rob@cobbscreek.net
408-621-4900

Principal
Cobbs Creek ADR Services
Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York
San Francisco & San Jose

Robert A. Shives, Jr.

Rob Shives is an international Arbitrator and Mediator with over thirty-five 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 US based packaging and semiconductor subsidiary of Shinko Electric Ltd which is headquartered in Nagano, Japan.

Mr. Shives serves as a Board Member and Executive Committee Member of the California International Arbitration Council (CIAC); as a California Advisory Committee Member of the American Arbitration Association – International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA-ICDR) and serves as a member of the Clark County Nevada Court Annexed Arbitration Program. Rob is also member of the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center, a member of the APAC Arbitration Centre, and a member of the Dispute Resolution section of the American Bar Association (ABA)

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 manner of domestic and multinational technology (software, hardware and IP transfers) transactions, general commercial contracts, as well as employee relations and employee-employer related disputes.

Mr. Shives is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Stanford Law School where he was Associate Editor of the Stanford Journal of International Law. He also clerked for the Honorable Clifford Scott Green, U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and has been admitted to the bar in California, Pennsylvania, and Texas as well as in a number of federal courts in the Ninth and Third Circuits.