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Professional Activities


  • American Arbitration Association: Member, AAA/ICDR Council; Co-head, AAA/ICDR International Advisory Committee
  • American Bar Association: Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. Mr. Chao was formerly the Ninth Circuit member on the 15-member Standing Committee, which evaluates all presidential nominees to the federal judiciary and provides its reports to the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate.
  • American Bar Association: Former Co-Chair of the International Litigation Committee of the Section of Litigation.
  • American Law Institute: One of 31 Advisors to the ALI project to draft the Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial and Investment Treaty Arbitration; Elected Member of the Institute.
  • Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area: Former President.
  • Bar Association of San Francisco: former Director.
  • Hong Kong Association of Northern California: Honorary Director; former elected Director and Board Secretary.
  • ICC Arbitration Commission: U.S. Member of the ICC Arbitration Commission. One of six members of the USCIB/ICC Arbitrator Nominating Committee for U.S. based arbitrations (2017-18). Vice Chair, USCIB Northwest Subcommittee.
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association: Former Officer (Committee Coordinator); former Chair, Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Committee.
  • Lex Mundi: Former Member, Board of Directors; Former Chair, Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Practice Committee.
  • Litigation Counsel of America: Fellow. Invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society.
  • Magistrate Judge Screening Committee of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California: Former Chair.
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association: Former Co-Chair, International Law Committee.
  • State Bar of California: Former Chair, Litigation Section of the State Bar of California.
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