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


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 in 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:


Les Schiefelbein Speaking at Harvard Law School on Technology Dispute Resolution

Les was the featured luncheon speaker for the Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association program on October 19.  The topic was “Technology Disputes–Litigation or Arbitration–a Changing View from Silicon Valley.”


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Les to speak at “Smarter, Faster, Cheaper, Tech Dispute Resolution Conference: An Open Forum with Silicon Valley.”

Les will join leading corporate counsel, litigators and dispute experts from across the tech field for a one-day interactive Forum September 16th in Silicon Valley. Panels will feature thought leaders in the fields of tech litigation and ADR from Silicon Valley covering the following topics:

  • Intellectual Property Infringement Disputes – Improving the District Court & USPTO Processes
  • Contract/Licensing Disputes – Court Reforms and Cost Savings
  • Arbitration & Mediation As Smarter, Faster, Cheaper Solutions
  • Cross-Border Tech Disputes: International Arbitration and Other Strategies

The forum is presented by Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center, American Arbitration Association/International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (North America Branch) and the Association of Corporate Counsel.

For more information or to register for the event, please find the following link:


Les Schiefelbein Appointed To Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration

The KLRCA provides outstanding services to promote international commercial arbitration in the Asia-Pacific Region. The organization is internationally recognized and is comprised of a panel of over 700 experienced domestic and international arbitrators.

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Les supports Equal Representation in Arbitration for Women

Les Schiefelbein has joined members of the international arbitration community in a pledge to take action to increase the number of women appointed to international arbitration panels.  The Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge which launched in May in London has hundreds of signatories, including a growing list of law firms, companies, arbitration institutions and arbitrators.  Institutional signatories include the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center, the London Court of International Arbitration, the ICC International Court of Arbitration and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution.

Schiefelbein stated “that a immediate opportunity to effect the pledge for independent arbitrators like myself is to consider and appoint women as the chair or president of the arbitration panel when the dispute resolution provision calls for the party arbitrators to select the chairperson.”   Schiefelbein continued “I have seen firsthand with my own four daughters, with women I selected as outside counsel and appointed as party arbitrators and in the talented legal team that I led in my corporate career which included as many women as men, that women are critical thinkers whose diverse viewpoints help craft sophisticated and correct legal solutions–the same will be for women serving as arbitrators.”

Please join Les in the action to increase the number of women arbitrators by taking The Pledge: