SVAMC First Annual All-Members Meeting

Dear SVAMC Members, As you know, SVAMC conducted its First Annual All-Member Meeting on April 30th at Farella Braun + Martell in San Francisco. With Gary and Chris, I want to thank Rod Thompson and his team for hosting the meeting. A thank you to Bill Seward and Amy for their great assistance in planning the All-Member […]

New Survey Launched by SVAMC on Tech Use and Disputes in Latin America/Caribbean

This survey is designed as a tool to learn more about what technologies are being used in the region and how disputes over these can be resolved more quickly, inexpensively and reliably. On October 16, 2018 the SVAMC began distributing this survey to in-house counsel, outside counsel, ADR institutions, business people and academics with an […]

HKIAC Secretary General Sarah Grimmer Visits with SVAMC

HKIAC Secretary General Sarah Grimmer Visits with SVAMC On May 31, SVAMC joined the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) in San Francisco in sponsoring a luncheon program titled Doing Business with China: Why Arbitration Matters? All SVAMC members were invited and many leading Northern California […]

NZIAC SURVEY: Dispute Resolution in the IT sector

SVAMC members and visitors are encouraged to participate. New Zealand International Arbitration Centre SURVEY: Dispute Resolution in the IT sector The purpose of this survey is to gather insights and opinions as to the main causes of misalignment in IT project and services engagements. Click the link above to access the survey.

Insider Views on International Dispute Resolution

In January, Tech List Members Jonathan W. Fitch and Philip D. O’Neill, Jr. moderated a program at the Boston Bar Association: “Insider Views on International Dispute Resolution.” SVAMC was a co-sponsor of the event, whose panel members included Secretary General Alexander Fessas of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; Mark T. Beaudouin, General Counsel and […]


On January 29-30, 2018, the ICC held its 4th International Arbitration Conference in Panama, an important international business and financial hub. Some 150-200 attorneys, government officials and arbitrators from Central, South & North America and Europe took part in this PANARB-2018 Conference which was organized into four main panel sessions. The Conference was conducted primarily […]

SVAMC-Young Professionals’ Inaugural Event at Event Stanford Law School

Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center’s Young Professionals successfully held their first event earlier this month — in partnership with Stanford Law School, Shearman & Sterling LLP, and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution. The program consisted of two panels: 1) Why international arbitration & mediation is appropriate for disputes in the technology sector and […]

Engrossing Discussion at First Annual Law Firm Roundtable

  On October 26, 2017, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, PC, hosted SVAMC’s first Law Firm Roundtable:  A gathering of 13 senior lawyers from ten of Silicon Valley’s major firms, co-sponsored by the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (“CPR”).  Chris Compton moderated the program, joined by SVAMC’s Chairman Gary Benton, CEO Les Schiefelbein […]

Recent Webinar: Arbitrating Patent Cases, Setting the Right Course

On September 20, the Tech List Coordinating Committee kicked off its upcoming series of webinars with Arbitrating Patent Cases, Setting the Right Course. The webinar was presented by tech list appointees David Allgeyer, author of the new ABA book Arbitrating Patent Cases: A Practical Guide, and Yaroslav (Yarko) Sochynsky, an arbitrator and mediator with decades […]