American Bar Association
Dispute Resolution Committee

ABA Section of Business Law

Dispute Resolution Committee

Message From The Chair

Welcome to the Dispute Resolution Committee of the Business Law Section. This Committee's mission is to provide information, resources and guidance to business lawyers who are responsible for allocating risk when negotiating transactions, or managing risk when negotiating disputes.

The Committee is responsible for a handy guide to drafting dispute resolution clauses in contracts. It also works closely with ADR Committees within the Business Law Section, as well as with the Dispute Resolution Section and ADR-related Committees of other Sections of the ABA, to ensure that business lawyers have the most current information on dispute resolution at their disposal.

We hope you will join the Committee and volunteer to advance its work. Over the next few years it is our ambition to make this Committee the "go to" resource for those in the business law community who are charged with avoiding, managing and resolving business disputes.

F. Peter Phillips, Chair

More About Us

• Over 375 members

• Four telephonic meetings per year (featuring nationally-recognized guest speakers), plus in-person meetings at the Business Law Section Meetings

• Directors to Section Administrative

• Subcommittees on Ombuds, Young Lawyers, Programs, Judiciary, International, Membership, and Corporate Counsel

• Publication on drafting dispute resolution clauses

• Active ListServe for internal communications and professional development

Committee Web Page

Mission Statement

The mission of the Dispute Resolution Committee is to aid business lawyers in understanding and using alternative dispute resolution processes. The goals of the Committee are to focus on education for Section members; to encourage interaction between corporate legal departments and private law firms in the development of dispute resolution options relevant to the business needs of clients; and to foster continuing liaison and collaborative efforts with other Sections and other committees within the Business Law Section.

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Chair:  F Peter Phillips

Vice-Chair:  John Levitske Jr

Committee Roster (374 total members)


Listen to a series of podcasts on business dispute resolution and management. These podcasts are part of the Committee’s mission to help business lawyers to understand and use alternative dispute resolution processes for the benefit of their corporate clients.

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Additional Materials and Sites of Interest

Quick Reference: A Primer on ADR
AAA ClauseBuilder: A Tool for Transactional Attorneys
International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR)
Mediation and Arbitration Centers Around the World

Modified by Graham Hunt on February 19, 2014

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