Richard P. Byrne, Esq. Invited To Speak at the 2018 ABA Annual Meeting


New York, NY (July 30, 2018) – NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) is proud to announce that Richard P. Byrne, Esq. has been invited to speak at the 2018 American Bar Association (ABA) Annual Meeting in Chicago, taking place August 2-7. Thousands of legal professionals from across the country are expected to attend. The 6-day national event offers an opportunity for legal professionals to promote issues of importance as well as a learning experience from leading colleagues. For 140 years, the ABA has maintained a commitment to eliminating bias, enhancing diversity and advancing the rule of law by defining liberty and pursuing justice. This year's meeting presents the special opportunity to come together and recognize the enduring mission of the ABA.

NAM Presents to the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section

As part of the conference program, Mr. Byrne will be a panelist on the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) program The Future of Arbitration: Is It So Bright You Have to Wear Shades? Workplace Arbitration Agreements in the Wake of Murphy Oil. With more than 60 million workers in the U.S subject to mandatory arbitration in employment contracts, the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis significantly impacts employers who have included or would like to include class action waivers in arbitration agreements that employees are required to sign as a condition of employment. On May 21, the justices ruled by a 5-4 vote that employers aren't violating the National Labor Relations Act by including class wavier provisions in arbitration agreements workers must sign as a condition of their employment. The Supreme Court's decision will ultimately influence how employer-employee disputes are resolved in the future – and how it will affect the ADR industry. Special focus will be placed on impact to the arbitration of labor and employment disputes, insurance disputes and commercial disputes.

Roy Israel, President and CEO of NAM stated, “As a highly-respected and well-regarded neutral, Richard Byrne is eminently qualified to address how the high court's decision for mandatory arbitration clauses in employment contracts will affect Alternative Dispute Resolution. NAM is honored that a leading legal organization like the ABA has invited Richard to participate in this year's program.”

The CLE presentation will be held on Friday, August 3, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Mr. Byrne will be joined by Adam Fuller (Moderator), Manna & Diamond, LLC, May Ewing, Corporate Counsel – Dispute Resolution Services, Allstate Insurance Company, Daniel Hemel, University of Chicago Law School and Heidi Roll, Staff Adjustment Service, Inc. Additional information about the conference can be found here.

Richard P. Byrne, Esq. is available to mediate cases throughout the United States.

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Founded in 1992, NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) is recognized for its superb customer service and exceptional panel of arbitrators and mediators. For the third year in a row, NAM was named the Best ADR Firm in the United States by the 2018 National Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey and was also was voted the #1 National ADR Provider by the 2018 Corporate Counsel Best of Survey. Further, seven of NAM's neutrals were named National Law Journal 2018 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champions as part of a select group of only 46 nationwide. The New York Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey selected NAM as the No. 1 ADR firm for the past seven years. NAM was also voted a “Best Overall ADR Provider” in the 2018 Best of the Midwest and 2017 New Jersey Law Journal annual surveys.

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