Robert B. Morrill is an independent arbitrator and mediator with over 40 years experience, serving as a neutral in hundreds of cases. Bob was a founding partner of Skjerven Morrill LLP, one of the leading IP boutiques of Silicon Valley, and finished his practice career at Sidley Austin LLP, litigating IP cases and structuring IP transactions at both firms, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Because of his technology background, much of Bob’s arbitration and mediation experience has been in patent and other intellectual property, technology and licensing cases, but he has also handled a wide variety of commercial cases, including disputes arising from the sale of businesses, partnership disputes, contract cases of all kinds and disputes regarding commercial transactions. Bob has also served as a special master to advise the court on summary judgment motions in patent cases and on discovery issues, and as an expert witness in patent matters.
Bob is a member of the American Arbitration Association Large Complex Case and Technology Panels and the CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Certified Mediator of the International Mediation Institute and a mediator and early neutral evaluator for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Bob was one of the founders and the first President of the San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property Inn of Court and was one of the founders of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center.
Bob has taught patent litigation and IP law at the Golden Gate University School of Law and has lectured extensively on intellectual property and litigation topics. He received a B.S. with four-year honors from the University of Nevada, Reno and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. Northern California Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America have listed Bob for a number of years in the intellectual property litigation and ADR areas.