Arbitrators’ Powers: Expansive, but Open to Challenge if Exceeded

An edited version of the following article appeared in the January 2013 edition of the King County Bar Bulletin.  P.E.C. Arbitrators’ Powers:  Expansive, but Open to Challenge if Exceeded By Phil Cutler © 2012  Like judges, arbitrators have broad powers when managing and deciding cases.  But their powers are limited by the agreement to arbitrate […]

Doing Business in Washington? Understand the ADR Options.

ADR IN WASHINGTON – Chapter 28 of “Doing Business in Washington” (5th ed., WSBA International Section) I was asked to author the chapter on Alternative Dispute Resolution for the 5th edition of “Doing Business in Washington”, published (fall 2010) by the WSBA International Section in conjunction with the Washington Department of Commerce.  I also authored […]

Arbitration – Getting the Evidence, Getting it in . . . and Persuading the Arbitrator

ARBITRATION PRACTICE & PROCEDURE The following material was prepared for an in-house law firm CLE in the fall of 2008. While arbitrations and court cases share many common traits, an arbitration is generally less formal procedurally than a court case, the discovery available in arbitration is a good deal less expansive than that available in […]

Realizing the Benefits of Arbitration – Top 10 Tips to CEOs and CFOs

In the fall of 2009 the College of Commercial Arbitrators, a by-invitation only association of leading domestic and international arbitrators, in conjunction with the American Arbitration Association and other major arbitration-provider organizations, hosted a summit of leading lawyers, arbitrators, business executives, and general counsel to discuss ways in which arbitration – long viewed among businesses […]

I Am Your Arbitrator. Here Is What To Expect From Me … And What I Expect From You.

I Am Your Arbitrator. Here Is What To Expect From Me … And What I Expect From You. I have been a trial lawyer for almost 40 years.  Over the last 25 years, service as an arbitrator, special master and pro tem judge has become an increasingly important and significant part of my practice.  My […]