1 American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution 9 th Annual Arbitration Training Institute Faculty Biographical Summaries Phillip M. Armstrong Former Senior Counsel-ADR & Litigation Georgia Pacific LLP Atlanta, GA Mr. Armstrong is the former Senior Counsel for ADR and Litigation at Georgia- Pacific LLC headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia where he headed Georgia-Pacific s nationally-recognized ADR program. Mr. Armstrong is a member of the American, Georgia, Kentucky, and Atlanta Bar Associations; he presently serves as Budget Officer on the council of the ABA s Dispute Resolution Section; the boards of the State Bar of Georgia and Atlanta Bar Association Dispute Resolution Sections, having previously served as chairperson of each; the Executive Committee for the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution; and the Council of Distinguished Advisors for the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law. Mr. Armstrong has written several articles on dispute resolution and has served as speaker or panelist at numerous seminars and symposiums. He is an adjunct professor (teaching dispute resolution) at Emory University s College of Law, a visiting professor at Pepperdine University s School of Law, and has previously taught ADR at Georgia State University s College of Law. Pro bono activities have included the ADR Peer Mediation Committee of the Atlanta Bar Association (training peer mediators at the middle school level in Atlanta schools) and the Wills on Wheels program of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. Mr. Armstrong previously served on the Board of Directors for GPC Credit Association and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky. He received his B.S. degree from University of the Cumberlands in 1970 and his J.D. degree from the University of Kentucky in N. Denise Asher Asher Mediation/West Coast Resolution Group Denise's trial practice focused on representing injured consumers in the areas of medical malpractice, products liability and personal injury. Her dedication to her clients, strong work ethic, and talents in the courtroom lead to numerous outstanding trial lawyer awards, including San Diego Consumer Attorney of the Year in 2008, and finalist for the California Trial Lawyer of the Year in Denise has been AV rated by Martindale Hubbell since 2006, and named to the San Diego Super Lawyer List each year since Having seen the tremendous benefit of alternative dispute resolution during her tenure as a trial lawyer, Denise changed the focus of her practice in 2008 towards serving the legal profession and its clients as a full-time mediator. Denise mediates in all areas of civil litigation, with an emphasis on personal injury, medical malpractice, and employment law cases. Denise devotes a significant amount of time to programs designed to help attorneys hone their mediation and trial skills, as well as promote civility in the law. To that end, Denise is a frequent speaker, evaluator, and workshop leader for local bar associations, professional groups, and law schools, including serving on the board of directors of the San Diego Inn of Court and as a master of the American Inns of Court, Welsh Inn.
2 Hon. Thomas Ashworth III (Ret.) JAMS Hon. Thomas Ashworth III (Ret.) is widely recognized for his extraordinary intellect, thorough analysis of issues and dedication, is highly skilled at facilitating communications between disputing parties. He is often described as a committed, fair, and sensitive judge with a good sense of humor. Judge Ashworth has extensive experience resolving predominately family law matters and presiding over civil trials. He is an expert in resolving the most contentious cases in the family law, business, and real estate arenas, a culmination of 16 years of distinguished service on the San Diego County Superior Court bench Eleanor Barr ADR Services, Inc. Los Angeles, CA For over a dozen years, Ms. Barr has resolved over a thousand cases many of them multi-party, bitterly-contested disputes in a variety of areas including employment, real estate, business, environmental, professional liability, and insurance coverage law. In addition to mediating legal disputes, Ms. Barr mediates conflicts in corporate and educational settings. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, as one of the top mediators and is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators. Prior to becoming a mediator, Ms. Barr spent a decade as a litigator of environmental, entertainment, employment and business matters. She has taught mediation as an adjunct professor at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law and is a frequent lecturer on mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution for law firms, businesses, insurance companies and educational institutions. Harvey C. Berger Pope Berger & Williams, LLP I am a former personnel manager, labor relations representative & consultant, and have been an attorney since My specialty is employment law, primarily wage and hour matters and class actions. I am a partner in Pope, Berger & Williams, LLP, who represents individuals and class members, as well as employers, in employment litigation. In addition to representing a multitude of individuals, I have represented thousands of class members in numerous class actions regarding minimum wage, overtime and other wage claims, and have been, and am currently, class counsel for over thirty (30) class actions pending in California state and federal courts. I have also defended a number of class actions for employers. For employers, I provide personnel and wage & hour advice, prepare employee handbooks and personnel policies & procedures, and represent employers against wage and hour complaints, wrongful termination and sexual harassment complaints, as well as defend wage & hour class actions. I also lecture on employment law, mediate employment cases and conduct sexual harassment investigations & training. I also arbitrate attorney fees disputes for the San Diego County Bar Association. I have been voted one of the Top (10) Employment Attorneys in San Diego County, by other employment lawyers, in 2005, 2006, 2007 & I was also selected as a 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Super Lawyer, a Top Employment Lawyer as published in Corporate Counsel magazine, and one of the Best
3 Lawyers in America and San Diego for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 as published in San Diego Magazine, and as well as one of Southern California s Best Lawyers for I am active in various bar associations and legal organizations, including the State Bar of California, American Bar Association, San Diego County Bar Association, California Employment Lawyers Association, National Employment Lawyers Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Society for Human Resource Management, San Diego Defense Lawyers Association, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego and Lawyers Club of San Diego. I have conducted numerous seminars and lectured on sexual harassment, wage and hour issues, class actions and disability law to employers, other lawyers, bar associations, statewide organizations and national conferences. Lou Chang Mediator/Arbitrator Honolulu, HI Lou Chang is dedicated to service as a Hawaii mediator, arbitrator, facilitator and neutral services provider in Hawaii. He has been a Mediator since 1984 (commercial, construction and civil disputes in Hawaii, Guam and the Pacific) and an Arbitrator since 1978 (business, construction & labor matters). Mr. Chang is on the panels of the Dispute Prevention & Resolution, Inc., American Arbitration Association (Mediation, Construction, Commercial, Large Complex Case Panel, Labor), Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, The Accord Group, Hawaii Labor Relations Board, Bankruptcy Court Mediation Panel (Hawaii) and other local, national and international organizations. Mr. Chang is also a Facilitator of Partnering workshops and projects for or through Dispute Prevention & Resolution, Inc., The Accord Group and Herbert Chock & Associates. He has been involved in the facilitation of public meetings (Advertiser community visioning, Hawaiian sovereignty, Northern Hawaiian Islands Reefs dialogue, Stryker Brigade, Collaborative Education). He received his BA from the University of Hawaii and his JD from the University of California, Berkeley. Philip S. Cottone Mediator/Arbitrator Philadelphia, PA Mr. Cottone is a lawyer by background and a dispute resolution professional. He is a member of the mediation panel and the commercial, real estate and construction arbitration panels of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and the arbitration and mediation panels of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE). He is been certified by the International Mediation Institute at the Hague. Mr. Cottone has been an arbitrator since 1976 when he was first qualified by the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD, now the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). He has been mediating for almost twenty years both privately and for ADR organizations. In the early nineties he was a neutral in a med-arb process for the Claims Administrator in SEC v Prudential. In the mid-nineties he chaired the Sub-committee of the NASD National Arbitration Committee that developed the mediation rules and procedures for the securities industry. He subsequently chaired the renamed National Arbitration and Mediation Committee for three of the five years he was a member, from He co-authored and taught a one day course, Mediation in Right of Way, for the International Right of Way Association; was the speaker and course book author on mediation for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute full day course, Prosecuting & Defending Claims Against Broker Dealers;; and was principal editor of the CRE ADR Rules and Procedures. He has also served as a trainer for mediation students of the New Jersey
4 Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM) and Temple Law School, and has been a panelist on mediation for the Practicing Law Institute (PLI - NY) annual full day course on Arbitration. Mr. Cottone is a 1961 graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University, where he received the Burdette Kinne Award for Humanities. He is a 1966 graduate of the New York University School of Law, where he received the Administrative Law Prize. He is a retired member of the New York Bar. Charles Crumpton Crumpton & Hansen Honolulu, HI Charles W. Crumpton: Attorney since 1978 and mediator/arbitrator since 1985 concentrating in mediation, arbitration and litigation of civil disputes, including torts, insurance, business, commercial, construction, employment, professional negligence and real estate matters; ADR Faculty, Hawaii Pacific University and University of Hawai i/national University of Viet Nam Business Schools Joint Executive MBA Program; Fellow, American College of Civil Trial Mediators; Distinguished Neutral, CPR Panel; National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals; Senior Mediator, Mediate.com; selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America and SuperLawyer in ADR; AV rated, Martindale-Hubbell; trainer, lecturer and panelist in local, national and international seminars on ADR, insurance, civil litigation; Co-Chair, Hawaii State Bar Association s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, International Consultant, Viet Nam Law on Arbitration; Lawyer as Problem Solver Award, Mediation Center of the Pacific; President, International Law Foundation; languages: English, Vietnamese. Darragh J. Davis Vice President & General Counsel PETCO Darragh Davis joined PETCO, the pet specialty retailer with more than 1,000 stores nationwide, as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary in 2004 to establish and manage its first law department. Davis provides legal oversight of all transactional, regulatory, government relations and mergers and acquisition activity for PETCO and manages its commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution matters. She also oversees the Employee Relations group, leads PETCO s Disclosure Controls and Procedures Committee, and serves on its Ethics and Compliance Committee. Previously, Davis held positions as vice president and general counsel for VISTA Information Technologies Inc., a national IT professional services firm; principal at The Resolution Law Group; vicepresident and chief legal counsel of Newbridge Networks Inc., a public multinational networking equipment manufacturer; and as a member of the litigation and federal practice groups at Arent Fox, in their Tysons Corner, Va., and D.C. offices, where she was lead or co-counsel in numerous complex commercial litigation, construction, government contracts, intellectual property and transactional matters. Roger M. Deitz Roger M. Deitz Esq. Dispute Resolution New York, NY Mr. Deitz has successfully resolved over one thousand mediations of complex and multi-party disputes, including securities, commodities, contracts, indemnities, ERISA, professional liability, insurance, sales of businesses, post closing issues, construction, international, class actions and other business matters. In addition, he has served as chair or panel member in over seventy-five arbitrations. Mr. Deitz has served as Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of The Association of the Bar of the City of
5 New York. He is a fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and Distinguished Neutral of the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution. Mr. Deitz is a member of the CPR Banking and Financial Services, Employment Disputes, and Insurance panels of mediators and arbitrators. The American Bar Association, American Arbitration Association, Securities and Exchange Commission International Institute for Securities Market Development, Securities Industry Association, and the Practicing Law Institute have published Mr. Deitz s articles. Mr. Deitz is a former Senior Trial Counsel of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the State University of New York - Buffalo Law School where he taught securities regulation and aviation law. Sherman D. Fogel Sherman D. Fogel PA Phoenix, AZ Sherman Fogel has arbitrated or mediated more than 1000 cases since 1974, including two state and national panels involving class action settlements and several high profile public sector disputes having far reaching political and economic implications. He is on the AAA s Panels of Commercial Arbitrators and Mediators, its Large Complex Case Panel and Commercial Advisory Council. He was on the Arizona Bar ADR Section Executive Council for five years, serving as Chair for , and is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution and its Arizona Chapter. He is a former member of the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Examinations and Admissions and a Founding Fellow of the Arizona Bar Foundation. Mr. Fogel served as a Judge Pro Tem in the Arizona Court of Appeals in 1985, 1993 and He frequently speaks on arbitration and mediation at AAA, Arizona Bar and ABA programs, and in 2007 was on the Faculty at the ABA Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Training program and the ACR Advanced Commercial Mediation Institute. He has been in The Best Lawyers in America in Alternative Dispute Resolution since 2008, and designated one of Arizona s Finest Lawyers in Mr. Fogel can be reached at , or shermanfogel.com. Ruth V. Glick Mediator/Arbitrator Burlingame, CA Ruth V. Glick is a full time mediator and arbitrator whose skill and knowledge of ADR derive from her background as a lawyer, educator and businesswoman. She has had over 25 years experience as a dispute resolver in both her legal and business careers and was Adjunct Professor of Arbitration and ADR Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law for many years. She serves as a full time neutral for business, commercial, financial, securities labor and employment, real estate, technology and medical malpractice disputes. She is on the national commercial arbitration, mediation and labor and employment panels of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), FINRA, Office of the Independent Administrator (Kaiser) as well as a number of court, industry, permanent labor and government ADR panels. A Northern California Super Lawyer, she is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, Certified Mediator, International Mediation Institute, The Hague, Netherlands and Fellow of the College of Commerical Arbitrators. She is on the executive committee of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of California and is the current Secretary of the Council of the Dispute Resolution section of the ABA. The Mediation Society of San Francisco honored her for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Mediation in For more detailed information see
6 John Gomez The Gomez Law Firm litigation matters. John Gomez is a nationally recognized trial attorney. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of San Diego, where he also garnered Academic All-American Honors as a member of the Toreros football team, John went on to graduate from Yale Law School in Upon graduation from Yale, Gomez spent a year honing his legal skills as a law clerk to a federal judge, and the next three in Los Angeles as an attorney at Latham & Watkins, one of the nation's largest and most prestigious law firms. There, he represented Fortune 500 and other institutional clients in a broad range of complex In 1997, John accepted a position as a federal prosecutor. An exceptionally effective and award-winning trial lawyer, he tried and won twenty straight felony jury trials, including several lengthy, complex and high-profile criminal prosecutions. He is a 6-time recipient of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego s Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award. He was named the 2006 and 2010 Trial Lawyer of the Year for San Diego, the highest award possible for a San Diego trial attorney. He has consistently been named a Top 10 San Diego Attorney in a variety of legal fields, including personal injury, insurance and corporate litigation and every year is selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers in both the personal injury and products liability fields. He has appeared on local, national and international news affiliates and was named one of San Diego s 50 People to Watch by San Diego Magazine in 2010 and one of 25 Metro Movers for both 2010 and 2011 by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine. He is the President-Elect of Consumer Attorneys of San Diego and serves on the Board of the Chicano Federation. John speaks, reads and writes Spanish fluently. In his free time, John enjoys spending time with his wife Lisa, son JD, twins Michael and Analise, and dog Emma. Jane Gordon Director, Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center Univ. of Oregon School of Law Eugene, OR After graduation from law school in 1980, Jane Gordon practiced law and trained as a mediator in She was a founder of Eugene's Community Mediation Board in She is the Associate Dean for Student and Program Affairs at the University of Oregon School of Law and the director of its Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center. The Center includes academic and practice opportunities for law students, a two-year Master's in Conflict and Dispute Resolution, oversight of all the community mediation programs in Oregon, engagement in a public policy collaboration project, and the Competition not Conflict project. She teaches the Small Claims Mediation Clinic and the Probate Mediation Clinic at the law school and Perspectives in Dispute Resolution in the Master's degree program. She also provides mediation and mediation training in the community. Gordon has trained lawyers from Ukraine in mediation and has taught international negotiation in Florence, Paris, and Barcelona. She is past chair of the Oregon State Bar's ADR Section, and currently sits on its executive committee. She is past co-chair of the Education Committee of the ADR Section of the American Bar Association, and is currently president of the Northwest Institute for Conflict Resolution (NICR).
7 Cliff Hendler ADR Chambers Toronto, ON Cliff Hendler is a commercial mediator with ADR Chambers. From 1990 through 2010, he was the founder and president of DRS Dispute Resolution Services LP. He has substantial experience in mediation and mediation advocacy training, and has been an international guest lecturer/speaker at many universities, organizations and public forums. He co-managed the development of a mediation advocacy program for the American Bar Association National Institute, which has since been taught to more than *750* lawyers and mediators throughout North America. Cliff has established many of the benchmarks for dispute resolution in Canada. He has been retained on more than 2,500 cases since 1989 and is regarded as a true mediator who is able to facilitate the most difficult and hotly debated cases. He is known as one of North America s foremost mediators in insurance litigation, legal and medical malpractice, defamation, sexual assault/abuse and workplace and community based conflicts. His cases have included very high profile and delicate litigation matters that have been successfully resolved away from the public eye. Cliff has also been appointed as both judge and mediator through the International Chamber of Commerce and the American Bar Association for national and international law school mediation competitions. In 2008, Cliff co-found the Canadian National Mediation Advocacy Competition and in 2010, the subsequent International Mediation Advocacy Competition both of which were designed to encourage law schools throughout the world to teach enhanced skills for students who will be representing clients in mediation. Cliff is a Founder, Past President and Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, past Chair of the American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section's Mediation Section, and past cochair of the ABA National Institute on Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Training. Howard Herman Director, ADR Program U.S. District Court, Northern District of California San Francisco, CA Howard Herman is Director of the ADR Program for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, in San Francisco. He has worked as a mediator and developer of court-annexed ADR programs since 1985, previously serving as Director of ADR Programs for Contra Costa County Superior Court, and as codirector of what was then known as the Office of Settlement Conference Attorneys of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In his work at the district court, Mr. Herman oversees the administration and ongoing development of the court's ADR Program; trains and supervises the hundreds of lawyers who serve as volunteer mediators, neutral evaluators, and arbitrators; and frequently serves as a mediator himself. Since 1996, Mr. Herman also has taught negotiation and mediation at U.C. Hastings College of the Law. He has trained judges, lawyers, and law students in Germany, India, Jordan, Malaysia, the Marshall Islands, Palau, and Thailand. In 2002, he was an inaugural recipient of the Robert F. Peckham Award for Excellence in ADR presented by the Ninth Circuit.
8 Craig D. Higgs Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP Mr. Higgs began his work in the area of alternative dispute resolution in He has extensive mediation training, including the Advanced Mediation Workshop at Harvard Law School. He has served as a judge pro tem and special master for the Superior Court. He is a Fellow in the International Academy of Mediators. His work in the ADR area has focused on mediation. He has taught mediation seminars for the State Bar of California, the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, American Inns of Court and all three of the law schools in San Diego. He has authored articles on mediation for the San Diego Daily Transcript, Los Angeles Daily Journal, and the San Diego Lawyer. Mr. Higgs has served on the California State Bar Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation and the University of San Diego School of Law Board of Visitors. He is a past president of both the San Diego County Bar Association and the San Diego Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 1989, he was the San Diego County Bar Association's Legal Professional of the Year. Since 2008 he has been listed in Best Lawyers in America. In 2011 he was named Best Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer in San Diego (Los Angeles Daily Journal). Margaret Huff Margaret Huff Mediation Nashville, TN Margaret M. ( Marnie ) Huff is an ADR professional in Nashville TN and a member of the Tennessee Bar. She provides mediation, arbitration and workplace conflict management training services. A graduate of Smith College (B.A. 1972) and Vanderbilt University School of Law (J.D. 1976), she has taught ADR (negotiation, arbitration, and mediation) and Legal Writing and Research as an adjunct professor at Middle Tennessee State University. Huff co-chairs the ABA Dispute Resolution Section s Ethics Committee and is a Section liaison to the ABA Ethics 20/20 Commission. She is an Executive Council member and past Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section and co-chaired the TBA Study Committee on the Arbitration Fairness Act. She is a Founding Member of the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators (TAPM) and a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution s Workplace Section. She is a Tennessee Supreme Court-appointed Commissioner on the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program Commission. She served on the Mediation Advisory Committee for the Tennessee Access to Justice Commission in Her experience includes appellate litigation in state and federal courts, bankruptcy reorganizations, and complex state tax litigation. Lansford W. Levitt Reno, NV Mr. Levitt has had a full time arbitration and mediation practice since He specializes in civil cases, including bodily injury, construction defect, real estate, employment/wrongful termination, and commercial matters. In addition to his private dispute resolution practice, he serves as a Settlement Judge for the Nevada Supreme Court; Pro Tempore Judge for the Eighth Judicial District's Short Trial Program; Court-Appointed Arbitrator, and; Hearing Officer for the Nevada State Department of Personnel. Prior to opening his dispute resolution practice, Mr. Levitt served as Director of Project Development at The National Judicial College, where he was responsible for the administration of all federal grants and special projects dedicated to the improvement of the state judiciary. He also served as a Curriculum
9 Attorney at the National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges, specializing in the rights of child victims. Mr. Levitt received his undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University and his Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. He is a member of the State Bar of California and State Bar of Nevada. Amy L. Lieberman Insight Employment Mediation Scottsdale, AZ Amy Lieberman is the Executive Director of Insight Employment Mediation LLC. Ms. Lieberman has repeatedly been recognized as among the Best Lawyers in America, Southwest Superlawyers, Ranking Arizona Lawyers and Top Lawyers in Phoenix in ADR. She is a Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators, a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, CPR s Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, and an ACR Advanced Practitioner in both Workplace Mediation and Employment Arbitration. Ms. Lieberman is the past Chair of the Arizona State Bar ADR Section, and the American Arbitration Association s Employment Advisory Board in Arizona. She has been a lawyer since 1984, and a full-time neutral since Ms. Lieberman s practice focuses on mediation of employment and business conflict, including executive conflict, partnership and contract disputes, EEOC charges, and claims in litigation. She serves as a mediator for the EEOC, AAA, FINRA, the Arizona Association of Realtors, other agencies and organizations pursuant to internal DRP programs. Ms. Lieberman is the author of The Driving Force of Desires: Reaching Resolution in Mediation, the cover story in the July/August 2008 Arizona Attorney magazine, and The A-List: Emotions in Mediation, published in the AAA Journal of Dispute Resolution (April 2006). Deborah Masucci Vice President, Office of Dispute Resolution Chartis New York, NY Deborah Masucci is Vice President in the Office of Dispute Resolution of Chartis, where she is responsible for the strategic use of ADR in Commercial Insurance Claims. In June 2005, the AIG Companies was honored by Dispute Resolution Services with the Corporate Achievement Award for establishment of the Office of Dispute Resolution. Ms. Masucci has extensive experience as an adjunct professor teaching numerous courses and programs including: a Mediation Clinic at New York Law School in the Fall 2004; Director of the Securities Arbitration Clinic at Brooklyn Law School during the academic year; and she taught a segment in Securities Arbitration for the ADR Certificate Program at Hamline Law School s Dispute Resolution Institute. Ms. Masucci delivered the inaugural L. Randolph Lowry Lecture at the Southern California Mediators Association Annual Meeting in November, She is a member of the American Bar Association s (ABA) Dispute Resolution Section, Litigation Section and Business Law Section. She is the Chair of the ABA s Dispute Resolution Section Ms. Masucci is a graduate of Manhattanville College (1973) and New York Law School (1980).
10 Hon. Bruce E. Meyerson (Ret.) Bruce Meyerson PLLC Phoenix, AZ Bruce E. Meyerson is a mediator, arbitrator, and trainer in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center (1972) where he was an Editor of the Law Journal. Mr. Meyerson began his practice as the Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest. He served on the Arizona Court of Appeals for five years and has been General Counsel of Arizona State University. From 1990 through 2000, Mr. Meyerson practiced commercial and employment litigation with Meyer, Hendricks, Victor, Osborn & Maledon, and Steptoe & Johnson. He has served as the Chair of the State Bar of Arizona Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution and served as the Chair of the Arizona Supreme Court ADR Advisory Committee for seven years. He is a member of the Commercial and Employment Panels of the American Arbitration Association and arbitration panels of the National Arbitration Forum. He has been selected by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to be one of a small number of neutrals hired to mediate EEOC charges in the Southwest. He is a Past Chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, the world's largest association of professionals engaged in dispute resolution. He is an adjunct professor at the Arizona State University College of Law teaching courses in all aspects of dispute resolution. He has served as a mediator in over 3000 cases, and as an arbitrator in over 200 commercial, employment, healthcare, construction, insurance and real estate disputes. John R. Phillips Husch Blackwell LLP Kansas City, MO John R. Phillips has been Managing Partner of Husch Blackwell, LLP, a Midwest law firm with which he has practiced in the areas of alternative dispute resolution, labor and employment, commercial litigation and healthcare for over 39 years. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, and College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, as well as a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, and has been chair of the Missouri Bar Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, a member of the Missouri Supreme Court Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, has served as Special Master for the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri in Klein et al. v. Kansas City of Missouri Firefighters (sexual harassment class action), and for the District of Kansas in Williams v. Sprint (age collective action). He is a member of the Large Complex Litigation Panel; Commercial Panel; and the Employment Arbitration and Mediation Panels of the American Arbitration Association, CPR, and the US-China Mediation Panel of CPR/CCIPT, and has been an arbitrator in the Merrill Lynch class action and the Dalkon Shield cases. He currently is Chair-Elect of the Section Council of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section and serves as chair of the Teleconference CLE Committee of the Section. He was a member of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri Federal Advisory Committee that drafted and implemented the innovative court annexed Early Assessment Program in 1992, is a member of the Missouri Supreme Court's Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution, and has been a frequent speaker on numerous ADR training programs, was co-author and director of the ABA video Mediation Madness and the ABA Advanced Arbitration Training Institute video Advanced Arbitration: 20/20. Additionally, he has been on the faculty of both the ABA Dispute Resolution Arbitration Institute and the Mediation Institute. He has been in Best Lawyers in America since 1994 and Chambers USA since 2003.
11 Neil A. F. Popović Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP San Francisco, CA Neil A. F. Popović is a partner in the Business Trial practice group in Sheppard Mullin's San Francisco office and is Chair of the International Arbitration Practice. Mr. Popović s litigation experience includes a wide range of commercial disputes, including consumer class actions, white collar criminal matters (including internal investigations) and international litigation (including international arbitration) and counseling. Mr. Popović has developed expertise in legal issues related to environmental marketing. Mr. Popović also practices international environmental law, including representing clients in international negotiations. He teaches courses in International Litigation and Arbitration and International Environmental Law at Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall). His commercial practice includes extensive experience litigating matters under California's Unfair Competition Law, Business and Professionals Code section Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin, he was a shareholder at Heller Ehrman in San Francisco; before that, he was an attorney with the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund International Program in San Francisco; and prior to that, he practiced with a San Francisco civil and criminal litigation boutique. Geetha Ravindra Dispute Resolution Services Univ. of Richmond School of Law & William and Mary Law School Richmond, VA Geetha Ravindra is an attorney with over 18 years of experience in mediation and large group facilitation. Ms. Ravindra managed the Dalkon Shield Arbitration Program from From , Ms. Ravindra served as Director of the Department of Dispute Resolution Services at the Supreme Court of Virginia and was responsible for the development and oversight of courtconnected mediation. Ms. Ravindra started her own private mediation and training practice in 2007 and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Richmond School of Law and William and Mary Law School teaching Mediation and the Role of the Lawyer in Mediation. She provides mediation services in domestic relations, truancy, and foster care cases for the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court in Richmond; workplace and EEOC mediation for the Navy, Department of Energy, World Bank, and Veterans Affairs Administration; and conflict resolution training for NASA and other state agencies. Ms. Ravindra is Past President of the Virginia Mediation Network. She is a member of the ABA Dispute Resolution Council, Budget Officer for the Dispute Resolution Section, and past Co- Chair of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section s Mediation Committee. She is Vice Chair of the Virginia State Bar Fee Dispute Resolution Committee and Secretary of the Joint Virginia Bar Association Virginia State Bar Committee on ADR. Michael J. Roberts ADR Services, Inc. Michael J. Roberts, mediator and attorney for the past 35 years, is widely recognized for his expertise and resolve in settling complex and difficult cases in the areas of business, construction, employment, real estate and insurance. Since 1985 he has served as a mediator, arbitrator and special master in over 4,000 cases with aggregate settlement in excess of $800 million. He is particularly accomplished at mediating major financial controversies and complex multi-party matters in the areas of construction, business, employment, real estate and insurance.
12 Mr. Roberts is a law school professor, author and frequent speaker on subjects relating to mediation and arbitration. James M. Schurz Morrison & Foerster LLP San Francisco, CA James Schurz, Partner with the firm Morrison & Foerster LLP, represents clients in federal and state courts in complex civil actions, and in actions for breach of contract and business torts, including unfair competition, fraud, trade libel, products liability, and joint venture/distributor termination. Mr. Schurz has served as trial counsel in both jury and bench trials, appearing extensively in courts throughout Northern California, and, in particular, San Francisco Superior Court, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California, and the California Courts of Appeal. Mr. Schurz also has experience with many of the world's leading arbitration forums, including the International Chamber of Commerce, the American Arbitration Association, and UNCITRAL. He has handled arbitrations involving intellectual property, securities, distribution contracts, fuel contracts, joint ventures, and the development of infrastructure projects. He also has experience litigating the enforceability of arbitration clauses in federal and state courts. Mr. Schurz currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco and on the Board of Directors of Search for the Cause. He is also an adjunct professor of law at Hastings College of Law, teaching courses on international commercial arbitration, negotiation, and settlement. In 2008, he received the NCLR's Justice Award and the California Lawyer's Angel Award for his pro bono work on Gammett v. Idaho State Board of Corrections. Dennis Sharp Sharp Resolutions, Inc. Dennis Sharp, Esq., is full-time dispute resolution specialist with over 25 years of mediation, arbitration, facilitation and other dispute resolution experience. From 1985 to 2000, Mr. Sharp served as the Regional Vice President of the American Arbitration Association s San Diego and Orange County offices. Since 2000, he has practiced for Sharp Resolutions, Inc., San Diego Superior Court, JAMS, AAA, and various government agencies (including the World Bank and Department of Interior). During his three year stint in Washington D.C. from 2004 to 2007, he served as a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Consensus Council while teaching and coaching mediation competition teams at American University Washington College of Law (including an international champion in 2007). Mr. Sharp has taught various ADR courses at California Western and University of San Diego Schools of Law since Other leadership includes: member of the State Bar of California s ADR Committee ( present); co-chair of the ADR Advocacy Committee of the ABA s Section of Dispute Resolution ( ); SPIDR s/acr s Board of Directors and its Official Observer to the Uniform Mediation Act ( ); and California Dispute Resolution Council ( , including as its president in 1997).
13 John A. Sherrill Seyfarth Shaw LLP Atlanta, GA Mr. Sherrill is senior partner in the Litigation Department of the Atlanta Office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and he is the Chair of the Firm's National ADR Group. Mr. Sherrill has over thirty-seven years of experience in resolving all types of civil and commercial disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation at the trial and appellate levels. A significant part of his practice over the last 25 years has involved acting as a neutral and an advocate representing clients in all forms of alternative dispute resolution, serving as mediator in over 500 mediations and arbitrator in over 200 arbitrations. He is a member of the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals of the CPR Institute, and an arbitrator and mediator on the Commercial, Construction and Large Complex Case Panels of the American Arbitration Association, and the AAA's USOC Olympic Arbitration Panel. Mr. Sherrill is a fellow in the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and the College of Commercial Arbitrators, and he is currently the Co-Chair of the CLE Committee of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section and the Chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Georgia. W. Davis Smith Senior Vice President & General Counsel San Diego Gas & Electric W. Davis Smith is senior vice president, general counsel and assistant secretary for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). In his current role, Smith is responsible for the legal affairs for SDG&E. Previously, Smith was a litigation attorney for Pacific Enterprises, the former parent company of SoCalGas. While at Pacific Enterprises, he represented the company before the California Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He also served as chief counsel for the Pacific Enterprises Energy Companies and was responsible for the merger and acquisition of Pacific Enterprises oil- and gas-exploration companies and Sempra Energy s acquisition of gas utility companies in Argentina. Prior to joining Pacific Enterprises, Smith worked in corporate law for Litton Industries and was in private litigation practice. Smith has a law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. He also has a master s degree in business administration from California State University and a bachelor s degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy. Smith is a board member of the Constitutional Rights Foundation, a nonprofit group dedicated to using the law to address social issues; the California Minority Counsel Program, which is dedicated to advancing diverse attorneys in California; and the Civil Justice Association of California, which works to reduce excessive and unwarranted litigation. David P. Strauss The Law Office of David P. Strauss David P. Strauss is a San Diego litigator, representing plaintiffs in employment, discrimination, and wage and hour lawsuits. Mr. Strauss has been the recipient of the Outstanding Trial Lawyer award three times from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, and is regularly listed in the Top Lawyers in San Diego edition of San Diego Magazine. He is also listed as one of Southern California s San Diego Super Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters, in connection with his plaintiff s employment litigation practice. Mr. Strauss has lectured regularly on employment law for JAMS, the California Judges Association, CEB, California Trial Lawyers, San Diego County Bar, and the
14 Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. He is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the California Employment Lawyers Association, and the American Inns of Court. R. Wayne Thorpe JAMS Atlanta, GA R. Wayne Thorpe has been an Atlanta lawyer, mediator, arbitrator, special master, and neutral case evaluator for 30 years, the last 13 devoted exclusively to neutral work at JAMS. Previously he was a litigation partner at Alston & Bird and a law clerk to a federal judge. Mr. Thorpe has mediated more than 1000 cases and arbitrated more than 400, including: commercial and consumer (including securities and banking), construction and construction defects, employment, environmental and toxic tort, government, healthcare, insurance coverage, intellectual property, and products and professional liability. Mr. Thorpe is Chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution (August, 2010 to August, 2011), past Chair of the State Bar of Georgia Section of Dispute Resolution, a past member of the Atlanta Bar Dispute Resolution Section board, and a past member of the Georgia Dispute Resolution Commission to which he was appointed by the Georgia Supreme Court. He was Chair of the ABA Task Force on Improvement of Mediation Quality ( ) and a member of the drafting committee on the ABA s Model Standard of Conduct for Mediators (2005) He has been recognized in both Georgia Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America for ADR for a number of years, and he has been named a fellow in both the College of Commercial Arbitrators and the American College of Civil Trial Mediators. He has taught Dispute Resolution courses in the law schools at both the University of Georgia and Georgia State University, and he has written more than a dozen articles on ADR topics and made well over 100 presentations in more than 20 cities to bar and ADR professional groups about mediation, arbitration, and related subjects. He has a JD, cum laude, from UGA where he was an editor on the Georgia Law Review, and a BA with distinction from UVA. His family has a cabin in West Yellowstone, MT where they enjoy fly fishing and hiking. William C. Turner William C. Turner, Esq. Las Vegas, NV Inga Watkins Howard Univ. School of Law Washington, DC Inga A. Watkins received her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University National Law Center in Washington, D.C. in 1978 where she served on the Editorial Board of the International Law Journal. Ms. Watkins graduated with honors in political science from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1975 where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of a literary magazine and was active in the performing arts. In 2002, Ms. Watkins ascended to the level of PhD ABD in conflict analysis and resolution at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Watkins conducted complex litigation involving safety and health regulations, labor and administrative law before federal courts and administrative tribunals and counseled government officials concerning rule-making, policy and procedure for the United States Department of Labor. Ms. Watkins subsequently formed the partnership of Brown,
15 Brown and Watkins, a second generation law firm in Alexandria, Virginia where she specialized in civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution for the next fifteen years. Ms. Watkins serves as a mediator and arbitrator on national and state panels, including the National Arbitration Forum and the Northern Virginia Mediation Service. Ms. Watkins has presented and served as a lecturer on Continuing Legal Education panels and at national and local professional conferences. Ms. Watkins is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law. She has also served as adjunct faculty at the George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College. Sharon A. Williams Sharon A. Williams, Attorney/Mediator Portland, Or Sharon has been an attorney licensed to practice in Oregon since Her practice focused exclusively in family law matters beginning in Sharon graduated from Portland State University with Honors. She obtained her legal degree from Willamette University in She has been a Board member of the Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners since 2004 and served as President from 2006 through Sharon is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Sharon decided to train to become a mediator herself about seven years ago. She began serving as a mediator in the family law field in 2005 and has focused her practice on mediation since She is a member of the Oregon Mediation Association and adheres to its principles and guidelines in her mediation practice. She also serves on the Executive Committee for the Alternative Dispute Resolution section of the Oregon State Bar and the Multnomah County Mediation Commission. She was selected by two publications, SuperLawyer's magazine and "The Best Lawyers in America" for inclusion in their Alternative Dispute Resolution section.