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Litigation or Arbitration? Considerations in Selecting the Forum for A Dispute

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Produced on June 04, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Litigation

Course Description

This course, presented by Howard Suskin, co-chair of Jenner & Block’s Securities Litigation Practice and Class Action Defense Practice Groups and an experienced Arbitrator, will discuss strategic considerations in deciding whether to arbitrate or litigate a dispute. Attendees will discuss the current issues surrounding strategies for making this decision, review the relative benefits and challenges of arbitration versus judicial forums, and will receive tips for understanding the different approaches that lawyers take in each of these forums to maximize the chances for success. Attorneys will be able to describe to clients the pros and cons of selecting an arbitration forum over a courtroom, and effectively tailor their presentation to adjudication by an arbitrator or judge.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the key differences between litigating a dispute in court and arbitration forums
  2. Strategically recommend court or arbitration forums when offered the opportunity to select between the two
  3. Master best practices for effectively presenting your case in arbitration

Credit Information

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Howard S. Suskin

Jenner & Block

Howard S. Suskin is a litigator with substantial first-chair experience in civil and criminal securities matters. He is co-chair of the firm’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice and the Class Action Practice. Individuals and businesses seek his counsel in such matters as class actions alleging securities fraud and misrepresentation claims, derivative actions claiming breach of fiduciary duty, contests for corporate control, shareholder demands for corporate books and records under Delaware General Corporate Law Section 220 and other similar state statutes, insider trading investigations and broker-dealer disputes. Mr. Suskin also counsels and represents clients regarding securities administrative and self-regulatory organization investigations and proceedings and in arbitrations.

Members of the Leading Lawyers Network have consistently recognized Mr. Suskin’s work in several areas including class actions, commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and securities and venture financing law. He has been named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" for commercial litigation. Illinois Super Lawyer named him a “Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyer” eight times since 2007 and a “Top 10 Super Lawyer” in 2015. In 2010, he received the firm’s inaugural Associate Committee Mentorship Award. He has served on the firm’s Management Committee and currently serves on the Associate Development and Evaluation and Diversity & Inclusion Committees.

Mr. Suskin has published articles and spoken extensively on issues relating to class actions and securities law. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Board IQ, a Financial Times publication, has served on the Securities Editorial Board of Law 360 and serves on the faculty of Practising Law Institute. Mr. Suskin is an active member of the ABA Securities Law Committee, including serving as co-chair of the Class and Derivative Actions Subcommittee. He serves as the Chicago Bar Association’s General Counsel and is a member of its Judicial Evaluation Committee. He also serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and for securities self-regulatory organizations including FINRA, Chicago Board Options Exchange and the National Futures Association.


Bruce P.

Nice Job.

Sid W.

Very well organized and presented

Joseph J. O.

Excellent presentation. Clearly very knowledgeable. Presented with a very pleasant, gentlemanly manner. Excellent content.

Barbara O.

Very articulate speaker

Andrew S.

Presenter was very focused and clear.

Bryan D.

Mr. Suskin is a great presenter who is clearly very knowledgeable about a number of topics. I am grateful that he is willing to share his experience and time.

C. T. A.

Excellent! Barely a wasted word. On point. Succinct. Informative. Well done.

Seth W.

Good Job.

Michael B.

I teach a course in arbitration v litigation and the material discussed on the rationale for a reasoned v unreasoned opinion is going to be very helpful! Great point to consider when drafting the clause!

Hyunah K.

Nice presentation!

Richard S.

Great presenter--a pleasure to listen to.

Jane P.

Very good presenter!

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