Gary L. Benton

Gary L. Benton

Gary Benton is an internationally recognized Arbitrator with over thirty years major law firm and in-house experience in US and international business, corporate investment, technology, IP and emerging growth matters. Gary’s technology law career includes extensive experience litigating licensing and IP disputes, managing international legal projects for Fortune 500 technology companies, venture financing Silicon Valley tech startups, handling US and international M&A and IPOs, and serving as General Counsel of an Internet cloud security company serving US national security interests.

Gary is the founder and Chairman of the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center.

He is on the Adjunct Faculty of the Santa Clara University School of Law (and previously the Pepperdine University School of Law) and lectures on US and international arbitration law and practice. He was a partner for many years with the leading international law firms Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and Coudert Brothers LLP in San Francisco and Palo Alto and served as General Counsel for an Internet/mobile cybersecurity company

Gary has handled hundreds of cases in the course of his career. He has substantial experience as a single, presiding and panel arbitrator in U.S. and international arbitrations involving corporate, commercial and international business transactions, including private investment, private equity and venture capital, DeFi/FinTech, international business contracts, IT & Internet, telecom, life science & biotech, alternative energy, technology development, sales, marketing and distribution, competition, IP licensing and infringement (patent, trade secret and copyright) and cybersecurity disputes.

Gary is a Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (CollArb), an Academy member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN), and a member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) Advisory Board, the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), the American Intellectual Property Law Assn (AIPLA) and various other US and international arbitration and legal associations. He is the founder and Past President of California Arbitration (, the Co-Chair of the California Lawyers Association International Arbiitration and ADR Subcommittee, and Co-Chaired California's 1st International Arbitration Week. Gary was named by the National Law Journal as one of the 25 ADR Trendsetters and Visionaries in the US. He is also named in the IAM 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists.

He is a member of the ICDR International Panel, the AAA Commercial Panel (Large & Complex Cases, IP, High Tech, Corporate Law, Communications & Telecom, Contract Law and General Business specialty panels) and Energy (Alternative Energy) Panel, the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution Panel, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Panel, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Panel, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) List and IP Panel, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Panel, the Asia International Arbitration Centre Panel and the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA) Panel, and serves as an Arbitrator on matters before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Court of Arbitration and the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI) and has served as counsel on matters before the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and various other EU and Asian regional arbitral institutions, as well as in UNCITRAL proceedings. He is a GAR listed Arbitrator.

Gary is qualified as a US lawyer and an English solicitor. He is admitted to the US Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and other US federal courts and serves on the US District Court NDCA Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) Panel.

Gary has handled matters in over 80 countries, throughout Asia (including extensive work in China and India), Europe, Israel, Australia, the US, Canada and Latin America. He serves as an Arbitrator and Mediator throughout the US and internationally in administered and ad hoc proceedings and is available for both in-person and videoconference matters.

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