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Confidentiality in Arbitration

Speaker(s): David C. Singer, Laura A. Kaster
Recorded on: Sep. 26, 2019
PLI Program #: 279418

Mr. Singer is a litigation partner and has served as lead litigation and trial counsel on matters involving business contracts, executive employment agreements, restrictive covenants, fiduciary duty, interference with business relationships, fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, employment termination, commercial misrepresentation, employment discrimination, real estate valuations and other commercial matters. He has successfully tried and defended cases in federal and state courts and arbitration panels, and represented clients in appellate arguments, mediations and negotiations. Mr. Singer advises clients on litigation avoidance and preparedness and performs litigation risk assessments.

Mr. Singer also focuses on alternative dispute resolution, and has served for more than 20 years both as an arbitrator and mediator handling business and executive employment matters. Over 20 years of experience as neutral mediator and arbitrator, including as chair of three arbitrator panels and single arbitrator. Known for case management skill and moving cases to conclusion in an efficient and cost effective manner.

He has arbitrated more than 100 cases, including breach of dealer contract between large telecommunications company and dealer; breach of executive employment agreements between former executive employees and financial institutions; breach of series of contracts between insurance company and pharmaceutical company; breach of agreement concerning sale of accounting firm; breach of agreement between importer and distributor of alcoholic beverages; breach of contract involving sale of restaurant business; contract dispute between major electronics manufacturer and computer software vendor; determination of liability for losses between purchaser and seller of seed company.

As neutral, mediated more than 100 cases, including disputes between supplier and purchaser of computer technology products; financial institutions and former executive employees; religious institution and catering and restaurant vendor; retail employer, EEOC, ethnic based rights organization and former employees; real estate owner/developer and consultant/broker; and employment discrimination cases.

Laura comes to her work as a full-time arbitrator and mediator from a background first as a litigation partner at Jenner & Block and then as Chief Litigation Counsel for AT&T where she also represented AT&T Labs and was responsible for all of AT&T’s arbitrations (including complex insurance matters), IP litigation, and all appeals in complex litigation and employment matters. From 2015-2017, she was the President of the Justice Marie L. Garibaldi ADR Inn of Court, the first ADR Inn in the country. She is also a past Chair of the NJSBA Dispute Resolution Section and a Co-Editor in Chief of the NYSBA’s journal, Dispute Resolution Lawyer. She is the 2014 recipient of the NJSBA’s Boskey Award for the ADR practitioner of the year. She has served as an arbitrator, including as chair, in complex commercial, telecom, biotech, patent and trademark licensing, partnership and development and family business disputes, and in matters involving the sales of businesses and securities claims. She has served as a mediator in over 200 matters including matters involving 100s of millions of dollars and long-running disputes. She is a fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators. She was a founding member of the executive committee of the NJ Academy of Arbitrators and Mediators and on the Roster of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. She is on the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center List of Leading Technology Neutrals, an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and ICDR, for the International Institute for Prevention and Resolution (CPR) on its telecom, E-Discovery Panel, Technology Panel, New Jersey At Large ADR Panel, and Trademark Panels, and for FINRA. She is a hearing officer for National Arbitration and Mediation (NAM), a member of the Global Panel for the Center on Dispute Resolution (CEDR), and a mediator for the Global Mediation Exchange Center. She is CEDR accredited and an IMI Certified mediator. She is a master mediator for the American Arbitration Association. She has spoken and trained widely for the AAA/ICDR conferences, CCA, PLI, ABA Dispute Resolution Section annual meetings, NJSBA, NJAPM, NYSBA, NJICLE. She is listed as only one of three New Jersey mediators in Who’s Who Legal, Mediation (2016-2017). She is an adjunct professor of ADR at Seton Hall Law School and an organizer of the mediation program and training for the NJ Bankruptcy Courts. She mediates for the New Jersey and New York Commercial courts and is a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Committee on Complimentary Dispute Resolution, and its Advisory Committee on Mediator Standards. She has published widely on both arbitration and mediation. She is a co-editor of the CCA’s Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration (4th Ed. 2017) and co-author of the chapter on Arbitrating Technology Cases: Considerations for Businesspeople and Advocates in Harrie Samaras (Ed.) ADR Advocacy, Strategies, and Practices for Intellectual Property and Technology Cases (ABA 2017). She has published widely on the topic of diversity in ADR. She graduated from Tufts University with a BA and received her JD magna cum laude from Boston University Law School, where she received the Melville Bigelow award for “the greatest promise as a teacher and scholar of the law”. She is a member of the New York and New Jersey Bars.