Arbitration, a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), is a technique for the resolution of disputes outside the courts. The parties to a dispute refer it to arbitration by one or more persons (the “arbitrators”, “arbiters” or “arbitral tribunal”), and agree to be bound by the arbitration decision (the “award”). A third party reviews the evidence in the case and imposes a decision that is legally binding on both sides and enforceable in the courts.

Other forms of ADR include mediation (a form of settlement negotiation facilitated by a neutral third party) and non-binding resolution by experts. Arbitration is often used for the resolution of commercial disputes, particularly in the context of international commercial transactions. In certain countries such as the United States, arbitration is also frequently employed in consumer and employment matters, where arbitration may be mandated by the terms of employment or commercial contracts.

Arbitration, a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), is a technique for the resolution of disputes outside the courts. The parties to a dispute refer it to arbitration by one or more persons (the “arbitrators”, “arbiters” or “arbitral tribunal”), and agree to be bound by the arbitration decision (the “award”). A third party reviews the evidence in the case and imposes a decision that is legally binding on both sides and enforceable in the courts.[1]

Other forms of ADR include mediation (a form of settlement negotiation facilitated by a neutral third party) and non-binding resolution by experts. Arbitration is often used for the resolution of commercial disputes, particularly in the context of international commercial transactions. In certain countries such as the United States, arbitration is also frequently employed in consumer and employment matters, where arbitration may be mandated by the terms of employment or commercial contracts.

BURDIN ARBITRATORS

Anne Ashby

Anne served as District Court Judge for the 134th District Court in Dallas County for 20 years. She tried more than 244 jury trials to verdict and presided over hundreds of bench trials and thousands of hearings covering civil and commercial litigations. Her universal experience brings a wealth of knowledge and reality to the arbitration and mediation process.

Suzanne Duvall

Award-winning neutral, trainer, arbitrator and community leader, practicing and serving the Bench and Bar for over 25 years. Faculty member, trainer and lecturer for many dispute resolution and educational organizations, including the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association.

Kathy Fragnoli

Nationally recognized neutral and trainer in labor, Title VII, EEOC and business matters. Has conducted more than 200 arbitrations nationwide. Active as a labor arbitrator for the U.S. Postal Service as well as municipalities and corporations. Trainer of mediators under contract to the Pentagon.

Marty Lowy

Marty served as Civil District Court Judge of the 101st District Court in Dallas County for 7 years and presided over more than 150 jury trials. In 2010 he was named Trial Judge of the Year by the Dallas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Judge Lowy has a reputation for preparing thoroughly and quickly grasping complex facts and subtle legal issues.

Michael Penick

Adjunct Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University School of Law, where he teaches the medical malpractice course of study. He has in the past and continues to write and lecture extensively in the area of medical malpractice and nursing home litigation. Penick has chaired various state bar events and is the author of Volume 44 and Volume 44A of West’s Texas Practice Series, entitled Medical Malpractice.

Ken Rubenstein

Has practiced law in Texas since 1985. He has served as an arbitrator and a mediator, having conducted more than 3,500 mediations since 1993. He has received appointments as a federal court receiver and frequently serves as a guardian ad litem. He was selected by his peers as one of Texas’s Super Lawyers for 2008 in the mediation field.

Sid Stahl

In mediation/arbitration practice for 20 years; distinguished alumnus of SMU School of Law; conducted mediations and arbitrations nationwide; former Dallas City Councilman; civic leader and board member of many non-profits, the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association; recipient of numerous awards for community and legal service.

Mel Wolovits

Mel is an experienced “Trial Attorney – Mediator”, with a Broad Range of experiences in Business, Education, and many areas of Law. Mel “wears a velvet glove on his iron fist”. That is – Mel uses his knowledge and experiences with diplomacy, tact and reason to resolve disputes rationally, but if necessary he will be forceful without leaving marks.