Cedric Chao is a former federal prosecutor, has a unique skill set, having first-chaired numerous US jury and court trials (business and criminal), as well as international arbitration disputes. He has represented clients, as first chair, in four business disputes where the amount in controversy exceeded US$1 billion and in multiple others where the amount in controversy was in the hundreds of millions of dollars. His clients have spanned many industries and countries.

Mr. Chao has appeared in US District Courts in a number of federal judicial districts and in the trial courts throughout California. He has argued twelve times before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, including once to an en banc panel, once before the US Supreme Court and four times before the California State Court of Appeal. Mr. Chao has led teams in international arbitration proceedings under the rules of the ICC, ICDR, LCIA, UNCITRAL and JAMS and has represented parties in court proceedings to enforce or set aside arbitral awards. Mr. Chao has sat as an arbitrator under the rules of the ICC and SIAC.

Mr. Chao is a US member of the ICC Arbitration Commission and serves as a director of the American Arbitration Association. He is one of 31 Advisors to the American Law Institute project to draft the Restatement of the US Law of International Commercial Arbitration.

Mr. Chao is a former chair of the US Magistrate Judge Screening Committee of the Northern District of California and of the California State Bar Litigation Section. He is a former member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, which evaluates all presidential nominees to the federal judiciary (representing the Ninth Circuit). While at his former firm, Mr. Chao served as a director of Lex Mundi, the leading network of independent law firms, and chaired Lex Mundi's blue ribbon Task Force on increasing referrals among member firms.