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

David Wotherspoon

 

Professional Experience

David Wotherspoon, partner, is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and National Technology & Intellectual Property (IP) Groups. He is a commercial litigator whose practice is primarily in the areas of intellectual property, technology and defamation. David has assisted clients in all corresponding facets: counterfeiting, advertising disputes, and software & product development disputes.

His prior experience as a news photographer led to his curiosity in media issues. It transferred into his legal career as he pursued matters of defamation and media issues, such as publication bans.

To date, David has provided advice and expertise in more than 100 defamation matters.
Many of David’s cases have involved protecting businesses that have been targeted in a way that requires intense and swift action and often injunctions to safeguard clients’ rights.

David continually delivers extraordinary success in this particular area of his practice.
For more than a decade, David has also been involved in technology disputes – typically more
complex transactions that include meticulous contract and document reviews, and careful but
aggressive pursuit of clients’ rights.

No matter what legal role David assumes for his clients, he always applies a business-oriented
approach. David finds a business solution first, bearing in mind that the best result may ultimately include litigation. It was this tactical approach that helped pioneer the firm’s own Litigation Management protocol – a systematized tool that not only provides clients with guidelines, options, plans for anticipated outcomes, calculated strategies and effective solutions, but uniquely engages them so that they are actively co-piloting the process to satisfaction.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

David is shifting his practice more towards representing clients as counsel and acting as an arbitrator (specifically in domain name disputes), and counsel in arbitrations involving IP and technology.

  • Arbitrator of .ca domain name disputes for the past 10 years
  • Counsel in.ca and .com domain name disputes since UDRP implementation
  • Recently began as arbitrator in technology disputes
  • Counsel in a number of technology arbitrations for the past 10 years
Professional and Other Activities

“The Arbitration Tribunal and Equitable Relief: An Update from the British Columbia Court of Appeal” (The Advocate, May 2009)
Electronic Evidence and E-Discovery (Butterworths: Toronto, 2010)

Academic Qualifications

B.A. (Hons), Simon Fraser University, 1986
M.A., University of British Columbia, 1988
LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1991

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

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

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

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

Richard C. Levin

Professional Experience

Richard’s practice is directed to international arbitration disputes. He has served as counsel and arbitrator in numerous disputes under the AAA, ICC, ICDR, and ICSID rules. His primary areas of expertise are antitrust, competition, IP, joint ventures, and construction, with industry expertise in energy, chemical, retail, real estate, arts, and sports. He has also handled in the competition area major M&A deals, having led the negotiations and antitrust analyses of international joint ventures and acquisitions, and antitrust compliance issues as well.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Richard is a member of the International Arbitration Institute, the Association Suisse De L’Arbitrage, International Council for Commercial Arbitration, and other organizations relating to international arbitration, as well as the Arbitration Commission of the International Court of Arbitration (ICC), and a member of the former Task Force on Arbitrating Competition Law Issues and the Task Force on Reducing Time and Expense in Complex Arbitrations.

He has been awarded as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators as well as “Chartered “status and is on the Presidential Panel of Arbitrators of the CIArb. He has been named to the Panel of International Arbitrators for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, AAA, and ICC. He is also a member of the Center for American and International Law’s List of Energy Arbitrators and a member of the American Arbitration Association Roster of Neutrals, as well as the LCIA database of arbitrators in London and several other institutions throughout the world, including the HKIAC (Hong Kong), WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization),KLRCA/AIAC (Kuala Lumpur),CRCICA (Cairo),VIAC (Vienna) and the Arbitration Center at the Institute of Modern Arbitration (Moscow). He has been selected as an arbitrator to Court of Arbitration for Art in the Netherlands. Richard has also been named to the Tech List at the SVAMC (Silicon Valley), a peer vetted selection of “the world’s leading technology neutrals,” and is profiled on the Global Arbitration Review Arbitrator Research Tool (GAR ART).

Richard has been a member of three person tribunals and acted as sole arbitrator in a number of disputes at the ICDR, ICC, and AAA. He has arbitrated several cases under US and foreign antitrust and competition regimes. He has extensive training through courses sponsored by the AAA, ICDR, ICC and other institutions. As counsel, he has been at the cutting edge in many cases he has handled, including one of the first Chapter 11 NAFTA disputes under ICSID rules and one of the first arbitrations of antitrust/competition issues under ICC rules.

He has substantial pro bono experience representing children with learning disabilities in their legal issues with their schools. He is a member of COPAA (Parents, Attorneys, and Advocates).

Professional and Other Activities

International Bar Association and other organizations.
See http://www.richardlevinarbitration.com

Academic Qualifications

Richard received his B.A. from Tulane University in 1967 and his J.D. in 1970 from Georgetown University, where he was a member of the law journal Law and Policy in International Business. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable John C. Godbold, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. After his clerkship, he was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City where he practiced in the Litigation Section. He is a member of the Texas Bar and the Dallas Bar Association.

Mr. Douglas M. Isenberg Esq.

Professional Experience

Doug Isenberg, an attorney in Atlanta, Georgia, has been called an “international authority on Internet law” by Atlanta Business Chronicle. Since 1996, his legal practice has focused on Internet-related legal issues, and he is the author of a widely praised book published by Random House in 2002, The GigaLaw Guide to Internet Law. As a domain name panellist for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Czech Arbitration Court (CAC), Isenberg has written numerous decisions pursuant to the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and the Premium Name Trademark Application Rules for .mobi. As an attorney in private practice, Isenberg has represented complaints and respondents in domain name disputes under the UDRP and various ccTLD dispute policies, including the largest-ever UDRP filing, which resulted in the transfer of 1,519 domain names. A frequent speaker on the Internet law issues, Isenberg founded and since January 2000 has published GigaLaw.com, a website that provides daily updates about high-tech legal developments.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Current:

Previous:

  • Of Counsel, Needle & Rosenberg, P.C.
  • Manager, Legal Affairs, Meridian Management SA
  • Associate, Alston & Bird LLP
  • Associate Editor, Business Atlanta magazine
  • Reporter, Gwinnett (Ga.) Daily News
Professional and Other Activities

  • Chair (2005-06), Intellectual Property Law Section, State Bar of Georgia
  • Founding Member, Intellectual Property Advisory Board, Georgia State University College of Law
  • Charter Member, Atlanta Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
  • Member, ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency
  • Board of Trustees, Temple Sinai (Atlanta), 2002-04
  • Board of Trustees, Anti-Defamation League, Southeast Region, 2002-03
  • “Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star,” Law & Politics (published in Atlanta magazine), October 2005
  • One of “Seven Rising Stars,” Atlanta Jewish Life magazine, November/December 2002
Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, 1990
Juris Doctor, cum laude, Georgia State University College of Law, 1996

 

Gerald W. Ghikas

Professional Experience

Gerry Ghikas has over 35 years of experience as a trial lawyer, appellate advocate, arbitration counsel and commercial arbitrator. He has appeared as an advocate in numerous complex cases before Canadian courts, before administrative and regulatory tribunals and before international and domestic commercial arbitration tribunals seated in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. Gerry Ghikas has also served as an arbitrator in approximately 100 international and domestic cases. His experience spans a broad range of business and legal subject matters including, but not limited to, mining, oil and gas, electrical energy, forestry, banking, corporations and shareholders, securities regulation, officers and directors liability, intellectual property, technology, real estate, manufacturing and distribution, competition and anti-trust, partnerships, joint ventures and other contractual arrangements.

Gerry spent the first three years of his legal career as a solicitor, drafting leases, joint venture agreements, limited partnership agreements, financing and other documents. He is former managing partner of the Vancouver law firm Ladner Downs, and for many years chaired its Compensation Committee.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • 35 years of experience as counsel and commercial arbitrator, and occasionally as mediator
  • Advocate in numerous complex cases
  • Completed the Fellowship Accreditation course in International Arbitration of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London) to be qualified as a Fellow
  • Completed accreditation course of BCAMI/ADRIC to be accredited as a Chartered Arbitrator
  • Arbitrator (sole arbitrator, chair or co-arbitrator) in over 100 international and domestic cases, either ad hoc or administered by BCICAC, ADRIC, ICC, ICDR etc.
  • Completed Commercial Mediation training offered by the CLE Society of British Columbia and served as mediator of complex commercial and partnership cases.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb.)
  • Chartered Arbitrator (CArb.)
  • Queens Counsel (QC)
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (FACTL)
  • Recipient of National Award for Excellence in Dispute Resolution
  • Chair, Canadian National Arbitration Committee of International Chamber of Commerce
  • Canadian Delegate to UNCITRAL Working Group (Arbitration Rules Revision)
  • Member, CBA, ABA, IBA, ICC, LCIA, ICDR, ADRIC
  • Author of numerous articles on dispute resolution
  • Chambers Global, World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV Peer Review Rating
Academic Qualifications

University of Calgary, Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, 1970
University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Laws, 1973