Many people – including many lawyers – assume that the same skill set involved in litigating cases must also apply to arbitration.
However, litigation and arbitration are not the same. Arbitration plays by a different set of rules, which greatly affects the strategy that should be employed in a particular matter, and the advice rendered by counsel. In addition, many issues are unique to arbitration but often are not considered or addressed in the parties’ arbitration agreement. A lawyer with substantial arbitration experience is better able to effectively and efficiently counsel a client through the unfamiliar arbitration process, and position the client for a successful outcome.
The members of Pepper Hamilton’s Arbitration Group have this type of knowledge and experience. They have arbitrated numerous cases before the leading arbitration institutions in the United States and around the world. These include the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and its International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), JAMS, the National Arbitration Forum (FORUM), the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the LCIA India, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, and FINRA, to name a few.
Members of the group also have wide-ranging experience with ad hoc arbitrations – those not administered by any institutional organization, where the parties and their counsel must themselves determine the rules and procedures governing and other aspects of the proceeding. The vast experience and “deep bench” of highly skilled practitioners at Pepper provides clients with the unique, creative and effective advice necessary to succeed in any type of arbitration.
Pepper and its lawyers are thought leaders in the fields of domestic and international arbitration. In addition to their busy practices in the area, Pepper’s lawyers write and speak frequently on cutting-edge issues relating to arbitration law. Also, a number of Pepper’s senior partners – including a former federal judge with more than 28 years of experience on the bench – either serve as neutral arbitrators or mediators for some of the institutions referenced above, or teach arbitration and mediation techniques to other lawyers and to law students. Pepper encourages its lawyers to serve as private and court-appointed arbitrators and mediators, and our clients benefit from these lawyers’ experiences and their insider’s knowledge and perspective with respect to the arbitral process and the most effective practices and methods that can be used to achieve our clients’ goals and objectives.