Arbitration is an increasingly common method for resolving commercial claims and disputes. It avoids the delay and expense of traditional litigation while also providing the parties with a fair, objective forum for presenting their claims. Many commercial contracts include arbitration clauses that bind both parties to this method of dispute resolution. Although arbitration has many advantages, it also poses distinct risks. Binding arbitration leaves little or no opportunity for judicial review of adverse decisions. Additionally, the rules governing the arbitration process also differ from those of the courtroom, creating potential pitfalls for the uninitiated. The parties' strategies must be tailored in light of these considerations.
I'm a Tulsa-based arbitration attorney with more than 40 years of collective legal experience. I provide representation for businesses and individuals in a broad range of claims subject to commercial arbitration, including:
I'm intimately familiar with the legal intricacies surrounding commercial arbitration. I previously served as chair of the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (NASD) arbitration panel. This experience lent me firsthand insight into effective strategies for navigating high-stakes cases in arbitration. I've earned a $1 million award for a business client in arbitration, and I understand the nuances of business and commercial law. Among my previous representative business clients are large national corporations such as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Safeway Inc., and Urban Financial Group, Inc. Recently, I was successful in vacating an NASD (now FINRA) securities arbitration award that I had won, but that was deficient. Reversing an arbitration panel determination is extremely rare.