Richard R. Mainland   


Arbitrator and Mediator, Self-Employed


Partner/Of Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (formerly Fulbright & Jaworski LLP) 1995-July 2015; Partner, Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp, 1980-1995; Partner/Associate, Nossaman LLP, 1965-80.


Mr. Mainland has served as an arbitrator and mediator since 1993, combining that practice with representing clients in arbitration and litigation.  He presently works full-time as an arbitrator and mediator.  He has served as a neutral arbitrator in over 250 matters, including service as Chair of many three-arbitrator panels.  His experience covers a wide variety of complex commercial disputes, including breach of contract, partnership and shareholder disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, intellectual property (trademark, copyright and patent), trade secrets, employment, real estate, legal fee and attorney malpractice, ERISA, securities and investment disputes, fraud and business torts.  

Mr. Mainland is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and the American College of Trial Lawyers.  He is member of the following panels:

Large Complex Case Panel, American Arbitration Association   

Member, AAA M&A and Joint Venture, Employment and Entertainment Panels

Panel of Arbitrators, International Centre for Dispute Resolution

AAA Class Arbitration Panel of Arbitrators

AAA Panel of Mediators 

Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, CPR International Institute for Conflict  Prevention and Resolution  

Panel of Mediators, United States District Court for the Central District of California

Mr. Mainland's arbitration and mediation experience has covered a variety of industries, including motion picture and television, music and talent agencies, videogame publishing and development, securities (including broker-dealers, investment advisers and hedge funds), medical devices, healthcare, real estate, accounting, legal services (including attorney malpractice), apparel importing, franchising, partnership and LLC, trademark licensing, manufacturing and wholesale and retail distribution.

Mr. Mainland is experienced in conducting arbitration hearings and mediations remotely using the ZOOM videoconference platform.


American Arbitration Association Training:

Dealing with Difficult Attorneys in Arbitration (2016)

Dispositive Motions in Arbitration (2015)

Principled Decision Making Skills for Arbitrators (2014)

Muscular Arbitration:  Trimming the Fat Out of Arbitration (2011)

Maximizing Efficiency & Economy in Arbitration:  Challenges at the Preliminary Hearing (2011)

Arbitrator Boundaries:  What are the Limits of Arbitrator Authority (2011)

Dealing with Delay Tactics in Arbitration (2010)

Chairing an Arbitration Panel:  Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics (2005)

Arbitration Awards:  Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards (2004)

Arbitrator Ethics and Disclosure (2004)

Los Angeles County Bar Association and College of Commercial Arbitrators

The Managerial Arbitrator (2015)

What Lawyers and Arbitrators Need to Know About Arbitration (2014)

American Bar Association Section of Arbitration

Sixth Annual Arbitration Training Institute (2011)

Strauss Institute at Pepperdine Law School

Mediating the Litigated Case (2012)


Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators;

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Association of Business Trial Lawyers (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

American Bar Association, Sections of Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

State Bar of California (admitted to practice, 1965).


Contributing author, College of Commercial Arbitrators Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration, Juris Publishing, 3rd Ed. 2014 and 4th Ed. 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)


Faculty member:  USC-JAMS Arbitration Institute, July 26, 2017.

Faculty member:  "Hybrid Arbitration,"  ABA Dispute Resolution Section Annual Meeting, May 2017

Co-Chair and Faculty member:  "Mastering Commercial Arbitration--for Lawyers and Arbitrators,"  Los Angeles County Bar Association, January 28, 2016.

Faculty member, The Managerial Arbitrator, College of Commercial Arbitrators and LACBA, 2015

Faculty member, What Lawyers and Arbitrators Need to Know About Commercial Arbitration, College of Commercial Arbitrators and LACBA, 2014

Co-Chair and faculty member, Difficult Issues for Arbitrators and Lawyers, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2013

Lecturer, Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1995

Lecturer, Resolving Commercial Disputes in the 90's:  New and Advanced ADR Techniques, Rutter Group, 1992

Lecturer, Civil Litigation, Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition, Practicing Law Institute and California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1990-1992.


Stanford University (A.B. with great distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, 1961)

Harvard Law School (L.L.B., cum laude, 1964)








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