Arbitration Business Strategy: A London School of Economics Look!

I recently completed the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) course in Business, International Relations and the Political Economy. A requirement for the course was to draft an essay on how a business continues to create value in ...
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SVAMC First Annual All-Members Meeting

Dear SVAMC Members, As you know, SVAMC conducted its First Annual All-Member Meeting on April 30th at Farella Braun + Martell in San Francisco. With Gary and Chris, I want to thank Rod Thompson and his team for hosting the ...
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The Reasonable Arbitrator

There are many elements that come together to make a good Arbitrator. These include particulars as to knowledge, skill and demeanor. Of all, the ability to appreciate what is reasonable is often the most critically important skill an Arbitrator should ...
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The Biggest Mistake in Selecting an Arbitrator

Imagine going to court and being allowed to interview the Judge to be sure he or she is a good fit for your case. Although that scenario doesn’t exist in court, it is a valuable feature of arbitration. One of ...
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California Considers Strengthening International Arbitration Law – Will Benefit Tech Companies

Senate Bill 766, which has passed the California Senate and has had its first reading in the Assembly, and is expected to be signed into law within this year, will confirm the right of foreign lawyers to represent parties in ...
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Arbitrators Are Not Judges

When I share with non-lawyers at a cocktail party what I do for a living, their response is often “Oh, like a private judge!” I usually mumble, “Yes, sort of” but the better answer is “Not really, not at all.”  ...
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Dispute in Space–Arbitrate!

Google’s Street View has taken flight with a new feature that allows users the feeling of being in outer space. Street View is a technology feature in Google Maps and Google Earth that functions as an interactive virtual map. Street ...
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Controlling the costs of arbitration: “Fixed Fees for Arbitrators”

One of the most vibrant and intricate issues in international arbitration is unquestionably the costs that go along with this mechanism to solve disputes. Service providers and users across the globe seem unable to find a satisfactory framework to a ...
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Musings from the Annual Meeting of the ABA Dispute Resolution Conference

Thousands of lawyers and others came to San Francisco from April 19-22 for the annual Spring conference of the Dispute Resolution section. A few items caught my attention. First, it was gratifying to see how many of our SVAMC members ...
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Google’s Waymo vs. Uber: A Legal Skirmish Amongst Tech Rivals

You may have noticed a little skirmish underway between Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving car unit, and rival Uber, described as “what could be a long and acrimonious battle between the two tech rivals over trade secrets” in their efforts to commercialize ...
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