and international reschedulings. In 1990, Kantor served as the first outside General Counsel of the RTC Oversight Board, the U.S. Federal agency with policy oversight responsibility for the savings & loan crisis.

Academic Qualifications

University of Michigan Law School, J.D. 1979 with honors
Research & Development Editor, University of Michigan
Journal of Law Reform
Louis Honigman Award

University of Michigan, Institute for Public Policy Studies
Masters of Public Policy, 1979
University of Southern California, A.B. 1975 with honors (International Relations and Political Science)

Phi Beta Kappa
Blackstonians Honor Society
Undergraduate Year Abroad Honors Program, 1973-74, University College, University of London

Lawrence S. Schaner

Professional Experience

Lawrence S. Schaner is a partner in Jenner & Block’s Chicago office, co-chair of the firm’s International Arbitration practice and a member of its Litigation Department. He represents parties in complex commercial disputes in courts and before arbitral tribunals. He serves as an arbitrator in international and domestic cases, and is an adjunct professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law, where he teaches international arbitration.

In his more than 28 years of practice, Mr. Schaner has amassed broad experience with complex, challenging, high-stakes business disputes spanning many sectors and industries. His experience includes matters relating to contract, commercial, tort, intellectual property, antitrust, securities, bankruptcy, tax, employment and insurance disputes. He has dealt with matters in fields ranging from aerospace and defense, government contracts, and hospitality to telecommunications, construction, manufacturing, technology, and energy. Mr. Schaner is often called upon to provide cross-border legal assistance, such as the enforcement of arbitration awards and obtaining discovery for use in foreign legal proceedings. He also counsels clients regarding the selection of dispute resolution mechanisms, including the drafting of arbitration agreements.

Mr. Schaner has acted on numerous occasions as chair, sole arbitrator and co- arbitrator in international and domestic arbitration cases. He is a member of various panels of arbitrators, including the AAA, CIDRA, CPR, ICDR, HKIAC, KLRCA, PIAC and SIAC. He serves as an arbitrator in cases administered by the ICC, which does not maintain a panel of arbitrators.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Service as counsel and arbitrator in many international and domestic arbitration cases. Recent matters have been under the rules of the AAA, CPR, ICC, ICDR and LCIA. Training includes: Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Fellowship Program, 2003, ICDR International Symposium in Advanced Case Management, 2008; AAA Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New AAA Arbitrators, 2015. Have spoken at and/or attended numerous conferences on arbitration throughout the world.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, received President’s Prize for achieving the highest mark on the Award Writing Examination;
  • The National Law Journal, “ADR Champion,” 2016;
  • Best Lawyers in America, “Chicago International Arbitration – Commercial Lawyer of the Year,” 2014;
  • Euromoney, one of top 30 commercial arbitration lawyers in the U.S., 2015;
  • Recognized for arbitration work by leading directories including Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Legal Media Group Guide and others.
Academic Qualifications

J.D. 1986, Stanford Law School
B.A. 1982, Duke University

Robert B. Morton

Professional Experience

Attorney-at-Law (now semi-Retired) formerly engaged in complex civil litigation and Trial and Appeals Court Practice, on behalf of both plaintiffs/claimants and defendants/respondents. Admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts of Illinois (1982-2008); and admitted practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, (1983-2008). Formerly, served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois, and more recently serving in Law Enforcement as a part-time sworn Police Officer. Also, formerly licensed as Real Estate Broker in State of Illinois (1997-2008).

25+ Years of Litigation experience in Trial and Appeals Practice in state and federal courts, and as a certified National/International Commercial Arbitrator.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution Experience includes the following areas: Contracts; Injunctions and TRO’s; Securities and Investments; Finance and Trade; Real Estate; Corporations; Partnerships; Intellectual Property rights — including Trade Secrets, Trademarks, Copyrights and Non-Compete Agreements; Probate/Estate/Will/Trust Contests; Labor and Employment Law — including Discrimination, Civil Rights, Wrongful Discharge; Negligence, Personal Injury and Insurance Coverage disputes — including Automobile Accidents, Product Liability, Malpractice, Construction & Design Defects; Consumer Rights, Creditor, Fraud, RICO; and Class Actions.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Robert Morton is a highly experienced commercial Arbitrator, presided in more than 100++ Arbitration hearings, and has been accredited by these national & international ADR Organizations (past and present):

  • ICC International Court of Arbitration/US Council for International Business (USCIB) – list of approved International Commercial Arbitrators
  • International Bureau of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) – list of approved Arbitrators
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) – approved International Arbitrator panelist
  • Indonesian National Board of Arbitration (BANI) – approved International Arbitrator panelist
  • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) – approved International Arbitrator panelist
  • Beijing Arbitration Commission – Panel of International Commercial Arbitrators
  • China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) – approved International Commercial Arbitrator
  • British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Center (BCICAC) – approved International Commercial Arbitrator panelist
  • World International Property Organization (WIPO) – approved Int’l Intellectual Property Arbitrator
  • Arbitration Center of Mexico – registered International Commercial Arbitrator Panelist
  • Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC) – approved List of Arbitrator Practioners
  • The Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA)
  • The Association of Arbitrators of Southern Africa – approved Panel member
  • Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC)
  • American Arbitration Association – certified commercial Arbitrator
  • ADR Systems – approved Commercial and Employment Arbitrator
  • Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry Permanent Court of Arbitration – panelist
  • NASD Arbitrator Training Lecturer – Former invited Speaker at National Arbitrator Skills Training Conference on presiding as Arbitrator/Chair in cases involving Emergency Interim Injunctions, Trade Secrets and Non-Compete Agreements
  • National Future’s Association- certified public Arbitrator
  • New York Stock Exchange – certified (public) Arbitrator
  • Chicago Board Options Exchange- certified (public) Arbitrator
  • Cook County Court Mandatory Arbitration Program- certified Arbitrator and Chairman
  • Illinois State Board of Education – certified Hearing Officer for tenured Teacher dismissal cases
Professional and Other Activities

Arbitrator Training Lecturer – Former invited Speaker at N.A.S.D. National Arbitrator Skills Training Conference – Topic: presiding as Arbitrator in cases involving Injunctions, Trade Secrets, and non-compete agreements.

Honours

  • Judicial Candidate in 2002 Elections for Circuit Court Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit (Lake & McHenry Counties, IL.). Rated “Well-Qualified” for Circuit Judge by Supreme Court Blue-Ribbon Judicial Screening Committee.
  • Licensed as Attorney in State of Illinois (1982-2008), U.S. District Court for N.D. IL. (Trial Bar), U.S. Court of Appeals for Seventh Circuit, and admitted to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Law Enforcement experience – former part-time sworn Police Officer – northern Illinois suburbs
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker in State of Illinois (1997 – 2008)
Academic QualificationsB.A., Political Science, University of Michigan, 1978- Summa Cum Laude and Pho Beta Kappa
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1982

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

Gary V. McGowan

Professional Experience

For 25 years, Gary McGowan has served as an arbitrator and mediator in national and international disputes, often complex, high-stakes matters. He has arbitrated over 145 disputes, serving as chair or solo in 108.

An attorney for 40 years, McGowan litigated business cases for 16 years, most notably as a founding partner of Susman, Godfrey & McGowan, a prominent boutique law firm. As a neutral, he has established a reputation for effectiveness, thorough preparation, and quick discernment.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Arbitrated over 145 matters (AAA, CPR, AHLA, and Ad Hoc).
Arbitrated 23 international disputes (ICC, ICDR, UNCITRAL).
Chair of panel or solo arbitrator in 108 matters.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London).
  • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators.
  • American Arbitration Association’s Commercial Panel, Large Case Panel, and Oil & Gas Panel.
  • International Panel of Arbitrators, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (New York).
  • Energy Arbitrators List, a global panel of energy arbitrators vetted by ICDR.
  • Directory of Energy Arbitrators, Institute for Energy Law.
  • Panel of Arbitrators, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.
  • National Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, International Institute For Conflict Prevention and Dispute Resolution (“CPR”).
  • CPR’s Energy, Oil and Gas Panel of Distinguished Neutrals.
  • Roster of Arbitrators, American Health Lawyers Association.
  • Panel of Arbitrators, Vienna International Arbitral Centre.
  • Panel of Arbitrators, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration.
  • 2015, 2016, and 2017 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in Arbitration.
  • Best Lawyers’ 2017 Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year” in Houston.
  • Acquisition International – Best in International Arbitration 2016 – Texas.
  • Corp America’s 2016 Legal Elite Award for Best International Disputes Arbitrator – Texas.
  • Corporate LiveWire 2016 Global Awards — Arbitration in the Energy Sector.
  • Finance Monthly Global’s 2016 Award—Arbitration and Mediation Law Firm of the Year–USA.
  • Charter Member and Executive Committee, Texas Chapter, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.
  • Board of Directors, Section of Alternative Dispute Resolution, State Bar of Texas.
  • Texas Super Lawyer (Texas Monthly) for each of last ten years.
  • Among the five “Top Notch” neutrals in Texas, Texas Lawyer.
  • 20th Edition, The Best Lawyers in America, and 2014 Houston Mediation “Lawyer of the Year”.
  • Listed in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation 2013 (WHO’S WHO LEGAL, London).
  • Fellow and Board Member, American College of Civil Trial Mediators.
  • Lawdragon 500 — among the 500 best judges (public and private) in U.S.
  • 1983-1984 Chairman, Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section, State Bar of Texas.
  • 1990-present: speaker at CLE programs on arbitration and mediation –over 25 presentations.
  • 1978-1989: speaker at CLE programs on business litigation, antitrust law, and lender liability–over 20 presentations.
  • Moderated Panel discussion at CIArb Energy Arbitration 2017 Conference in Houston. Topic–Arbitrating the Mega Energy Case.
  • Ranked in Chambers USA 2017.
Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts in Economics, University of Texas, Austin (1970)
J.D., University of Texas School of Law (1973)