Publications

10 BREAKOUT SESSION TIPS FOR THE MEDIATOR: WHAT YOU NEED TO REMEMBER

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

Do give consideration in advance as to what confidential information will be revealed to the mediator in the breakout session. Do not attempt to rush the mediator into giving an evaluation of the merits of the case. Do give the mediator ample opportunity to speak to both sides. Do not become mired in arguments as to...

REMOVING THE TRIAL BLINDERS TO ACHIEVE AN EFFECTIVE MEDIATION

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

Resolving a dispute through Mediation on the eve of trial presents a unique challenge to the Mediator because the parties' counsel are in the "trial zone" - the zone in which settlement no longer is seen as the goal and, instead, the focus is solely on prevailing at trial. When in "the zone", both sets of counsel may have di...

WHY MEDIATION OF THE NCAA LABOR DISPUTE MAKES SENSE

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

When football players at Northwestern University launched a bid to unionize last year, and a regional director at the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") ruled that the players are employees under the control of the university, a veritable "Pandora's Box" was opened that could, ultimately, end collegiate athletics as we ...

PREPARING YOUR WITNESS AND YOURSELF FOR A TRIAL OR ARBITRATION

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

During my fifteen years as a Judge, I have heard the testimony of hundreds of witnesses in all types of proceedings. As a trial attorney in private practice, I prepared a great number of witnesses to testify. Even with the best preparation, my father, who was a great trial lawyer, would say he would die a thousand deaths whe...

ADDRESSING LEGAL ISSUES WITH THE MEDIATOR AND TIMING IN SEEKING AN EVALUATION

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

Many cases that come to mediation involve novel questions of law. Invariably, there will be a dispute as to the proper law applicable to the case and the interpretation of appellate decisions that impact upon same. It is common for parties in the context of their pre-mediation brief to cite case law with a summarization of t...

CLEARER PLAYER DISCIPLINARY PROCESS CAN HELP RESTORE NFL'S LUSTER

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

In the wake of criticism of the National Football League (NFL) and its commissioner, Roger Goodell, over the handling of domestic violence issues, there is an opportunity for the league to establish clearer, more uniform standards of player discipline. Emerging from the recent owners' meetings in New York, Commissioner Goode...

CREATIVE SOLUTIONS IN THE COMMERCIAL MEDIATION PROCESS

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

Volume is a great teacher. Nothing could have fully prepared me for the bench even though I tried many cases in private practice and spent a great deal of time in the courthouse. The sheer number of cases and the decisions that had to be made in a day dwarfed any type of previous experience. Much in the same way the sheer nu...

ADR AND WORKPLACE SEXUAL ABUSE

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

New York's historic preference for arbitration was recently upheld in a strongly-worded decision issued by Judge Anil Singh of the New York County Supreme Court. In Pupiales v. Building Management Company, et al., the Court issued an Order compelling arbitration under CPLR 7503 in a dispute between Plaintiff Pupiales and Def...

THE COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION: THE SINGLE ARBITRATOR VERSUS THE TRI-PANEL

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to preside over numerous commercial arbitrations of all types. I have done so as the sole arbitrator and also as a member of a tri-panel. The decision to use a single arbitrator versus a tri-panel is a critical one. The decision as to the use of a single arbitrator or a tri-panel...