Publications

WHAT'S NEW IN THE COMMERCIAL DIVISION

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

In 2012, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman created the Task Force on Commercial Litigation in the 21st Century to provide practical proposals that would have a lasting impact on commercial litigation in New York. The Task Force had an interdisciplinary make up of practitioners, academics and current and retired judges of the Comm...

GETTING THE LANGUAGE OF ADR RIGHT IN EMPLOYMENT ARBITRATION PROVISIONS

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

Employers who use The Alternative Dispute Resolution process need to review and change their arbitration provisions regularly. Changes in statutes and case law provide a continuing challenge, as a recent ruling indicates. A decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals dealt with the validity of arbitration provisions of...

MAKING THE MOST OF THE JOINT SESSION AT A MEDIATION: 7 DO'S AND DONT'S

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

Here are some do's and don'ts which lead to a more effective joint session of your mediation: Do engage in a realistic discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of your case. Do not spend time posturing to impress or intimidate. Do recognize that every case is unique. Do not lump your case in with similar matter...

ADR = ALTERNATIVE DISCOVERY RESOLUTION – REVISITED

Posted on Jan 01, 2017

On a dark and stormy morning in Lenox Massachusetts, the attendees at the New York State Bar Association's spring meeting of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section were greeted by an all-star panel discussing "Alternative Discovery Resolution." Though the panel's topic spoke to resolving "normal" discovery problems, i...

DEMONSTRATING STRENGTH BY ACKNOWLEDGING WEAKNESS IN MEDIATION

Posted on Jan 01, 2017

Most trial lawyers and insurance company adjusters are "old pros" when it comes to mediating a personal injury case. But, if old dogs can learn something new, then re-thinking the mediation of personal injury cases may prove helpful. Let's assume the following fact pattern: A worker was injured in a fall while descendi...

WHEN DRAFTING AN ARBITRATION CLAUSE, SPECIFICITY MATTERS

Posted on Nov 01, 2016

The purpose of placing an arbitration clause in a contract is to streamline the resolution of any disputes under the agreement. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) avoids the time, cost and uncertainty of litigating in court when a dispute arises. In drafting an arbitration clause, the goal is make the clause itself clear a...

CONSTRUCTION DEFECT CLAIMS: A MEDIATOR'S PERSPECTIVE

Posted on Nov 01, 2016

Most trial lawyers and insurance company adjusters are "old pros" when it comes to mediating a personal injury case. But, if old dogs can learn something new, then re-thinking the mediation of personal injury cases may prove helpful. Let's assume the following fact pattern: A worker was injured in a fall while descendi...

MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION: ALTERNATIVES TO MATRIMONIAL LITIGATION

Posted on Jul 25, 2016

A commentator on alternative dispute resolution wrote 31 years ago that although matrimonial matters are a specialized area of law, "[p]arties most often wait up to two or three years to litigate a complex divorce involving property division or financial support among other issues." Another analyst wrote, 40 years ago: ...