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. 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

Hon. Neil A. Brown

Professional Experience

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.
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

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

Professional and Other Activities

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

Academic Qualifications

University of Melbourne, LLB 1963