Richard D. Grauer retired from the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, intellectual property law firm of Rader Fishman & Grauer PLLC at the end of 2008. His 43 years in private practice encompassed all phases of intellectual property (IP) law, including patent litigation at the trial and appellate levels, and testifying as a patent expert witness. He has frequently served as a facilitative mediator in patent disputes and as a court-appointed special master in patent and trade secret lawsuits in federal and state courts, and now confines his practice to serving as a mediator, special master, and arbitrator in IP disputes. Before practicing law, he was an engineer in the automotive industry and a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He is a member of the CPR Technology Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, a charter member of the Academy of Court-Appointed Masters, and has been listed in the Intellectual Propety section of "The Best Lawyers in America" since 1993. He received his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, his master of automotive engineering from the Chrysler Institute of Engineering, and his JD from The George Washington University, where he served on the Law Review.