Practice Area: Alternative Dispute Resolution

Leader in Dispute Resolution To Receive Chuck Newman Award Today at New York State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting

Noah Hanft, an independent arbitrator, mediator, executive coach, and expert witness, received the Chuck Newman award from the New York State Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section at the association’s Annual Meeting. Hanft is recognized globally for his ability to find the most effective way to resolve all types of disputes. His career as a former general … Continued

Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Legal Profession

Panelists at a New York State Bar Association conference predicted that lawyers who are in charge of high-level legal strategies for clients have nothing to fear from artificial intelligence, but the jobs of attorneys who conduct the research and draft the legal documents will change dramatically. “The battle won’t be between humans and AI but … Continued

Arbitration and Equal Justice Under the Law: A Double Victory

While Coinbase Inc. v. Bielski has been hailed as a victory for arbitration, it should also be celebrated as no less a victory for equal justice under the law. This article will examine both victories, as well as suggest a way to ensure a uniform rule of law in the future. The Arbitration Victory Under … Continued

Remote Mediations and Unwanted Guests

The federal government has officially ended the COVID-19 emergency, but remote mediation remains. The practical benefits of remote mediation for both attorneys and their clients are obvious. On the other hand, the relaxed formality of remote mediations has created unexpected problems, including the appearance of uninvited guests, who can wreak havoc and endanger a productive … Continued

Enforcing Mediated Settlement Agreements, or, When Is a Deal Really a Deal: An Analysis of Murphy v. Institute of International Education

Is the mediation agreement enforceable by the defendant? Does a party’s change of heart require deference, where the more detailed settlement agreement had not yet been finalized and signed? Should it matter that plaintiff is pro se and contends that she signed the mediation agreement under duress caused by her court-appointed mediation counsel and the mediator?