Richard Mainland has served as an arbitrator and mediator for more than 25 years. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association Large Complex Case Panel of Arbitrators and is also a member of the AAA's Panel of Mediators. He is a member of the Arbitrator Panel of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) and is a member of the CPR International Institute of Confllict Prevention and Resolution Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, in both arbitration and mediation.
Mr. Mainland was a litigation partner at the international law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, and now devotes full time to service as a self-employed neutral, in both arbitration and mediation.
Recent cases which Mr. Mainland has heard as an arbitrator include:
♦ Inventor's $70 million claim against major toy company for breach of IP license agreement.
♦ Claim by investor against investment adviser for breach of fiduciary duty. $5 million.
♦ Claim by major talent agency against producer of reality television shows, and related counterclaims.
♦ Claim against website developer by owner of social media business.
♦ Claim by law firm against client for legal fees, with $70 million malpractice counterclaim.
♦ Claim by restaurant franchisor against franchisee seeking termination of franchise and enforcement of buyout clause.
♦ $75 million damages claim by manufacturer of devices used in blood plasma collection centers.
♦ Script writer's claims against production company for fraud and breach of contract to produce and distribute motion picture.
♦ Fraud and breach of contract claims by institutional investor against hedge fund.
♦ Wage and hour class arbitration by ex-employee against retailer-employer.
♦ Consumer electronics manufacturer's claim against operator or product return center.
♦ Dispute between members of LLC re development of apartment/retail complex in Hollywood.
♦ Royalty dispute between major film studio and German movie production company.
Cases recently mediated by Mr. Mainland include:
♦ Dispute between investment bank and owner of fast food franchises over fees on sale of company;
♦ Breach of contract and fraud claim by developer of wind tunnel for testing rockets against rocket manufacturing company.
♦ Antitrust, unfair competition and copyright dispute between competing computer software manufacturers.
♦ Property damage claims by church against insurance company arising out of flooding of church building and property.
♦ Federal court ERISA action, involving fiduciary obligations of ERISA plan administrators.
♦ Trademark infringement dispute between owner of trademark and successive, independent owners of allegedly infringing marks.
As an advocate, Mr. Mainland has tried more than 100 jury and bench trials and arbitrations and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. In arbitration, he represented a minority shareholder of a pharmaceutical company and obtained an award enforcing his client's stock option agreement, vesting the client with stock worth more than $35 million in a publicly held company.