Motivation & Purpose
- As a practitioner for many years, Mr. Warren experienced what other counsel have experienced with respect to the arbitration process. Specifically, a number of good mediators are either not equipped to handle arbitrations or have developed adverse reputations as an arbitrator (but continue to be good mediators). Other good mediators are either uncomfortable handling arbitrations or have simply chosen not to for a variety of reasons, including potential impact on their mediation business. As a result, while there were many talented mediators out there, in a world in which the demand for arbitrators is on the rise, the level of comfort with those available is limited and diminishing.
- It has thus been clear that those dedicated to providing a fair and even-handed arbitration process to both sides are in short supply and that is where the need exists. Mr. Warren’s goal is to address that need by providing a fair and professional arbitration process to both sides in every dispute.
Matters Arbitrated Include the Following:
- Employment matters of all kinds
- Business disputes
- Commercial leasing and agreement matters
- Real estate and brokerage disputes
- Consumer actions
- Personal injury/torts
- Professional liability
Arbitration is each party’s “day in court.” It is the opportunity for both sides to be heard, evidence and arguments considered, and an informed decision reached. Mr. Warren is a supporter of zealous advocacy in an environment of mutual respect. Arbitration is intended to facilitate prompt resolution, so Mr. Warren works with the parties to facilitate time frames for completion of reasonable discovery, without unnecessary delay. The nature and extent of discovery will normally be addressed at our first scheduling conference (usually within 45 days after disclosures are complete and accepted by the parties). Counsel for the parties are involved in the selection of viable hearing dates. While continuances can occur for good cause, they are disfavored.
Mr. Warren favors resolution of discovery disputes via letter brief and early conference call to allow for prompt ruling and elimination of the disputed issue. If necessary pertaining to significant issues, additional argument may be requested telephonically or, as to significant matters, in person.
We are amenable to use of the rules and procedures elected by the parties, including AAA Rules, California statutes or as the parties shall have agreed in the arbitration agreement or at the time of arbitrator selection. Regardless of the rules applied, we believe in zealous advocacy with civility and an even playing field for the parties.