Martin R. Taylor

Professional Experience

Martin Taylor practiced in Vancouver for 15 years as counsel in commercial and other litigation before serving for 17 years in province’s superior courts. Since leaving the bench, he has been engaged in commercial dispute mediation and resolution, providing advice to members of the legal profession and carrying out a number of government assignments.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Has acted in disputes as sole arbitrator, chair or member of domestic or international arbitration panels, special referee and statutory commissioner
  • Mediated a wide variety of disputes
  • Ethics Commissioner, 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games
  • Member of BCICAC, JAA and ICC panels
  • Canadian Public Accounting Officer
Professional and Other Activities

  • Written and spoken on a variety of legal topics
  • Founding Director, BC Law Institute
  • Founding President, Law Courts Education Society
  • Queen’s Counsel, 1996
  • BC Law Society’s Begbie Award for Exceptional Service, 1998
  • UBC Law Alumni Association Achievement Award, 2009
Academic Qualifications

University of British Columbia, LL.B, 196

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.

Marvin R.V. Storrow

Professional Experience

Mr. Storrow is a senior litigation partner involved in arbitration, mediation, civil and criminal law. His expertise includes general commercial litigation, personal injury, native claims, general commercial litigation, criminal law, environmental law, “White Collar Crime”, anti-dumping and international trade cases

His practice has involved numerous appearances at all levels of the provincial and federal court systems, including numerous appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Storrow was counsel on the leading First Nations cases of Guerin v. Her Majesty the Queen, R. v. Sparrow, Roberts v. The Queen, and R. v. Gladstone at all court levels along with a number of aboriginal rights and other leading Canadian cases including ApsassinDelgamuukwandErmineskin v. Her Majesty the Queen. Three of his cases have been ranked by Canadian legal scholars as among the top 15 most important cases in Canadian legal history.

Mr. Storrow has conducted several trials at all Court levels in the Northwest Territories and in every province of Canada except Prince Edward Island.

Mr. Storrow’s cases appear approximately 500 times in various Canadian legal reports.

Mr. Storrow is recognized annually in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as one of the leading lawyers in Canada.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mr. Storrow has been involved with a wide variety of litigious matters and alternative dispute resolution matters over the past 47 years.

  • Arbitrator since approximately 1985
  • Chartered Arbitrator – ADR Institute of Canada
  • Member of the arbitrator panels of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre, the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada
Professional and Other Activities

  • Recipient of the Chief Justice James Valentine Milvain, Visiting Chair in Advocacy (University of Calgary) in 1987. This Award is awarded to a leading Canadian barrister.
  • The Georges A. Goyer, Q.C. Award for exceptional contributions to the legal profession.
  • Mr. Storrow was awarded the University of British Columbia Alumni Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This Award is given to recognize an extraordinary individual who through a lifetime of outstanding service and contribution to the community has demonstrated the true spirit of the Association’s mission.
  • Mr. Storrow has received an LL.D. (honoris causa) Doctorate Degree from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Mr. Storrow has written and lectured on a number of “White Collar Crime”, “Aboriginal Rights”, “Medicare in Canada” “Child Pornography” and several other matters and acted as defence counsel in one of Canada’s first money laundering cases.

Mr. Storrow has been a frequent lecturer and conference co-ordinator for both the Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C. and the University of British Columbia Law School. He has delivered lectures and chaired panels both inside and outside of Canada as well as at the University of Victoria, School of Public Administration; Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice; The International Centre for Criminal Law Reform & Criminal Justice Policy, Canada; Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia and Pacific Business & Law Institute, the University of Calgary Law School and Pacific Business & Law.

Academic Qualifications

University of British Columbia, LL.B., 1962
Admitted to the British Columbia, Alberta and Northwest Territories Bars

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

Kent G. Woodruff

 

Professional Experience

  • 1972-1991- General practice in Kamloops
  • 1991-1997-Litigation Counsel, insurance, land compensation, commercial leases, contractual, construction (court & arbitration) and appeared before Federal and Provincial administrative tribunals
  • For the last 21 years restricted his practice to alternate dispute resolution.
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mediation experience:

  • Mediated over 300 commercial disputes – personal injury, estates, insurance, partnership, construction, strata, environmental damage, property, farm & ranch, forestry, intergovernmental, ALR Community Issues, workplace , Work safe Discrimination

Arbitration experience:

  • 1996 – 2008 adjudicated Residential Tenancy Disputes
  • Conducted domestic commercial arbitrations involving strata, employment, sale of businesses, commercial leases (renewals and other disputes), farms, forestry disputes, insurance (including Referee and UMP coverage), joint ventures, partnerships, professional negligence, construction and corporate disputes.
  • The appointed Appeal Arbitrator under the Canada – British Columbia Crop Insurance Program

Alternate Dispute Resolution Training:

  • Provided alternate resolution training to companies, organizations and the government of BC.
  • Developed and taught the Thompson Rivers University course entitled Conflict Resolution in the Environment

Chartered Mediator, 2001
Chartered Arbitrator, 1994
McGowan Award of Excellence –ADR Institute of Canada, 2000

Professional and Other Activities

  • A Past President of the ADR Institute of Canada and of the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute
  • A British Columbia International Commercial Centre Trustee

Member:

  • British Columbia Arbitration & Mediation Institute
  • Kamloops Fly Fishers Association
  • British Columbia Wildlife Association
  • Kamloops and District Fish & Game Association
  • Wild Sheep Society of BC
  • Kamloops Bar Association
Academic Qualifications

University of Ottawa, B. Comm., 1963
University of Western Ontario, B.L., 1972
Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1973

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

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

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

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

Anton M.S. Melnyk

Professional Experience

Principal of Melnyk Law, Barristers and Solicitors.

  • Over 40 years practice in a wide range of law, including commercial, corporate, tax, labour, and administrative law.
  • Appeared before the Alberta Trial and Appeal Courts, Tax Court and Federal Court of Canada Acted as Counsel to the Classification Appeal Board, Public Service Appeal Board, Occupational Health & Safety Council, the Alberta Labour Relations Board and Environmental Council of Alberta.
  • Acted as Vice-Chairperson of the Alberta Board of Industrial Relations.
  • Acted as Chairperson in numerous labour, commercial, landlord-tenant, automobile and electrical industry arbitrations.
  • Taught labour law, arbitration law, and tax law in the Law and Business Administration Faculties of the University of Alberta.
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Appointed Queen’s Counsel 1981 and Awarded the Chartered Arbitrator designation 1990. Arbitral and ADR appointments include:

  • Grievance Arbitration Roster under the Labour Relations Code of Alberta (1994 – )
  • Arbitrator under the Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan (1994 – 2008)
  • Sahtu Arbitration Panel (1995 – )
  • Arbitrator under the Western Grain Transition Payments Program (1995)
  • Part IV of the Canada Transportation Act Arbitrations (1998 – )
  • Domestic Canada Panel of the BCICAC (1998 – )
  • IDA – Alberta Securities Dispute Resolution Panel (2000 – 2009)
  • Province of Alberta Bid Protest Roster (2001 – 2009 )
  • Referee and Adjudicator under the Canada Labour Code (2002 – )
  • Gwich’in Arbitration Panel (2005 – )
  • Automobile Insurance Arbitrators Roster – Alberta (2005 – )
  • CIRA Domain Name Resolution Panel of the BCICAC (2006 – )
  • Arbitration Panel of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (2007 – 2010 )
Professional and Other Activities

  • Alberta Arbitration & Mediation Society
  • ADR Institute of Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association – Member of National and Provincial Councils (2000 – 2010)
  • Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Selected Publications (for full list, please contact Melnyk Law):
    • Ch. 3 Tax Law – Principles of Farm Law for Alberta Farmers, University of Alberta (1974)
    • Taxation of a Shareholder – TAX 2 – Canadian Bar Association, Intermediate Course on The Income Tax Act (1975)
Academic Qualifications

Harvard Law School, LL.M.,1963
University of Alberta – LL.B., Silver Medalist, 1962
University of Alberta, B.A., 1961