Brown Bag Lunch Presentation and Meeting in Los Angeles

November 16, 2023 @ Noon to 1:30 p.m.
333 S Hope St, Suite 2900, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Was generously hosted at the Los Angeles offices of Musick Peeler & Garrett LLP .

This was the second of a planned series of brown bag luncheons being organized by CalArb’s Law Firms and Corporations Committee. It was an opportunity to network with your arbitration colleagues and hear from an informative speaker.

This lunch featured a presentation on entertainment arbitration by CalArb member, Donald V. Smiley.

Comparative International Commercial Arbitration

October 25, 2023, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. PDT

This CalArb webinar was co-hosted by SIAC, HKIAC, ICDR, ICC, JAMS, CLA, and LES Silicon Valley Chapter and provided an engaging discussion on choosing arbitration bodies and impact on drafting arbitration agreements and clauses in commercial transactions.

CanArbWeek 2023

October 16 – 18, 2023 at the National Club in Toronto, Canada

The fourth edition of CanArbWeek at The National Club in Toronto was held October 16 – 18, 2023.

California Delegation to Japan

October 17 – 21, 2023 in Japan

The CLA delegation to Japan visited with Osaka Bar Association, Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association, and Kanagawa Bar Association.

Brown Bag Lunch Meeting in San Francisco

October 19, 2023, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

CalArb’s Law Firms & Corporations Committee held its first in-person brown bag lunch meeting of the year in San Francisco on October 19, 2023, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.  The conference room for the meeting was reserved courtesy of Marc Lewis and his firm, Lewis & Llewellyn LLP, on the 4th floor of 601 Montgomery Street, San Francisco.   As this was a welcoming and organization meeting, there was not a CLE presentation.   The meeting was in person so that committee members and guests can introduce themselves and discuss organization and programming for the coming year.

Webinar on Fintech Arbitration Disputes: The Caribbean and Silicon Valley Perspectives

October 13 @ 5:30 p.m. ADT (2:30 p.m. in California)

Sponsored by the BVI International Arbitration Centre as part of the 5th Annual Journey to BVI Arbitration Week, this panel discussion included CalArb Immediate Past President Gary Benton and board member Sarah E. Reynolds.

Webinar: Is There a Role for the Arbitrator in Settlement?

October 5, 2023 

Often, including after arbitration has started, the most efficient and satisfactory resolution of a dispute is by agreement of the parties. This program explored how to balance the goals of the arbitration process:getting a fair and cost-effective resolution while insuring the impartiality of the arbitrator and the neutrality of the process. The panel discussed methods of facilitating settlement during arbitration that meet these objectives.  Sponsored by the California Lawyers Association, this panel discustion indluded CalArb board members Ruth V. Glick and Marcus Quintanilla.

ICAL 20th Anniversary Conference

August 31 – September 1, 2023 in Stockholm, Sweden

This was the 20 th Anniversary Conference of the ICAL program in Stockholm, Sweden on August 31 and September 1, 2023.  This momentous event featured a 1.5 day conference on the theme of “Evolution or Revolution: Have We Mastered International Arbitration or Do We Need a New Blueprint for the Future”, a gala dinner, and other networking opportunities.

Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Symposium 2023

August 23, 2023 at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore

The SIAC Symposium is SIAC’s flagship conference which brings together stakeholders of the international arbitration community, to provide a platform for dialogue, co-creation and cross-pollination of ideas and networking opportunities.

CalArb President Gary Benton was a a speaker at the Connect & Collaborate 1 session on regional developments.  That session was titled Connecting Continents: Exploring Arbitration and Trade Trends between Asia and the Americas.

International Commercial Arbitration in the Philippines and California: A Meeting of the Minds

July 26, 2023, at 5:30 p.m. in California / July 27 at 8:30 a.m. in the Philippines

Philippine Dispute Resolution Center (PDRCI) and CalArb practitioners held an engaging and comparative discussion on international commercial arbitration in California and the Philippines.

CalArb Panelists: Ruth Glick and Thomas Hanrahan.  PDRCI Panelists:  Ricardo Ma. P.G. Ongkiko and Arthur P. Autea.  Moderated by Giorgio A. Sassine.

Society of Construction Law North America Branch Conference

July 16 – 18, 2023 in Boston, MA

CalArb hosted an event on July 18th from 2:40 – 3:30 in the Large Ballroom titled “To Be or Not To Be: A Debate Regarding Whether an Arbitrator Should Act as a Mediator to Resolve a Dispute”. The panel included CalArb members: James Dierking, Nathan O’Malley, Barbara Reeves, and Laura Abrahamson.

What is your Dispute Clause Strategy?

June 28, 2023 via Zoom Webinar

This was a CalArb Webinar moderated by Marcus Quintanilla and presented by Janie Winning, Ken Korea and Les Schiefelbein.

Watch the recorded webinar here.

Foley Hoag United Nations Lecture Series Part IV: The Treaty of the High Seas: What is it and What Does it Mean for States and Private Actors?

June 15, 2023 at Foley Hoag LLP, 1301 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

Co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations, the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations, United Nations Development Programme, Berkeley Law School, and Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center

XVI Dublin Forum on International Commercial Dispute Resolution

June 14, 2023 at Noon UTC (5:00 a.m. PDT) via Zoom

The Forum is a global sequence of panels of practitioners at locations across the world, in a rolling series of discussions on local, regional and international topical issues impacting the practice of international arbitration and dispute resolution. The link to the webinar is free of charge and publicly available and Chatham House Rule does not apply.  CalArb members Gary Benton, Les Schiefelbein and Dana Welch will be speaking.

2023 American Arbitration Association Construction Conference

June 8, 2023 in Santa Monica, CA

The 2023 American Arbitration Association® Construction Conference focuses on best practices for avoiding and managing disputes on complex construction projects from the planning stages through completion of the project. A Breakfast with General Counsel opens the conference, discussing current issues important to construction companies, continuing with sessions on:

• Risky Business: Construction Disputes as Risk Management Problems;
• The New AAA DARB Rules – Changes and New Opportunities;
• Game Changer Takeaways in Construction Dispute Resolution;
• Incorporating “International” Arbitration Techniques into Domestic Arbitration Proceedings;
• Ethics Issues with Virtual Hearings and Document Production; and more.

Attendees will leave with techniques and best practices in dispute avoidance and resolution strategies for complex construction projects.

LCIA “Tylney on Tour” Vancouver: Energy Disputes

June 3, 2023 in Vancouver, BC

A morning symposium and lunch, focused on energy disputes and international commercial arbitration, hosted at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG). This symposium follows and is designed to complement the ICCA and the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre (VIAC) joint conference on “Energy Infrastructure Disputes and Arbitration: Today and Tomorrow”, on June 2nd. The symposium is designed to be interactive and to provide an opportunity for delegates to share news and views on developments in the field of international commercial arbitration and ADR, on this occasion, specifically as they relate to Energy Disputes.

ICCA – VanIAC Conference

June 2, 2023 in Vancouver, BC

ICCA and the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre are delighted to announce that a joint conference will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre on June 2, 2023. The co-hosted event will bring together members of the international arbitration community in Vancouver, British Columbia, to engage with the theme “Energy Infrastructure Disputes and Arbitration: Today and Tomorrow”.

Stanford Law School Advanced Patent and Technology Mediation and Arbitration Course

June 8 – 9, 2023 at Stanford University

Registration is now open for the Stanford Law School Advanced Patent and Technology Mediation and Arbitration Course presented by the Stanford Law School in conjunction with SVAMC and co-sponsored by CalArb. It is a two-day professional skills program designed to provide experienced litigation counsel legal knowledge and practical expertise in technology and patent arbitrations and mediations. CLE credit will be provided.

Arbitration in California: Insights from Practitioners

May 11, 2023 (8:30 am PDT)


Please join CalArb members, Sarah Reynolds, Marcus Salvato Quintanilla, and Giorgio Sassine for this webinar on May 11 at 8:30 a.m., hosted by Stanford International Arbitration Association.

ABA International Law Section Annual Conference

May 1 – 5, 2023

New York, NY

Save the date for the American Bar Association’s (ABA) largest event of the year. This conference will feature more than 50+ world-class programs covering a wide array of international legal topics such as dispute resolution, international finance, M&A, and corporate governance.

Views from California: US-China Business & Next Generation Life Sciences Disputes

April 26, 2023 (2:00 – 6:00 pm PDT)

San Francisco, CA

Join ICC International Court of Arbitration President, Claudia Salomon for a half-day, in-person event featuring a two-part panel discussion followed by a cocktail reception. This program is for business leaders and practitioners in arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Panel one will discuss the state of US-China business and dispute resolution. Panel two will discuss the next generation of life science disputes.

Law and Policy Roundtable: Offshore Wind Energy Comes to California

April 19, 2023 (2:30 – 5:30 PM)

Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP, Los Angeles, CA

Join HKA Partner Patrick Jensen as he speaks on the risks and challenges of offshore wind at the Law and Policy Roundtable: Offshore Wind Energy Comes to California on April 19 at 4:30 PM PT. The three-hour seminar begins at 2:30 PM PT and is being held at the law offices of Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP in Los Angeles. California has set the ambitious goal of achieving 100% renewable energy and zero-carbon electricity by the end of 2045. The state’s plan to achieve this goal largely depends on its ability to successfully implement offshore wind energy. In 2022, regulatory approvals were granted to move forward with two designated development areas, and auctions were held. This is a huge step forward in the effort to bring offshore wind to California. The USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, USC Gould School of Law, and Energy Industries Council are sponsoring and hosting this free program to address the business, policy, and legal issues raised by this development.

California International Arbitration Week 2023

March 13-17, 2023

Join California Arbitration, the California Lawyers Association and leading arbitration institutions and organizations from around the world in a week-long series of complimentary online and in-person programs celebrating international arbitration in California.

Stanford International Arbitration Association Fireside Chat: Artificial Intelligence and Ethics

March 9, 2023 (12:30 – 1:30 pm PST) / Stanford Law School

The Stanford International Arbitration Association is honored to host a fireside chat on “Artificial Intelligence and Ethics” with two leaders in the industry: Amy Endicott and Prof. Jerry Kaplan. The event will take place this Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 12:30 p.m. at Stanford Law School.

Amy Endicott is a partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. She helps clients develop strategies to navigate and resolve cross-border technology disputes that arise as her clients undertake the transformation to business models powered by machine learning and enterprise blockchain. An internationally recognized arbitration practitioner based in California’s innovative Silicon Valley, Ms. Endicott has represented chip makers, life sciences companies, and aerospace innovators in international arbitrations conducted under the rules of leading organizations, including the ICC, AAA-ICDR, and UNCITRAL. She publishes and speaks frequently on issues concerning the intersection of AI and law. Ms. Endicott also co-chairs the Steering Committee of the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (SVAMC)’s Young Professionals, which is dedicated to fostering dialogue with thought leaders in the technology and arbitration spaces.

Prof. Jerry Kaplan, Ph.D., is widely known as an Artificial Intelligence expert, serial entrepreneur, technical innovator, educator, bestselling author, and futurist. He co-founded four Silicon Valley startups, two of which became publicly traded companies, and teaches “Social and Economic Impact of Artificial Intelligence” at Stanford University. He has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Business Week, and is a frequent public speaker and media commentator.

California International Arbitration: Coming of Age

March 8, 2023 (12:00 – 1:00 pm PST) / Webinar

Click here to watch a recording of the Daily Journal webinar “California International Arbitration: Coming of Age” featuring CalArb officers Giorgio Sassine, Jeff Daar and Laura Abrahamson.

CalArb Co-Sponsored Event:

Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law Symposium – Cross Border Conflicts: Identifying Parameters, Transforming Perceptions and Methodologies

March 2-3, 2023 / Malibu, CA

The Pepperdine Caruso Law Dispute Resolution Law Journal Symposium brings together leaders in international conflict resolution to address the uncertain future of the world’s most pressing geopolitical and international problems. This two-day conference will explore a variety of cutting-edge solutions to the Xinjiang issue, the Cyprus conundrum, and global immigration challenges. Distinguished speakers include high-caliber professionals from Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School, George Washington University, the University of Southern California, Liberty University, Pepperdine University, the American Arbitration Association, JAMS; elite private sector organizations like the San Diego-based High Conflict Institute; and renowned firms including Sheppard Mullin and White & Case. CLE Credit available!

Efficient International Commercial Arbitration: A Discussion Between VanIAC and CalArb Practitioners

March 1, 2023 (10:30 – 11:30 am PST) / Webinar

Join the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre (VanIAC) and CalArb practitioners for a discussion on efficient international commercial arbitration. CalArb panelists Dana Welch and Thomas Hanrahan will join VanIAC panelists Ludmila Herbst, KC, Alexandra Mitretodis, and Elsa Sardinha.  The video of this discussion can be viewed here.

Young CalArb: A Day in the Life of an International Arbitration Practitioner

February 24, 2023 / University of San Diego School of Law

Young CalArb will be hosting “A Day in the Life of an International Arbitration Practitioner” on February 24th at the University of San Diego School of Law in conjunction with USD’s Pre-Moot. The panel will feature Katie Connolly, an International Arbitration Senior Associate at Norton Rose Fulbright, Giorgio Sassine, an Associate at Musick Peeler & Garrett, and Charlotte Klinger (moderator), a law student at the Straus Institute at Pepperdine University.

CalArb Sponsored Event:

UC College of Law at San Francisco Speaker Series: The Enforcement of Metaverse-related Disputes Resolved in International Arbitration

February 14, 2023 (5:15 – 7:15) / In-person (UC Law SF) & Webinar

Elizabeth Chan from Allen & Overy (Hong Kong) will be speaking via zoom on the enforcement of metaverse-related disputes resolved in international arbitration.

ADR Case Law Update

January 26, 2023

Join this series on ADR case law updates related to mediation and arbitration presented by the ADR Committee of the Litigation Section. Panelists Paul Dubow and James (Jim) Madison will provide their thoughtful analysis and discuss the most interesting ADR cases decided since September 2022. This webinar is free to all CLA members and MCLE credit will be available.

CalArb Co-Sponsored Event:

Stanford International Arbitration Association (SIAA) – International Arbitration 101 with Hugh Carlson, Three Crowns LLP

January 19, 2023 (2-3:30 pm) / Crooker Garden (Stanford Law School)

Please join the Stanford International Arbitration Association (SIAA) and Hugh Carlson of Three Crowns LLP on Thursday, January 19 at Stanford Law School for an introduction to international arbitration and practical tips for breaking into this competitive field. Topics include key practice differences between international arbitration and litigation, suggestions on favorably distinguishing one’s candidacy, and pointers on excelling in one’s first year of practice.

Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution Conference

January 13, 2023 / In-person (Phoenix, AZ) & Webinar

The fifth annual Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution Conference will convene top lawyers, counsel for global corporations, internationally-recognized arbitrators and mediators, academics, and leaders at arbitration institutions to engage in discussions on timely issues in international dispute resolution. Featuring CalArb member Les Schiefelbein.

CIArb-NAB’s Ask the Arbitrator: “Reflections and Recommendations of an International Arbitrator with Expertise in International Business and Technology Law” Interview with Gary Benton

January 11, 2023 at 9:00 AM (PDT) / Zoom

CIArb-NAB’s monthly webinar series “Ask the Arbitrator” will be featuring Gary Benton this Wednesday, January 11. Gary will be interviewed by Anqi Luan, an LL.M student with the White & Case International Arbitration program at the University of Miami, School of Law, Florida.

CalArb / CIArb Sponsored Event:

Of Privilege & Privacy: Navigating Inconsistent Legal Privilege and Personal Data Protection Regimes in International Arbitration

December 5, 2022 3:30 – 7:00 PM

Musick Peeler Office / Los Angeles, CA

Join both CalArb and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators for a discussion on privilege and privacy in international arbitration.

CalArb Sponsored Event:

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators North American Branch’s Accelerated Route to Fellowship (International Arbitration) Assessment

December 2-3, 2022

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR) Office / San Francisco, CA (Market Street)

The Accelerated Route to Fellowship program put on by CIArb-NAB, and co-sponsored by CalArb and SVAMC is designed for senior practitioners in the field of dispute resolution. This program includes five interactive workshops plus three plenary sessions that explore the challenges of organizing and managing a complex international arbitration and the drafting of an enforceable reasoned award.

2022 Annual Summit on Commercial Dispute Resolution in China

November 30, 2022 (3:00 – 7:20 PM UTC)

Virtual Conference

Hear CalArb members Gary Benton, Jeff Benz and David Huebner speak at the 2022 Annual Summit on Commercial Dispute Resolution in China hosted by the Beijing Arbitration Commission.

The Devil Wears Arbitration – Litigating in the fashion industry

November 25, 2022, 9:00 – 4:30 PM (CET)

Hybrid event

Join the Milan Chamber of Arbitration for the 13th edition of the CAM Annual Conference where experts and practitioners in the field will discuss the many advantages arbitration has for the fashion industry. Topics covered include why arbitration is a good idea in the fashion industry, resolving disputes related to trademark issues and distribution agreements, and the future of litigation: NFTs and metaverse. This event is featuring one of our very own CalArb members, Ghada Qaisi Audi!

Nurturing Innovations in Arbitration in Japan

November 18, 2022, 10:00 – 11:00 AM (JST)


The Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA) presented a special webinar event in celebration of its 69th anniversary. This webinar covered current and future innovations in arbitration in Japan and at the JCAA, including the use of AI and technology in evidence gathering and administration of arbitration cases, as well as the innovative features aimed at expedited case resolution embodied in the JCAA’s Interactive Arbitration Rules.

The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) Presents Arbitration Advocacy in the Virtual & Hybrid World

April 25, 2022 – December 25, 2022

A five session program breaking down the arbitration process from start to finish. Each of the sessions covers one essential stage of the process and examines how this era of videoconferencing and hybrid proceedings has created new obstacles and opportunities. Join the series at any point and register for as many sessions as your schedule allows.