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Panel Debate on Nonbinding Arbitration

December 20, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Live GoToWebinar
$50 for ADR Section Members

Live GoToWebinar presented by Anne  Cristina Magee, Esq. (panelist); and, Chardean M. Hill, Esq., (panelist). Course number and 1.0 General CLE credit pending approval. ADR Section members register for only $50. Registration opens soon.

Wonder why some courts order cases to BOTH mediation and non-binding arbitration? Do you think one or both are a waste of time and money? Join us at noon on Dec. 20 as we do a side-by-side comparison of the pros and cons of each of these dispute resolution processes, what is expected of neutrals during each process, including ethical considerations stemming from court orders mandating both processes, and share suggested best practices.

Our distinguished panelists will answer the following questions:

    1. Describe the greatest benefit of non-binding arbitration
    2. Describe the greatest benefit of mediation
    3. What is the most glaring disadvantage of non-binding arbitration
    4. What is the most glaring disadvantage of mediation
    5. If this doesn’t come up in the discussion of the above, why do some attorneys view non-binding arbitration as a waste of time and money?
    6. What ethical considerations arise in hybrid orders where both processes are ordered by a court – discuss MEAC considerations
    7. Should one of these processes be conducted before the other? Does it matter?– which and why
    8. Describe the best practices imposed on a Neutral with respect to each process
    9. Describe the best types of cases to use NBA?  Best suited for mediation?

Image of a smiling woman (Patricia Thompson)Patricia H. Thompson, Esq. is an experienced JAMS arbitrator and mediator concentrating her practice in construction claims, employment discrimination, wage and non-compete disputes, fidelity and business insurance coverage analysis, and other complex commercial disputes. Regularly listed in The Best Lawyers in AmericaChambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Business LawyersThe International Who’s Who of Construction and Business Lawyers, Ms. Thompson is a fellow of both the American College of Construction Lawyers and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a member of Arbitral Women.

Christina MageeCristina Magee, Esq., Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil, Appellate and County Mediator, and Qualified Arbitrator, has over two decades of experience representing corporate and individual defendants, insurance companies and injured parties.  That experience includes a decade-plus as inside claims counsel for a major insurance company, resolving numerous exposures, primarily via mediation and negotiated settlements.  She is the founding principal for Brevard Mediation Services, LLC, established in 2011, and restricts her practice to mediation, arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution.  She also appears on the roster of Mediators for the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida.   Ms. Magee is a member of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators, and a diplomate of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.   In addition to Chairing the ADR Section, she has served on the Executive Council for the ADR Section of the Florida Bar, where she received the ADR Legend award, is a Master in her local Inn of Court chapter, and proudly views the co-creation and establishment of the ADR Section of the Florida Bar’s Mentoring Academy for Mediators as a crowning achievement.  She has been designated as an Expert Service Provider for the Insurance Industry by AMBest annually since 2017.

Chardean HillChardean Mavis Hill, Esquire is a sole-practitioner and owner of CMH Law & Dispute Resolution, LLC located in Brandon, Florida. She opened her own firm in May 2019, where her focus is on alternative dispute resolution, primarily mediations and arbitrations. She also does legal ethics defense and risk management for Florida lawyers, and represents applicants for admission before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. She is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil, Family, and County Court Mediator and a Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator. She has mediated or arbitrated disputes involving small claims, landlord-tenant, contract & indebtedness, insurance subrogation claims, commercial evictions, personal injury, probate, guardianship, first-party and third-party insurance claims, and hurricane damage. She also lectures on a variety of ethics topics for various local bar associations and law schools.