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<xTITLE>Arbitration Conversation No. 46: Arbitrator, Mediator, and Trainer DeAndra Roaché of Cynergis ADR</xTITLE>

Arbitration Conversation No. 46: Arbitrator, Mediator, and Trainer DeAndra Roaché of Cynergis ADR

by DeAndra Roaché, Amy Schmitz
February 2021

In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews DeAndra Roaché, an experienced arbitrator, mediator, and trainer, as well as the founder of Cynergis ADR, about arbitration in the railroad industry and how railroad arbitration proceeds.

 

Biography


DeAndra Roaché

 

DeAndra Roaché is a professional full-time neutral specializing in arbitration, mediation, and fact-finding of various disputes such as labor, employment, financial securities, construction, consumer, and other business disputes. She conducts arbitrations and mediations via in-person and virtual/online formats. Ms. Roaché works with companies, court systems, and individuals in various industries to assist with their conflict resolution and conflict management needs. Ms. Roaché is also the Founder and President of Cynergis Dispute Resolution Services, an ADR practice that specializes in conflict resolution and conflict management services. Ms. Roaché amassed significant and progressive experience in Financial Securities, Corporate, Contract, and Labor & Employment laws while working at major global law firms in Washington, DC. She has managed numerous high-profile cases; corporate formations, dissolutions, closings: Initial Public Offerings (IPOs); and major SEC regulatory registrations for Fortune 500 companies, industry leaders, sector innovators, and business entrepreneurs. Ms. Roaché served as financial securities subject matter expert/liaison to one major firm’s Asian-Pacific offices as well as the liaison to their domestic corporate and litigation legal teams regarding financial securities matters.



Additionally, Ms. Roaché worked as a labor relations professional in the Washington, DC corporate office of “America’s Railroad”- Amtrak. She amassed extensive experience in the Labor/Collective Bargaining, Arbitration and Mediation processes unique to the railroad industry as administered under the Railway Labor Act (RLA), such as Public Law Boards, Special Boards of Adjustment, Interest Arbitrations, Presidential Emergency Boards, Grievance Mediation and proceedings through the National Railroad Adjustment Board of the National Mediation Board. Ms. Roaché serves on several arbitration and mediation panels/rosters including the AAA, FMCS, NMB, FINRA, CPR, and others.



In addition to over a decade of labor and employee relations experience, Ms. Roaché holds a Master's degree in Conflict Resolution and was trained in labor relations at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations-ILR/Scheinman Institute. She is currently a 2020/21 NAA Arbitrator SALON Fellow with the DC/Mid-Atlantic Region of the National Academy of Arbitrators and a distinguished AAA 2015/16 Judge Higginbotham Jr. Fellow. She is also a certified Workplace Mediator & Trainer and Dispute Resolution Board certified.

 


Professor Amy Schmitz joined the University of Missouri School of Law and the Center for Dispute Resolution as the Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor of Law in 2016. Previously she was a Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law for over 16 years. Prior to teaching, Professor Schmitz practiced law with large law firms in Seattle and Minneapolis, and served as a law clerk for the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.  Professor Schmitz teaches courses in Contracts, Lawyering, Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), AI, Data Analytics and the Law, Arbitration, International Arbitration, and Consumer Law. She has been heavily involved in ODR teaching and research for a long time and is a Fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, as well as the Co-Chair of the ABA Technology Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section and the ODR Task Force.  She serves on the Association of American Law Schools Executive Committee on Commercial and Consumer Law, was an External Scientific Fellow of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg, and is a researcher with the ACT Project exploring AI and ODR. Professor Schmitz has published over 50 articles in law journals and books, and a book, The New Handshake: Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Consumer Protection, with Colin Rule.