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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. John W. Norton

Professional Experience

Mr. Norton has practiced business law for over 30 years and during the last 10 years has also acted as counsel and chair in various arbitrations relating to major business issues and real estate matters.

He is known for his practical and strategic approach to legal and business problems. Mr. Norton practices law in the area of mergers & acquisitions and divestitures, corporate governance and commercial law.

Mr. Norton has extensive experience in real estate development law and venture capital law.

He also acted Counsel on behalf of the Vancouver International Airport Authority, Department of Justice, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and United Van Lines. He was finance Chairman for Doug Mowatt, and he is Chairman of Universal Packaging Inc.

Professional and Other Activities

Mr. Norton is a member of a number of Canadian and International Associations, and is an International Associate of the American Bar Association;

  • The Law Society of British Columbia
  • The Canadian Bar Association
  • ADR Institute of Canada
  • British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre

Mr. Norton has been a director of numerous companies and advisory boards, including B.C. Housing Management Commission, Downtown Vancouver Association, Yaletown Housing Society, Vancouver Neurological Centre, Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club, St. George’s School Foundation, Shawnigan Lake School Board of Governors, Thunderbird Golf Society, Pacific Parkinson Research Institute, Air Canada Championship, Order of St. John Palliative Care Foundation, as well as many closely held corporations.

Academic Qualifications

B. Comm., University of British Columbia, 1968
LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1969
Chartered Arbitrator, 1990

R. John Rogers

Professional Experience

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.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

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 biotechnology.

With over 25 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
Professional and Other Activities

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 and Cannabis Regulation 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 and Cannabis Regulation Branch. These decisions are published at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/business/liquor-regulation-licensing/bc-liquor-control-compliance-and-enforcement/bc-liquor-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.

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 Shelf space, the organization representing retail entrepreneurs in British Columbia and Alberta.

Academic Qualifications

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