Ray Bender serves full-time as Commercial Arbitrator in domestic and international disputes, including those involving complex commercial issues. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Roster of Commercial Arbitrators, including for Washington, D.C., Technology and Large, Complex Cases; the CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutral Arbitrators for Washington D.C., Technology, and Cross-Border (i.e., International) disputes; the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) International Arbitrators’ Panel and Aviation, Aerospace and National Security Panel; and the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center’s List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals. He has served either as sole Arbitrator, tribunal Chair, or tribunal member in AAA, ICDR, ICC, CPR and ad hoc arbitrations. As a lawyer and advocate in private practice for nearly 35 years, Mr. Bender represented a diverse clientele on a broad range of domestic and international legal, commercial and strategic business issues. He brings an extensive commercial background and experience to his role as a Commercial Arbitrator in resolving commercial controversies. Mr. Bender was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Washington College of Law, American University, Washington D.C. , from 2010 to 2017, where he taught Alternative Dispute Resolution Law, and is a member of the International Arbitration Faculty of the International Law Institute, Washington, D.C. Mr. Bender also was recognized in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Prior to serving full-time as a Commercial Arbitrator, Ray Bender practiced law for nearly 35 years at Dow Lohnes PLLC, Washington, D.C., as a Member of the law firm from 1981 until 2009, and an Associate from 1975 until 1981.
Law Clerk to Honorable James R. Durfee, Judge, U.S. Court of Claims (now the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit), Washington, D.C., from 1973 until 1975.
Adjunct Professor, the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, co-taught International Telecommunications from 1998-2005.
As an Arbitrator, litigator and/or client counselor, Mr. Bender gained hands-on experience in numerous legal and commercial contexts, including:
Ray Bender received his B.S. degree in 1969 from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, where he majored in International Affairs, and his J.D. degree in 1973 from Georgetown University Law Center. He also received an LL.M in Taxation in 1987 from Georgetown University Law Center.
Honors, Memberships and Professional Activities
Member, AAA Roster of Commercial Arbitrators, including for Technology and for Large, Complex Cases Member, CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutral Arbitrators, including for Technology and for Cross-Border (i.e., International) disputes. Member, International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) International Arbitrators’ Panel and Aviation, Aerospace and National Security Panel. Member, Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center’s List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals. Member, International Arbitration Faculty of the International Law Institute. Recognized in Super Lawyers Recognized in Best Lawyers in America Recognized in International Who's Who of Telecom Lawyers Recommended as Communications Counsel in Global Counsel 3000. American Bar Association - Member of Dispute Resolution Section, Arbitration Committee Federal Communications Bar Association Washington Space Business Roundtable Society of Satellite Professionals International Washington Foreign Law Society Bar Membership: The District of Columbia
Extensive International Experience
Ray Bender has significant international experience beginning with his education at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, where he majored in international affairs, and at Georgetown University Law Center, where he studied international law. During his legal career Mr. Bender participated in many significant international legal projects including work involving Brazil, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Panama, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Zimbabwe. He also co-taught a graduate course in International Telecommunications from 1998-2005 at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.
Mr. Bender has been a frequent speaker on legal and commercial issues, government regulation, and other subjects, including at Johns Hopkins University, the Washington College of Law at American University, the International Law Institute, industry panels and conferences, and client training sessions.