I just returned from San Diego, where I spent most of last week at the annual convention of the Association for Dispute Resolution (ACR), a leading international group of arbitrators, mediators (commercial, family, community, etc), and peacemakers of all stripes. During the convention, I attended the Advanced Commercial Mediation Institute (ACMI), which was co-chaired by Jerome Allan Landau...Read More
A cake recipe says to add all of the required ingredients, and then place it in the oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. The chef, who is in a rush, takes a shortcut and leaves out an important cooling process and places the cakes in the oven at 400 degrees for 35 minutes, hoping for a good result. Instead, the chef has unhappy customers when the resulting product is not satisfactory in taste...Read More
I received word from Dean David Schizer of Columbia Law School that Professor Hans Smit passed away on January 7, 2012. As Dean Schizer put it, Hans had been a powerful presence at the Law School for more than 50 years. Hans was a pioneering scholar and a distinguished practitioner in the field of international arbitration and international procedure.
One of Hans’s numerous accomplishments was...Read More
Intellectual property attorneys often define “winning” in litigation as obtaining the best possible outcome for the client while minimizing the amount of harm to the client, given the particular circumstances involved in the case. Sometimes this objective can be accomplished by using intellectual property mediation in Los Angeles. While litigation has its place, not every dispute is best...Read More
Sally is struggling in her marriage of eight years, and feels abandoned by her husband, Darrell. She’s been left alone to raise the couple’s three children, who are all under the age of seven. Although Darrell has been a wonderful financial provider, he has failed Sally and their children in providing them emotional support.
Sally is exhausted and contemplating divorce. She married right out...Read More
I’ve practiced employment law for more than 35 years, representing both employees and employers. I‘ve also been selected as an Arbitrator in more than 50 employment arbitrations. As a result of this experience, I have come to recognize common factors that often precipitate wrongful termination cases. While there’s no way to guarantee a lawsuit won’t be filed, I do believe that certain “red...Read More