Posted on: Mon, 08/05/2019

By: Lance K. Tanaka, Vice President, AAA Commercial Division and Sports Arbitration Practice

Brand and reputation are everything in professional and scholastic athletics. No sports organizations, individual athletes, or coaches want their dirty laundry aired in a public courtroom, where the media can pick it up and broadcast to the entire world. 

As in other industries, legal disputes inevitably arise in sports. However, since fan support is key to their survival, negative media coverage stemming from a legal dispute is potentially more devastating to leagues, teams,

Posted on: Tue, 07/02/2019

There are time–and therefore likely cost—savings associated with using alternative dispute resolution (ADR) versus litigation to resolve healthcare disputes. In addition, business relationships can be preserved, important in this industry where people typically continue to work together. 

Healthcare organizations can integrate ADR methods into their conflict-management programs to resolve disputes efficiently. See the infographic in this post for the time difference in using ADR v. litigation.

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Posted on: Tue, 07/02/2019

By:Harold Coleman, Jr., Esq., SVP, Mediator/Executive Director, AAA Mediation.org
Neil Carmichael, M.A, Vice President, Education, Educational Services, AAA

Reaching a mutually acceptable outcome—or at least a sense of gratification—through mediated settlement discussions primarily depends on two key variables.

  • Pre-mediation preparation—substantive, emotional, and attitudinal, and 
  • The willingness of the parties to work together cooperatively, rather than adversarially. 

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Posted on: Fri, 06/28/2019

By:Neil Carmichael, M.A., Vice President, Education, Educational Services, AAA

Simply hanging out the proverbial shingle is not sufficient to qualify one as an arbitrator. Arbitrators must possess the qualities, knowledge, and skills to deliver the benefits of arbitration—speed, economy, and justice—and to instill in parties the confidence that they can capably do so.

In other words, a great arbitrator is schooled in both the “science” and the “art” of arbitration.

Great arbitrators are educated to handle the more straightforward parts of the case.