Dalton L. Larson

Professional Experience

Mr. Larson commenced his professional career as a full time member of the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia. After teaching law for five years, he went into practice as Counsel, becoming a partner in a major law firm in Vancouver, now McMillan. After ten years, he left practice to become a full time arbitrator and mediator dealing with disputes in the labour relations, civil and commercial areas. As Counsel, he represented clients dealing with
general civil matters, regulatory, environmental, utilities, transportation, general corporate, labour and employment disputes. He has appeared before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of British Columbia, the Federal Court and many different tribunals and arbitration panels.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mr. Larson is a recognized expert in alternate dispute resolution. He advises clients on structuring dispute resolution processes, including a system involving a proposed large pipeline project and several First Nations groups. He has conducted in excess of 1000 mediations and hundreds of arbitration hearings, of which well in excess of 100 awards have been published. Many have been high profile cases attracting significant media attention. He has published many articles and papers in academic journals and reviews and has lectured widely on many topics relating to dispute resolution.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Member of the Law Society of B.C.;
  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association;
  • Member of the Arbitrators Association of B.C.;
  • Member of ADR Institute of Canada;
  • Member ADR Institute of BC;
  • Past President of the Arbitrators Association of B.C.;
  • Past Member of the Joint Advisory Committee, Collective Agreement Arbitration Bureau.
Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts Degree (History and Economics) -accelerated- University of Alberta, Edmonton
Bachelor of Laws Degree. University of Alberta. Edmonton
Master of Laws Degree. University of London. England (Viscount Bennett Scholar)

Diane E. Tucker

 

Professional Experience

Diane E. Tucker is the sole proprietor of DET et al., in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She holds the Chartered Arbitrator credential issued by the ADR Institute of Canada, and is a member of the arbitrators’ rosters of the ADR Institutes of Canada and of BC, and the Surrey Board of Trade. She is also an arbiter with Just Resolve!, a dispute resolution group located in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a member of the State Bar of California. She holds Certified Information Privacy Professional credentials for both Canada and the US. She also offers workshops on confidentiality, privacy and conflicts of interest as well as training seminars on other arbitration, ethics and privacy issues. Her law practice has included work in intellectual property, privacy and security in the high tech videogames industries.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Adjudicator
City of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, 2017-present
Deciding appeals from decisions by the City from homeowners claiming they are not subject to a municipal tax.

Arbitrator
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, 2017-present
Determining the value of damaged or stolen vehicles when their owners reject offers made by the provincial insurance corporation.

Arbitrator
Mandatory Fee Arbitration Section, State Bar of California, San Francisco, CA 1990 – 2005
Mostly acting as sole arbitrator, decided fee disputes between lawyers and clients turning on the value of professional services rendered. As a seasoned member of the roster, I was assigned to more complicated and high-value cases.

Arbitrator
Lemon Law Auto Cases, Golden Gate Better Business Bureau, San Francisco/Oakland, CA 1984 – 2000
As sole arbitrator or a leader of a 3-person panel, decided cases arising under the Lemon Laws of the State of California, i.e. a material defect in a new vehicle arising within a certain period after purchase.

Judge pro tempore/Mediator
Unlawful Detainer Calendar, Superior Court, City & County of San Francisco, 1996 – 2005
Mediated disputes between landlords and tenants whose matters were pending immediate trial in this forum. Any matters settled were removed from the trial queue, making this practice an important step in the court process.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Chartered Arbitrator, ADR Institute of Canada, Toronto, ON
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/Canada (CIPP/C), International Association of Privacy Professionals, Portsmouth, NH
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US), International Association of Privacy Professionals, Portsmouth, NH
  • Certificate of Qualification, National Committee on Accreditation, University of Ottawa, ON
  • Marvin E. Lewis Award, Most Inspirational Professor, San Francisco Law School
    Certificate of Appreciation, University of San Francisco
  • Marvin E. Lewis Award, Most Inspirational Professor, San Francisco Law School
    Certificate of Appreciation, University of San Francisco
  • Vice-President, Board of Directors, Place des Arts, Coquitlam, British Columbia
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Arbiter, Just Resolve!, San Jose, CA
Academic Qualifications

  • 2015, Arbitrator Training, Parts II and III, ADRBC, Vancouver, BC
  • 2005, Certificate of Qualifications, National Committee on Accreditation, University of Ottawa, ON
  • 1978, Juris Doctor, Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, California
  • 1976, Certificate of Merit in Comparative /International Legal Institutions and Jurisprudence, McGeorge Law School, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California (classes in Heidelberg, Vienna and Budapest)
  • 1972, Bachelor of Arts, Theology, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio

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. Jerry-Yulin Zhang

Professional Experience

Jerry Yulin Zhang has many years of experience in international intellectual property law, corporate/commercial and dispute resolution, particularly in Chinese law and its application in cross border investment and economic activities. In the area of intellectual property, Mr Zhang has advised clients in intellectual property applications, IP dispute resolution, administrative enforcement procedure, copyright and trademark litigations and unfair competition matters, top-level domain names, domain names in .hk and .cn domains and their dispute resolution, and strategies for protection of intellectual property overseas. In dispute resolution, Mr Zhang has acted as counsel in prosecuting complaints, claims or acting on the defense/counterclaim in various foreign related cases.

As arbitrator, he has accepted many appointments as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator or presiding arbitrator or panelist in handling international arbitration or domain name matters with China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) or Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC). In investment law area, Mr Zhang is familiar with direct investment, project financing, construction contracts, corporate mergers and acquisition and general corporate and commercial law, including general commercial project contract review, risk control, compliance and international taxation avoidance matters etc.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Jerry Yulin Zhang has acted as arbitrator in nearly one hundred arbitration cases either as a co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator or presiding arbitrator. The arbitration cases include many types of disputes, including sale of goods, joint venture disputes, disputes arising from real estate development contracts, licensing agreements, distributorship agreements, construction turnkey agreements, advertising agency agreements, hotel management contracts, equity transfer agreements, etc. Most of the disputes involve Chinese companies and other foreign multinational companies. He received mediation training in Stockholm, Sweden and is an Accredited Mediator of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) in London.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Arbitrator, CIETAC
  • MCIArb, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Listed arbitrator, HKIAC
  • Listed arbitrator, Panel of Arbitrators for Intellectual Property Disputes, HKIAC
  • Listed Panelist, Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre of CIETAC and HKIAC
  • Arbitrator, Guangzhou Arbitration Commission
  • Arbitrator, Chongqing Arbitration Commission
Academic Qualifications

PhD, UBC Law, Canada, 2017
LLM, UBC Law, Canada, 1994
Post-Graduate Certificate, Beijing University, Law School, 1989
Lawyer’s Qualification Certificate, 1989
LL.B., Beijing University, Law School, 1987
B.A., Beijing University English Language and Literature Department, 1987

 

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. 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

Dhandapani Saravanan

Professional Experience

D. Saravanan completed Degree in Law from University of Madras and enrolled himself as an advocate in the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu in the year 1992 and he was trained under the eminent senior lawyer Sri.K.T.Palpandian. He has been practicing in the Chartered High Court of Judicature at Madras in various fields like, Civil (Original & Appellate Side), Criminal (Limited Area), Constitution, Labour & Service, Insurance, Banking, Consumer, Rent Control Laws, Accident Claims, Arbitration & IPR. Considerable cases, in which he appeared as counsel, were reported in leading Regional Law Journals.

He has appeared as lead and co-counsel in numerous domestic and international arbitration proceedings concerning the disputes relating to construction, joint ventures, financial services, international trade, employment disputes, property, maritime, shipbuilding, franchises, investment, on and Offshore contracts, securities and general contractual matters.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

D. Saravanan has been accredited as Arbitrator/Neutral by various international leading and renowned arbitral bodies, such as, ICDR of American Arbitration Association, WIPO (Switzerland), CRCICA ( Egypt ), NAI (The Netherlands), CEPANI (Belgium), DOMPCA, AIAC (Malaysia), DIAC (Duabi) and many Arbitration Institutions in Poland, Lithuania, Ghana, Philippines, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco and Bahrain including Indian arbitral bodies, such as, CNICA, ICADR, FACT, East Indian Cotton Association, Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, etc., He is also an empaneled arbitrator in various public sector undertakings of the Government of India.

He has been empanelled as Arbitrator by the National Internet Exchange of India (Government of India Organization under the Ministry of Information Technology) and resolving .IN domain name disputes. He has resolved many domain name disputes involving international trade marks, such as, Kellys Blue Book, Kingston, NBA Sports, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Microsoft, etc., under National Arbitration Forum (NAF), USA and Asian Domain Disputes Resolution (ADNDRC).

Professional and Other Activities

D. Saravanan is also one of the founder trustees and Chairman of an arbitration centre, namely, Council for National and International Commercial Arbitration (CNICA- www.cnica.org) and CNICA Mediation Center, under the agies of a non-profit Trust called Trust for Alternative Disputes Resolution.

He has undergone a training programme in Workplace conflicts in U.S.A. and also a mediation training programme conducted by the High Court of Madras annexed Tamilnadu Mediation and Conciliation. He has been accredited as mediator by the High Court, Chennai, Labour Courts, Chennai, Small Causes Courts for accidents claims, Chennai, Family Courts, Chennai and Courts in Trichy District. As mediator, he was able to assist the disputants to arrive at an amicable settlement in or about 200 disputes so far.

He is a trainer for arbitrators and mediators and trained many in-house arbitrators concerning public sector undertakings of Government of India. He is a regular speaker on arbitration in various institutions, associations, organizations, chambers of commerce, etc. and he has attended several conferences, seminars and workshops. His articles on arbitration have been published in various journals and he is one of the co-authors on the compilation of case laws rendered by Supreme Court of India on Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996.

Academic Qualifications

Degree in Law, University of Madras, India (1992)
Bar Council of Tamil Nadu, Roll No.375 of 1992

Mr. Robert Neron

Professional Experience

Robert Neron is a Senior Lawyer, a Chartered Arbitrator, a Qualified Mediator, a Labour Arbitrator and a Workplace Complaint Investigator who has completed more than 70 workplace investigations and rendered more than 1,000 quasi-judicial and arbitral decision in the last 20 years. Mr. Neron is the Founder and CEO of Simner Corporation, an Ottawa-based bilingual Arbitration Firm.

Robert has been admitted to the Law Society of Ontario and the Law Society of Nunavut. He is also a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada, that accredited him as a Chartered Arbitrator and a Qualified Mediator.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Robert is a respected senior bilingual lawyer who has shifted his legal practice to full-time neutral work as Arbitrator, Mediator, and Workplace Investigator (harassment complaints, misconduct and wrongdoing).

He has twenty years of professional experience in adjudicating various cases and has presided over matters at the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB); at the Indian Residential School Adjudication Settlement Process; at the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada and has handled many labour disputes. His areas of expertise are workplace investigation, labour, sport and international commercial and trade disputes.

In 2000, the Parliament of Canada appointed him as a full-time member of the IRB in 2000 and in 2004, he was appointed Assistant Deputy Chairperson of the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD), a position that he held for seven years. In 2013, he was appointed by the Government of Ontario as a negotiator to settle Residential, Commercial and Industrial land expropriation disputes. In 2019, he was selected by the Canadian Government as a Member of Expert Arbitrators in International Trade under Chap. 19 of the USMA (NAFTA). In 2015, Robert published: Investor-State Arbitration (NAFTA and CAFTA) in the Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business, Wolters Kluwer.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Construction Finance; Construction Management & Cost Control, Columbia University, 2018
  • Doping: Sports, Organizations and Sciences, University of Lausanne, 2016
  • Labour Arbitration Law and Practice, University of Quebec, 2014
  • Ombudsman Certificate, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2014
  • Conducting Administrative, Oversight and Ombudsman Investigations, Ottawa, 2012
  • International Commercial Arbitration Law, Boston University School of Law, 2011
Academic Qualifications

  • Master of Law in International Business Law (LL.M.), Boston University School of Law, 2015
  • Executive Program in Leadership, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, 2014
  • Bachelor of Law (LLB.), University of Moncton, Faculty of Law, 1995
  • Bachelor of Political Science (B.A.), Laval University, 1987