Effective dispute resolution is often about the process and the people. As an arbitrator, I emphasize to the participants that the benefits of arbitration can only be realized by streamlining and compacting the process, to make it a true alternative to litigation. As a mediator, I emphasize to the participants that the exchange of information and the active participation of the necessary decision-makers are keys to a successful resolution of a dispute.
In 2004, I was invited to serve as an arbitrator on the Construction Industry Panel for the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”). Since that time, I have had the privilege of serving as arbitrator in a number of cases through the AAA and as a private arbitrator. I am also an active member of the Spokane County Superior Court’s panel of arbitrators for Mandatory Arbitration, as I firmly believe that arbitration serves a valuable purpose for prompt and effective resolution of disputes. I have also been qualified to serve as a public arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”).
I also serve as a mediator for construction and commercial disputes. In addition to my experience as an advocate in mediation over the last nineteen years and as a private mediator for more than six years, I have focused (through training) on developing the skills and tools required to be an effective mediator who can facilitate decision-making of the parties to overcome difficult problems and issues.