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39 Lower Crescent Avenue

Sausalito, CA 94965

Bruce Belding


Arbitrator - Domestic and International Disputes


Over 30 years as civil litigation and trial lawyer in complex business and commercial litigation and arbitration, emphasizing securities, banking, financial services, construction, employment, breach of contract, fraud, intellectual property, trade secrets, unfair competition, competitive business practices claims, corporate, real estate, energy, accounting, fiduciary duties, corporate/partnerships and partners/shareholders disputes. Neutral arbitrator, and Member of the Commercial Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), since 1975.

Work History:

Self-employed arbitrator 1998-present; partner, Graham & James LLP, 1990-97; Dinkelspiel & Dinkelspiel, 1967-90; Gray, Cary, Ames & Frye, 1963-67.


Arbitrator of over 350 domestic and/or international – primarily large and complex - business, commercial, corporate and contract disputes, including corporate mergers and acquisitions (e.g., technology, medical services, post-merger disputes, sale of division); valuation cases (e.g., fair market rental value of Silicon Valley commercial and business premises, combined use San Francisco property chemical company, petroleum coke); operation and management of a limited liability company; venture capital investment disputes; investors v. operators of a hedge fund; FDA drug approval dispute; medical device and licensing dispute; franchise disputes (e.g., drive-up photo processing, deli, ethnic food); accounting cases involving GAAP and GAAS; intellectual property and trade secrets cases; D&O insurance coverage and liability; construction and operation of solar energy plant; licensing agreements; law firm and partners’ disputes; breach of contract; fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims; distributor and distributorship agreement cases; securities disputes (incl. alleged mismanagement by investment advisor, unsuitable recommendations, excessive and/or unauthorized trading, etc.); partnership and shareholder disputes. Member, AAA Large Complex Commercial Case Panel (“LCCP”) and the International Panel of AAA’s international division, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution. Recipient (1990), AAA Distinguished Service Award for Responsible Use of ADR in Commercial Disputes.


AAA Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics, 2006; AAA Neutrals Conference incl. 2005 AAA ACE training requirements; AAA Arbitrator Updates, 2003 and 2005; Arbitrator Ethics & Disclosure, 2005; International Arbitration Symposium and Training, 2003; AAA Commercial Arbitrator I and II Training, 1999 & 2002; AAA Advanced Case Management, 2002; Fellowship Course and Training, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (International Arbitration), 1997; AAA LCCP Course, 1997; Faculty, AAA Arbitration Training, 1992, 1993;


Admitted to the Bar: California, 1964; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern & Southern Districts of California.


Lecturer/panelist, United States Securities Laws, Tokyo, Japan, 1992; guest lecturer on Securities Arbitration, University of California, Davis, School of Law, 1991 and 1992; panelist, ”Arbitration and ADR in an International Software Licensing Dispute,” International Bar Association, Hong Kong, 1991; speaker/panelist, inaugural “The Masters Forum,” Pepperdine University Law School Institute for Dispute Resolution, 2000; speaker and panelist, JurisConference Program, “Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration,” Washington, D.C., 2007


International Bar Association (Arbitration Committee); American Bar Association (Dispute Resolution Section); State Bar of California: Bar Association of San Francisco (ADR/Arbitration Committee); Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Fellow and President, College of Commercial Arbitrators.


University of California, Berkeley (B. A., 1958); Hastings College of the Law (J. D., Order of the Coif, 1963)


Contributing author & speaker, “Contractual Arbitration,” University of California, Continuing Education of the Bar, 1990 and 1992; contributing author, College of Commercial Arbitrators’ Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration (JurisNet, LLC, 2006);

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