Don Philbin is an attorney-mediator, negotiation consultant and trainer, and arbitrator. He has resolved disputes and crafted deals for more than 20 years as a commercial litigator, general counsel and president of communications and technology-related companies. Don has mediated hundreds of matters in a wide variety of substantive areas and serves as an arbitrator on several panels. He is an adjunct professor at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law School, Chair of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section’s Negotiation Committee, and a member of the ADR Section Council of the State Bar of Texas. Don is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Dispute Resolution), The Best Lawyers in San Antonio, and the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
Umpiring errors reached comic proportions in the recently completed World Series, highlighting the fact that people regularly make decisional errors. There are many reasons for this and a variety of dispute resolution processes that can be tailored to fit the specific fuss in a cost-effective way.
Umpiring errors were a bigger story in the recently completed World Series than the New York Yankees’ record-setting 27th pennant. Decision errors reached comic proportion in game four of the American League playoffs in Anaheim. In what ESPN dubbed “the worst umpiring performance at an Angels game since Leslie Nielsen in The Naked Gun,”1 third-base umpire Tim McClelland called Yankee Nick Swisher safe when he was out, out when he was safe, and “blew an obvious call on what should have been a double play at third base.” McClelland could not even explain why he missed what seemed obvious with the benefit of instant replay.