M. Scott Donahey is an arbitrator and mediator with more than 20 years experience in complex commercial, intellectual property, and international commercial disputes. In prior practice, he was a litigator in San Francisco, New York, and Palo Alto law firms. He has served as adjunct professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law and at the Golden Gate University School of Law.
Mr. Donahey has been an arbitrator and mediator of disputes involving patent infringement, trademarks, domain names, joint development agreements, licensing agreements, distribution agreements, copyright infringement, and other complex commercial matters involving damages claims in the tens of millions and hundreds of millions of dollars. He is on numerous arbitration and mediation panels around the world.
Mr. Donahey is a member in good standing of the bars of California, Illinois, and Arizona, as well as the bars of numerous federal courts. He received his B.A. from Stanford University, with distinction, his M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University, and his J.D. degree from Santa Clara University, summa cum laude. He lives in Los Altos with his wife and youngest daughter.
Several years ago, the California Daily Journal, a daily legal publication distributed throughout the California legal community, did a feature profile article on Scott. For the article, the reporter interviewed a number of counsel who either had appeared before Scott or who had acted as a co-arbitrator on a panel with him.
Although the article is somewhat dated, it will give you some idea as to how counsel and arbitrators who have personal experience with Scott view his performance as a neutral.