Mr. Zilber has had more than 45 years of business and intellectual property law experience through his practice with the Boston law firm of Peabody and Brown (now Nixon Peabody LLP), and is now a full-time arbitrator, mediator and arbitration consultant.

Mr. Zilber has represented public and privately-held computer hardware and software companies as well as companies in the biotech, semi-conductor manufacturing systems, opto-electronic, ocean power, waste to energy and materials recycling industries. He has also represented authors, publishers and entertainers and had an extensive public utility practice involving licensing, siting, rate, environmental, conservation-load management programs, deregulation and anti-trust issues for several electric public utilities.

He has extensive experience in copyright, trademark, trade secret, patent licensing and character licensing matters, including character licensing for PBS’s number one children’s program.

Mr. Zilber’s business law experience ranged from venture capital, public offering and secured lending financing; research and development, requirements and distribution agreements; executive employment agreements and benefit plans; non-compete agreements and mergers and acquisitions.

He served as Chair of the Intellectual Property and Technology Group of Peabody and Brown from 1995 to 1997 and before that as Managing Partner and Chair of the firm’s Executive Committee for 12 years. Based on that experience, he has consulted with numerous law and accounting firms on practice management issues.

Mr. Zilber has over 30 year’s experience as an arbitrator and mediator. He serves as a member of: the American Arbitration Association‘s Large Complex Case, Energy, National Technology and International Dispute Panels and the Northern California Mediation Panel; FedArb‘s Panel of Participating Commercial Arbitrators; and the Panel for Disputes with the Kaiser Medical System. He was also on the panel of mediators for the California Appeals Court, First Appellate District.

He is a director of the Mediation Society of San Francisco, a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, and a past president of the California Dispute Resolution Council.

Mr. Zilber was a founding Director and Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Massachusetts Interactive Media Council and served as counsel to the Massachusetts Computer Software Council for several years.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience

Arbitrated over 170 commercial and consumer disputes in a wide range of matters.  Mediated over 100 commercial and consumer disputes, also in a wide range of matters.


JD with honors. Harvard Law School

AB with honors (Mathematics), Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, University of Michigan

Professional Licenses

Admitted to the Bar in Ohio; Massachusetts; California; U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; U.S. Court of Appeals: District of Columbia and First Circuits.

Professional Associations

American Bar Association (Dispute Resolution Section); State Bar of California (Intellectual Property and Law Practice & Technology Sections); Bar Association of San Francisco (Alternative Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property Sections; Arbitration Committee, Past Chair (2002-2007)); The Mediation Society (San Francisco), Director; The College of Commercial Arbitrators, Fellow; The California Dispute Resolution Council, Past President; National Association of Distinguished Neutrals, Panelist.


Mr. Zilber was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Golden Gate University School of Law for nine years, teaching classes in the Business of the Practice of Law and Business Planning.

Publications and Lectures

Mediation and Council, Kissing Cousins in Resolving Disputes

“Teaching the Business of Law”, The Recorder, March 22, 2011 (no 1202487442826)

“Corporate Tender Offers for Their Own Stock, Legal and Financial Considerations” UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI LAW REVIEW, Vol. 13, p. 1, 1964

Mr. Zilber has lectured on computer and multi-media law topics, corporate law, ADR and law firm management issues for American Bar Association-American Legal Institute, American Arbitration Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Massachusetts Computer Software Council, Massachusetts Interactive Media Council, the Bar of San Francisco Intellectual Property and Arbitration Committees, Marin Bar Association, The Mediation Society and Joel Rose Associates.