Theodore K. Cheng is an arbitrator and mediator with the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the CPR Institute, Resolute Systems, and several federal and state courts, principally focusing on intellectual property, entertainment, and technology disputes. He was also appointed to the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center’s 2016 List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals. As a neutral, Mr. Cheng has conducted nearly 350 arbitrations and mediations, including commercial and business disputes, breach of contract and negligence actions, trade secret theft, employment discrimination claims, wage-and-hour disputes, and intellectual property infringement contentions. He serves on the Council of the AAA and the Board of the Justice Marie L. Garibaldi American Inn of Court for ADR. He is also the Co-Chair of the Mediation Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section and a Trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Dispute Resolute Section. He also serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Arbitration Advisory Committee and the Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution.
Mr. Cheng also practices in intellectual property and general commercial litigation with a focus on trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets, and other intellectual property matters. With 20 years of experience handling a broad array of business disputes in federal and state courts, he counsels high net-worth individuals and small to middle-market business entities in industries as varied as high-tech, telecommunications, entertainment, consumer products, fashion, food and hospitality, retail, and financial services. Mr. Cheng typically formulates and advises clients and their in-house counsel on litigation and dispute resolution strategy, often striving to suggest innovative and creative ways to resolve conflicts. He serves as a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and as the Co-Chair of its New York Chapter. In 2007, he was named one of the Best Lawyers Under 40 by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. He is licensed to practice in both New York and New Jersey.
Mr. Cheng received his A.B. cum laude in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Moot Court Board. Before joining the firm, he was a senior litigator at several prominent national law firms. He was also a marketing consultant in the brokerage operations of MetLife Insurance Company, where he was designated a Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant, and held a Series 7 General Securities Representative registration. Mr. Cheng served as a law clerk to the Honorable Julio M. Fuentes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Honorable Ronald L. Buckwalter of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Cheng is a member of several bar and professional associations, for which he serves on various ADR, litigation, and intellectual property sections and committees. He frequently writes and speaks on ADR and intellectual property issues.