Respect ... Knowledge ... Experience

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


A great way to gain knowledge. During 35 years as a law professor I specialized in

  • Labor Law
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Contracts
  • Arbitration
  • Negotiation
  • Dispute resolution


  • I created Employment Law Memo and spent 15 years reading and summarizing employment law court decisions from all federal and state appellate courts.
  • My blog - RossRunkelReport - has its focus on employment law, labor law, and arbitration.

Experience is my best teacher

Arbitration - 40 years: 

  • Hundreds of cases covering the gamut of issues. [Sample decisions]
  • Private sector and public sector.
  • 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.