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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.

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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.


Read Les’s recent article in New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer

Les published an article in the Spring 2017 issue of New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer titled, “Arbitration of Disputes in the Aerospace Industry.” The piece discusses the many advantages arbitration can provide to aerospace companies as compared with other dispute mechanisms. As the industry continues to consolidate, and information protection issues grow in importance, the advantages of arbitration will become even more apparent.

To read the full article, click here NYSBA Spring 2017

Reprinted with permission from: New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer, Spring 2017, Vol. 10, No. 1, published by the New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207


Les Schiefelbein To Present At The Annual ABA Dispute Resolution Meeting

Les will speak at the Annual American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Meeting on Thursday, April 20. His presentation will address the topic of “Third Party Funding in ADR – What You Need to Know.”

The Annual ABA Dispute Resolution Meeting takes place April 19-22 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. The Section’s spring conference features programming from leading experts on mediation, arbitration, negotiation, ombuds, online dispute resolution, and specialty practice areas—both domestic and international.

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Les Schiefelbein Named to Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center’s 2017 “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 2017 Tech List.

The Tech List includes 33 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, finance, trade regulation and other commercial matters. These professionals have collectively handled thousands of successful mediations and arbitrations.

The SVAMC is a leading not-for-profit that advances the use of arbitration and mediation in technology and technology-related business disputes in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world.

For more information about the Tech List, visit


Les Schiefelbein elected as Vice Chairman of the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center

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

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

In this role, Les will work with the SVAMC Chairman, Board of Directors, executive committee and leading technology companies, law firms, neutrals, ADR institutions and universities in Silicon Valley and around the globe to promote effective and efficient resolution of technology disputes and related complex business matters. For more information on the SVAMC, visit: