Les Schiefelbein is the CEO and founder of Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution. He is a leading arbitrator and mediator serving in domestic and international cases in the resolution of complex multi-million dollar commercial and government disputes.
Les has handled over 300 cases in the course of his career, and has gained particular expertise as a sole or panelist arbitrator in commercial and government contracts to include aerospace, aviation, satellites, cybersecurity, national security, information technology, trade secrets, intellectual property, software licensing, energy and construction.
He is a member of the American Arbitration Association (Large Complex Case) and International Centre for Dispute Resolution Panel of Arbitrators (Member Aerospace, Aviation and National Security Panel); International Chamber of Commerce Court of Arbitration; International Panel of Arbitrators, London Court of International Arbitration; Panel of Arbitrators, Singapore International Arbitration Centre; Panelist, Asian International Arbitration Centre; Panelist, The Chinese Arbitration Association, Taipei; Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center’s 2018 list of leading arbitrators and mediators in the technology sector; CEO, Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center; CEO, Global Technology Dispute Resolution Council; International Council for Commercial Arbitration; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Member, New York International Arbitration Center; Member, Society of Satellite Professionals International.
Les holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, a Masters of Law in Contracts from the George Washington University Law School and is a graduate of the Advanced Executive Program at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a member of the California Bar, Arizona Bar and District of Columbia Bar.
In 2018, he established the Les Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution Program and Endowed Scholarship at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. The Program provides law students with an innovative environment to gain knowledge, experience and develop professional connections that will help prepare them for careers in global dispute resolution.
He has lectured on arbitration at Keble College, Oxford University, Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, Lodestar Dispute Resolution Center at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Les was the first attorney honored with the Lockheed Martin Career Excellence Award and also honored with the Reginald C. Harmon Award as the Outstanding Air Force Reserve Legal Officer. Les is a retired Colonel, Air Force Judge Advocate Lawyer. Les participates in the American Bar Association Military Pro Bono Project and counts coaching basketball for 17 years as a great way to relax.
Professional Affiliations and Organizations
-CEO Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center
-CEO Global Technology Dispute Resolution Council
–Commercial Panel, American Arbitration Association (Large Complex Cases)
–International Panel of Arbitrators, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (Member Aerospace, Aviation and National Security Specialty Panel)
–International Chamber of Commerce Court of Arbitration
–International Panel of Arbitrators, London Court of International Arbitration
–Panel of Arbitrators, Singapore International Arbitration Centre
–Panel of Arbitrators, Asian International Arbitration Centre
–Panelist, The Chinese Arbitration Association, Taipei
–State Bar of California
–District of Columbia Bar
–State Bar of Arizona
–Supreme Court of the United States
–United States Court of Federal Claims
–US District Court, Central District of California
–Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
–International Council for Commercial Arbitration
–American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution and Litigation Sections
–Federal Bar Association, Former Chairman Research & Development Section
–Member, New York International Arbitration Center
–International Bar Association
–Association for International Arbitration
–Northern California International Arbitration Club
–United States Council for International Business, Arbitration & ADR Committee
–Association of Corporate Counsel of America
–Member, Society of Satellite Professionals International
–Lecturer, Harvard Law School
–Lecturer, Keble College, Oxford University
–Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
–Lecturer, Stanford Law School
–Lecturer, Lodestar Dispute Resolution Center at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
–Lecturer, Santa Clara University School of Law, Center for Global Law & Policy
–Founding Director, Lockheed Khrunichev Energia International Inc.
–Former Member, Board of Directors, San Jose Silicon Valley Ballet
–Founding Member Los Gatos National Junior Basketball
–Society for American Baseball Research
–Colonel, United States Air Force Judge Advocate General Reserve, Retired