SVAMC’s 2017 “Tech List” Names the World’s Leading Technology Arbitrators and Mediators

PALO ALTO, Calif.--()--Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (SVAMC), a leading not-for-profit that advances the use of arbitration and mediation in technology and technology-related business disputes in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world, today released its highly anticipated 2017 List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals.

The list, commonly referred to as The Tech List, names 33 professionals this year, with nearly half based in Silicon Valley and the others working in key markets around the world including New York, Hong Kong, and Sydney.

“More than ever before, the US and international technology sector has a sharp focus on efficient and effective technology dispute resolution and the merits of arbitration and mediation to resolve disputes,” said Gary L. Benton, Chairman of SVAMC. “Notably, the Tech List has facilitated strong relations with leading corporations, law firms, ADR institutions and universities around the world. We are an important bridge between the technology industry and ADR providers and, increasingly, parties, counsel, and institutions are looking to SVAMC as the go-to resource on tech ADR.”

As the need for alternative dispute resolution becomes more apparent in an ever-evolving technology-based society, selecting the right neutral is quickly becoming a greater focus. Now in its third year, SVAMC has become the leading US and global resource on the use of arbitration and mediation in the technology industry. SVAMC plans to significantly expand the representation of neutrals operating from Europe and Asia on its annual list in the years ahead.

"The use of independent arbitration to resolve differences in patent cases is a recognized best practice,” said Ramzi Haidamus, President of Nokia Technologies, following the issuance of a 2016 ICC International Court of Arbitration Award in a matter between Nokia and Samsung. Haidamus observed that a key advantage of arbitration, efficient resolution of complex disputes, is conducive to ongoing business relationships. "We look forward to further collaboration with Samsung and others in additional licensing opportunities in the mobile communications market and beyond."

The SVAMC list is used by law firms, corporations, and ADR institutions as a go-to roster of exceptionally experienced and talented neutrals who “get” technology and, just as importantly, possess a deep understanding of the tech business world. All appointees are members of a recognized US or international arbitral or mediation institution panel and are ranked for superior expertise in resolving technology disputes, including technology development and distribution, intellectual property, corporate, finance, trade regulation and other commercial matters.

The list is peer-vetted and includes only the most exceptionally qualified arbitrators and mediators, known for their skill in crafting business-practical legal solutions in the technology sector. These professionals have collectively handled thousands of successful mediations and arbitrations.

The appointees to the 2017 “Tech List” of leading neutrals are:

David Allgeyer (Minneapolis)
Philip N. Argy (Sydney)
William H. Baker (New York)
Raymond G. Bender (Washington, D.C.)
Gary L. Benton (SF/Silicon Valley)
Thomas J. Brewer (Seattle)
Maria Chedid (SF/Silicon Valley)
Theodore K. Cheng (New York)
Deborah Coleman (Cleveland)
Charles T. Compton (SF/Silicon Valley)
Michael H. Diamant (Cleveland)
Stephen P. Gilbert (New York)
George L. Graff (New York)
James Grossman (SF/Silicon Valley)
Naomi Jane Gray (SF/Silicon Valley)
Sherman Kahn (New York)
Laura A. Kaster (Princeton)
Grant L. Kim (SF/Silicon Valley)
James Madison (SF/Silicon Valley)
Robert B. Morrill (SF/Silicon Valley)
Susan H. Nycum (SF/Silicon Valley)
Philip D. O’Neill, Jr. (Boston)
Merriann Panarella (Boston)
Charles R. Ragan (SF/Silicon Valley)
Harrie Samaras (Philadelphia)
David Sandborg (SF/Silicon Valley/Hong Kong)
Lester W. Schiefelbein (SF/Silicon Valley)
Neil Smith (SF/Silicon Valley)
Yaroslav Sochynsky (SF/Silicon Valley)
William A. Tanenbaum (New York)
Roderick M. Thompson (SF/Silicon Valley)
Vicki S. Veenker (SF/Silicon Valley)
Conna Weiner (Boston)

About Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center:

SVAMC is a non-profit serving the global technology sector through educational programming and related activities. SVAMC works with leading technology companies, law firms, ADR institutions and universities in Silicon Valley and around the globe to promote effective and efficient resolution of technology-related business disputes. Visit for additional information.


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Release Summary

Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (SVAMC), a San Francisco Bay Area not-for-profit organization, today released its highly anticipated 2017 List of the World's Leading Technology Neutrals.


Zumado Public Relations
Nicholas Gaffney, 415-732-7801