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


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.

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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:


Les to arbitrate at Annual Vis Moot in Hong Kong

Les Schiefelbein will serve as an arbitrator at The Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Hong Kong.  The business community’s marked preference for resolving international commercial disputes by arbitration is the reason this method of dispute resolution was selected as the clinical tool to train law students through two crucial phases: the writing of memorandums for claimant and respondent  and the hearing of oral argument based on the memorandums–both settled by arbitral experts in the issues considered.  The Moot is held each year in March.

Further information on The Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot can be found on their website:


Les Schiefelbein Named As One Of The World’s Leading Technology Arbitrators And Mediators

Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (SVAMC) released its highly anticipated 2016 List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals. Thirty-two professionals were named to this year’s list, nearly half based in Silicon Valley and the rest working in other key markets around the world including New York, Hong Kong, and Sydney.

“Selecting just 32 neutrals proved particularly challenging this year, as the number of professionals operating at the very top of the field has grown significantly as alternative dispute resolution sees rising adoption as the go-to means of dispute resolution by technology companies not only in the United States but globally,” said Gary L. Benton, Chairman of SVAMC. “We’re pleased that by publishing this annual list, we can continue to help law firms, companies, and organizations in the ADR space save time and other valuable resources.”

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 U.S. or international arbitral or mediation institution panel and are ranked for superior expertise in resolving technology disputes, including technology development and distribution, intellectual property, aviation and aerospace, corporate, finance, trade regulation, and other tech sector commercial matters.

The list is peer-vetted and includes only the most exceptionally qualified arbitrators and mediators, known for their skill in crafting business-practical legal solutions in the technology sector. These professionals have collectively handled thousands of successful mediations and arbitrations.


Schiefelbein GDR Makes Donation to International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies


Schiefelbein GDR contributes to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The IFRC is the world’s largest humanitarian and development network. The organization is devoted to disaster response and recovery, development, and promoting social inclusion and peace. The IFRC is comprised of millions of volunteers and 190 member National Societies across the globe.

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Les to speak at Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Conference in San Francisco

Les will be speaking on January 22nd at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators conference on “Resolving Disputes with Companies from Asia: What is the Best Approach?” The event is in San Francisco and will be hosted by the University of California Hastings College of the Law. Les will present on the topic of In-House Counsel Perspectives on International Arbitration and Other Dispute Resolution Mechanisms.

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