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Challenging Arbitration Awards in Court

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Produced on May 17, 2012

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Time 61 minutes

Course Description


Join Attorney Dan Abrams as he discusses the law of arbitration  from a historical perspective and from the personal perspective of an experienced practitioner.  Mr. Abrams reviews the main reasons for arbitration and provides a summary of the law of arbitration under the Federal Arbitration Act ("FAA").  He then discusses some of the pre-award challenges to arbitration, such as moving to stay an arbitration before it starts, and moving in the middle of an arbitration for interim relief. Further, Mr. Abrams explains the statutory and non-statutory grounds for vacatur under the FAA. Mr. Abrams goes through the abstract considerations of arbitration, like public policy, as well as practical aspects of arbitration, such as when to file a motion.  Finally, Mr. Abrams ends with practice pointers for attorneys to consider when deciding  whether and how to challenge an arbitration award in court.


Learning Objectives:

I.              What the main reasons for arbitration are

II.            What the limited but critical role courts play in arbitration

III.           Exploring the statutory grounds for Vacatur  

IV.          What the public policy considerations are

V.           Reviewing useful practice pointers 


Daniel Abrams

Law Office of Daniel L. Abrams, PLLC

Daniel L. Abrams’ practice focuses on legal malpractice, and business litigation. Mr. Abrams has helped many corporations and individuals complaining of inadequate legal services or overbilling obtain relief and settlements from their former attorneys. He represents mostly plaintiffs but occasionally defendants in legal malpractice cases and other disputes related to legal ethics, including legal fee disputes, breach of fiduciary duty cases, cases alleging conflicts of interest, and other professional responsibility issues. Lawyers and law firms frequently hire Mr. Abrams to serve as lawyer, expert or consultant on issues related to legal ethics or the law governing lawyers. He has taught legal ethics to other lawyers for the Practicing Law Institute, the New York State Bar Association, and Access MCLE. He has also appeared as a guest lecturer at Suffolk Law School.

In addition to his legal malpractice and ethics practice, Mr. Abrams has an active business litigation practice. Mr. Abrams’ clients include business owners, general counsel, and individuals in a full range of business litigation and arbitration matters. His cases have included business dealings arising out of oil & gas contracts, licensing agreements, business mergers, employment agreements, financing arrangements, business fraud, trade secrets, and corporate whistleblower allegations. His litigation cases include a successful multi-million dollar reversal of an arbitration award, a defense victory after a bench trial in a breach of contract case, and many favorable settlements of commercial disputes and legal malpractice cases.

Mr. Abrams received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1995 where he was an Olin Fellow of Law and Economics. He is a member of The Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he served on the Professional Responsibility Committee and the Subcommittee on Lawyer Promotion and Advertising from 2004-2007. He is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, Second Circuit United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit United States Court of Appeals, and Tenth Circuit United States Court of Appeals. 


Mark I. A.

Very good

Maria T.

Very well presented.

Vincent A.

good coverage of subject

Carrol C.

A lot of good information in this presentation.

Stuart P.

Good informative CLE

Bernard A.

Very good presentation Bernard Adams

William B.

Excellent slide materials.


Good insight

Walter D.

The speaker gave good practical advice and flagged some pitfalls.

Mary G.

I found this very informative and definitely useful in practice.

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William S.

Very professional presentation. Timely and helpful for my practice.

Diane I.

Mr. Abrams was an effective speaker, knowledgeable about his subject..

Aaron H.

Dan Abrams was amazing!

Reed E.

This was my first CLE, and it was hands down the best live webcast CLE program I have taken to date. An outstanding website/webcast user experience and terrific selection of substantive CLE program topics...

Phillip B.


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