WHY I BELIEVE IN MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION
I find dispute resolution very gratifying. I enjoy working with parties to resolve their conflicts and be free and unencumbered and move on. Having managed disputes through traditional, full-blown litigation, I appreciate the efficiency, practicality, and confidentiality arbitration or mediation offer. I believe in mediation and arbitration because they empower parties to a dispute to obtain swift justice.
A VIEW FROM ALL SIDES – LITIGATOR | GENERAL COUNSEL | MEDIATOR | ARBITRATOR
With a litigation background, I have insight into the absurdity of what goes on in American litigation and a clear sense of the true goals and priorities of corporate parties. Sometimes a company is trying to get a competitive edge on another company.
Having represented large corporations and practicing with a large law firm, I’ve managed a variety of significant disputes and bet-the-company matters. I primarily prefer resolution through arbitration or mediation. During the course of my career, I’ve only had the opportunity to work with two diverse neutrals. One was a male, a person of color, and another was a female. For certain disputes like employment discrimination matters, in particular, I questioned whether the lack of diversity impacts the resolution because neutrals are unable to identify with claimants’ life experiences and they narrowly construe discrimination. An organization like Alterity would have been beneficial to me as an AGC because it provides a pool of truly experienced and diverse neutrals equipped to craft the best resolution.
EXPERIENCE & COMMITMENT – THE SECRET SAUCE OF SUCCESS
I advise clients to seek mediators and arbitrators who are experienced in the subject matter and truly committed to resolution. Committed neutrals with creative approaches are able to bring parties together and efficiently resolve disputes. For intellectual property or technology disputes, a neutral’s subject matter expertise is critical, and more generic commercial disputes may benefit from neutrals that are persuasive and objective.
One of the essential qualities of a mediator or arbitrator is understanding the conflict from both sides. If one side feels the mediator or arbitrator is not completely objective, it may thwart the resolution process. Parties will be more trusting of a neutral and the resolution process if they are confident they are engaged in a fair process with a fair neutral. Alterity ADR’s panel of diverse neutrals are committed to equity and fairness in dispute resolution.