Gary Benton

Chairman of the nonprofit Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center (SVAMC)

Gary Benton is an internationally recognized Arbitrator with expertise in international business, private investment, IP, technology and emerging growth matters. He has handled hundreds of cases around the world. A significant portion of his practice involves IP and technology-related disputes involving the China, India and elsewhere in Asia. He serves on the panels of leading international arbitral institutions in the US, Europe and Asia.


In addition to his arbitral practice, Gary is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the Santa Clara University School of Law and lectures on international arbitration law and practice. He is the founder and currently serves as the Chairman of the nonprofit Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center (SVAMC). He was previously a partner with the leading international law firms Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and Coudert Brothers LLP in San Francisco and Palo Alto, California. He is qualified as a US lawyer and an English solicitor and serves in administered and ad hoc arbitration proceedings worldwide. 


Gary is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), a Fellow and Board member of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (FCCArb), and a member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) Advisory Board, the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and other arbitral associations. He was named by the National Law Journal as one of the 25 ADR Trendsetters and Visionaries in the US. He is also named to IAM 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists.

Chris Gibson


Professor of Law,

Director, Business Law And Financial Services Concentration

Suffolk University School of Law


Christopher Gibson is a Professor of Law and Director of the Business Law and Financial Services Concentration at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, where he teaches and writes in the areas of arbitration, intellectual property, international business transactions, transnational skills and contract drafting, trade and investment law.


Professor Gibson has extensive experience and regularly acts as arbitrator (or mediator) in disputes involving commercial, technology, intellectual property matters and contract matters.  He has numerous articles, books, chapters and reviews published on topics involving dispute resolution, intellectual property, technology and international investment law.


Before joining Suffolk University Law School, Chris was a partner in the London office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where he specialized in the areas of international arbitration and litigation, as well as intellectual property and technology transactions, and acting as legal advisor to standard-setting organizations (SSOs) for wireless and Domain Name System (DNS) technologies and advising in telecoms patents.  During his years in practice, he acted as counsel or arbitrator in a variety of international disputes, involving the governing laws of numerous jurisdictions and under various institutional rules, including arbitrator in both institutional and ad hoc proceedings. He acted as lead counsel in arbitrations with sums in dispute ranging from US$ 1.5 million to more than US$ 350 million. 


Chris now sits regularly as arbitrator and mediator in commercial, technology and intellectual property cases. Subject matters have included technology, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, investments and insurance, joint venture agreements, financial and loan agreements, construction, and numerous disputes involving domain names

Robert A. Shives, Jr.

International Arbitrator and Mediator

Mr. Shives serves as a Board Member and Executive Committee Member of the California International Arbitration Council (CIAC); as a California Advisory Committee Member of the American Arbitration Association - International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA-ICDR) and serves as a member of the Clark County Nevada Court Annexed Arbitration Program. Rob is also member of the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center, a member of the APAC Arbitration Centre, and a member of the Dispute Resolution section of the American Bar Association (ABA)


During his more than 35 years with major law firms in New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles and with international companies like the AT&T and Fujitsu, Rob participated, handled, managed and resolved hundreds of litigated and arbitrated disputes both domestically (in over a dozen US jurisdictions) and internationally (in APAC, UK, Europe, Canada & Mexico).


Rob has served as a member of the Board of Directors and in executive leadership positions, including Chapter President of the largest chapter of the world’s largest in-house lawyer organization, the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). He was also honored with BASF’s Individual Diversity Award for his outstanding commitment to diversity in the legal profession.


Rob has trained with Nevada’s Court Annexed Arbitration Program; attended various ICDR, International Commercial Court (ICC) arbitration programs and has spoken on panels with the ICDR in New York & San Francisco and with ACC throughout the country. He has subject matter expertise in all manner of domestic and multinational technology (software, hardware and IP transfers) transactions, general commercial contracts, as well as employee relations and employee-employer related disputes.   

Peter Kang

Patent and IP trial lawyer and IP lead for Sidley & Austin's Korea practice

Peter is member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association (AAA).  He has been appointed as Settlement Conference Officer for the San Francisco Superior Court in over a dozen cases. He has presided as Judge pro tempore in Santa Clara County Superior Court. He also has served as Court-appointed Mediator in complex patent suits, for example successfully helping parties settle multiple patent suits involving medical device technology and traffic control technology. Peter also has served as a Court-appointed Arbitrator and Early Settlement Conference Neutral for the Santa Clara County Superior Court in over 15 cases, including successfully issuing an opinion which was adopted by the litigants and the Court as a judgment of the Court. 

Helena H. C. Chen


Dr. Helena Chen ( (陳希佳 博士)is qualified in Taiwan, mainland China and New York State. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and listed on the panels of arbitrators of ICDR, CIETAC, SIAC, HKIAC, AIAC, KCAB, ACICA, BAC/BIAC, SCIA, SHIAC, CAA, etc. She is an accredited adjudicator with AIAC and listed as one of the Recommended Experts of the Construction Dispute Board (DB) of BAC/BIAC. Helena led the Pinsent Masons team to prepare PPP Contract Guidelines on the request of the PPP Center of the Ministry of Finance of the PRC (PPP Center). She also prepared PPP case study reports for the PPP Center in the capacity as an international consultant with the Asian Development Bank.  She writes and lectures widely on arbitration, mediation, PPP and construction law topics.

Helena is very experienced in acting as an arbitrator or counsel in arbitrations concerning disputes arising from joint venture agreements, international sales contracts, licensing agreements, construction contracts etc. She has been named to the International Who's Who of Leading Construction Lawyers for many years from 2011 and was featured in a roundtable discussion by Who's Who Legal (Roundtable: Construction 2013).



Ph.D.- National Taiwan University (Taiwan)

Ph.D.- Peking University (China)

LL.M.- University of Washington (Seattle, USA)

LL.M.- National Taiwan University (Taiwan)

LL.B.- National Taiwan University (Taiwan)



Helena Chen
Joint Head of China
for Pinsent Masons LLP

Veeraraghavan Inbavijayan

Advocate/International Arbitrator, Managing Partner of KoVe Global LLP , Director of CIArb India Branch

V.Inbavijayan was educated at Dr.Ambedkar Govt. Law College, University of Madras. On completion ofhis legal education, he took up litigation practice at High Court of Madras (1997). His enthusiasm towards ADR made him to pursue whole time arbitration practice since 2001.


So far he has presided as sole arbitrator and represented as counsel in over 300 domestic cases, several small-claims commercial arbitrations and 14 international arbitrations. His areas of practice includes international commercial arbitration, maritime arbitration, international trade & contracts, IPR, construction disputes, finance & banking disputes, securities market, JVs, L/Cs, ADR, sale of goods, domain name disputes and investment disputes.

He has been accredited as an arbitrator in HKIAC (Hong Kong), CIETAC (China), BAC (China), AIAC
(Malaysia), DIAC (Dubai), CRCICA (Egypt), ICADR (India), ICA (India), SHIAC (China), CIDRA (USA),
NYIAC (USA) and various other regional & national arbitration institutions. To add up, he is a co-founder and former Secretary of an arbitration institution, CNICA and inducted as member of ICCA. He is a Regional Pathway Leader for International & Domestic Arbitration, Construction Adjudication & Mediation Courses and fully Approved Tutor of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK and had been listed in the 2008edition of International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitrators.

Jonathan W. Fitch

Managing Partner

Jonathan is a managing partner of his firm Fitch Law Parters, LLP. and has extensive experience as emergency arbitrator, sole arbitrator, panelist and panel chair in large and complex matters involving liquidation of hedge funds; exclusive technology supply and service agreements; medical products supply and manufacturing agreements; IP; patent license agreements; FRAND; patent exhaustion; proprietary information; invention assignment; franchise agreements; area development agreements; software, firmware and hardware agreements; support and maintenance service agreements; compensation under FIFRA; employment agreements; at-will employment; non-solicit and non-competition agreements; manufacturing rights; close corporation disputes; valuation of shareholder interests and terms of shareholder buyouts; fiduciary duty; freezeout; waste; derivative claims; securities purchase agreements; professional liability; insurance coverage; brokerage of life and other personal lines of insurance policies; commissions for brokerage/productions of insurance policies; Fair Credit Reporting Act; multiparty and cross-border disputes. Amounts in controversy have ranged from approximately $1 million to in excess of $100 million.

His is a member of:  ICDR Panel and AAA Commercial Panel, Large and Complex Cases. ICC listed arbitrator.Arbitrator on Tech List, Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center.  He is also a Fellow of the Chartered
institute of Arbitrators.


Jonathan has been recognized as: 

A "Lawyer of the Year 2009" - Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Newspaper;

"Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers" in 2011 and 2012;

Best Lawyers in America (areas of arbitration and commercial litigation);

regular listing as one of "Boston's Top Rated Lawyers," as
published in The Boston Globe;

AV Preeminent Peer Rating - Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, 1984 -

Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (Commercial Litigation), 1984 - present; AVVO Rating -"Superb Attorney";

"Massachusetts Super Lawyer," 2004 - present;

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

David A. Allgeyer

Arbitrator, Author, and Presenter

Over the past 15 years, David Allgeyer has served as arbitrator in over 70 intellectual property and commercial disputes. David’s intellectual property-related arbitrations have resolved disputes concerning patents, trade secrets, copyrights and trademarks in the bio-manufacturing, petroleum, consumer product manufacturing and sales, security, medical products, and other industries His commercial arbitrations have resolved contract and warranty disputes involving enterprise-wide computer systems, semi-conductor manufacturing, automotive parts manufacturing, textile manufacturing technology, corporate governance, insurance financing, insurance coverage, and other matters.


After serving as law clerk to the United States District for the District of Minnesota, David joined the Minneapolis office of Lindquist and Vennum, where he was an associate, partner, and of counsel through 2017. Over the past 35 years, David has litigated, arbitrated, and mediated intellectual property and commercial matters throughout the United States. 

David was named by Best Lawyers in America as the 2016 Minneapolis Arbitration Lawyer of the Year and 2018 Minneapolis Mediation Lawyer of the Year.  He is currently included on the Silicon Valley Arbitration Mediation Center’s List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals.  He is a Fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators.

Education:  David was a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, where he served as an editor of the Minnesota Law Review.

Michael Diamant


Michael H. Diamant received a B.S. in Engineering with high honors from Case Western Reserve University, and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. He is retired at the end of 2016 as partner, snd remains Of Counsel at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP in its Cleveland Ohio office to complete a few ongoing cases. As a partner he was a member of its Litigation and IP Practice Groups. He has litigated at all levels of state and federal courts in Ohio and around the country including the U.S. Supreme Court and tried numerous jury and non-jury cases both criminal and civil, including defending three of the National Guardsman in the Kent State Criminal Trial and multiple engineering and business disputes.
With respect to technology he has tried cases in courts or before arbitration panels involving progressive die design, eddy current heat treating systems, tunneling machines, roof supports, polymer patents, mine roof supports, as well as, a variety of business disputes.


Michael serves as an arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrator, as well as local federal and state courts, and is a member of the Tech List and a Director of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center. He focuses on engineering and technology disputes both in his litigation and ADR practice. 

Michael is on the Large Complex Commercial Panel and the Technology/IP Panel of the American Arbitration Association/International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), the TECH List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center, and serves on its Executive  Committee. He is also a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London, England).

Peter Michaelson

Arbitrator and Lawyer

Peter serves, since 1991, as an ADR neutral primarily involving IP (patent, trademark, trade secret), IT and other technology-related disputes encompassing a wide range of technologies and industries, e.g., aviation, electronics (hardware and software), energy, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and infrastructure (including investment); and secondarily other commercial disputes. Also served, from 1979-2012, as an active IP practitioner concentrating in patent matters (primarily complex electronic, communications and computer-related and mechanical technologies) and trademark matters; and from 2010-2012 as General Counsel (virtual) for Direct Grid Technologies, LLC.

As a neutral, Peter has arbitrated over 500 domestic and international disputes with damages claimed in some of those disputes in the range of US $100-600 Million. Handled domestic and international arbitrations under UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, WIPO, CPR and AAA/ICDR rules. Serves as chair, sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and emergency arbitrator. Mediated over 200 domestic and international disputes, including an international patent dispute concerning mechanical and electronic aeronautical technologies with approximately US $600 Million at issue. Mediated numerous patent litigations in US District Courts involving complex electronic and mechanical technologies and Hatch-Waxman based pharmaceutical patent disputes. Serves as Court-appointed expert in patent law. Mediated a wide range of other substantive areas for the NJ Superior Court system. To date, I have rendered approx. 260 domain name arbitration decisions (20 reported in US Patents Quarterly).  Peter has extensive arbitration, mediation and negotiation training.

Fellow and Chartered Arbitrator, Chair Emeritus - NY Branch, and Former Institute Trustee -- Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Fellow - College of Commercial Arbitrators and American College of e-Neutrals

Member - "Tech List" - Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center

Ajay Thomas

Ajay is an independent arbitrator based in New Delhi

Ajay is an independent arbitrator based in New Delhi. He is on the panel of arbitrators of SCOPE, the apex body of Indian public sector enterprises, and also serves as the Vice Chairman of the ICC’s India Arbitration Group.


Ajay was a member of the expert committee constituted by the Law Commission of India to assist in the preparation of its 246th Report on ‘Amendments to the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996’.


From 2009-2016, he was Director and Registrar with the Indian subsidiary of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and also a member of the LCIA India Board of Directors.


Prior to joining the LCIA, Ajay was Counsel with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). He also served as Assistant Counsel with the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA).


He graduated from the National University of Singapore (LLM) specializing in arbitration and maritime laws, and the University of Goa (LLB).


On being admitted to the bar, he practiced mainly on the original side of the Bombay High Court, as junior counsel at a leading maritime law chamber.


Ajay is a guest faculty at the Indian Society of International Law (ISIL), New Delhi, where he teaches arbitration. He is also on the International Editorial Board of the Brazilian Journal of Alternative Dispute Resolution (RBADR). Ajay is a Member of the Executive Committee of the Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration (AFIA), and until recently was a Regional Ambassador for Hong Kong 45 (HK45).

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