Michael Shane, door tenant at Atkin Chambers, features in The Legal 500’s new Hall of Fame for his continued excellence as a mediator.
Michael is described as someone who “understands the issues, explores ways to get the parties to bridge their differences, and has a very good sense for what will work in a particular situation”. He has acted as mediator in over 1,500 disputes, involving insurance, finance, construction and engineering, energy and IP claims.
Respected by clients for his commercial approach and “ability to see the big picture”, Michael Shane is a highly-regarded mediator and arbitrator. He specialises in complex international commercial disputes arising in a wide range of industry sectors and practices including construction and infrastructure, energy and utilities, banking, insurance and intellectual property as well as other commercial areas. He was a trial lawyer in California and Hawaii before becoming Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Director of URS Corporation, San Francisco. Since 1994 he has been a full time mediator and arbitrator, mediating in excess of 1500 major disputes in the US, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa and acting as arbitrator in over 150 cases involving complex commercial matters both in the US and internationally.
Michael has taught basic and advanced mediator training courses for the American Arbitration Association; the Australian Commercial Disputes Centre, Sydney; and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. He has also lectured and written extensively on the subject of ADR.