Alexander ''Lex'' Brainerd

Alexander ''Lex'' Brainerd, Esq.

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Amy Thornton
T: 415-774-2686
F: 415-982-5287
Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94111

Alexander ''Lex'' Brainerd is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


As a litigator for more than four decades and a JAMS neutral since 2010, Alexander (“Lex”) Brainerd has had extensive experience with arbitrations. As a trial lawyer, Mr. Brainerd represented clients in numerous arbitrations concerning a broad range of subjects including patent infringement, theft of trade secrets, breach of contract and professional malpractice. Since joining JAMS, Mr. Brainerd has served as an arbitrator on matters involving a diverse range of subjects such as breach of technology licensing agreements, improper reverse engineering of software, legal malpractice and a dispute concerning the division of a substantial amount of legal fees. Mr. Brainerd has also served on numerous international arbitration panels.

Mr. Brainerd’s extensive experience as both an advocate and an arbitrator, makes him uniquely qualified to serve as an arbitrator. He understands the issues and problems associated with presenting a case in an arbitration and he also understands and appreciates how to move an arbitration forward in an expeditious and fair manner. His extensive experience as a trial lawyer allows him to quickly understand and master complex facts, which further enhances his ability to manage complex arbitrations in an efficient and effective manner.

Representative Matters:

  • Arbitrated a dispute involving an alleged breach of a franchise agreement.
  • Arbitrated a breach of contract dispute arising from a failed solar energy business in Israel.
  • Arbitrated a dispute between a condominium owner and a homeowners’ association.
  • Arbitrated a breach of contract case arising from the sale of semi-conductor equipment.
  • Arbitrated an attorney malpractice case arising from the trial of a patent infringement case.
  • Arbitrated a contract dispute arising from a patent license agreement.
  • Arbitrated a breach of contract case arising from an agreement for the joint development of software to implement the wireless transmission of voice and data.
  • Arbitrated a dispute over the improper reveres engineering of source code.
  • Arbitrated an ICC matter of a contract dispute concerning the transfer of source code and related technology for use in on-line banking.
  • Arbitrated a dispute between two law firms over the division of a very large contingency fee.
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer, ADR Category, 2011-2019
  • Recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer, Intellectual Property Litigation, 2005-2010
  • Early neutral evaluator and mediator, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Evaluator for Legal Evaluation Group, a firm providing early neutral evaluation
  • San Francisco Superior Court Arbitration Committee, 1981-1991
  • Master, Intellectual Property Chapter of American Inns of Court
  • Member, The Fellows of the American Bar Association
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section, Bar Association of San Francisco, 1989-1996
  • Board of Governors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Northern California, 1992-1999
  • Delegate to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council, 1992-1995
  • Board of Directors, National Center for Youth Law
  • Former member, Local Patent Rules Committee for U.S. District Court for Northern District of California
  • State Bar of California
  • "Golfing will have to wait," Daily Journal, ADR Profile, December 21, 2012
  • Partner, Sonnenshein Nath & Rosenthal, 2008-2010
  • Partner, Heller Ehrman, 1999-2008
  • Partner, Quinn Emmanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, 1997-1999
  • Partner/Associate, Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon, 1968-1997
  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law (formerly Boalt Hall School of Law), 1968
  • B.A., Amherst College, 1963

Counsel Comments

    • “[Lex] was exceptionally prepared and attentive. These factors were critical to getting the case resolved….He found a very small space of overlap in the parties’ willingness to settle. He did a tremendous job.”

      - Counsel at Leading Communications Provider
    • “Lex skillfully guided the parties over some difficult personal obstacles and complex business issues to reach a mutually beneficial resolution.”

      - Prominent San Francisco Litigator




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