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Critical Considerations in Preparing for Arbitration

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Produced on January 24, 2019

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Course Information

Course Description

This one hour course will cover the basics necessary for a practitioner to handle a dispute in arbitration. The course will review the pros and cons to consider before advising a client to make use of alternative dispute resolution, what subjects to include in an arbitration agreement, and considerations in selecting an arbitrator. The program will also cover the necessary elements of the preliminary hearing, including discovery, document exchange, whether to provide for dispositions, and how motion practice is handled. When and how to use experts will be considered, as well as best practices in exchanging exhibit and witness lists, and whether the direct examination will be handled by written narrative or full testimony.

The course will also introduce the mechanics of the hearing, including opening statements, direct and cross examinations, the record, questions by the arbitrator, the closing arguments, and the decision and award.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the pros and cons of arbitration for your client
  2. Prepare for an arbitration hearing
  3. Discuss best practices for obtaining a favorable decision and award

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Robert J. Jossen is the past Chair of Dechert’s global litigation practice. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Mr. Jossen has tried to verdict more than 40 cases, including numerous non-jury trials and arbitrations in courts and forums throughout the United States. In addition, he has handled many preliminary injunctions and other hearings, and has represented clients in matters before the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the New York Stock Exchange, FINRA, and other federal and state regulatory bodies. Mr. Jossen focuses on complex commercial litigation, securities and white collar criminal defense, and legal ethics.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Jossen was Chief Appellate Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and earlier an Assistant U.S. Attorney. He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Marvin E. Frankel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Mr. Jossen has been consistently ranked as a leading lawyer for white- collar crime and government investigation in Chambers USA, a referral guide to leading lawyers in the United States based on the opinions of their peers and clients, raving that he is "very knowledgeable, has a great sense of strategy and is really good at looking down the road and seeing how the case will proceed." Mr. Jossen has been recognized for his white-collar criminal defense practice by The Legal 500 US, which praised his "ability to advise clients, address client needs and manage litigation." He is also regularly listed by The Best Lawyers in America for bet-the- company litigation, commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense. Benchmark Litigation has regularly recognized Mr. Jossen as a “Litigation Star” for his white-collar criminal defense and general commercial litigation practices, and in 2014 applauded him for being “highly regarded among peers.” Mr. Jossen has also been named to Global Investigations Review’s list of “Who’s Who Legal Investigations 2015,” and has been listed for more than 20 years as one of the best commercial and white collar criminal defense litigators in the country in the Best Lawyers in America.


michael g.

Very well-presented course of the arbitration and the many things to consider before agreeing in a contract to arbitration as the dispute resolution procedure.

Kelly B.

I have been a Lawline customer for years and this is by FAR the best presenter I have ever had.

Russell L.

Great teacher

Kristin R.

Very well organized and presented.

Patricia M.

Excellent presentation.

Barbara O.

One of the best presentations

Alison T.

Excellent, very well organized and clear presentations. A stand-out.

Rachel U.

Very engaging speaker!

Jennifer L.

Excellent, well-organized, succinct presentation here; especially good on the pros and cons of arbitration. Thanks.

Elaine W.

I especially appreciated the details of arbitration practice that cannot be learned from the rules.

Jay Z.

Very well done. Robert goes through the material at the correct pace -- slow enough to absorb; fast enough to keep your interest. The slide material is clear, concise and Robert's elaboration is neither too much nor too little.

Bruce F.

This presenter was outstanding!

Robert H.

Informative and useful presentation

Mary Y.

Great, thanks.

Karen V.

Very good presentation!

William K.

Incredible content.

Kenneth G.

Excellent, clear and informative presentation on ADR

Kurt T.


John B.

The program stalled throughout.

Jennifer Clayton G.

very effective speaker

Juliane S.

Good overview of arbitration basics.

Cynthia H.

Thank you.

Serena A.

very good speaker

Richard P.

Very good to the point delivery.

Steven L.


Katherine J.

Very well done

Diana D.

thank you!

Allison S.

I appreciate the detailed guidance!

greg s.

Really fine course. Clear, practical, and based on real-world experience.

Robert K.


Cynthia S.



Very good presentation

Brian C.

Nice overview. Very helpful tips.

Susan K.

Excellent overview of subject.

Carole K.

This was a very interesting course. I did not know much about the arbitration process prior to this and the faculty member laid out a lot of great information. I also liked that he touched on the differences between arbitration and mediation.

Elizabeth M.

I really enjoyed this seminar. I thought it was very informative and I liked the presentation style.

James E H.

A good primer course.

Chalin S.

Very well done

Joseph H.

Good speaker

June C.


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