Daniel J. Bender



With more than thirteen years in ADR, Daniel J. Bender has experience heading an international ADR case management center, as an arbitrator and as an advocate in arbitrations and mediations. Mr. Bender provides consulting services including managing and building ADR case administration centers, training arbitrators and case management staff, educating judges, attorneys and the public at large on ADR practice and procedure, and analyzing ADR center caseloads.


• Law Offices of Daniel J. Bender, PLLC.; 2/05-present; Washington, DC; Principal / Attorney
Arbitrate, mediate & litigate cases involving statutory, regulatory and common law violations; Conduct research and perform case analyses; Draft legal briefs; Negotiate potential disputes and settlements.

• Lewis & Roberts, PLLC [now Waters & Wise, PLLC]; 2/00-2/05; Fairfax, VA; Attorney
Attorney on a variety of disputes in arbitration, mediation & litigation; Drafted hundreds of legal briefs; Principal appellants’ brief drafter in Virginia Supreme Court decision, Hansen v. Stanley Martin Companies, 585 S.E.2d 567 (2003); Supervised and scheduled work of other attorneys and paralegals in order to meet a large number of competing deadlines; Analyzed case status and deadlines.

• American Arbitration Association; 6/97-1/00; New York, NY; Director, International Center for Dispute Resolution; 5/99 - 1/00 [Promoted from Supervisor of International Case Management; 10/98-5/99; Promoted from International Case Manager; 6/97-10/98]
Primary responsibility for all AAA international arbitrations and mediations; Developed curriculum for arbitrator training program in conjunction with President, CEO, General Counsel and Senior Vice Presidents; Trained arbitrators; Developed, prepared and presented mock arbitration in Brasilia, Brazil; Conducted educational programs on ADR for leaders of the business and legal communities in Sao Pγolo, Brazil; Presented to groups of lawyers and judges domestically and abroad regarding international and domestic ADR developments and processes; Presented findings of research to International Strategy Committee comprised of senior staff; Streamlined and systematized arbitration & mediation process by drafting standard operating procedures and model forms; Reviewed contract arbitration & mediation provisions; Managed a staff of 13 multi-national attorneys and administrative assistants; Scheduled and oversaw staff production; Responded to inquiries from clients worldwide regarding ADR procedure, treaties, developments, international and domestic law; Wrote articles for website and external publications; Performed extensive case analysis; Prepared statistical research memoranda.

• Hockert, Pressman & Flohr; 4/97-4/99; New York, NY; Attorney (part-time)
Drafted and reviewed contracts; Researched and drafted legal memoranda; Prepared governmental filings and corporate governance documents for multi-national clients.

• Goldberg & Gelman; 9/96-3/97; New York, NY; Attorney
Composed and reviewed contracts and corporate resolutions for multi-national clients; Researched and drafted legal memoranda; Argued motions; Negotiated commercial transactions.

• Oxford University, Exeter College; 6/94-8/94; Oxford, UK; Copy Editor / Research Assistant
Copy-edited second edition of the book European Human Rights Law; Researched U.N. legislative histories, international law theory and freedom of speech in Britain and the E.U.

• PIA Radio Network; 5/91-4/92; Chicago, IL; National News Producer
Created two weekly nationally-syndicated radio news programs; Developed stories ranging from land use to foreign policy developments; Orchestrated and conducted interviews with sources, including Senators, business leaders and professors.


• University of Connecticut School of Law; JD, 1996; Hartford, CT
Notes & Comments Editor, Associate Editor, Connecticut Journal of International Law, 1993-1995.

• University of Connecticut School of Business Administration; MBA, 1996; Storrs, CT
Concentration in International Business.

• University of Wisconsin – Madison; BA, 1991; Madison, WI
Major, Journalism; Certificate in Integrated Liberal Studies.

• London Internship Program, Boston University; 1989; London, UK
Coursework on architectural history and journalism; High-technology public relations firm intern.


• ADR Manual: Implementing Commercial Mediation; International Finance Corporation/World Bank Group, to be published in winter, 2006, Contributor.

• Limiting the Options; Legal Times, June 3, 2002, Author.

• New International Commercial Arbitration Evidence Rules Economize, Appeal To Common and Civil Lawyers; The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel; October Edition, 1999, Author.

• Case Commentary: In Re Application to Quash Grand Jury Subpoena Duces Tecum served on the Museum of Modern Art; New York University Journal of International Law and Politics; Fall Edition, 1998, Author.

• An Alternative Approach to Settling Disputes Over Stolen Art; New York Law Journal; August 12, 1998, Author.


• Dispute Resolution Training Program, Miami, FL; Educated attorneys on the latest developments in international ADR, including procedure.

• International ADR Information Sessions, Sγo Paulo, Brazil; Spoke with attorneys and business leaders, educating them on domestic and international arbitration and mediation options and processes.

• International Arbitrator Training Program, New York, NY; Trained arbitrators on the conduct of international commercial arbitration. Developed curriculum in conjunction with top international arbitrators and counsel.

• Arbitration and Mediation Informational Sessions, New York, NY; Discussed ADR issues and procedure with delegations from around the globe.

• St. John's University, International Law and Relations course, New York, NY; Guest lectured on international law, public and private international law, international arbitration and transnational litigation, treaty enforcement and conflicts of law.

• Mock International Arbitration, Brasilia, Brazil; Wrote mock arbitration detailing provisions of arbitration procedures and Brazilian law. Lead mock arbitration presented to approximately 180 Brazilian lawyers and business people.

• New York County Lawyers Association, Law Student Summer Study Program, New York, NY; Taught international mediation and arbitration law, practice and procedure.

• Corporate Counsel Committee, New York, NY; Addressed recent developments and trends in international arbitration and mediation as well as the state of the 1996 Brazilian Arbitration Act and key pending court cases.


• Association of Conflict Resolution; Communications Co-Chair of International Development Sub-Committee, IDC Communiquι Co-Editor and International Section member.

• District of Columbia Attorney Client Arbitration Board; Arbitrator. Completed Arbitrator Training and Panel Chair Training.

• Construction Dispute Resolution Services; International Panel Arbitrator.

• Nantong (China) Arbitration Commission; Arbitration Panel Member.

• American Arbitration Association; Completed mediator training.

• The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Passed membership examination.

• Hartford Area Mediation Program; Completed mediator training.


• Virginia State Bar; Admitted, 2003.

• District of Columbia Bar; Admitted, 1998.

• New York State Bar; Admitted, 1997, New York County Lawyers Association Rising Star, 1999.


• French