American Bar Association
Dispute Resolution Committee  

ABA Section of Business Law

Dispute Resolution Committee



May 13, 2014:

"Settling Business Disputes in Business Courts"

Speaker: Judge Ben F. Tennille

Topic: The first judge in the first business court with statewide jurisdiction talks about the techniques he used in prompting early settlement, the utility of separating complex business cases from other cases on the general docket, and the obstacles to early settlement of commercial disputes.

April 30, 2014:

"The Lord Chief Justice and Changing the Culture of the Courts"

Speaker: Lord Harry Woolf, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

Topic: Lord Harry Woolf, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, discusses the "Woolf Reforms" and how they changed the way the courts in England handle civil disputes. His conclusion: The duty of a court is primarily to assist the parties to conclude their dispute without waste or delay.

April 11, 2014:

"Calling All Deal Lawyers: Use Your Skills to Help Prevent and Resolve Disputes!"

Speakers: James C. Freund, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Richard Hall, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; Joan Stearns Johnsen, JSJ Mediations; Richard Lutringer, Offices of Richard Lutringer, Esq.; F. Peter Phillips, Business Conflict Management LLC

Topic: Deal Lawyers have unique training, experience and perspectives on negotiation. Too often, these talents are restricted to the "front end" of a deal. Hear about opportunities for deal lawyers to add value to clients, expand their practice, and derive professional satisfaction from dispute management and resolution.

April 10, 2014:

"The Essential Components of a Successful Corporate Dispute Resolution Program, and How to Ensure an Efficient and Effective Arbitration Process Using the AAA's New Commercial Rules"

Speakers: Fred Bennett, Chair U.S. Arbitration Practice, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP; Harold Coleman, Executive Director,; Eric Tuchmann, General Counsel, American Arbitration Association

Topic: This panel will discuss how certain practices will result in an expeditious and cost effective arbitration process. Issues to be discussed will include the active participation of in-house counsel, arbitrator selection, the use and timing of mediation, limits on discovery, management of the arbitration, and the ability to seek sanctions. Speakers include Fred G. Bennett, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP and Harold Coleman,

October 25, 2013:

"Cross-Border Deals: State of the Art of International Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration"

Speakers: Patricia Barclay, Owner, Bonaccord; Michael L. Morkin, Managing Parker, Baker & McKenzie LLP; Stuart M. Riback, Partner, Wilk Auslander LLP; Mary Beth Wilkinson, Associate General Counsel, Owens-Illinois Inc; Huen Wong, Chairman, Hong Kong Law Society; John C. Yang, Director of Legal Affairs, Illinois Tool Works Inc

Topic: Drafting Cross-Border Deals: John Levitske moderates a discussion among corporate counsel and private attorneys on how transactional attorneys need to be aware of risks if enforcement in drafting cross-border deals.

October 25, 2013:

"How Do Companies Really Resolve Disputes? A Report on the New Survey Measuring How Fortune 1000 Companies Perceive and Use Arbitration and Mediation to Manage Their Disputes"

Speakers: Patricia Barclay, Owner Bonaccord; Maureen Beyers, Member, Osborn Maedon; Mary Fuller, Chief Patent Counsel, Maxim Integrated Products; Alan S. Kaplinsky, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP; Lester Schiefelbein, Arbitrator/Mediator; Thomas J. Stipanowich, Professor and Academic Director, Firm Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University

Topic: How Do Companies Resolve Business Disputes? Prof. Thomas Stipanowich and a panel of corporate counsel discuss the recent survey of Fortune 1000 companies, indicating that arbitration is disfavored and that the use mediation in business disputes is on the rise.

July 29, 2013:

"Dispute Resolution in Sports: The 24-Hour Arbitration Award"

Speaker: Richard Pound, Partner, Stikeman Elliott, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Topic: Dick Pound, former Olympian and longtime member of the IOC, WADA, CAS and other sports bodies, explains the background, objectives, and procedures for dispute resolution in sports, and how notions of due process have been injected into an endeavor in which decisions can often be subjective and injurious to athletes' careers.

July 24, 2013:

"Planned Early Negotiation: Managing Conflict Portfolios by Early Intervention"

Speakers: Kathy Bryan, President and CEO of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR Institute); David H. Burt, Senior Counsel, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company; James E. McGuire, Mediator, JAMS; Bennett G. Picker, Senior Counsel, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP

Topic: Panel discussion on planned early negotiation, how lawyers can serve their clients through early settlement efforts, address company protocols that aim to reduce cost by prompting early assessment and management of litigation risks, while maintaining a thriving business through innovative billing methods.

July 17, 2013:

"Who Gets What? Designing and Administering Mass Disaster Programs"

Speakers: Kenneth Feinberg, Founding Member, Feinberg Rozen, LLP; Deborah E. Greenspan, Co-Chair Complex Dispute Resolution Group, Dickstein Shapiro, LLP; Mark Holstein, Managing Counsel, Litigation, BP America; Thomas H. Milch, Chair, Arnold & Porter LLP

Topic: From the world's foremost experts on Mass Disaster Settlements, an in-depth discussion of some of the most talked about events in recent history, their impact on the victims, the legal machinations and processes that led to resolution, and the complex methodologies for determining who gets what, and the consequences.

June 24, 2013:

"What is a Sustainable Approach to Business Disputes?"

Speaker: Kathy Bryan, President and CEO of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR Institute)

Topic: Business conflict resolution and management, and new tools to help companies prevent, manage and resolve business-to-business disputes.

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