The College of Commercial Arbitrators Presents: Hear Ye, Hear Ye – Thoughts for Conducting an Effective and Successful Hearing [Part 1]

Wednesday, 17 May 2023
12:00 PM Eastern Time / 9:00 AM Pacific Time (75 minutes)

Hosted on ZOOM by JURIS Conferences

This is the fourth installment of an ongoing series of webinars based on the topics and techniques found in the CCA Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration – Fourth Edition. Attendees will receive complimentary access to Chapter Eleven: The Hearing on the Merits. You can purchase The Guide with a 20% discount using the promotion below.


Click here to register and watch the recording complimentary on Zoom.

NYS CLE credit (transitional and non-transitional) in the Areas of Professional Practice (1.5 hours) and a general certificate of attendance will be provided upon request for all other jurisdictions.

Key Topics

  • What persuades arbitrators in briefs and at the evidentiary hearing?
  • The arbitration hearing is in a month. What should I be I be doing differently than I do for a court trial?
  • We’re having a Final Status Conference next week. How can I make the most of it?
  • Virtual hearings are here to stay. What are effective remote protocols?
  • Can the Arbitrator deny my client an in person hearing and require that we conduct the hearing remotely?    
  • Effective opening statements and persuasive direct witness presentation.

This program will include optional audience participation in a Q&A with panelists.


Thomas J. Brewer is a commercial arbitrator based in the Seattle area. His arbitration experience includes both domestic and international commercial arbitrations, with over 350 appointments as panel chair, neutral panelist arbitrator or sole arbitrator since becoming a full-time neutral in 2000.  He is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb). He is a member of the ICDR’s International Roster of arbitrators, the AAA’s Commercial, Construction and Large, Complex Case panels, and of the CPR Institute’s Cross-Border and National Panel of arbitrators. He is also a member of the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center’s Tech List of leading neutrals in the technology sector. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, Oxford University and the Harvard law School.

Nancy F. Lesser is the principal of Pax ADR LLC in Washington DC, and brings over 25 years of experience as a neutral to her dispute resolution practice. Ms. Lesser serves as a panelist on the Large Complex Commercial Disputes Panel of the American Arbitration Association; the Panel of Neutrals for the American Health Lawyers Association; and the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals for the Commercial, Banking, Accounting, Financial Services, and Real Estate Panels of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution. She is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. She serves as Chair of the Amtrak National Arbitration Panel, which hears disputes between Amtrak and the freight railroads nation wide.

Gilbert K. Squires is a global multicultural – multilingual – multidisciplinary servant leader – Double Board Certified Specialist (International Law; International Litigation and Arbitration) – International Arbitrator, Mediator, Business and Litigation Attorney. Mr. Squires is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA) and a Diplomate in the International Arbitration Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). He is a Fellow of the Florida and National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. As an Arbitrator, Mr. Quires is on the AAA and ICDR’s Rosters of Complex Business, Energy, Oil & Gas, Construction, Probate, Maritime, Emergency Interim Measures, and Joinder Arbitrations. He has acted as an Advocate in ICC, AAA, and ICDR arbitrations, ICC tribunal, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act expert. He also mediates complex commercial, domestic, and international matters.

Barbara A. Reeves is an arbitrator, mediator, and special master with JAMS in Los Angeles, California. She has more than 17 years’ experience arbitrating and mediating the range of commercial business disputes including intellectual property, antitrust, employment, construction, insurance coverage, and entertainment. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she clerked for the Ninth Circuit, was a trial attorney and section chief with the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, a partner in major law firms (Morrison & Foerster, Fried Frank, Paul Hastings) and associate general counsel at a major electric utility holding company.

Purchase The Guide

College of Commercial Arbitrators Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration – Fourth Edition

The fourth edition of the Guide provides practical guidance on conducting U.S.-based commercial arbitrations and international arbitrations throughout the world. With contributions by more than 70 prominent arbitrators, this book is an indispensable, authoritative reference work for those working and interested in commercial arbitration.

Conference registrants can purchase the CCA Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration with a 20% discount on print or digital format using the promotional code CCA20. 

*Promotional code only valid on orders made via publisher’s website with a credit card.

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