Mr. Zilber has had more than 45 years of business and intellectual property law experience through his practice with the Boston law firm of Peabody and Brown (now Nixon Peabody LLP), and is now a full-time arbitrator and mediator.
Mr. Zilber has represented public and privately held computer hardware and software companies as well as companies in the biotech, semi-conductor manufacturing systems, opto-electronic, waste to energy and materials recycling industries. He has also represented authors, publishers and entertainers and had an extensive public utility practice involving licensing, siting, rate, environmental, conservation-load management programs, deregulation and anti-trust issues for several electric public utilities.
He has extensive experience in copyright, trademark, trade secret, patent licensing and character licensing matters, including character licensing for PBS's number one children's program.
Mr. Zilber's business law experience ranged from venture capital, public offering and secured lending financing; research and development, requirements and distribution agreements; executive employment agreements and benefit plans; and mergers and acquisitions.
He served as Chair of the Intellectual Property and Technology Group of Peabody and Brown from 1995 to 1997 and before that as Managing Partner and Chair of the firm's Executive Committee for 12 years. Based on that experience, he has consulted with numerous law and accounting firms on practice management issues.
Mr. Zilber has over 25 year's experience as an arbitrator and mediator. He serves as a member of: the American Arbitration Association's Large Complex Case, California Energy, Northern California High Technology, National Technology and International Dispute Panels and the Northern California Mediation Panel; FedArb's Panel of Participating Commercial Arbitrators; and the Panel for Disputes with the Kaiser Medical System. He is also on the panel of mediators for the California Appeals Court, First Appellate District.
Mr. Zilber was a founding Director and Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Massachusetts Interactive Media Council ("MIMC") and served as counsel to the Massachusetts Computer Software Council ("MCSC") for several years.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience:
Arbitrated over 160 commercial and consumer disputes in a wide range of matters.
JD with honors. Harvard Law School, 1963
AB with honors (Mathematics), Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, University of Michigan, 1960
Admitted to the Bar in Ohio 1963; Massachusetts, 1964; California, 1998; U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1995; U.S. Court of Appeals: District of Columbia (1968) and First (1965) Circuits.
American Bar Association (Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property Law and Business Law Sections); State Bar of California (Intellectual Property, Business Law and Law Practice & Technology Sections); Bar Association of San Francisco (Mediation, Arbitration and Intellectual Property Sections); The Mediation Society (San Francisco); The College of Commercial Arbitrators; The California Dispute Resolution Council.
Mr. Zilber is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Golden Gate University School of Law, teaching classes in Business Planning and the Business of the Practice of Law.
Publications and Lectures:
“Mediation and Council, Kissing Cousins in Resolving Disputes”
"Corporate Tender Offers for Their Own Stock, Legal and Financial Considerations" UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI LAW REVIEW, Vol. 13, p. 1, 1964
Mr. Zilber has lectured on computer and multi-media law topics, corporate law, ADR and law firm management issues for American Bar Association-American Legal Institute, American Arbitration Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Massachusetts Computer Software Council, Massachusetts Interactive Media Council, the Bar of San Francisco Intellectual Property and Arbitration Committees and Joel Rose Associates.