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Bruce E. Methven has been arbitrating cases for the American Arbitration Association (AAA) for more than 20 years. He is available for private arbitrations.

Arbitration Areas:

Business Law, including but not limited to contract disputes, shareholder agreements and conflicts, corporate governance issues; franchise law; employment law (regarding both employees and independent contractors); corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies (LLC’s) and non-profit organizations; stock offerings, private placements, direct placement offerings, securities laws, securities exemptions and investor agreements; stock options and warrants; business sales and mergers and acquisitions; bankruptcy; import and export law and international transactions.

Real Estate, including but not limited to lease disputes, real-estate transactions, easements, real-estate lending; issues regarding real-estate investors, real-estate brokers, real-estate deal makers, and contractors.

Intellectual Property, including but not limited to copyrights, trademarks and service marks, trade secrets and infringement; software rights and licenses; Internet-related disputes; unfair competition, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, and non-competition law; licenses; domain names; software development, work-for-hire and publishing agreements; unfair competition; merchandising agreements; entertainment law.

Probate and Trust Law, including but not limited to disputes between administrators and beneficiaries, and validity of estate documents.

Work History:

Principal, Methven & Associates, 1994-present; Partner, Neal & Methven, 1986-94; Attorney, Gutierrez & Neal, 1982-86; Attorney, Hanson, Bridgett, Marcus, Vlahos & Stromberg, 1980-82.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience:

Arbitrator with AAA since 1987. Arbitrated numerous matters, including a number of controversies with multi-million dollar claims. A member of the AAA’s Large Complex Case Panel (LCCP).

Alternative Dispute Resolution Training:

AAA Pro Se: Managing Cases Involving Self-Represented Parties (ACE002), 2010; AAA Arbitrator Ethics & Disclosure (ACE003), 2009; State Bar of California, On the Verge of a Mediation Boom With an Aging Population: Growth Areas, Special Concerns, and Best Practices/Online Dispute Resolution: What It Is, How It’s Done, and How to Craft a Contract Clause/Going International: Arbitration Tips and Mediation Tools and Strategies for All California Practitioners, 2009; AAA Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics (ACE005), 2006; ACE004 - Dealing With Delay Tactics in Arbitration, 01/06; ACE001 - Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards, 12/04; AAA Commercial Arbitrator II Training, San Francisco, 4/03; AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training, San Francisco, 2/99; San Francisco Bar Association Comprehensive Mediation Training, 1993.

Professional Licenses:

Admitted to the Bar: California (#095486); U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professional Associations:

Entrepreneurs Resource Network (Founder; President); Alameda County Bar Association (Intellectual Property and Computer Law Committee, Founder, Past Chair); Broad Alliance for Multimedia and Technology (Intellectual Property Workshop, Past Chair); Multimedia Development Group (Past Board of Directors); American Bar Association; San Francisco Bar Association; Los Angeles Bar Association.


University of California at Berkeley (AB-1974; JD-1980).

Publications and Speaking Engagements:

“Creditor Guidelines For Bankruptcy,” 1983; “Copyright Protection for Computer Programs,” SILICON VALLEY MAGAZINE, October 1983; “Trade Secret Protection for Computer Programs,” SILICON VALLEY MAGAZINE, January 1984; “Patent Protection For Computer Programs,” SILICON VALLEY MAGAZINE, March/April 1984; “Creating and Maintaining Trade Secret Protection,” VAR MAGAZINE, July and November 1985; “How to Benefit from Copyright Protection,” VAR MAGAZINE, January/February, 1986; “Legal Protection For Trademarks,” VAR MAGAZINE, March/April 1986; “Reorganizing the Financially Distressed Company,” VAR MAGAZINE, October 1986; “Securing the Right to Rents and Profits After Commercial Real Estate Loan Defaults,” LENDING FOR THE COMMERCIAL BANKER, 1987. Monthly speaker at legal seminars for the Entrepreneurs Resource Network since 2001; myriad newsletters for Methven & Associates from 2000 to present.

$345 Per Hour
Hourly rate for hearing and study time, motions, preliminary conference, telephone conference, etc. Any travel time is charged at the hourly rate. Reimbursement of costs: mileage/bridge fares/parking, etc. No fee for cancellations.

Berkeley, CA