Cedric Chao is the U.S. head of the international arbitration practice of DLA Piper, a 4,200 lawyer global law firm. Cedric, a former federal prosecutor, is equally comfortable advocating before U.S juries and international arbitration tribunals. He has represented clients, as first chair, in five business disputes where the amount in controversy exceeded $1 billion, and in multiple others valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. His clients have spanned many industries and countries.

Cedric has appeared in U.S. District Courts in a number of federal judicial districts and in the trial courts throughout California. He has argued thirteen times before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, including once to an en banc panel, once before the U.S. Supreme Court, and four times before the California State Court of Appeal. He has second-chaired four additional arguments before the Ninth Circuit and one additional argument in the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Cedric has led teams in international arbitration proceedings around the world, under the rules of the ICC, ICDR, LCIA, UNCITRAL, AAA, and JAMS, and has represented parties in court proceedings to enforce or set aside arbitral awards. Cedric has sat as an arbitrator under the rules of the ICC and SIAC. He regularly advises clients in their negotiations and drafting of dispute resolution provisions in cross-border contracts.

Cedric is a U.S. member of the ICC Arbitration Commission, and is one of six members of the USCIB ICC Arbitrator Nominating Committee (for U.S. based arbitrations). He serves on the American Arbitration Association/ICDR Council, and is one of 31 Advisors to the American Law Institute project to draft the Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial and Investment Arbitration.

Cedric is a former chair of the U.S. 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).