An Arbitrator's View of WRITING BRIEFS - Dispute Resolution Journal - Vol. 54, No. 1
Matthew M. Franckiewicz
Matthew M. Franckiewicz is a labor arbitrator with offices near Pittsburgh and Cleveland, and is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. He is the author of Winning at the NLRB (BNA Books, 1995).
Do you really need to supply a post-hearing brief in a case that involves, for example, “the proper rate of pay for Sunday overtime,” or would a good closing argument do the trick? In this article, the author looks at the pros and cons of submitting briefs in labor arbitrations, and offers some practical advice on how to present a brief to your best advantage.
This article focuses on brief writing in labor arbitration cases,1 and the implications it holds for advocates addressing labor arbitrators.
In general, briefs are filed in about eight out of 10 labor arbitration cases,2 and the trend is growing.3