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Cedric C. Chao

Cedric C. Chao

Founder and Principal

Chao ADR, PC

One Market Street
Spear Tower, 36th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 293-8088 Alternate: (628) 233-7610 Email:

ADR Services

Arbitration; Mediation; Special Master

Additional Services

International Disputes Consulting; Mock Arbitrations

Specialty Areas

Business; Commercial; Contracts; Energy; Intellectual Property; International; Real Estate; Technology.

ADR Experience/Training

Head of International Litigation and Arbitration Practice of 1000 Lawyer Firm; US Head of the International Arbitration Practice of 4200 Lawyer Firm; sat as ICC and SIAC Arbitrator; Completed AAA, ICDR, and CIArb training; Lectured on Arbitrators' Jurisdiction, Arbitrator Ethics, Discovery, Remedies, Expedited Proceedings, adjusting Advocacy to meet contrasting rules and expectations in US Jury, Domestic and International Arbitration settings, etc.


BA, Economics, Stanford University; J.D., Harvard Law School


California State Bar; admitted to practice in all US District Courts in California; Ninth, Fifth and Tenth US Circuit Courts of Appeal; US Supreme Court.


Elected Member, American Law Institute; One of 31 Advisors to the ALI Project to Draft the Restatement of the US Law of International Commercial and Investment Arbitration; US Member, ICC Arbitration Commission; Member, AAA/ICDR Council; Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America; Former Chair, Litigation Section of the State Bar of California.


Named by The Daily Journal as one of California's "Top 100 Lawyers" (September 2018); Named by Best Lawyers in America as the "2018 San Francisco Arbitration Lawyer of the Year," and the "2020 San Francisco Mediation Lawyer of the Year;" Recipient of the Daily Journal's prestigious "2019 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year" award for thought leadership and longstanding efforts to bring International Arbitration to California; Listed in Global Arbitration Review's "International Who's Who in Commerical Arbitration" and in Euromoney's Commercial Arbitration Expert Guide.


Co-author (with Hon. Daniel Weinstein) of the chapter on mediation in Thomson Reuters' Treatise Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts (4th Ed. 2016); Author, "Six Trends that Will Shape Future International Commercial Disputes," Law 360 (2017); Author, "Should Technology Companies Arbitrate?" Corporate Counsel (2017).