Les Schiefelbein speaks frequently and writes on the topics of international arbitration, mediation, government contracts and commercial issues.


Les as moderator with panelists Maggie Pei, Leslie Skinner, Alexander Fessas and Matthew Reed

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.



Announcement of Les Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution Program at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU

Les is thrilled to share the news of the establishment of the Les Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution Program and Endowed Scholarship at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. You can read about it on the ASU website here and below is the press release announcing the program. 


New Global Dispute Resolution Program Will Help Prepare the Next Generation of International Lawyers, Arbitrators and Mediators

SAN FRANCISCO, April 24, 2018 — Les Schiefelbein, CEO and founder of Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution, today announced a gift to the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University to establish the Les Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution Program and Endowed Scholarship.

A goal of the Les Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution Program is to provide students at ASU Law an innovative and interactive environment to gain knowledge, experience and develop professional connections that will help prepare them for practice in international arbitration and mediation with global law firms, multinational corporations, governments and non-government organizations.

The program will feature an annual International Arbitration Forum where top lawyers, counsel for global corporations, internationally recognized arbitrators and mediators, as well as leaders at arbitration institutions will engage in discussions on timely issues in international dispute resolution.

The Les Schiefelbein Endowed Scholarship Fund will provide scholarship support for law students pursuing careers in global dispute resolution.

“The generous gift from Les and Linda Schiefelbein to create the Global Dispute Resolution Program, at the Law School’s Lodestar Dispute Resolution Center, will improve our ability to offer a world-class legal education to our students and prepare them for careers in the field of global dispute resolution,” said Douglas Sylvester, dean of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.  “Through this collaborative program, our students will have opportunities to interact with and learn from leading lawyers, arbitrators and mediators across multiple disciplines.”

“International dispute resolution is complex, constantly evolving due to the breadth of a global economy and the fast pace of technology innovation and the need for new practitioners, both men and women, is paramount,” said Les Schiefelbein. “The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law has an impressive commitment to dispute resolution education being ranked Number 7 in U.S. law schools for dispute resolution by U.S. News & World Report. It is the right place and this is the right time to provide a focused program to nurture the learning, talents, passion, and leadership skills for the next generation to be successful practitioners in global dispute resolution especially where it is growing at a rapid pace in Asia, Europe and the United States.”

Les Schiefelbein is a leading domestic and international arbitrator serving in complex commercial, government and technology disputes. Les has an extensive business and law background which includes thirty years as vice president and deputy general counsel at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. At Lockheed Martin, Les advised senior leaders on a wide range of international aerospace, technology and national security matters and acted as counsel in many international arbitrations. Les further acted as counsel on global dispute matters as an Air Force Judge Advocate (Colonel) lawyer.

Les currently serves as CEO and vice-chairman of the executive committee of the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center, a non-profit which serves the global technology sector by promoting business practical resolution of disputes. He has been named to the “Tech List” list of the world’s leading technology arbitrators and mediators in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Les received his J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor College at Arizona State University.



International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is about supporting and respecting women in all business sectors and I would like to provide a special salute and a thank you for the outstanding achievements of women in global dispute resolution. International Women’s Day provides the opportunity both for celebration and the opportunity to drive a more gender inclusive business world.


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.