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Archive for April, 2014

Distinguishing Discovery

Posted on April 23, 2014 by Steve Shapiro

  In the arbitration context, discovery requests vary greatly, none wider than the U.S. and European practice areas. At its heart, European practitioners have sculpted a discovery and arbitral process that is generally quicker and less expensive than US models. The European practice around discovery is focused on document requests and in turn careful analysis that drives the order of witnesses,...

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Why Spend So Much Effort in Preparing for the Preliminary Hearing

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Steve Shapiro

The Preliminary Hearing shapes the integrity and success of the entire dispute process. How parties prepare for an arbitral hearing, and how opposing counsel work together to clear through as many issues in advance of the hearing as possible, will shape the course of a successful prelim and provide the foundation for a solid and fair outcome. First and foremost, which you have probably accomplished...

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Back to the Table and Another Course: Problem Solving and Options

Posted on April 9, 2014 by Steve Shapiro

Tired of dining? I hope not – there is plenty of food for thought when planning this next table. If you have been following the outline you understand that counsel has presented the strengths of their case to the opposing side and the principal at the table has carefully begun to assess litigation risks. After the legal discussion, the principals discussed their business case, concerns, interests,...

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Taking a slight turn: My History in Conflict and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Posted on April 2, 2014 by Steve Shapiro

I wanted to share a brief history of how I moved into the world of conflict resolution and Alternative Dispute Resolution. I share this story not about me so much as about how powerful each of our personal stories can be in context to the changing world of our political times, the profession, and when we are clear about our personal goals and aspirations. My first introduction into the formal ADR...

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