Self-employed: Neutral arbitrator and mediator; mediation coaching; entrepreneur counseling; settlement counsel; attorney (commercial and intellectual property)
Profession: Attorney, Business Consulting, ADR neutral
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION EXPERIENCE
Served as sole arbitrator, panelist, and panel chair in 50+ commercial arbitration matters. Recent matters include patent litigation; numerous patent fee disputes; Software license agreement matter; consumer education contract matter; software development contract to develop App for Android platform; business agent agreement in sale of a business; agreement related to unpermitted property improvements; post-judgment marriage dissolution matter; panel chair regarding TV rights asset purchase; panel chair in a matter of copyrighted jewelry designs; panel chair in fee dispute regarding attorney services.
Mediated approximately 250 matters. Recent matters include ownership interests in a screenplay; trademark infringement; patent infringement matter related to environment protection product; contract and trade secret misappropriation matter related to international manufacturing of electronic component parts; matter related to an electronic smoking pipe; matter related to optical particle counter; contract matter regarding reverse engineering and trade secret misappropriation; matter related to the sale of educational material; matter regarding inventor claim of patent ownership; dispute related to agricultural products; dispute related to commercial rights in an article of clothing; numerous personal injury and consumer matters.
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION EDUCATION AND TRAINING
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS
American Bar Association (IP, Litigation And ADR Sections); Los Angeles County Bar Association; Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association; Association Of Business Trial Lawyers; Sedona Conference Working Group On Electronic Discovery And Privacy, Confidentiality And Public Access.
“Public Policy & the Arbitrability of Intellectual Property Disputes,” ADR Times July 2, 2013; “Building Trust in Mediation,” Dispute Resolution Magazine, Vol. 16, No. 4, Summer 2010; “E-Discovery Disputes, Mediation and Confidentiality,” Bloomberg Law Reports / Federal Practice, September 8, 2009; “Technology Basics,” eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel, Chapter 4, Thompson / West Publishing, 2008 – 2014editions; “Will Your Company Be Required To Preserve Information From Employees’ Personal Email Accounts and Computers?,” Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Client Alert, April 2007; “Wal-Mart: Has Non-Genericness Been Eliminated as an Element of a Product Configuration Trade Dress Claim?,” BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, March 2005.
Also participate in the drafting and enactment of California’s Anti-Counterfeiting Statutes (Business and Professions Code §§14340-14342 and Penal Code §350); Trade Secret Act (Civil Code §3426 et seq. and Code of Civil Procedure §2019(d); and Employee Rights in Inventions (Labor Code §2870).
PRESENTATIONS & TEACHING
(Presentations) “Ethics And ADR: What Ever Happened To Zealous Representation?” Presented to Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, January 10, 2013; “Cloud Computing,” 15th Annual Electronic Discovery and Records Retention Conference, December 7, 2011; “E-Discovery for the Corporate Market,” Executive Counsel Institute, March 12- 15, 2011; “Intellectual Property Protection in International Commercial Transactions,” Conference on Future Trends in Exporting and Importing, sponsored by the Foreign Trade Association, February 17, 2011; “Controlling Your E-Discovery Destiny,” E-Discovery for the Corporate Market Conference, Executive Counsel Institute, Los Angeles, CA, December 14-15, 2010; “Getting your IM/RM House in Order,” Thomson Reuters, 14th Annual Electronic Discovery and Records Retention Conference: Achieving Practical Proportionality, Los Angeles, CA, September 14-15, 2010; “The Electronic Information Juggernaut: Taking Aim At ADR,” American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, San Francisco, CA, April 7-10, 2010; and others before 2010. (Teaching) Adjunct Professor – Business Law, Masters College Business School (2011); Patent Procedure, Southwestern Law School (1985); Copyright Law and Intellectual Property, Loyola Law School, (1982 – 1983); Copyright and Intellectual Property, American Patent Institute (1978-1980)
2014 – Advanced Mediation Training, Pepperdine University School of Law
2010 – Certificate in Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law;
1984 – National Institute for Trial Advocacy;
1978 – Advanced Copyright Law, USC;
1975 – J.D. (honors) University of La Verne College of Law;
1971 – M.S., Control Systems Engineering, UCLA;
1967 – B.S., Electronic Engineering, UCLA.
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
U.S. Supreme Court; Supreme Court, California; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals; Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuits; U.S. District Court (California Central, Southern, Northern, Eastern, Wisconsin Eastern District, Nebraska), U.S. Patent Office.