International Arbitrator | Mediator


Rob Shives is an international and domestic commercial arbitrator and mediator with over 35 years of major law firm and in-house expertise in corporate/commercial transactions and litigation/arbitration practice. Rob also serves as General Counsel to Shinko Electric America, Inc., the Silicon Valley-based packaging and semiconductor subsidiary of Shinko Electric Ltd which is headquartered in Nagano, Japan.

During his more than 35 years with major law firms in New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles and with international companies like the AT&T and Fujitsu, Rob participated, handled, managed and resolved hundreds of litigated and arbitrated disputes both domestically (in over a dozen US jurisdictions) and internationally (in APAC, UK, Europe, Canada & Mexico).

Rob has served as a member of the Board of Directors and in executive leadership positions, including Chapter President of the largest chapter of the world’s largest in-house lawyer organization, the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). Under his leadership as President, ACC’s San Francisco Chapter was awarded the Outstanding Corporation of the Year from the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Volunteer Lawyers Services Program for its commitment to public service to the community and he was awarded the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Award of Merit, the organization’s highest honor. He was also honored with BASF’s Individual Diversity Award for his outstanding commitment to diversity in the legal profession.

Rob has trained with Nevada’s Court Annexed Arbitration Program; attended various ICDR, International Commercial Court (ICC) arbitration programs and has spoken on panels with the ICDR in New York & San Francisco and with ACC throughout the country. He has subject matter expertise in all manners of domestic and multinational technology (software, hardware and IP transfers) transactions, general commercial contracts, as well as employee relations and employee-employer-related disputes.

  • B.A. Wesleyan University, 1978
  • J.D. Stanford Law School, 1984
  • Court Admissions
  • Pennsylvania (1985, now retired)
  • California (1988)
  • Texas (1992, now retired)
  • The Federal District Courts in Pennsylvania (1985) and California (1988)
  • Courts of Appeal for the 3rd (1985) and 9th Circuits (1988)
  • The U.S. Supreme Court (1988)
  • Representative Experience
  • Appointed as a Panel Arbitrator to a number of commercial/consumer cases involving, among others, Intellectual Property, Privacy, Credit and Tax issues.
  • Managed and supervised teams of in-house and outside litigation counsel in connection with the litigation, arbitration and mediation of dozens of domestic and international commercial disputes.
  • Directed the disposition through arbitration, litigation or mediation of numerous labor, employment and employee benefit disputes in the US, UK, Germany and Italy. Guided, mediated, and resolved dozens of patent infringement claims concerning various IT, desktop & mobile computer technologies as well as server, automotive, mobile phone technologies, and other intellectual property (trademark and trade secret) disputes brought in various federal courts around the nation.
  • Arbitrated and mediated labor, employment, and discrimination dozens of proceedings before party selected single and panel or court appointed and administrative agency arbitrators and mediators.
  • Legal Employment
  • Founder & Arbitrator – Cobbs Creek ADR Services (Henderson, NV) since 2018;
  • General Counsel - Shinko Electric America, Inc (Las Vegas, Nevada & Sunnyvale, California) since 2018;
  • Associate General Counsel – Fujitsu Americas (Sunnyvale) 2001—2018;
  • Managing Director – Fujitsu Global (London) 2004—2018;
  • Senior Counsel - AT&T (Los Angeles, San Francisco & San Antonio) 1992—2001;
  • Commercial and Employment Litigation Associate - Adams, Duque & Hazeltine (Los Angeles) 1988—1992;
  • Labor & Employment Litigation Associate - Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis (Philadelphia) 1985—1988;
  • Federal Judicial Law Clerk to Honorable Clifford Scott Green, US District Court E.D. Pa. (Philadelphia) 1984—1985;
  • Manager, Legal Research Library - Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy (New York) 1979—1981.
  • Affiliations
    American Bar Association (Member - Dispute Resolution Section)
    APAC Arbitration Center (Member/Arbitrator)
    Association of Corporate Counsel - San Francisco (Member & Past President)
    California Bar Association (Member)
    California International Arbitration Council (Board & Executive Committee Member)
    Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce (Member)
    Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (Member)
    Publications & Speaking Engagements
  • Speaker: Empowering Diversity within Alternative Dispute Resolution: Pathways to increase Diversity, Inclusion and Selection in ADR - Webinar (2021)
  • Speaker: Elimination of Bias in International Dispute Resolution, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution California Summit Presented by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution and the Association of Corporate Counsel – San Francisco (2019).
  • Speaker: Corporate Counsel Roundtable – Creative Business Strategies for Avoiding and Resolving Technology Disputes Smarter, Faster, Cheaper Technology Dispute Resolution Conference Open Forum with New York Presented by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center, the International Technology Law Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel – New York (2018).
  • Awards & Rankings
  • 2014 Bar Association of San Francisco Award of Merit
  • 2014 Bar Association of San Francisco In House Counsel Individual Diversity Award
  • 2012 Bar Association of San Francisco - Volunteer Legal Services Program Outstanding Corporation.
  • experience

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