The Arbitration Conversation

Check out all the episodes of The Arbitration Conversation:

  • Episode 1: Svetlana Gitman, American Arbitration Association—Discussing AAA’s move online in the pandemic; how the AAA is assisting the move of their arbitrators moving online
  • Episode 2: Prof. Dave Larson, Mitchell Hamline School of Law—Discussion of accessibility for differently abled individuals to arbitration processes, especially when they are online
  • Episode 3: Prof. Bob Bailey, University of Missouri School of Law—Discussion of The New Prime v. Oliveri SC case
  • Episode 4: Prof. Ben Davis, University of Toledo College of Law – Diversity in arbitration, and providing opportunities for arbtirators of color
  • Episode 5: Prof. Tom Stipanowich, Pepperdine Caruso School of Law – Mixed mode and dispute resolution using mixed methods, including arbitration
  • Episode 6: Prof. Mohamed Abdel Wahab of the Cairo University Faculty of Law – Arbitration in Cairo and developments abroad
  • Episode 7: Prof. Sarah Cole of the Moritz College of Law at OSU – Promoting diversity in arbitration
  • Episode 8: Prof. Richard Frankel of Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law – Employment and labor arbitration issues
  • Episode 9: Charles E. Harris II, Partner, Mayer Brown – Important issues related to drafting arbitration agreements, including pros and cons of carve-outs
  • Episode 10: Prof. David Horton, UC Davis School of Law – Employment arbitration issues and Prof. Horton’s latest article re “infinite arbitration clauses.”
  • Episode 11: Theo Cheng on Intellectual Property Arbitration – IP (intellectual property) arbitration and the special issues such cases raise
  • Episode 12: Arbitrator Katherine Haennicke from AAA – Consumer arbitration and special issues related to arbitrating pro-se cases
  • Episode 13: Prof. S.I. Strong of the University of Sydney – Trust arbitration and new laws in New Zealand
  • Episode 14: Prof. Maureen Weston from Pepperdine Law School – Sports arbitration, including arbitration related to the Olympics and “doping” cases
  • Episode 15: Prof. Chris Drahozal of KU Law –Discussion of the Henry Schein, Inc. v. Archer and White Sales, Inc., cases (I and II) – one that already has been decided by the U.S. S.Ct. and another that is pending the decision after oral arguments.
  • Episode 16: Prof. Michael Z. Green of Texas A&M School of Law – Prof. Green’s latest articles, with a focus on diversity in arbitration
  • Episode 17: Arbitrator Bill McGrath of Davis McGrath in Chicago – Motions practice in arbitration
  • Episode 18: The “Blues Lawyer” Aric Garza on consumer arbitration – Discussion of consumer arbitration and how to promote fairness in consumer cases
  • Episode 19: Prof. Anthony Daimsis of the University of Ottawa – The Uber case in Canada (unconscionability applied to the arbitration clause at issue under Canadian law)
  • Episode 20: Prof. Catharine Titi of the University of Paris—ICSID and Investment arbitration
  • Episode 21: Prof. Jill I. Gross of Pace Law School—FINRA arbitration and Prof. Gross’ work regarding securities arbitration.
  • Episode 22: Prof. Carrie Shang of Cal State Polytechnic University, Pomona—Arbitration issues emanating from Hong Kong and China, including recent relational issues
  • Episode 23: Dr. Nudrat Piracha, Member of the ICSID Ad Hoc Committee—ICSID and her leadership as the first Pakistani woman to earn her SJD
  • Episode 24: Hilary Mofsowitz, South African Labor and Employment Arbitrator – Discussion of labor arbitration in South Africa and description of the process
  • Episode 25: Arbitrator Nicholas Gowen, Partner at Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella – Practical insights on how arbitration fits in a larger problem-solving strategy
  • Episode 26: Arbitrator Clifford Shapiro, Partner at Barnes & Thornberg, Chicago – Construction arbitration and special issues related to multi-party processes
  • Episode 27: Prof. Rick Bales of Ohio Northern School of Law—Labor arbitration in the age of Covid and how labor arbitration moved online in the wake of the pandemic
  • Episode 28: International Arbitrator and Mediator Wolf Von Kumberg – investment treaty arbitration and other international forms of arbitration
  • Episode 29: Jonathan Eades, Senior Legal Counsel, BC Attorney General – Insights regarding a new Canadian Arbitration Law
  • Episode 30: Colin Rule, CEO of and – Insights for the future of RIS, including the strategy for and moving into 2021 and beyond
  • Episode 31: Prof. John Lande, University of Missouri School of Law – Considerations of risk management, and how arbitration fits into an overall conflict management plan
  • Episode 32: Prof. Santiago Dussan of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Cali—Online Dispute Resolution in Latin America, and advances in application of technology to arbitration
  • Episode 33: Prof. Nicolás Lozada Pimiento from Universidad Externado de Colombia –UNCITRAL Working Group III revisited and Online Dispute Resolution in Colombia, as well as the rest of Latin America
  • Episode 34: Prof. Brian Farkas, Cardozo Law School – Politics in arbitration and how to discuss politics in the context of an arbitration class; the Trump administration’s perspective on arbitration
  • Episode 35: Prof. Joshua Karton, Queens University Law School – Discussion of the new Canadian Journal of Commercial Arbitration and his new sociolegal study of arbitration on an international scale, seeking to understand the profession of commercial arbitration
  • Episode 36: Mirèze Philippe Special Counsel ICC International Court of Arbitration—Discussion of her role in creating and leading ArbitralWomen and diversity in arbitration
  • Episode 37: Sport Arbitrator Clifford J. Hendel—International sports arbitration, including arbitration of FIFA and basketball cases in Europe
  • Episode 38: Arbitrator Jo Delaney of Holman Fenwick Willan—A discussion of how she got into arbitration and became a leader in this space; a discussion of her work with ICSID, construction and other international cases; a discussion of arbitration law and some high-profile cases in Australia
  • Episode 39: Arbitrator and Professor Moti Mironi – Arbitration in Israel, and latest developments related to law and practice in Israel
  • Episode 40: Prof. Nicolas Vermeys of the University of Montreal Law School – Explanation of “AI” and discussion of AI in arbitration along with ways it can assist with dispute resolution
  • Episode 41: George Friedman, Editor-in-Chief of Securities Arbitration Alert – Discussion of securities arbitration and how arbitration proceeds in FINRA, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Episode 42: Prof. Victoria Sahani of Arizona State University — Director of the Faculty Inclusion Research for System Transformation Initiative, or FIRST initiative, a university-wide initiative supported by the ASU president’s office looking at the history of race and inclusion among faculty at the University. Discussion of what makes investment treaty arbitration different than regular international commercial arbitration, and why it is important to focus on investment treaty arbitration at this particular moment. Discussion of reforms in investment treaty arbitration that are likely to be implemented in the near future
  • Episode 43: Prof. Andrea Bjorklund of McGill University Faculty of Law – Discussion of Investor-State arbitration and Working Group III of UNCITRAL, which is considering potential reforms to investor-state dispute settlement; consideration of specific issues discussed in WGIII, and its mandate to consider procedural reform issues as well as the biggest hurdles to progress at WG III
  • Episode 44: Morenike Obi-Farinde, Founder, ODRAfrica Network—Online arbitration in Africa and the latest developments in ODR Africa
  • Episode 45: Prof. Steven Ware, Kansas University School of Law – Discussion of Prof. Ware’s new book on arbitration, including current case law on evolving topics, such as delegation clauses, contracts formed by clicking links on cell phones, and substitutes for the class actions limited by Concepcion; discussion of arbitration issues from pop culture such as a Justin Bieber tweet, and contemporary disputes?involving Uber’s app, Donald Trump’s confidentiality agreement, and Jay-Z’s impact on arbitrator diversity
  • Episode 46: Arbitrator, Mediator, and Trainer DeAndra Roaché of Cynergis ADR—Discussion of arbitration in the railroad industry and how railroad arbitration proceeds
  • Episode 47: Ludvig Hambraeus of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators—Discussion of CIArb, and his role as Policy Executive as well as consideration of how CIArb adapted to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and CIArb’ priorities going into 2021
  • Episode 48: Hafez Virjee, President and Co-Founder of Delos Dispute Resolution – Discussion of online arbitration and his work as an online arbitrator with Delos; Discussion of his journey in founding Delos as a stand-alone dispute resolution entity
  • Episode 49: Michael Waibel, Professor of international law, University of Vienna—Investment-treaty arbitration and the latest developments from his perspective in Europe
  • Episode 50: Chittu Nagarajan, Founder and CEO of – Development of CREK as an ODR and online arbitration platform, and how arbitration fits within the ODR spectrum
  • Episode 51: Tanya Venter, Director of Tokiso Dispute Resolution in South Africa—Discussion of arbitration in South Africa, focusing on how South Africa deals with discrimination cases in the workplace, considering the history of Apartheid; discussion of how racism and other forms of discrimination are commonly found and resolved in the workplace
  • Episode 52: Graham Ross, Head of International Marketing at – Discussion of Smartsettle, and how it works as a form of online arbitration; discussion of other online means for supporting and facilitating arbitration using algorithms
  • Episode 53: Janet Walker, Canadian Professor and Arbitrator – Discussion of transparency in international commercial arbitration, and Prof. Walker’s recent work in the area, including considerations of what information we need and how it could be helpful to increase transparency in certain ways
  • Episode 54: Myriam M. Seers, Senior Associate, Torys LLP—Discussion of how technology tools can be leveraged to change the way disputes are resolved; discussion as well around the types of disputes that arise in the technology space, and what needs to change in order to make dispute resolution tools accessible for smaller technology disputes
  • Episode 55: Jan Martinez, Director, Gould ADR Program, Stanford Law School – Discussion of dispute system design and how arbitration fits into design considerations
  • Episode 56: Deborah Hylton, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – Discussion of arbitrators as problem solvers and how full spectrum ADR and mediation can work in tandem with party-driven arbitration to urge counsel to work within a problem solving framework
  • Episode 57: Julie G. Hopkins, Independent Arbitrator from Calgary, Canada – Discussion of her paper with Daniel Urbas entitled “Virtual Practice Makes Virtually Perfect – Practical Considerations for Virtual Hearings Identified through Simulations with Experienced Counsel and Arbitrators” including lessons learned from  leading arbitration/advocacy professionals from across North America
  • Episode 58: Prof. Rachel J. Goedken, Director, Werner Institute, Creighton Law – Discussion of how to get into labor arbitration and a discussion of how labor arbitration works
  • Episode 59: Mediator, Arbitrator, and Special Master Karl Bayer—Discussion of virtual hearings and important tips and considerations for those moving their arbitration practice online
  • Episode 60: Wendy Gonzales, Founder of Cyberarb—Discussion regarding the creation of “CyberArb” as means for promoting cybersecurity in arbitration as well as the importance of cybersecurity and having a concrete plan to safeguard the safety of data in the “new normal” of online arbitration
  • Episode 61: Former Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court Justice Marsha Ternus –Discussion regarding student conduct procedures and how they are similar to arbitration as well as how “ad hoc” arbitration differs from administered arbitration
  • Episode 62: Prof. Rory Van Loo of the Boston University School of Law – Discussion of his recent article proposing a process for determining when and whether posts or parties are eliminated from platforms such as Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Episode 63: Prof. Pamela Bookman of the Fordham University School of Law – Discussion of arbitral courts, courts that mimic arbitration’s traditional features but that, unlike arbitration, bind third parties, develop law, and wield the power of the state
  • Episode 64: Richard Ormond and Jake Stango of – Discussion with the founders of, a new ODR start-up that focuses on B2B online arbitration (OArb) describing their process, their reasons for founding the company, and how text-based arbitration can be both fair and efficient
  • Episode 65: Prof. Michael Pitton of the University of Iowa College of Law –  Discussion about conducting in-person arbitrations safely by following the CDC Guidelines and the US Supreme Court Protocol during the age of Covid, and conducting arbitrations in a University setting.
  • Episode 66: Independent Arbitrator Sophie Nappert – Discussion about the intersection between arbitration and technology and the increasing importance of cybersecurity, data protection, and cryptography tools such as blockchains in the process of conducting arbitrations online.
  • Episode 67: Stephen Kane, Founder, and CEO of – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Stephen Kae, Founder, and CEO of, an ODR provider working with sharing economy & B2B marketplaces, insurance companies, construction companies, self-insured Fortune 500s, the Better Business Bureau and others to resolve disputes quickly and effectively.
  • Episode 68: Prof. Imre Szalai of Loyola University New Orleans – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Prof. Imre Szalai of Loyola University New Orleans, a nationally-known scholar regarding the Federal Arbitration Act, and his teaching interests and scholarship focus on arbitration, civil procedure, and dispute resolution. Professor Szalai wrote a leading book about the enactment and development of modern arbitration laws, Outsourcing Justice: The Rise of Modern Arbitration Laws in America.
  • Episode 69: Stephen Anway, Partner and Co-Chair of IDR at Squire Patton Boggs – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Arbitrator Stephen Anway, global co-chair of Squire Patton Boggs’ International Dispute Resolution (IDR) Practice. In that role, he leads a team of more than 140 lawyers across 20 countries in North America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Stephen has represented the winning party in many of the largest international arbitrations in the world over the past 15 years. He has worked in more than 40 countries and has represented clients in some 100 investment treaty and international commercial arbitrations. He also is an Adjunct Professor of Law on both international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration.
  • Episode 70: Catherine Rogers, Founder, Arbitrator Intelligence – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Catherine A. Rogers, a scholar of international arbitration and professional ethics at Penn State Law, with a dual appointment as Professor of Ethics, Regulation, and the Rule of Law at Queen Mary, University of London, where she is also Co-Director of the Institute for Ethics and Regulation. Professor Rogers co-chaired the ICCA-Queen Mary Task Force on Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration and is the founder of Arbitrator Intelligence, a global information aggregator and legal tech start-up that aims at improving transparency, fairness, and accountability in arbitrator selection.
  • Episode 71: Ashley Rafael, General Counsel, Midway Moving & Storage, Inc. – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Ashley Rafael, General Counsel, Midway Moving & Storage, Inc. Ashley is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, serving on its Commercial, UM/UI, and Consumer Panels. She is also an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Illinois at Chicago Law School teaching Arbitration Advocacy and coaches students for arbitration/trial teams for national competitions. She is a chair arbitrator for Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program and the Commercial Calendar Mandatory Arbitration Program for the Law Division.
  • Episode 72: Paul Barker, International Arbitrator and Fellow, Stanford Law School – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Paul Barker, a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers specializing in international arbitration, investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), international law, climate finance, and sustainable investing. Paul has been recognized as a leading junior barrister for international arbitration (Who’s Who Legal: UK Bar). He is also ranked as one of the leading international arbitration lawyers globally under the age of 45 (Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders
  • Episode 73: Rana Sajjad Ahmad, Founder of CIICA Arbitration Center, Pakistan – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Rana Sajjad Ahmad, Founder and President of the Center for International Investment and Commercial Arbitration (CIICA) in Pakistan, as well as a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Partner at the Rana Ijaz & Partners law firm.
  • Episode 74: Peter Merrill, CEO of Construction Dispute Resolution Services – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Peter Merrill, President and CEO of Construction Dispute Resolution Services, a leading provider of arbitration and mediation services in the construction industry, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • Episode 75: Prof. Angie Raymond, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Anjanette (Angie) Raymond, an Associate Professor in the Department of Business Law and Ethics, at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Maurer Law School (Indiana). She is currently a Visiting Fellow in International Commercial Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London as well as a Professor in the International Business Law Program at the University of Navarra, Spain and lectures on international arbitration at the World Intellectual Property Organization.
  • Episode 76: Prof. Steven Shapiro, American University Washington College of Law – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Prof. Steven Shapiro from the American University, Washington College of Law. Prof. Shapiro is the founder and Director of the Hospitality & Tourism Law program, and he is a Senior Affiliate in the Program on Law & Government, including his work in teaching Construction Law.
  • Episode 77: Lawyer David Tenner, a Colorado Arbitrator and Special Master – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews David Tenner, an arbitrator, a special master to area courts, and a trained mediator. He is a member of the commercial panel of the American Arbitration Association. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Court-Appointed Masters and in 2015 he was appointed to the Academy’s Board of Directors. He currently serves as ACAM’s secretary.
  • Episode 78: Arbitrator Edna Sussman, of – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Edna Sussman, who serves full-time as an arbitrator and mediator and has been appointed as the Distinguished ADR Practitioner in Residence by the Fordham University School of Law. She started her career as an associate and litigation partner at the international law firm of White & Case. Over the past 15 years she has served as an arbitrator in well over 300 arbitrations and as a mediator in well over 200 mediations in both domestic and international complex commercial disputes.
  • Episode 79: Fernando Sanquírico Pittevil, Associate, InterJuris Abogados S.C. – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Fernando Sanquírico Pittevil, an Associate at InterJuris Abogados S.C. in Venezuela. Fernando is professor of civil law in Universidad Central de Venezuela, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello and Universidad Monteávila. In his academic career, he has been invited to teach the International Arbitration subject in the Procedural Law LLM at Universidad Central de Venezuela. He is currently the director of the Research and Studies Centre for Dispute Resolution of the Universidad Monteávila. He is also the Academic Coordinator of the Advanced Studies Programme on Arbitration in the Universidad Monteavila. Mr Sanquirico is also a member of the list of arbitrators in both the Arbitration Centre of the Caracas Chamber and the Business Centre for Conciliation and Arbitration. Fernando is member of the Board of Directors of the Venezuelan Arbitration Association for the period 2019-2021.
  • Episode 80: Adriana Vaamonde, Exec Director, Centro de Arbitraje Cámara de Caracas – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Adriana Vaamonde, Exec Director, Centro de Arbitraje Cámara de Caracas. Adriana is a Legal Advisor in International Commercial Arbitration. Arbitrator and Secretary of Arbitral Tribunals. University Professor of National and International Commercial Arbitration. Lawyer of the Universidad Monteávila (UMA). Specialist in Corporate Law at the Universidad Metropolitana (UNIMET) and Master in Foreign Trade at UC3M. She is also Former Executive Director of the Arbitration Center of the Caracas Chamber of Commerce and Member of the Academic Council of the CIERC and of its Editorial Council of the magazine “Principia” as well as Member of the Board of Directors of the AVA, of the CEA-40 and of the Board of Directors of the LIAYP.
  • Episode 81: Erin Archerd, Assoc Prof of Law, Univ of Detroit Mercy School of Law – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Erin Archerd, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Erin joined the Detroit Mercy Law faculty in Fall 2015. Prior to becoming a professor, she was an associate in the San Francisco office of Covington & Burling LLP, where she focused on corporate transactions, primarily in the information technology and biotechnology sectors, as well as preparing an amicus brief for the Supreme Court on language education policy. Professor Archerd also served as program coordinator at Humanities for Everybody in Kalamazoo before relocating to Columbus, Ohio to become the Langdon Fellow in Dispute Resolution at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
  • Episode 82: Prof. Ronald Brand, University of Pittsburgh School of Law – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Ronald Brand, the Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg University Professor and John E. Murray Faculty Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Ron was the driving force behind the creation of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for International Legal Education (CILE) and its Master of Laws Program for Foreign Law Graduates. He represented the United States at Special Commissions and the Diplomatic Sessions of the Hague Conference on Private International Law that produced both the 2005 Convention on Choice of Court Agreements and the 2019 Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters. For over a decade, he has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce to develop Middle East law school curricula in international commercial law and arbitration, training students and faculty from schools throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Episode 83: Gary Born, Chair, Int’l Arbitration Practice Group, WilmerHale – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Gary Born. Chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Mr. Born is widely regarded as the world’s preeminent authority on international commercial arbitration and international litigation. He has been ranked for more than 20 years as one of the world’s leading international arbitration advocates and the leading arbitration practitioner in London.
  • Episode 84: Hiro Aragaki, Professor of Law at Loyola Law School – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Prof. Hiro Aragaki, Professor of Law at Loyola Law School. Prof. Aragaki’s work has appeared in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal Online, among others. His most recent work, Equal Opportunity for Arbitration, was selected for presentation in the Civil Litigation & Dispute Resolution category at the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum.
  • Episode 85: Oladeji Tiamiyu, Clinical Fellow, HNMCP at Harvard Law School – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Oladeji M. Tiamiyu, Clinical Fellow at the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program. Prior to joining HNMCP, Oladeji was an Online Dispute Resolution Fellow with the Resolution Systems Institute in Chicago, Illinois where he helped in developing a pilot online dispute resolution program for family law disputes. Oladeji has also worked with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Constitutional Review Commission in The Gambia. He has experience as a teacher in Reunion Island off the coast of Madagascar and as a community organizer with Organizing for America in Ohio. Oladeji has been a member of teaching teams for Harvard Law School’s Negotiation Workshop, an executive-level program at the Harvard Negotiation Institute, and with the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a member of the Illinois Bar, holds a B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, from the University of Toledo, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
  • Episode 86: Travis Lenkner, Managing Partner of Keller Lenkner LLC – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Travis Lenkner, Managing Partner of Keller Lenkner LLC. Travis has previous experience as a litigator at an AmLaw 25 law firm, a legal entrepreneur and investment manager, in-house counsel at a Fortune 50 company, and a law clerk at the Supreme Court of the United States. He is listed on Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America and the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the Institute of Judicial Administration at New York University School of Law. Travis also served as a Senior Counsel at The Boeing Company, where he represented the company in litigation matters and advised senior executives on significant regulatory issues.
  • Episode 87: Prof. Leonardo Oliveira, Lecturer, Royal Holloway, Univ. of London – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Prof. Leonardo Valladares Pacheco de Oliveira, Lecturer in Law at Royal Holloway, University of London. Leonardo qualified as a lawyer in Brazil in 2002. Having graduated and passed the Brazilian Bar exam, he worked as a legal assistant at the Rio de Janeiro State Control System Secretariat in the sphere of the Rio de Janeiro State Government. After the public sector, Leonardo worked for five years in two different law firms where he practiced in matters related to tort law, contract law, labor law and tax law. In 2008, Leonardo pursued an LLM in International Trade Law which was followed by a PhD in law, both at the University of Essex. Before joining Royal Holloway, University of London, Leonardo worked as a Lecturer at the Law School at Anglia Ruskin University and as a supervisor for paper 9 in the Department of Land Economy at University of Cambridge.
  • Episode 88: Prof. Steven Shapiro and Dr. Shaheeza Lalani – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Prof. Steven Shapiro and Dr. Shaheeza Lalani. Prof. Shapiro has been an arbitrator since 1999. He has been a construction law professor at the American University Washington College of Law, author of professional books on design and construction, and invited presenter at national and international conferences. Dr. Lalani is Executive Director at the LL.M. Program at the University of Lausanne. Previously she was Director of the Doctoral Program and Senior Researcher at the World Trade Institute, and Senior Legal Counsel at the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution. She was also Legal Counsel at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, and Assistant Legal Officer at The Hague Conference on Private International Law. Learn more about the upcoming Lausanne Arbitration Conference at
  • Episode 89: Prof. Kristen Blankley of the Nebraska College of Law – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Professor Kristen Blankley, who teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution, Advocacy in Mediation, Mediation, Family Mediation, and Arbitration at the Nebraska College of Law. Her research has largely focused on the crossroads of alternative dispute resolution and ethics and on contemporary issues in arbitration law. Professor Blankley currently sits as a co-chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Subcommittee on Ethics. Professor Blankley is also a member of the FINRA roster of arbitrators, for consumer and employment cases in the area of securities. She also serves as the Secretary of the Advisory Council for the Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution.
  • Episode 90: Arbitrator Richard D. Faulkner – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Arbitrator Richard D. Faulkner, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and holder of a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration. Richard is one of the foremost arbitration experts in the country, having arbitrated over 300 commercial, construction, employment, professional credentialing, insurance coverage, reinsurance, international, non-competition, trade secret, loan default, commercial lease, maritime, securities, personal injury, and internet “Domain Name” disputes. He has also been counsel in multiple class-action arbitrations, dealing with contract, statutory, and injunction issues, and international arbitrations in the United Kingdom, Bermuda, and the Cayman Islands valued at more than $150M. He has been a Professor of Alternative Dispute Resolution Law and taught arbitration and mediation in the U.S., U.K., Kingdom of Jordan, and Kingdom of Malaysia. He has also taught Admiralty Law, holds an LL.M. in Admiralty Law from Tulane Law School where he served as an Adjunct Professor. He was a Contributing Author to the ABA handbook on arbitration, “How Arbitration Works, 6th ed.”, and author of numerous articles on arbitration, mediation and negotiation.
  • Episode 91: Chimdimma Onyedebelu, Operations Manager, Int’l Mediation Institute – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Chimdimma Onyedebelu, Operations Manager of the International Mediation Institute. Chimdimma is a certified Arbitrator and Mediator, and consults for various stakeholders in dispute management. She is a member of the International Council for Online Dispute Resolution (ICODR), Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Africa Network, Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), ICMC Young Mediators Forum, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Young Members Group, Young International Arbitrators Group, London Court of International Arbitration, DIAC 40 – Young Practitioners Group, Dubai International Arbitration Centre, Young Mediators Initiative, International Mediation Institute (IMI), Association of Young Arbitrators (AYA), Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU), International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), and Nigerian Society of International Law (NSIL).
  • Episode 92: Arbitrator Lisa Munro, Partner at Lerners LLP – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Arbitrator Lisa Munro, a partner at Lerners LLP. She brings to this role more than 25 years of experience as counsel in commercial/business litigation and both international and domestic commercial arbitration. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and has obtained the ADR Institute of Canada’s Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb) designation. She is also a roster arbitrator with Arbitration Place, the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, and the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre (VanIAC). Lisa is the Editor of Arbitration Matters, featuring summaries of key decisions on arbitration issues as they are released by courts across the country. The website now features over 500 of these case notes and has been read by hundreds of Canada’s leading arbitration professionals. A digest of the most recent notes is sent to subscribers on a regular basis.
  • Episode 93: Prof. Guillermo Jose Garcia Sanchez, Texas A&M School of Law – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Prof. Guillermo Jose Garcia Sanchez from the Texas A&M School of Law. Guillermo teaches courses on arbitration and international petroleum transactions, and he’s been an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law, University of Houston Law Center and the Center for Energy and Natural Resources, ITAM University Mexico since 2014. He also was an Associate at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt and Mosle, LLP where he practiced international investment arbitration with a focus on cases related to the hydrocarbons industry in Latin America, and he served as a legal advisor on international law and the laws of the sea at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico.
  • Episode 94: Arthur Pearlstein, Director of Arbitration, FMCS – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Arthur Pearlstein, Director of Arbitration and of the Office of Shared Neutrals at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). He has previously served FMCS as a mediator, as General Counsel of the Agency, and as head of the ADR and International Program. In addition, he has worked extensively in the area of dispute systems design in the workplace. Arthur was Professor of Law and inaugural director of the Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at Creighton University in Omaha.
  • Episode 95: Olof Heggemann, Founder, Eperoto – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Olof Heggemann, Founder of Olof has a professional background in the Swedish public court system and experience from working in both banking and law firms. Eperoto is a tool for valuing legal cases using decision science.
  • Episode 96: Allen Waxman, President & CEO of CPR – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Allen Waxman, the President & CEO of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR). Prior to joining CPR, Mr. Waxman served as General Counsel of Pfizer, at Eisai Inc – the North American affiliate of the Japanese-based pharmaceutical company, Eisai Co Ltd – where he also led the Market Access business unit, and at Roivant Sciences, a start-up building biotech and healthcare technology companies. He also practiced law as a partner at Williams & Connolly, in Washington, D.C.
  • Episode 97: Lela Love, Director, Kukin Program for Conflict Res’n, Cardozo Law – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Lela Porter Love, a professor of law and director of the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (NYC) and founder (in 1985) of Cardozo’s Mediation Clinic—one of the first clinical programs to train law students to serve as mediators.
  • Episode 98: Arbitrator Gary Benton – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Gary Benton, an internationally recognized Arbitrator and Mediator with expertise in international business, private investment, technology, IP and emerging growth matters. His practice is focused on technology development, distribution, licensing, infringement (trade secret, copyright and patent) and cybersecurity disputes. He has handled hundreds of cases around the world and serves on the panels of the leading international arbitral institutions in the US, Europe and Asia. Mr. Benton is the founder and currently serves as the Chairman of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center (SVAMC) in Palo Alto, California. He was previously a partner with the leading international law firms Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and Coudert Brothers LLP in San Francisco and Palo Alto. As well, he served as Chief Legal Officer for a cloud and mobile cybersecurity company supporting US national security interests. He is a Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), a Fellow and Board member of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA), an Academy Member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN) and a member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) Advisory Board and the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). He is a founder and Executive Committee member of the California International Arbitration Council (CIAC) and a member of other US and international arbitral associations.
  • Episode 99: Chris Poole, CEO of JAMS – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews, Chris Poole Chief Executive Officer of JAMS, the largest provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide. Poole joined JAMS in 2007 and since that time has led the organization through an unprecedented period of growth, which also helped elevate the ADR industry as a whole. In his role as President and CEO, Poole works closely with senior management and the highly-trained panelists who own the company. Prior to joining JAMS, Poole was CEO at Thomson Elite, part of The Thomson Corporation. Poole was COO of Elite Information Systems from 1995 to 1998, Chair and CEO of Elite Information Group from 1999 to 2003, and President and CEO of Thomson Elite from 2003 to 2006. Before joining Elite, Poole was Executive Director of Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles. Poole was the recipient of the 2002 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He earned his B.A. in Economics from Harvard University in 1979 and his M.B.A. in Computers and Marketing from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA in 1984.
  • Episode 100: Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott of Virginia – In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, who has represented Virginia’s third congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1993. Prior to his service in Congress, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1978 to 1983 and in the Senate of Virginia from 1983 to 1993.

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