Arbitration Backlash

Please join us for a complimentary CLE webinar on Tuesday, Jan 19, 2016 at noon EST.

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Arbitration clauses that prohibit class actions might qualify as the newsiest dispute resolution-related topic of 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court just issued its third decision in the last four years upholding private-party contracts to arbitrate rather than litigate disputes. Arbitration, however, continues to be attacked by media and government despite being an effective ADR method to resolve disputes and control the rising cost of trying lawsuits.

Arbitrators Lawrence Kolin and Brandon Peters, along with guest Phil Calandrino, will explore the backlash against arbitration and remind attendees of the origins and benefits of this dispute resolution process.

The content is designed for trial lawyers who represent clients in arbitration and for attorneys who use arbitration clauses in contracts.

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CLE Credits

Attending our complimentary Webinar will entitle you to 1 hour of General CLE credit, pending with The Florida Bar.

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Our Guest

Philip K. Calandrino is an AV Preeminent-rated business and asset protection attorney. He is the founder of Small Business Counsel, a boutique business law firm located in Winter Park, Florida that was established in 1998. His practice involves a wide array of business litigation and transactional work, but has evolved to focus on preventive law, a specialty that involves working with owners of closely-held organizations to identify and diminish the impact of personal and business litigation risks associated with entrepreneurship.

He has served the Orange County Bar Association in the past as the Chairman of its Business Law Committee, and is currently serving his second term as a member of its Executive Council.

Our Presenters

Lawrence Kolin, a mediator and arbitrator with Upchurch Watson White & Max, has two decades of experience representing plaintiff and defense in diverse areas of complex civil trial work. Lawrence began his alternative dispute resolution practice in 2001 and was partner in a statewide law firm before becoming a full-time neutral. Lawrence authors an officially listed ABA Journal "Blawg," Orlando Mediator. He was recently named a 2015 Trailblazer by the National Law Journal.

Brandon S. Peters also brings more than 20 years of experience as a highly-respected civil litigator to his mediation/arbitration career, which began with a successful solo practice and continues with Upchurch Watson White & Max. He takes a data- and evidence-driven approach to resolving disputes without ignoring the all-important human factors.

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