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In September 2020, I retired from my law firm and joined JAMS. Please see https://www.jamsadr.com/rod-thompson/ for more information. Experienced international and U.S. complex commercial arbitrator (have served as sole arbitrator, party-appointed neutral and chair) and mediator. In addition to CPR and JAMS, I have served on the AAA and ICDR panels (where I am still available for party or co-arbitrator appointments), World Intellectual Property Association (WIPO) and various court panels.
My practice emphasizes complex commercial litigation, including intellectual property and antitrust cases. I serves as an arbitrator and mediator in technology-related controversies. He has been named among the Top 75 IP Litigators in California by the Daily Journal. He is a frequent speaker and author on intellectual property, antitrust, and efficient dispute resolution. I have been listed among Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars, Northern California Super Lawyers, and has been recommended in PLC Which Lawyer? for Dispute Resolution., and received the Distinguished Service Award in Alternative Dispute Resolution as “Mediator of the Year” for 1989 from the San Francisco Regional Office of the American Arbitration Association, and has maintained an active mediation practice ever since.
Mr. Thompson earned his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law (Order of the Coif) in 1980, and his B.A.in Economics from Trinity College in 1977. He is a member of the State Bar of California and the Panels of Mediators and Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association, Technology and California Regional Panels of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, and Mediation and Early Neutral Evaluation panels of the United States District Court in San Francisco. He serves as a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) mediator, arbitrator and Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution panelist.