Benton, Gary

Gary L. Benton, Esq.

Gary Benton is an internationally recognized Arbitrator and Mediator with over thirty years major law firm and in-house technology expertise. He focuses on technology law, private investment, corporate and securities, contracts and commercial, intellectual property and international business disputes. Gary’s technology law career includes extensive experience in venture financing Silicon Valley tech startups, handling US and international M&A and IPOs, managing portfolios of international legal projects for Fortune 500 technology companies, litigating patent and other IP disputes and serving as an Internet cloud security company GC. He has handled hundreds of technology and international commercial matters in over 80 countries around the world.

Gary’s training as a U.S. and international litigator, arbitration counsel and mediator, coupled with his transactional expertise in emerging technology and private investment, make him uniquely suited for resolving complex business disputes involving U.S. and international technology companies and their investors and partners, including corporate, technology financing, technology development, distribution, licensing, infringement and governance matters. He serves as an Arbitrator and Mediator throughout the U.S. and internationally.

  • Independent US and International Arbitrator & Mediator (1995-present)
  • Chairman of Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (2013-present)
  • Chief Legal Officer at Global Velocity (2009-2013)
  • Partner at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, LLP (2005-2009)
  • Partner (and Associate) at Coudert Brothers, LLP (1987-2005)
  • International Studies at Stanford University, International Studies (1986)
  • J.D. at Tulane Law School, cum laude (1984)
  • Legal Studies at University of California, Hastings College of Law (1984)
  • B.A. at Washington University, cum laude, Earth & Planetary Sciences and Political Science and International Development (1981)
  • Qualified as a US attorney and an English Solicitor
  • Admitted to the California and District of Columbia Bars
  • Admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and various federal district courts.
  • Member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) Advisory Board
  • Member of the International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member of the American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Affiliated with the Agency for Dispute Resolution (ADR) (Neutrals Panel)
  • Affiliated with the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) (International Panel)
  • Affiliated with the American Arbitration Association (AAA) (Mediation Panel; Commercial Arbitration Panel; Large & Complex Cases, Corporate Law, Securities, High Technology, Communications & Telecom, Contract Law & General Business Commercial and Intellectual Property specialty panels)
  • Affiliated with the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution (General Panel)
  • Affiliated with the ICC –USCIB (Member)
  • Affiliated with the World Intellectual Property Association (WIPO)
  • Affiliated with the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center (Chairman)
Accolades (Honors)
  • SVAMC 2015 List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
Recent Publications
  • 2015 – Efficiently Resolving M&A Disputes, Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center
  • 2015 – Presenter, Arbitration in the Next 100 Years, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Centennial
  • 2015 - What that Senior Patent Lawyer Wasn’t Thinking: Inter Partes Review vs. ADR, Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center
  • 2014 - The Android Wars: A New Look at the Apple v. Samsung Case, Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Docket
  • 2014 - VCDR: Venture Capital Dispute Resolution, Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center
  • 2014 - The Android Wars - International Technology Arbitration in an Alternate Universe: A Case Study of Apple v. Samsung, Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration: The Fordham Papers (Arthur W. Rovine, ed.) Brill
  • 2002 - Cross-Border Disputes: Should My Company Use International Arbitration, International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • 1997 - The Arbitration of International Technology Disputes Under the English Arbitration Act 1996, Arbitration International, vol. 13, no. 4, p. 361

“Innovation, collaboration and deal-making fuel Silicon Valley. I provide private, business-practical resolution of US and international tech disputes. Parties get results that are smart, fair, cost-efficient and keep the focus on growth.”

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