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Phone: (510) 663-5221

1901 Harrison Street 14th Floor

Oakland, CA 94612

Yaroslav Sochynsky


Full-Time Arbitrator and Mediator

Current Employer:

Wulff Quinby & Sochynsky Dispute Resolution

Areas of Expertise:

✔ ADA Disability ✔ Agricultural
✔ Antitrust ✔ Aviation
✔ Banking & finance ✔ Biotech
✔ Class Actions ✔ Commercial/Business
✔ Condominiums ✔ Construction
✔ Contract Disputes ✔ Copyrights
✔ Debt/Foreclosure ✔ Defamation (Libel & Slander)
✔ Employment ✔ Energy including oil and gas
✔ Engineering ✔ Environmental
✔ Executive Compensation ✔ Family Businesses
✔ Franchise ✔ Health Care
✔ Industrial ✔ Insurance
✔ Intellectual Property ✔ International
✔ Internet ✔ Joint Ventures
✔ Land Use/Planning ✔ Landlord/Tenant
✔ Legal Malpractice ✔ Licensing
✔ Media & Communications ✔ Medical Malpractice
✔ Mergers & Acquisitions ✔ Mining
✔ Partnerships ✔ Probate
✔ Professional Liability ✔ Professional Malpractice
✔ Professional Negligence ✔ Real Estate
✔ Securities ✔ Shareholder Disputes
✔ Software ✔ Sports
✔ Technology ✔ Telecommunications
✔ Title Disputes ✔ Torts
✔ Trade Secrets and Confidentiality Disputes ✔ Trusts/Estates
✔ Utilities


National practice as arbitrator and mediator since 1984. Has arbitrated over 500 cases, including service as panel chair, in various cities, including San Francisco, New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle, Detroit, and Denver. Has mediated over 1000 cases. Full resume available at

Work History:

LItigation Partner, Landels, Ripley & Diamond, San Francisco, California 1974-2000. Arbitrator-Mediator part-time (1984-2000); full-time 2000-present with Wulff, Quinby Sochynsky Dispute Resolution. Associate, White & Case, New York, NY 1970-71; Law Clerk to the Hon. William T. Sweigert, U.S. District Court, N.D. Cal., 1971-73.


Has served as arbitrator in more than 500 cases involving various business disputes, including international transactions and joint ventures, corporate, partnership, technology and intellectual property, software development and licensing, finance, securities, energy, employment, ERISA, professional sports, insurance coverage and bad faith, environmental, gaming, Indian rights, franchise, distributorship, legal malpractice and class actions. Recent representative arbitrations include claims by aerospace company against major supplier regarding numerous manufacturing defects; a joint venture dispute between a U.S. software company and Saudi joint venture partner involving Saudi (shari'a) substantive law; appointed by NFL Commissioner to arbitrate intra-team dispute; contract dispute beween NBA franchise and owner-operator of sports arena; $70 million claim by developer and manager of casino against Indian tribe; claim of expropriation of power plant by energy company against Latin American government; damage claims by former officers of public telecom company for failure to honor exercise of stock options; class action arbitration by a physicians group against health insurer. Recent representative mediations include a patent dispute between a Korean conglomerate and several manufacturers of computer components in Taiwan; a multi-party construction dispute involving defective construction in four office buildings; intra-family dispute involving rights regarding a $30 million family commercial real estate portfolio; and, multi-million dollar claim by insured against insurance company for bad faith.


Have conducted mutiple various trainings over the years for AAA, ABA, ICDR, and other organizations. Regular speaker for Negotiation Stategy Institute programs on mediation and arbitration. Participated in various trainings by AAA, ICDR, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and U.S. District Court, N. D. Cal. ADR Division.


Admitted to practice in New York (1971) (retired); in California, 1972 (active).


Mr. Sochynsky was listed as one of seven most popular arbitrators in the Bay Area by The Recorder in 2002. During the past several years he has been listed as a Northern California Superlawyer in the field of dispute resolution. Mr. Sochynsky has also been recognized by his peers in Who's Who Legal: California in the field of arbitration, and in The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Alternative Dispute Resolution.


AAA Large & Complex Case Arbitration Panel; ICDR Arbitration and Mediation Panel (New York); AAA Mediation Panel; CPR; AAA Technology, Employment, and Employee Benefits Panels; Dispute Resolution and Prevention (Hawaii); U.S. District Court, N. D. Cal. Mediation and ENE Panels; Bar Associationof San Francisco Mediation Panel.


Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center, Member Neutrals Tech List; International Arbitration Club of Northern California; Mediation Society


Colgate University, A.B. 1967; Georgetwon Law Center, J.D. 1970 (Case and Notes Editor and Member Editorial Board of Georgetown Law Journal).


Originator and co-author of California ADR Practice Guide, published by Lexis-Nexis. Author of various articles for various publications on arbitration and mediation.


Available to serve as arbitrator anywhere in the U.S. in cases involving more than two contiguous hearing days without charge for travel time or airfare.

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