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

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. Joseph A. Boskovich

Professional Experience

Joe has more than 30 years experience as a civil and criminal law litigator with a diverse range of experience in the Provincial, Supreme and Federal Courts. His practice has focussed in the area of personal injury, insurance law and commercial litigation. He also has extensive experience with fishing and maritime law, a natural outgrowth of his family’s long involvement with the British Columbia fishing industry.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

In 1985 Joe qualified as a mediator, completing the Mediation Training course given by the B.C. Justice Institute and National Centre for Mediation Education in Washington, D.C. Since 1987, Joe has had an active practice as an Arbitrator and Mediator. He has mediated over of 3,500 cases involving personal injury, insurance disputes, commercial disputes, contracts, professional negligence, construction (“leaky condo”), family, partnership matters, estate matters, corporate shareholder disputes, and disputes involving Crown corporations and Ministries. He has acted as an Arbitrator and as Counsel in domestic commercial arbitrations involving insurance issues, franchising, construction, partnerships and general commercial disputes.

In 1993 Joe took part in a lengthy multi-party Mediation Institute seminar orientated towards the design of multi-party negotiation processes, aboriginal interests, cross-cultural dynamics and the structuring of the complex multi-party agreements. This training also included institutional and public conflict resolution. His training with multi-party mediation was extended in 1995 to include environmental disputes.

In 1995 Joe participated in a course, ADR & Negotiation for the Defence, given by the American Defence Research Institute (DRI) in San Francisco. In 1996 he attended Harvard Law School’s Advanced Mediation Course. In 1997 he participated in a Harvard Law School mediation workshop at Simon Fraser University, and in 1998 attended a Defence Practise Mediation and Arbitration Seminar given by DRI in Chicago, Illinois. In June 1999 he attended the Advanced Mediation Course at Osgood Law School, Toronto, Ontario.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Member and former director (2006 to 2010) of the B.C. Mediation Roster Society and alternative dispute resolution sub-sections of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of the Defence Research Institute and a past member of the Joint Committee on Dispute Resolution
  • Member of a British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Panel member.
  • In January 2004 Joe spoke on the topic of mediation in Mexico at a Medical-Legal Conference presented by the B.C. Trial Lawyers and Department of Continuing Medical Education, Kelowna Hospital.
  • He gives regular lectures to PLTC students and for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) on the topics of negotiating and mediation.
Academic Qualifications

University of British Columbia, LL.B., 1969
University of British Columbia, B.A., 1965