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Phone: (202) 413-8983

2101 L Street, N.W., Ste. 800

Washington, DC 20037

Raymond G. Bender, Jr.


Commercial Arbitrator

Current Employer:

Ray Bender PLLC

Areas of Expertise:

✔ Aviation ✔ Biotech
✔ Commercial/Business ✔ Contract Disputes
✔ Energy including oil and gas ✔ Engineering
✔ Insurance ✔ Intellectual Property
✔ International ✔ Internet
✔ Joint Ventures ✔ Licensing
✔ Media & Communications ✔ Mergers & Acquisitions
✔ Partnerships ✔ Software
✔ Technology ✔ Telecommunications
✔ Trademarks ✔ Trade Secrets and Confidentiality Disputes
✔ Transportation


As a practicing lawyer for 35 years, my work focused on contracts, commercial transactions, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, litigation, and domestic and international regulation of businesses. I often represented businesses in technology-related sectors and, as a consequence, gained experience over time on legal and business issues involving high-tech industries. As a commercial Arbitrator, today I am often appointed to hear and resolve high-tech industry disputes, although I also am appointed in garden-variety contract and commercial disputes as well.

Work History:

Law Clerk, James R. Durfee, U.S. Court of Claims (now United States Court of Claims for the Federal Circuit), 1973-1975. Attorney, Dow Lohnes PLLC, Washington, D.C. 1975-2009. Adjunct Professor, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), The Johns Hopkins University, Washiington, D.C., co-taught International Communications, 1998-2005. Adjunct Professor, Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, D.C., taught Alternative Dispute Resolution Law, 2010-2017. Currently serve as full-time Commercial Arbitrator.


Arbitrations to which I have been appointed involve a wide range of contract and commercial disputes. Based on my background and experience, I do tend to be appointed as Chair, "wing" or sole Arbitration in various high-tech industry disputes, such as aviation, aerospace and satellites, telecommunications, Internet and broadband communications, mobile communications, cable television, biotechnology (e.g.., pharma, medical devices, agribusiness), intellectual property, computer hardware and software, and other controversies involving technology-related matters.


AAA Course: "Arbitrator Performance and Demeanor-- Meeting Participant Expectations," November 2-18. ABA Dispute Resolution Section, Annual Spring Meeting, Washington, D.C., April 4-7, 2018. CPR 2018 Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, March 7-9, 2018. CPR 2017 Annual Meeting, Miami, Florida, March 2-4, 2017. Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center "Smarter, Faster, Cheaper Technology Dispute Resolution" Conference, Redwood City, CA, September 16, 2016. ABA Section on Dispute Resolution, Annual Spring Conference, New York, NY, April 7-9, 2016 .CPR 2016 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, February 16-18 2016. ABA Section on Dispute Resolution, Annual Spring Conference, Seattle, WA, April 16-18, 2015. CPR 2015 Annual Meeting, La Jolla, CA, February 19-21, 2015. AAA/ICDR/ICSID 31st Annual Joint Colloquium, New York, NY, November 1, 2014. ABA Section on Dispute Resolution, Annual Spring Conference, Miami, FL, April 4, 2014. CPR 2014 Annual Meeting, Charleston, February 20-22, 2014. ICDR International Symposium in Advanced Case Management Issues, New York, NY, December 2, 2013. AAA/CCA/JAMS "Managing a Successful Arbitration," Washington D.C., Sepember 13, 2013. ABA Section on Dispute Resolution, Annual Spring Conference, Chicago, April 3-6, 2013. CPR 2013 Annual Meeting, San Diego, January 17-19, 2013. ABA Section on Dispute Resolution, Annual Spring Conference, Washington, D.C., April 19-20, 2012. CPR 2012 Annual Meeting, New York, NY, January 12-13, 2012. Corporate Counsel Institute: "Managing Risk in a Global Environment," Washington, D.C., March 8-9, 2012. AAA/ICDR/ICSID Joint Colloquium on International Arbitation, New York, NY, November 18, 2012. ICDR: Four Roundtables in Times Square--Putting the Spotlight on International Arbitation, New York, June 13, 2011. CPR Advanced Arbitrator Training Program, New York, NY, May 17, 2011. AAA Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding and Writing Awards, April 20, 2011. ABA Section on Dispute Resolution, Annual Spring Meeting, Denver, April 13-16, 2011. AAA---Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for AAA Arbitrators, April 7-8, 2011. Panelist on "Successful Strategies for Government Contractors on Navigating ITAR Challenges in International Contracts," sponsored by Pillsbury and U.S. Council for International Business, Washington, D.C. Febturary 10, 2011. Mediation Workship, Harvard Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, September 14-18, 2009. College of Commerical Arbitrators National Summit on Business-to-Business Arbitration, Washington, D.C., October 30, 2009. ABA Section on Dispute Resolution, Annual Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 7-10, 2010. ABA Section on Dispute Resolution, Annual Spring Meeting, New York, NY, April 16-18, 2009. ICC International Court of Arbitration, "Dispute Resolution in Aeronautics and Space," Paris, February 5, 2009. ABA Section on Dispute Resolution "A Comprehensive Training in Commercial Arbitration," New York, NY, Feburary 22-24, 2007. ICDR "An International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Conference," with a Focus on Latin America, the Oil and Gas and Telecommjnciations Industries, Washington, D.C. November 15, 2006.


Member of the Bar of the District of Columbia (Member of International Law and Litigation Sections)


Recognized in Super Lawyers Recognized in Best Lawyers in America Recognized in International Who's Who of Telecom Lawyers Recognized as Communications Counsel in Global Communications 3000


American Arbitrator Association Roster of Commercial Arbitrators for Washington, D.C., New York, Technology, and Large Complex Cases; International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Panel of International Arbitrators and the ICDR's Aviation, Aerospace and National Security (AANS) Panel; CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutral Arbitrators for Washington, D.C., Technology, and Cross Border (i.e., International) Disputes; and the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center's List of the World's Leading Technology Neutrals.


Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center, Member Board of Directors and Executive Committee; American Bar Association, Member of Dispute Resolution Section, Arbitration Committee; Federal Communications Bar Association; Society of Satellite Professionals International; New York Bar Association; Washington Foreign Law Society.


Georgetown University, BSFS 1969, major: International Relations. Georgetown University Law Center, JD 1973. Georgetown University Law Center, Masters of Law in Taxation, 1987.


"Presenting Witness Testimony in U.S. Domestic Arbitration: Should Written Statements Become the Norm?," AAA Dispute Resolution Journal (Vol 69, No. 4, 2014). "Just and Accurate: Confronting Limited Appeal Rights in Arbitration," CPR Alternatives (Part 1: Jul./Aug. 2012); "Three Practical Steps to Avoid an Erroneous Award," CPR Alternatives (Part 2: Sept. 2012). An expandid version of this article was published in For the Defense, a Journal of DRI--The Voice of the Defense Bar (May 2013). "Arbitration -- An Ideal Way to Resolve High-Tech Industry Disputes," AAA Dispute Resolution Journal (Nov. 2010 - Jan. 2011). "Critical First Steps in Complex Commercial Arbitation: Appointing Arbitators and Staging the Preliminary Conference," AAA Dispute Resolution Journal (Feb.-Apr.2009). "Conducting Satellite Industry Arbitrations under the Watchful Eye of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations," AAA Dispute Resolution Journal (Nov. 2006 - Jan. 2007). Update of this article published in AAA's Handbook on International Arbitration and ADR, Juris Publishing (2d Ed., 2010). "International Arbitration - Satellite Communications: Arbitrator Perspective," LexisNexis book on International Arbitration (2010). "Internatonal Arbitration is the Preferrred Means of Resolving Satellite Industry Disputes," ABA TIPS ADR Committee Newsletter (Spring 2011).


Member of the International Arbitration Faculty of the International Law Institute, Washington, D.C.

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