Front & Center: Chairing an Arbitration - Dispute Resolution Journal - Vol. 60, No. 3

Judith B. Ittig
Michael J. Bayard
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6 pages
August, 2005
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Attorney Michael J. Bayard is a full-time construction arbitrator, mediator and project neutral. He is a member of the AAA’s Master Arbitrator Roster and currently chairs the AAA’s Construction Advisory Committee for the Los Angeles Region. He also is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California, where he teaches “construction management” in the graduate program in real estate development. Mr. Bayard may be reached toll free at (800) 652-2927 or at

Judith B. Ittig practices law in Washington, D.C. She is also an arbitrator and mediator, serving on the AAA’s panels for construction, commercial and international cases, as well as the large, complex case panel. She was recently named to the AAA’s National Construction Master Arbitrator Roster. Mrs. Ittig has been on the AAA’s arbitrator training faculty since 1996, and she helped develop the two-day advanced arbitrator training course. She may be contacted at

The chair of an arbitration panel has a unique role. Two experienced arbitrators, who have chaired many panels and served together, outline their shared ideas about the chair’s special responsibilities and obligations and how to carry them out.