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


Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution Conference- January 18, 2019

International dispute resolution is complex and constantly evolving due to the fast pace of the global economy and technological innovation. The Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution Conference convenes top lawyers, counsel for global corporations, internationally-recognized arbitrators and mediators, academics, and leaders at arbitration institutions to engage in discussions on timely issues in international dispute resolution.

Hosted at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, this inaugural conference is also an ideal educational opportunity for law students as they prepare to be practitioners in the global marketplace.

Registration and further information can be found HERE.


Les Schiefelbein to speak at the Seoul ADR Festival and as faculty member at the Seoul Academy for International Arbitration 2018

I am pleased to announce that I have been invited to the Seoul ADR Festival this year and will speak on a mediation panel at The 7th Asia Pacific ADR Conference on November 6th.

Also, I am honored to once again be included as a faculty member at the Seoul Academy for International Arbitration on November 7th. The theme of this year’s event is “Improving Advocacy Skills in International Arbitration” and the academy will feature a distinguished faculty that comprises experienced civil and common law arbitrators and arbitration counsel.

More information on the Seoul ADR Festival can be found HERE

More information on the Seoul Academy can be found HERE


CLA Webinar: The Devil’s in the Details: A Litigator’s Guide to Interpreting & Understanding the Subtleties of a Dispute Resolution Clause on October 24, 2018– Featuring Les Schiefelbein

Litigators are often entering mediations and arbitrations with dispute resolution clauses that are drafted too vaguely, too specifically…and sometimes are just right.

Join Serena Lee, Vice President of the American Arbitration Association’s San Francisco regional office, who will moderate a panel with Lester Schiefelbein, full time domestic and international arbitrator and former general counsel of Lockheed Martin Space, and the Honorable Alice Sullivan (Ret)., who will give an “insider’s peek” into what business clients want and expect, and what arbitrators see as frequent pitfalls – and best practices – in how ADR clauses are interpreted and what litigators can and should do in the face of a problematic clause.  They will discuss common issues that arise when a clause is unclear, offer examples of how litigators either help or hurt the efficiency and effectiveness of the arbitration process when dealing with a problematic clause, and provide some best practices and insights to attendees.

See the registration link for more information: HERE


Les Schiefelbein Named To The AAA-ICDR Aerospace, Aviation, and National Security Panel

The American Arbitration Association, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA-ICDR) today announced on their web site that Les Schiefelbein is a featured arbitrator on their prestigious Aerospace, Aviation, and National Security (AANS) Panel.

This unique panel of arbitrators and mediators brings together leading industry experts to handle complex, high-value aerospace, aviation, defense, cyber, and security-related disputes both domestically and internationally.

By design, the panel includes only arbitrators and mediators with significant and relevant industry experience.

Les is a recognized expert in AANS matters.  He has an LL.M. in government contract law coupled with over thirty one years of industry and government experience as Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel at Lockheed Martin and as an US Air Force Judge Advocate (Colonel) lawyer.  Les has been both an active legal and business participant in the design, development, production and dispute resolution of the most sophisticated US government and commercial aerospace, aviations and national security systems.

Les is also a member of the steering committee for the AANS panel of arbitrators and mediators.

For more information on the AANS Panel visit and


KCAB INTERNATIONAL welcomes Les to join as a member of their Panel of International Arbitrators

Les is profoundly happy to accept appointment to the Panel of International Arbitrators. The Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) International assists international parties to resolve disputes encountered in the course of their commercial activities.

Established in 1966, the KCAB International is an internationally recognized arbitration institution with offices in Seoul, Busan, Shanghai and Los Angeles.

More information about the KCAB can be found HERE. 


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.