Wednesday, May 2nd- Les was a moderator for a discussion on ADR Choices for Silicon Valley Companies in International Dispute Resolution. Panelists included Alexander Fessas, Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce, Brandon Pace, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Assistant Secretary and Head of Corporate Legal for LendingClub, Maggie Pei, General Counsel of the worldwide business of SOKON Intelligent Vehicle Business Unit, Leslie Skinner, Managing Counsel in the Intel Legal Trademarks & Brands group, and Matthew Reed, partner in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. The program was held in Palo Alto.
Thursday April 26th- Les was a moderator for a AAA/ICDR sponsored program entitled “Arbitrating Aerospace, Aviation and National Security Disputes.” The subject of Les’s panel, “The Implications of Technology-Intensive AANS Disputes,” discussed, among other things, (i) considerations in picking counsel, arbitrators and experts, (ii) appropriateness of tribunal-appointed experts, (iii) expert witness conferencing (and other techniques to narrow expert differences), and (iv) the unique issues presented by Sovereign Counterparties. The panelists included Allen Green, Senior Counsel at Dentons, Joseph LoBue, Partner at Fried Frank and Pamela Meredith, Chair, Space Law Practice Group at Scoutt & Rasenberger. The program was held in Washington DC.