Christopher S. Gibson
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Christopher S. Gibson is an active arbitrator and mediator, as well as Professor of Law and Director of the Business Law and Financial Services Concentration at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, and Director of the School’s ADR Program. Professor Gibson has more than 25 years of experience serving as arbitrator, mediator and counsel in institutional, ad hoc and other international and domestic proceedings involving a wide variety of commercial, technology, intellectual property, life sciences (pharmaceuticals), information technology, financial/loan agreements, joint venture agreements, insurance, construction, medical device, telecommunications, energy and other commercial matters, and more than 200 disputes involving domain names and trademarks. He has accepted over 300 appointments as a single, presiding and panel arbitrator, as well as emergency arbitrator. He is on the panel of leading arbitration institutions: AAA Commercial Panel, Large and Complex Cases, ICDR International Panel, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), National Arbitration Forum (NAF), Swedish Chamber of Commerce (SCC), Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center’s 2020 list of leading arbitrators and mediators in the technology sector (SVAMC), and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He is certified by WIPO to mediate IP disputes.

Professor Gibson was previously a partner in the London office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where he served as lead counsel in numerous arbitrations. He also practiced with Pillsbury Madison & Sutro in its San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices, as well as with Howard Rice in its San Francisco office.  He has served as Chair of the Boston Bar Association’s International Law Section; Chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Society of International Law (ASIL); Vice-Chair of the Academic Council of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration (ITA); and member of the ICC Task Force on Amiable Composition in Arbitration. He is on the Advisory Board of the Boston International Arbitration Council (BIAC).  Professor Gibson is a founder and Co-Director of the Foreign Direct Investment International Moot Competition (FDI Moot), which focuses on investor-State arbitration.

Professor Gibson is graduate of Berkeley Law, University of California (JD), Harvard University’s Kennedy School (MPP) and the University of Chicago (BA).  Prior to law school he was employed as an economist.  Chris is qualified as a US lawyer and a Registered Foreign Lawyer in England and Wales.  He frequently lectures on international and domestic arbitration at law schools in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has authored books, book chapters and numerous articles on arbitration, intellectual property and related technology issues.