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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.


Les is Faculty Member at Seoul Academy for International Arbitration 2017

Along with leading international arbitrators, Les was a panelist on three panels to include (1) an Overview of Changes in International Arbitration Rules and Procedures, (2) Drafting the Redfern Schedule and Advocacy on Documents Production and (3) Helpful Tips and Guidelines for Practitioners in Advocacy on Jurisdiction. The program was conducted on November 10th and 11th.

Faculty members pictured above from left to right are Lars Markert, Kap-You (Kevin) Kim, Matthew Secomb, Robert Wachter, Lucy Reed, Les Schiefelbein, Young Seok Lee and Yu-Jin Tay.

For further information on The Seoul Academy for International Arbitration and a complete list of the faculty members please visit:


Les at Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration

Les along with Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center colleague, Gary Benton, participated in a roundtable discussion at the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration on November 8th. The roundtable discussion centered on international arbitration issues related to disputes in the technology sector. In addition to Les and Gary, participants were senior officials at the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration along with private practice practitioners in Shenzhen.

The previous evening Les was a speaker at a Hong Kong International Arbitration Center program. The presentation topic was “Practical Dispute Resolution with US Technology Companies.”


Les as moderator for Stanford Law School and SVAMC panel discussion

Stanford Law School and the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center organized an event Thursday evening on the evolving use of international arbitration and mediation as leading dispute resolution methods in the global marketplace and technology sector. Les moderated a panel discussion for the program on “The Challenges Facing In-House Counsel in International Technology Disputes.” Panel members included Malissia Clinton from The Aerospace Corporation, Roger Kennedy from The Walt Disney Company and Timothy Teter from NVIDIA.


Lodestar Dispute Resolution Center Lecture

Les was honored as the first guest lecturer at the new Lodestar Dispute Resolution Center at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University this week. In his presentation “Phoenix to Paris and Other Legal Destinations,” Les discussed his career as an international commercial arbitrator and how his law school and professional experiences as an Air Force Judge Advocate Lawyer and Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Lockheed Martin prepared him to be an international arbitrator.  Les also announced, in cooperation with the law school faculty, that he is providing an internship for law students with Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution.

More information on the Lodestar Dispute Resolution Center can be found at


SVAMC Board of Directors Elects Les Schiefelbein as CEO and Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee

The Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (SVAMC) Board of Directors has elected Les Schiefelbein as CEO and Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee.

The SVAMC serves the global technology sector by promoting business practical resolution of technology and technology-related disputes.

In his new role, Les will lead SVAMC’s initiatives to continue to advance arbitration and mediation for dispute resolution in technology matters, while also focusing on selection of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals for the SVAMC Tech List, building general member, and young professional membership and increasing the diversity of SVAMC members.

As CEO and Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee, Les will oversee SVAMC’s work with leading technology companies, law firms, in-house counsel, arbitrators and mediators, ADR institutions, academics and students around the globe to provide educational programming and related resources regarding the effective and efficient resolution of technology disputes.

Les is an independent commercial Arbitrator and Mediator in domestic and international disputes. In 2013 he founded Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution to bring his more than thirty years of experience as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Lockheed Martin, and as an Air Force Judge Advocate Reserve (Colonel), in resolving international and domestic legal and business matters to the practice of dispute resolution. At both Lockheed Martin and as an Air Force lawyer, Les was responsible for billion dollar dispute resolution matters in aerospace, aviation, national security and high-technology hardware and software systems matters.

Les has handled more than 300 cases in the course of his career, and has gained a 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, artificial intelligence, energy and construction.

For more information about SVAMC, visit


Les Schiefelbein Reappointed as Member of SIAC Users Council

Les will continue to serve another term as a member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre’s User Council.

The Users Council was established in accordance with SIAC’s commitment to excellence and efficiency in case administration. It functions to provide feedback on the SIAC Rules and international arbitration processes from users of international arbitration.

The Users Council includes members from over 30 jurisdictions around the world. Such diversity among the council highlights SIAC’s role as an international arbitral institution, handling cases from all over the world and all systems of law. The global reach and quality of the SIAC Users Council will extend the ability of SIAC’s ongoing efforts to adopt and develop best practices in international arbitration.

More information on the SIAC User Council can be found HERE.


Dispute in Space-Arbitrate!

Les published a blog article reviewing the significant advantages of arbitration which are-confidentiality, cost effectiveness, quicker resolution, flexibility, ability to choose arbitrators with technical and subject matter expertise, limited discovery and document production, finality and cross-border enforceability– which apply to disputes among aerospace industry participants and between those participants and their customers.

To learn more check out Les’s blog Dispute in Space- Arbitrate! which can be found on the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center’s website.