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New Book on Business ADR

by F. Peter Phillips
August 2016

Business Conflict Blog by Peter Phillips

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The ABA Business Law Section has about 50 substantive committees, many of which include subcommittees addressing dispute resolution in their field.  In the past several months, many members of these various entities undertook a collaborative effort to “cut across the solos.” The result is a unique  new volume titled ADR Deskbook for the Business Lawyer: A Cross-Disciplinary Workbook.

An introduction by immediate past ABA President Paulette Brown sets the tone by encouraging the increased use of “forms of mediation and arbitration that return us to the essential, direct and straightforward way of helping clients do business efficiently.”  Chapters include studies of dispute resolution methods in employment (Hugh Christie and Joe Semo), Bankruptcy and Restructuring (Timothy Bow, Howard Brownstein, Jerry Markowitz and Scott Stuart), Mergers and Acquisitions (John Levitske and Steve Knee), Family Business Divorce (Steve Knee), IP (Kristine Dorrain, Sandra Partridge and Ryan Isenberg), Public Infrastructure Projects (Deborah Mastin), Futures and Derivatives (William Nissen and Louis Burke); Sports (Richard Pound); and proceedings under the innovative Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act. (Blake Rohrbacher).

Authoritative legal associations such as the American Bar Association often attract gifted minds that too seldom confer with each other.  I was honored to be trusted by these terrific authors to edit and contribute to this book, and hope that future editions include chapters from more and more fields of business law.

Biography


F. Peter Phillips is a commercial arbitrator and mediator with substantial experience providing consultation on the management of business disputes to companies around the globe.

A cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and a magna cum laude graduate of New York Law School, Mr. Phillips served for nearly ten years as Senior Vice President of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR Institute). During that time, he earned a reputation as an author, teacher, industry liaison, and systems designer for the avoidance, management and resolution of complex and sophisticated business conflicts.

In 2008, Mr. Phillips formed Business Conflict Management LLC (BCM) in order to offer his direct services as a neutral and a consultant. Through BCM, Mr. Phillips also continues his career as a highly sought-after public speaker, facilitator and instructor.



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