Character Introduction
Cedric Chao
Founder
Cedric Chao
Chao ADR, PC.
Brief Introduction
After leading Big Law teams for years in high stakes and precedent setting cases in U.S. courts and international arbitration tribunals, Cedric has launched a boutique enabling him to sit as arbitrator, mediator, and special master, and to advise clients and firms on arbitration and mediation strategy. His experience as first chair in many disputes involving hundreds of millions of dollars, familiarity with many industries and fields of practice, and ease in corporate board rooms across continents, give him a "big picture" and multi-cultural perspective on dispute resolution.
Cedric has led teams in arbitration proceedings around the world, under the rules of the ICC, ICDR, LCIA, UNCITRAL, AAA, and JAMS. He has sat under the rules of the ICC and SIAC as presiding, sole and wing arbitrator.
Cedric is listed in Best Lawyers in America for arbitration, mediation, and commercial litigation, and was named as Best Lawyers' "2018 San Francisco Arbitration Lawyer of the Year." In September 2018, he was named by California's legal publication, The Daily Journal, as one of California's "Top 100 Lawyers." He received the Daily Journal's "2019 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year" award for thought leadership and longstanding efforts to bring international arbitration to California. He is included in GAR's "International Who's Who in Commercial Arbitration."
 
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