Les J. Weinstein

Weinstein ADR Services

Resolving Diffucult Matters
Houston, Texas 77001


Antitrust, Business, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Patent, Trademark

Current Employer-Title Les Weinstein ADR Services – Arbitrator, Mediator and Early Neutral Evaluator

ADR Neutral – Arbitrator, Mediator, Early Neutral Evaluator; Intellectual Property (Patent, Copyright & Trademark plus Trade Secret law), Technology and Competition Law, Real Estate, Mortgage Loans, Foreclosure and Workout law. Licensed Attorney and Registered Patent Lawyer authorized to Practice Before the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Work History
Arbitrator and Mediator, Self-employed as an ADR neutral, 2004-present; Senior Counsel, Sheldon Mak Rose & Anderson PC, 2004-10; Senior Litigation Partner, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP, 2000-04; Senior Litigation Partner, Graham & James LLP, 1993-00; Litigation Partner, Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz, 1986-93; Partner, Blecher, Collins & Weinstein, 1983-86; Partner, McKenna, Conner & Cuneo (now McKenna & Aldrich), 1964-83; Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, 1959-64; Engineer/Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, 1956-59.

Experience as a trial, counseling, appellate and licensing lawyer in patent, copyright, and trademark law and competition law (antitrust, trade secrets, unfair competition, unfair trade practices, etc.). By reason of engineering degree and science background, Registered To Practice as a Patent Attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Prior experience as a Patent Examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Also worked as an engineer for ITE Circuit Breaker Co.

Initial legal experience included Trial Attorney position in Washington, D.C. in the U.S. Department of Justice under an appointment to the Attorney General’s Honor Program. Has extensive experience dealing with both foreign and domestic clients in intellectual property, competition and international law matters.

Has lectured on intellectual property and competition law matters in the United States, China, Korea, and Japan. In 2003, was an advisor to the Federal Trade Commission regarding its intellectual property and competition policy study. Served for four years on the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) Advisory Leadership Panel and conference speaker regarding IP, complex litigation and ADR topics.

In addition, has had extensive experience as an attorney handling class actions, white collar matters, multi-district (MDL) and other complex litigation. Has represented US, European and Asian clients in numerous international law matters relating to competition and intellectual property in federal trial and appellate courts and before the US International Trade Commission (ITC). Matters handled have related to products and services including semi-conductors, consumer electronics, chemicals, medical devices and delivery systems, interactive internet services, food products and food processing, pharmaceuticals, petroleum processing and chemical manufacturing, fashion wear, delivery of on line computer services, paint delivery systems, wireless technology, consumer wear, machine tools, computers, computer vision and optics, manufacturing processes and equipment, food supplements, automotive technology, servo-systems, financial transaction systems, graphic arts and artist rights.

In addition, 19 years experience as a lawyer handling real estate loan related disputes. Selected as one of the “2008, 2009 and 2010 Southern California’s Best Lawyers” and “2009 and 2010 Best Lawyers in America” and as one of the “2009 and 2010 Southern California’s Best Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyers.”

Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience
Serving as full time as an ADR neutral (arbitrator, early neutral evaluator and mediator). Because of science background and status as a USPTO Registered Patent Lawyer, many of the matters handled have related to technology and intellectual property (patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets).

Has worked on numerous competition law matters (unfair competition, antitrust, unfair trade practices, etc.). Member, Panel of Distinguished Neutrals of Center For Conflict Prevention And Resolution (CPR); For eight years has been an active member with the U.S. District Court ADR Panel, Member of the Mediation Panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Member of the American Arbitration Association’s Commercial and Large Complex Case Panel (LCCP), The AAA’s ICDR (International Centre for Dispute Resolution Panel),and the AAA’s Patent Panel.

Has lectured and taught on intellectual property and ADR topics at meetings of the American Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Johns Hopkins University, The Southern California Mediation Association, Northwestern University School of Business and USC Law School. Has served as an ICC arbitrator and as a AAA sole arbitrator and panel arbitrator on domestic and international disputes and has served as a California Superior Court ADR Officer.Panel Member. Selected by the Center For International Legal Studies (CILS) and lectured at Wisdom University on ADR in Tirana, Albania in March of 2011; Judge at International Arbitration Competition on Direct Foreign Investment at Pepperdine Law School, 2010, Lectured on Mediation at USC Law School, 2010.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Training
AAA Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics (ACE005), 2010; AAA Dealing With Delay Tactics in Arbitration (ACE004), 2010; CDRC 15th Annual Dispute Resolution Policy Conference, 2008; AAA Thorny Questions for Arbitrators, 2008; AAA Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards (ACE001), 2006; AAA Neutrals Conference, 2005; Arbitrator Update, 2005; AAA Commercial Arbitrator II Training: Advanced Case Management Issues, 2005; AAA Arbitrator I Training-Fundamentals of the Arbitration Process, 2004; U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Pepperdine Law School (Strauss Institute) Course for Federal Court Mediators, 2002; AAA Advanced Arbitrator Training.

Professional Licenses
Admitted to the Bar: District of Columbia and California; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Registered Patent Attorney).

Professional Associations
American Bar Association (International Section; Intellectual Property Section; Antitrust Section; ADR Section); Los Angeles County Bar Association (Intellectual Property Section; Antitrust Section); American Intellectual Property Law Association; Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association; Southern California Mediation Association; Federal Bar Association (Intellectual Property, International and Litigation Sections), Beverly Hills Bar Association.

University of Pennsylvania (BSE, Mechanical Engineering); George Washington University (JD, with Distinction, Order of the Coif, and LLM, Patent and Antitrust Law).

Publications and Speaking Engagements
“The Application of Section 7 of the Clayton Act to Patents,” George Washington University Patent, Copyright and Trademark Journal.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: “Competition and Law and Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy,” U.S. Federal Trade Commission, 2003; “China and the World Trade Organization,” People’s Republic of China Bar Association, 2000; has spoken on intellectual property and competition law topics in the U.S., China, Korea, and Japan; ADR, competition law, intellectual property, and litigation topics to various bar and trade groups such as the American Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Southern California Mediation Association; has lectured on the subject of cross cultural negotiations at Northwestern University and on the subject of the economics of the patent system at Johns Hopkins University. Lectured on ADR matters to members of the American Bar Association, the Southern California Mediation Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association in 2009. Guest lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD on the Economic Implications of Intellectual Property Enforcement. Taught ADR law at Wisdom University in Tirana Albania in March of 2011 under the auspices of the Center for International Legal Studies. Served as arbitration moot court arbitrator at Pepperdine University sponsored international  Foreign Direct Investment Treaty competition in 2010.


Following a career as a trial and appellate lawyer in government and private law practice, I now serve as a specially trained and experienced full time independent ADR neutral in US, cross-border and international patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, technology and competition law matters as well as in licensing related disputes. My ADR experience includes being an arbitrator, mediator and also an early neutral evaluator. I am also sometimes asked to take on a different role and advise litigants and their counsel who are about to participate in an ADR proceeding regarding how to best take advantage of mediation and/or arbitration opportunities, when they are most beneficial and also about those instances when it is preferable to be cautious about either ADR utilization or its timing.

I have been fully trained in ADR and qualified as a member of five of the AAA’s ADR neutral panels including, its Commercial, Large Complex Case, International (ICDR), and Patent Arbitration Panels as well as its Commercial Mediation Panel.  In addition, I also serve as a member of federal trial (USDC CDCA) and appellate courts (CAFC) ADR panels. In addition I serve on both the International Center For The Prevention & Resolution Of Disputes (CPR) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) domestic and international Panels of Distinguished Neutrals.

I also hold a degree in engineering and am qualified and Registered to Practice Before the US Patent and Trademark Office.  Beyond my J.D. law degree, I hold an LL.M degree focused on patent and competition law.  Before entering private law practice, I was an engineer, USPTO Patent Examiner and a trial, legislative and appellate attorney in the United States Department of Justice where I was responsible for both IP and competition law matters in both the civil and criminal law fields.

Special Licenses/Certifications
I received ADR mediation certifications from the U.S.D.C via the  Pepperdine  Law School Strauss Institute and in arbitration  training to the advanced level from the American Arbitration Association(AAA).


6417 Drexel Avenue

Los Angeles, CA. 90048

Phone:  323-935-5026

Fax:      323-935-5027

Email:   [email protected]