Wed13Jul2016New Orleans, Louisiana
Mediation Versus Litigation: How to Successfully Avoid a Decade in Court
Mr. Baum traveled to the Big Easy to participate in a sports-themed ADR program, which was presented through the Federal Bar Association’s ADR Section and the New Orleans Chapter of the FBA. The first panel, to which Mr. Baum was a contributor, was entitled ADR in Sports – Turning Lose-Lose Disputes into Win-Win Resolution. Led by Professor Gabe Feldman of Tulane Law School, this panel focused on the uses of arbitration and mediation in sports industry disputes, along with the thrill of victory or agony of defeat in the outcomes. Among the topics addressed were the Tom Brady “deflategate” arbitration dispute, football concussion settlements, and baseball contracts cases.
Mr. Baum was a featured speaker in the second panel entitled Mediation Versus Litigation: How to Successfully Avoid a Decade in Court. This panel focused on mediation scenarios in an interactive program that highlighted techniques and orientations that will help advocates effectively represent parties in this facilitated negotiation. The panel discussed some of the benefits of mediation – creative deal-making, fostering understanding and party empowerment, enhancing the quality of communications, developing a clearer understanding of the court alternatives and other alternatives to a proposed deal, collaboration, and efficiency in a confidential process – and how to avoid lengthy litigation and find richer deals with more satisfied parties mediation.
In true New Orleans fashion, there was a good bit of fun to be had before and after the program (as you will see from the pictures).