SVAMC Releases 2020 List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals

Annual List Recognizes 51 ADR Professionals Worldwide With Deep Technology Expertise

PALO ALTO, Calif.--()--The Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (SVAMC), which promotes efficient and effective technology dispute resolution, is pleased to announce the release of its 2020 List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals (the “Tech List”).

Law firms, corporations, and ADR institutions use the SVAMC’s annual Tech List as a reliable roster of exceptional neutrals who “get” technology and the unique demands of the tech business world.

The individuals appointed to the peer-vetted list are exceptionally qualified arbitrators and mediators also known for their skill in crafting business-practical legal solutions in the technology sector. Based in key markets in the United States and around the globe, they have collectively handled thousands of successful cases.

All are members of a recognized U.S. or international arbitral or mediation institution panel with deep experience in disputes involving technology development and distribution, intellectual property, corporate, finance, trade regulation, aerospace, and other tech sector commercial matters.

“The SVAMC has rapidly evolved into an internationally recognized resource for the global technology sector in promoting business-practical resolution of disputes," said Les Schiefelbein, CEO of SVAMC. "Our success is due to the collective efforts of a talented and diverse Tech List of preeminent neutrals who are steeped in the unique needs of technology enterprises."

“When our clients choose to arbitrate rather than litigate, they know it is critical to select an arbitrator with the right background and expertise,” said Michael Levin, an intellectual property litigation partner with Wilson Sonsini in Palo Alto. “We’ve come to rely on the SVAMC and its Tech List, which includes an outstanding group of neutrals who have extensive experience across a wide spectrum of technology-related disputes. Undoubtedly, a neutral’s understanding of technology and tech markets can greatly enhance the effectiveness of alternative dispute resolution.”

The technology sector is not only the main driver of U.S. economic growth, but also makes up a significant portion of the global economy. As the need for ADR becomes more apparent in an ever-evolving technology-based society, selecting the right neutral becomes a paramount focus. Some of ADR’s advantages over traditional litigation proceedings include efficiency, cost savings, privacy, enforcement of international judgments, and the ability to select the most qualified decision-maker rather than relying on courts and juries.

The appointees to the 2020 Tech List of leading neutrals are:

David Allgeyer (Minneapolis)

Philip N. Argy (Sydney)

William H. Baker (New York)

Raymond Bender (Washington, DC/ New York)

Gary L. Benton (SF/Silicon Valley)

Alexander Blumrosen (New York/ Paris)

Thomas J. Brewer (Seattle)

Paul Burns (Scottsdale)

Maria Chedid (SF/Silicon Valley)

Theodore K. Cheng (Princeton Junction)

Deborah Coleman (Cleveland)

Charles T. (Chris) Compton (SF/Silicon Valley)

Thomas Creel (New York)

Robert B. Davidson (New York)

Michael Diamant (Cleveland)

Daniel Ebenstein (New York)

Jonathan Fitch (Boston)

Angela Foster (North Brunswick/ New York)

Stephen P. Gilbert (New York)

George Graff (New York)

James Grossman (SF/Silicon Valley)

Thomas D. Halket (New York)

Duarte Henriques (Lisbon)

David Huebner (Los Angeles)

Sandra Jeskie (Philadelphia/San Diego)

Sherman Kahn (New York)

Laura A. Kaster (Princeton)

Grant L. Kim (SF/Silicon Valley)

Crenguta Leaua (Bucharest/ Paris)

Thomas Legler (Geneva)

Richard Levin (Dallas)

James Madison (SF/Silicon Valley)

Josh Martin (Wilmington)

Paul Eric Mason (Miami/ Rio de Janeiro)

Peter L. Michaelson (New York)

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)

Barbara A. Reeves (Los Angeles)

Harrie Samaras (Philadelphia)

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)

Peter Vogel (Dallas)

Conna Weiner (Boston)

Joseph Zammit (New York)

For more information about the selection process, visit

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) names 51 exceptional professionals to its 2020 List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals.


Zumado Public Relations
Nicholas Gaffney, 415-732-7801