News About CCA Fellows

The latest news and updates from the Fellows:

Michael Diamant has contributed an article entitled “Arbitrating Technology Cases: Considerations for Businesspeople and Advocates” in the 2017 edition of ADR Advocacy, Strategies, and Practices for IP, which is published by the ABA Section on Intellectual Property and edited by Harrie Samaras. He also has written an article entitled “Technology Mediation: What’s the Problem?” which was published in the July-August 2017 issue of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal.

Elliot Polebaum spoke on the subject of expedited arbitration at the GAR conference in Frankfurt in June.

Best Lawyers in America has named Bob Davidson the 2018 New York City Arbitration Lawyer of the Year. Bob was also the recipient of the 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

Super Lawyers has named Neal Eiseman as one of the top 100 lawyers in the New York metropolitan area for the second straight year. Beginning in January, he will be teaching a semester long course on construction law at Cardozo University School of Law.

Yarko Sochynsky and David Allgeyer, a Minneapolis arbitrator, presented a webinar on Arbitrating Patent Disputes sponsored by the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center on September 20.

During the past year, Gary McGowan was named a fellow in the Construction Lawyers Society of America; served as the moderator in a panel discussion entitled Arbitrating the Mega Energy Case at CIArb’s Energy Arbitration conference in Houston; was recognized in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in Arbitration and was selected as Best Lawyer’s 2018 Houston Mediation Lawyer of the Year; joined the international panel of arbitrators at the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre and the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board; and served on CPR’s National Panel of Distinguished Neutrals.

John Bowman was chosen by the Institute for Energy Law (part of the Center for American and International Law) to receive its Lifetime Achievement in Energy Litigation 2017 Award, given to one energy litigator each year whose achievements “have won the admiration of his or her peers.” He received the award at the Institute’s annual conference on energy litigation in Houston in November. Best Lawyers in America recognized him as the 2018 Lawyer of the Year for International Arbitration-Commercial in Houston. He also taught International Energy Arbitration at Georgetown University Law Center in the fall. He is also an honorary lecturer at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mining Law and Policy at the University of Dundee in Scotland where his most recent lecture was on Choice of Law in International Petroleum Contracts.

In September and October, John Allen Chalk taught a course entitled Arbitration Practice and Advocacy for the fifth time at Pepperdine School of Law. He also presented a talk entitled The Final Hearing: Now What? What Happens in the Critical Period between the Close of the Final Hearing and the Issuance of the Award at the State Bar of Texas bi-annual seminar on arbitration on November 3. He was a panelist with Trey Bergman and Melinda Jayson at a State Bar of Texas conference on Handling Your First (or Next) Arbitration: Effective Use of Arbitration in November. John will also participate as a panel member on Mechanics of Arbitration at the annual ADR seminar sponsored by the ADR Section of the State Bar of Texas in Austin on January 26.

Best Lawyers in America has named Stan Sklar as the 2018 Chicago Arbitration Lawyer of the Year. In addition, Stan was a panelist at the 21st annual meeting of the Dispute Review Board Foundation where he presented an academic perspective of what works in dispute review boards. He was also a panelist at the 19th annual Commercial Real Estate Institute where he spoke on ethical issues facing real estate attorneys.

Jim Madison and Paul Dubow presented their annual update of California mediation litigation and legislative developments at the Mediation Society of San Francisco on December 8. They also plan to deliver their annual update of California ADR litigation and legislative developments at the American Arbitration Association office in San Francisco on March 14. Jim will also be teaching arbitration at the University of San Francisco Law School during the spring semester.

Gilda Turitz has opened Turitz Dispute Resolution, her arbitration and mediation practice, after 37 years in private law firm practice. In November, her article, “Measuring Mediation Success: Process Matters as Well as Results” was published in Just Resolutions, which is the ABA Dispute Resolution Section’s e-newsletter.

Laura Kaster has made a number of panel presentations this fall. In addition to speaking at our annual meeting, she spoke at a panel on Preparing Your Client (and Yourself) for Arbitration or Mediation at the AIPLA annual meeting in October; a panel on Finally Shattering the Glass Ceiling – Selecting to Enable Diversity at the New York State Bar Association fall meeting on October 26; and a panel on The World is Flat – Enforcing Mediated Settlements in International Disputes at the New Jersey State Bar Association ADR Day XX on November 4. She is also scheduled to speak on Unconscious Bias Towards Women in the Law: How to Recognize It and Rise Above It at the PLI Women in Leadership Conference on January 26.

Best Lawyers in America has selected Sherman Fogel as Phoenix Arbitration Lawyer of the Year for 2018. It has also selected Larry Mills as Seattle Arbitration Lawyer of the Year for 2018.

Carl Ingwalson presented a program on Northeastern Iowa in the Civil War to sixty members and guests of the Clayton County Genealogical Society in Elkader, Iowa on October 9.

Ruth Glick moderated a program entitled Hot Topics in Arbitration at the State Bar of California Litigation Summit in San Francisco on October 13. She and Dana Welch presented a webinar entitled Avoiding Pitfalls in Drafting Arbitration Awards on July 25 for the ABA Dispute Resolution Section.

Jose Antonio Rodriguez Marquez was inducted into the Mexican Academy of International Law (Academia Mexicana de Derecho Internacional) with the dissertation International Tax Arbitration: An Opportunity for Mexico. The Academy is one of the most ancient institutions of science in Mexico and in the Americas. Its origin goes back to the independence of Mexico at the beginning of the 19th century. The Academy is dedicated to the study, codification, development, and promotion of international law. The induction ceremony occurred on November 16 in Mexico City.

Patricia Galloway has been selected as a Fellow in the National Association of Corporate Directors. She published an article in the inaugural issue of the American Journal of Construction Arbitration and ADR entitled “The Do’s and Don’ts of Arbitrator Interviews and Dilemmas Not Often Considered.” She also moderated a panel on How Effective Preliminary Hearings Ensure Efficiency and Economy at the Construction Superconference in Las Vegas on December 4. Her fellow panelists were Albee Bates and John Bulman.

Klaus Reichert was appointed as Scholar in Residence at the Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration and Commercial Law at New York University School of Law. In November, he delivered a research paper at the Center entitled “Prayers for Relief in International Arbitration, Plead in Haste, Repent at Leisure.”

Hal Gray, John Sherrill, and Tom Stipanowich spoke at the 24th annual State Bar of Georgia ADR Institute and Neutrals Conference in Atlanta on December 8. Hal has been appointed by the Georgia Supreme Court to membership on the Georgia Commission of Dispute Resolution effective January 1. It is a five-year appointment. The Supreme Court appoints five members of the State Bar to the Commission. The other members are appellate and trail court judges and laypersons.

John Boyce made a presentation on November 10 at the Advanced Business Law Conference for the State Bar of Texas on The Pathological Arbitration Clause. After that, he moderated a panel composed of a retired judge/arbitrator, eminent litigator, and arbitral institution representative for a discussion of the state of commercial arbitration. He and Bill Lemons co-authored a pamphlet entitled Arbitration-Texas Style on behalf of the Texas Arbitration Council, whose members include John Allen Chalk, Melinda Jayson, Roland Johnson, Bill Lemons, and Allison Snyder, for the Texas Legislature’s recent session. The group has been invited to serve as a resource to the Texas Comptroller in revising the arbitration procedures for property tax disputes and as a resource to the State Bar on the issue of whether statutes of limitations apply in arbitration.

Edna Sussman delivered a talk at the ICC Commission meeting in Sydney on Enforcing Cross-Border Mediated Settlement Agreements: The UNCITRAL Initiative and a talk at the New York State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section fall meeting on Innovation in the Dispute Resolution World. Her book review of the Stockholm Chamber’s book “How Arbitration Made a Difference: Arbitrating for Peace” was published by the New York State Bar Association and appears in the latest CCA Fellows’ newsletter.

Peter Michaelson has been admitted as a Fellow to the American College of e-Neutrals. He has also rejoined the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center as a member of its Tech List.

Gary Benton presented on International Arbitration of Intellectual Property Disputes at the Shenzhen Centre for International Arbitration and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. He also has been named to the IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists.

Deborah Coleman will be teaching arbitration at Cleveland Marshall School of Law this year. She reports that teaching practice, law, and policy in this field is a challenge and fun.

Michael Wilk was the facilitator at the AAA Arbitrator Continuing Education course entitled Red Flags and Risk Areas: Challenges to Arbitrator Authority that was held at the AAA Regional Office in Houston on October 25. The interactive three-hour course included a review of statistics of challenges to awards based on different statutory grounds for vacating arbitration awards and emphasized exceeding powers challenges and suggestions for minimizing potential exceeding powers challenges. Michael also served on a panel at a meeting of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Houston Bar Association on November 14. The program was entitled Disclosures, Discovery and Motions, Oh My, and included discussion of disclosures (including social media entries), limitations on discovery to save time and costs in arbitration, whether dispositive motions are worth filing and how to deal with counsel who want to file a dispositive motion, and the recovery of attorneys’ fees in arbitration.

Joanne Barak, Harrie Samaras, Ruth Glick, and Gilda Turitz made a presentation to the Women in Dispute Resolution Committee of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section on December 1. The subject was Peer Nominated ADR Organizations. Joanne’s subject was the College and she used the opportunity to ask the audience to contact her if any of them were aware of an outstanding diverse candidate or diverse rising star for possible College fellowship. Harrie presented on the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Ruth on the International Academy of Mediators, and Gilda on the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.


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