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Gary L. Benton, Mediator & Arbitrator, Palo Alto, California.

Gary L. Benton

Gary Benton Arbitration
228 Hamilton Avenue
Third Floor
Palo Alto, CA, 94301
Tel: (650) 798-5100
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Recognized to California Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration

Regularly travels out of state to: District of Columbia, New York, Texas

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  • Practice Commenced: 1997
  • Total Mediations (as of Feb 2020): 100
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Feb 2020): 100
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Gary Benton is an internationally recognized arbitrator and mediator. His tech law career includes litigating patent disputes, venture financing Silicon Valley startups, handling M&A and IPOs, managing portfolios of int’l legal projects for Fortune 500 tech companies and serving as GC of an Internet cloud security company.

Gary is one of only a few ADR experts with a background in technology and international business law. He has significant experience as both a litigation partner and a corporate partner in AmLaw 100 firms. He is one of only a few technology ADR experts with experience as both a partner in a major law firm and as a General Counsel in an emerging technology company. As well, he is one of only a few Silicon Valley ADR experts with extensive international arbitration experience.  Gary’s training as a U.S. and international litigator and arbitration counsel, coupled with his transactional expertise in emerging technology, make him uniquely suited for resolving complex private investment, technology development/distribution and international business disputes.

Gary has handled hundreds of cases in the course of his career. He has substantial experience as a single, presiding and panel arbitrator for U.S. and international commercial arbitrations and in mediations focused on corporate, commercial and international business transactions, including technology financing, technology development, sales and distribution, IP licensing, patent, copyright and trade secret infringement and data breaches. His international arbitration experience includes counsel and neutral services involving common law, civil law and developing country matters. He has significant experience with civil law and other non-US style arbitrations.

In addition to his arbitration work, he regularly mediates US and international contract, private investment and technology-related disputes. 

Case Experience

  • Anti-Trust
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Creditors
  • Business Dissolution
  • Commercial/Business
  • Contract Disputes
  • Cross Cultural
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Industrial
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Internet
  • Media & Communications
  • Medical Devices
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Partnerships
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Securities
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Software
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Unfair Competition
  • Venture Capital


  • WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY: AB, cum laude-1981, Earth & Planetary Sciences, Political Science and International Development
  • TULANE LAW SCHOOL: JD, cum laude-1984
  • STANFORD UNIVERSITY: International Studies-1986

Memberships & Affiliations

Gary has been appointed to panels of the leading US and international ADR panels, including the the American Arbitration Association Commercial Panel (Large & Complex Cases, Corporate Law, Securities, High Technology, Communications & Telecom, Contract Law; General Business Commercial; Intellectual Property; Cybersecurity, Data Security & Privacy specialty panels); the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Panel; the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution Panel of Distinguished Neutrals (General, Tech &Cybersecurity); the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Panel and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre – IP Panel. He routinely serves as an Arbitrator on International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Court of Arbitration and has served for the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI). As well he has served as counsel on London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) matters and on matters administered throughout East Asia, including in China, Japan, Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia.

In addition to his NADN appointment, Gary is a Fellow (and Board member) of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), and a member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) Advisory Board, the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), the USCIB, the International Bar Association, the College of eNeutrals (ACESIN); the N. Cal International Arbitration Club and various other U.S. and international arbitration and legal associations. He is peer-vetted to the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals and for many years has been recognized as a Super Lawyer – ADR and is listed in Who's Who in the World. He served on the Queen Mary Univ. of London 2016 International Dispute Resolution Survey Task Force and currently serves on the International Task Force on Mixed Mode Dispute Resolution. In 2016, he was named by the National Law Journal as one of the 25 ADR Champions in the US. In 2017, he was named in the IAM 300 The World’s Leading IP Strategists.

Rates Information

$650 hour. Cancellation fee applies. Arbitration rate - Includes all services provided following appointment, including study time, hearings and award preparation. Mediation rate - Includes all services provided following appointment, including pre-session and post-session conferencing and study time. 

Available in the US and internationally.
Standard and alternative billing arrangements available.

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