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ANATOMY OF A CONSTRUCTION ARBITRATION
Sept. 12, 2016 


Registration and Breakfast | 7:30 am


Opening Remarks | 8:45 am

Dennis Estis | Partner | Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP


Pre-Arbitration Issues | 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Contract Provisions – original agreement vs. after-the-fact: Original Agreement; Subsequent, Mutual Agreement to Arbitrate; Controlling Law – NJ Statute vs. FAA; Scope of Arbitration; Appealability
Administered vs. Non-Administered: AAA; JAMS; Other; Ad-Hoc
Rules: Procedural; Evidentiary; Fees, Costs and Deposits
Expedited Arbitration

Steven Nudelman | Partner | Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, LLP (moderator)

Gary Strong | Associate | Seiger Gfeller Laurie

Richard Steen | Richard H. Steen, LLC Attorneys at Law

Daniella Gordon | Gordon Law Firm

Session Materials:

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Commencement of Arbitration | 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Demand for Arbitration – presentation of claims
Answering Statement / Defenses / Counterclaim
Amendment of Claims / Claim Specification
Consolidation / Joinder of Additional Parties
Bifurcation of Issues and Parties
Emergency and Interim Relief / Injunctions
Expedited Arbitration
Arbitratibility
Arbitrator Selection
Number of Arbitrators: Qualifications; Party Appointment; Conflicts
Motions to Stay Litigation + Compel Arbitration

John Bickerman | Principal | Bickerman Dispute Resolution (moderator)

Sheryl Goski | Law Offices of Sheryl Mintz Goski, P.A.

Charles E. Williams | Partner | Peckar & Abramson

Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt | Of Counsel | Greenberg Traurig

Session Materials:

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Break | 11:00 am – 11:15 am


Preliminary Hearing / Scheduling Order | 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Information Exchange:  Discovery; Site Visit
Pre-hearing Motions – procedural and dispositive
Stipulation of Uncontested Facts
Disclosure of Witnesses
Exchange of Exhibits
Hearing Dates / Venue
Communications with Arbitrator(s)
Pre-hearing Briefs
Form of Award
Transcripts
Pre-Hearing Motions

Dennis Estis | Partner | Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP (moderator)

Joseph J. Hocking | Law Offices of Joseph J. Hocking

Jamiee Nardiello | Partner | Zetlin & DeChiara

Thomas McCloskey | Partner | FisherBroyles

Session Materials:

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Lunch | 12:15 pm – 1:05 pm


Hearings | 1:05 pm – 2:35 pm

Settlement
Format
Bifurcation
Testimony by Affidavit
Subpoenas for Testifying Witnesses
Mock Arbitration Hearing: Opening Statements; Fact Witness
Expert Witness
Closing Statements
Post-Hearing Briefs / Close of Arbitration
Re-Opening Hearings

Steven Nudelman | Partner | Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, LLP (moderator)

Bruce Meller | Partner | Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

Dennis Drasco | Partner | Lum Drasco & Positan

E. Richard Kennedy | Partner | Kennedy Wronko Kennedy

Kelly Heuer | Managing Director | Navigant

Bernadette Hamilton Condon | Member | Lum, Drasco & Positan

Session Materials:

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Break | 2:35 pm – 2:50 pm


Award & Enforcement | 2:50 pm – 3:40 pm

Issuance – Interim & Final Awards
Enforcement
Modification
Defenses – “Manifest Disregard of the Law”

Lee Tesser | Partner | Tesser & Cohen (moderator)

Michael McBride | Partner | Connell Foley

Gary Rubin | Partner | Schiff Hardin

Session Materials:

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Ethics in Arbitration | 3:40 pm – 4:55 pm

Dennis Estis | Partner | Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP (moderator)

Hon. Barbara Byrd Wecker (ret.) | Greenberg Dauber Epstein & Tucker

Hon. Harriet Derman (ret.) | Of Counsel | DiFrancesco Bateman

Session Materials:

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