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Phone: (310) 476-3484

2266 Westridge Road

Los Angeles, CA 90049

Richard Mainland


Arbitrator - Mediator

Current Employer:

Self-employed Arbitrator - Mediator

Areas of Expertise:

✔ Antitrust ✔ Banking & finance
✔ Class Actions ✔ Commercial/Business
✔ Contract Disputes ✔ Copyrights
✔ Defamation (Libel & Slander) ✔ Employment
✔ Energy including oil and gas ✔ Entertainment
✔ Family Businesses ✔ Franchise
✔ Health Care ✔ Insurance
✔ Intellectual Property ✔ International
✔ Internet ✔ Joint Ventures
✔ Legal Malpractice ✔ Licensing
✔ Media & Communications ✔ Mergers & Acquisitions
✔ Partnerships ✔ Pharmaceuticals
✔ Professional Fees ✔ Professional Liability
✔ Professional Malpractice ✔ Professional Negligence
✔ Real Estate ✔ Securities
✔ Shareholder Disputes ✔ Software
✔ Sports ✔ Technology
✔ Telecommunications ✔ Trademarks
✔ Trade Secrets and Confidentiality Disputes ✔ Trusts/Estates


Richard has served as a neutral arbitrator in over 250 arbitrations over the past 25 years, with an emphasis on complex commercial cases. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association's Large Complex Case Panel, as well as the AAA's Employment, Entertainment, Mergers and Acquisitions and Class Arbitration panels. He also serves on the AAA's Panel of Mediators. Richard's experience is described more fully in his resume on the American Arbitration Association's website and on his personal website,

Work History:

Partner/Of Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (formerly Fulbright & Jaworski LLP) 1995-2015. Partner, Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp, 1980-1995. Partner/Associate, Nossaman LLP, 1965-1980. Self-employed arbitrator and mediator, 2015-present.


Richard's arbitration experience has included: -- claim by major talent agency against producer of reality television shows; -- corporation's claims for determination of purchase price under a mergers agreement; -- claim by investment advisory firm for trade secret misappropriation and unfair competition against former executive; -- dispute between international joint venture partners concerning development of solar energy facility; -- claim for $75 million damages arising out of agreement for sale of medical devices; -- claim by major law firm for recovery of legal fees, with counterclaims for legal malpractices seeking $70 million in damages.


Richard regularly attends arbitration training provided by the American Arbitration Association, including courses on preparation of arbitration awards (2017) dispositive motions in arbitration (2016), disclosure, vacatur, sanctions and arbitrator authority (2014); and challenges at the preliminary hearing (2011). Richard's mediation training includes "Mediating the Litigated Case," a five-day course on mediation at the Strauss Institute, Pepperdine Law School. Richard also lectures regularly on arbitration topics, including serving on the faculty at the USC-JAMS Arbitration Institute (2016), "Mastering Commercial Arbitration -- for Lawyers and Arbitrators," Los Angeles County Bar Association (2016): "The Managerial Arbitrator," College of Commercial Arbitrators (2015).


State Bar of California. Admitted to U.S. District Court, all California Districts; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court.


Southern California Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2004, 2005 and 2007-2013.


AAA Large Complex Case Panel AAA Panels on Mergers and Acquisitions, Entertainment, Employment and Class Arbitration. AAA Panel of Mediators. Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, CPR International Institute for Confrlict Prevention and Resolution. Panel of Mediators, United States District Court for the Central District of California.


American College of Trial Lawyers. College of Commercial Arbitrators American Bar Association (Litigation and Dispute Resolution Sections) Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Southern California), past President and founding member Los Angeles County Bar Association (Past Trustee and member of Committee on Professional Responsibility) Director, Center for Civic Mediation, 2005-2014


After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, Richard earned his L.L.B. cum laude, from Harvard Law School.


Contributing Author, "Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration," College of Commercial Arbitrators, 3rd Edition (2014) and 4th Edition (2017) "Arbitrator Disclosure Requirements," Los Angeles Lawyer, November 2011 "A New Way to Protect Trade Secrets," House Counsel Magazine, 1998 "Congress Holds the Key to Encryption Regulations," National Law Journal, April 1998 "Contracts Limiting Competition by Former Employees: A California Law Perspective," Practicing Law Institute, 1992 "Class Actions in California," 47 Los Angeles Bar Bulletin 13 (1971).


Richard Mainland's ADR practice is based in Los Angeles, California. However, he is available for service as an arbitrator and mediator in matters through the United States. He does not charge for travel time for matters outside California.

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