The author is a partner in the law firm of Hollyer Brady Smith Troxell Barrett Rockett Hines & Mone LLP, in New York City. He has been a practicing attorney for more than 30 years, concentrating in the areas of dispute resolution, securities, investment companies and business and construction transactions. He is an experienced arbitrator and mediator and is a member of the Board of Directors of the AAA, a member of its Executive Committee and chair of its Standing Committee on Budget, Administration and Finance.
Probably the most vital aspect of an arbitration— aside from the procedure itself—is the selection of the neutral by the parties. The implication for ADR administering organizations is clear: Organizations such as the AAA bear a great responsibility in recruiting highly qualified arbitrators from diverse backgrounds. William Barrett takes an exhaustive look at the characteristics of the ideal roster of neutrals and also considers the role of the AAA in assembling, training and maintaining such a panel.