Respect. Knowledge. Experience.
"Let me approach everything I do as if it were the last thing I will ever do."
Respect underlies everything.
- Respect for the parties. It's not my case; the case belongs to the parties. The parties have to live with the process and the result, and they are paying the bills.
- Respect for the representatives. The representatives have worked hard to be prepared and knowledgeable about the case. They are the ones that make everything work.
- Respect for the process. Arbitration requires order, decisiveness, and finality. Mediation requires persistence, flexibility, and creativity.
Knowledge of employment law is critical.
- Teaching: A great way to gain knowledge. During 35 years as a law professor I specialized in
- Labor Law
- Employment Law
- Employment Discrimination
- Dispute resolution
- I created Employment Law Memo and spent 14 years reading and summarizing employment law court decisions from all federal and state appellate courts.
- My blog has its focus on employment law, labor law, and arbitration.
Experience is the best teacher.
- Arbitration - 40 years:
- Hundreds of cases covering the gamut of issues.
- Private sector and public sector.
- Serving on 15 permanent panels that include lumber, paper, maritime, police, fire, municipal.
- Mediation - 30 years:
- Employee termination, sexual harassment, employee benefits, personal injury, business contracts.
- Two-party cases; multi-party cases.
- Private cases; court-annexed cases.