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Gary L. Benton

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2315 Emerson Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Description of Practice

Gary Benton is an internationally recognized Arbitrator and Mediator with expertise in international business, private investment, technology, IP and emerging growth matters. His practice is focused on technology development, distribution, licensing, IP infringement and cybersecurity disputes. He has handled hundreds of cases around the world and serves on the panels of the leading international arbitral institutions in the US, Europe and Asia.

Mr. Benton is an Adjunct at Santa Clara University and the Chairman of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center (SVAMC). He was previously a partner with the leading international law firms Pillsbury Winthrop and Coudert Brothers in San Francisco and Palo Alto. As well, he served as CLO/GC for a cybersecurity company supporting US national security interests.

He is a Fellow and Board member of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), an appointee of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN), a founder of the California International Arbitration Council (CIAC), and a member of the ITA Advisory Board, ICCA, AIPLA and other US and international ADR and technology associations.

He is dual qualified as a US lawyer and an English solicitor and serves in administered and ad hoc proceedings worldwide.

Professional Background

He was named by the National Law Journal as one of the 25 ADR Trendsetters and Visionaries in the US. He is also named to IAM 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists. He is peer-appointed to the SVAMC List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals.


Over 30 years experience as a US and international neutral


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
1995 to present    AAA    Arbitration/Mediation - Over 100 hours
2019-2020    US Dist. Court    Early Neutral Evaluation - 10 hours
    see website for additional training details   

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Areas of Practice

  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Bioethics
  • Business
  • Cannabis
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Contracts
  • Copyright
  • Cross Cultural
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Entertainment
  • General
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Online Civil
  • Online Mediation
  • Partnership
  • Patent
  • Securities
  • Technology
  • Trademark

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Online Mediator
  • Online Arbitrator

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.


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