Monthly Archives: January 2018


Les Schiefelbein Named To Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center’s 2018 “Tech List” Of The World’s Leading Technology Arbitrators And Mediators

Les Schiefelbein has been recognized by the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (SVAMC) as one of the world’s leading technology arbitrators and mediators on their 2018 Tech List.

The Tech List includes professionals who are considered the most qualified arbitrators and mediators, known for their skill in crafting business-practical legal solutions in the US and international technology sector to resolve disputes.

The SVAMC list is used by law firms, corporations, and ADR institutions as a go-to roster of exceptionally experienced and talented neutrals who “get” technology and, just as importantly, possess a deep understanding of the tech business world. All appointees are members of a recognized US or international arbitral or mediation institution panel and are ranked for superior expertise in resolving technology disputes, including technology development and distribution, intellectual property, corporate, aerospace and aviation, and other commercial matters.

For more information about the Tech List, visit BusinessWire



Saturday morning, January 13, Wailea, Maui, Hawaii.

My wife Linda and I had just bought our coffee for our morning beach walk. We saw hundreds of people walking and running past us. Something was wrong. A security guard at the hotel was directing people traffic and we asked him what was happening. He replied there was an incoming missile attack and showed us a cell phone message which read:

Emergency Alert

It was 8:15 am. The security guard directed us to the hotel “bunker” a gigantic cement ballroom.

After a few steps towards the bunker, I told Linda we are no better off in the bunker than on the beach if this is for real. We retreated to our room, told each other we love you, kissed, prayed, gathered our identification and cell phones. Linda tried to call each of our five children to tell them she loved them—but there was no phone signal.

Just before leaving the room I turned on the TV to gather the latest information. Not one channel had any information or a news special on the missile threat. I now had a doubt about the ballistic missile alert. I know from my corporate and military experience that the US military maintains a complex and integrated network of sensors and detector capabilities in the Pacific to track ballistic missile activity.

Real-world missile launches are detected immediately by satellites that discern an infrared signature right off the launch pad. I was now thinking that without an immediate public announcement by the US military of a ballistic missile launch that this could be a false alert.

Linda and I walked to the deserted beach. We looked about rather than speaking to each other. We scanned the horizon and it appeared that even the breaching whales were now in their water bunkers.

My cell phone buzzed. It was 8:45 am. The message read:

Emergency Alert
“There is no missile threat or danger to the State of Hawaii.
Repeat. False Alarm.”

We then continued on for our best beach walk ever.