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Virtual Arbitration: Best Practices for Navigating the Future

Wilson Elser Litigation Best Practices Series

Date: April 28, 2022
Location: Webinar 1 PM ET/ 12 PM CT/ 10 AM PT
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Joseph Francoeur (Partner-New York, NY) will be joined by the Hon. Harriet Klein (Of Counsel-Florham Park, NJ) on Thursday, April 28, 2022, to present “Virtual Arbitration: Best Practices for Navigating the Future,” a new webinar in the WILSON ELSER FORUM Litigation Best Practices Series. Even as the pandemic begins to subside, it appears that virtual arbitration is here to stay. Prior to the pandemic, arbitration clauses appeared in many contracts but were not consistently used or enforced. The massive backlog in the courts as a result of the pandemic has certainly made the arbitration forum more attractive to litigants desiring more efficient resolution of their claims. Many arbitrations were able to proceed virtually during the pandemic while courts remained closed, and lessons were learned that indicate, indeed, virtual arbitration is the “new normal.” 

Joe will discuss how to approach virtual arbitration, avoid potential pitfalls and maximize the practice’s inherent advantages. Drawing on his experience in virtual arbitration, Joe will share the “dos and don'ts” that will make virtual arbitrations – and related virtual proceedings – the preferred option for dispute resolution. 

Harriet, who served 15 years as a judge for the Superior Court of New Jersey, enjoys extensive arbitration experience. She will offer her unique perspectives on the relative merits of virtual arbitration and optimizing its “real-world” execution from the vantage point of the arbitrator. Harriet will address such topics as the importance of counsel’s proficiency with relevant technology, how to best present documentary evidence at the hearing, difficulties in the arbitrator’s remote evaluation of credibility evidence, the problem of “Zoom fatigue,” the use of hybrid proceedings, and more. 

CLE Credit is available in the following states: California, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York.

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