COLUMBIA, SC — Parker Poe partner Jim Werner shared his expertise on arbitration and avoiding litigation during the annual East Coast meeting of the International Institute of Conflict Resolution and Prevention held Feb. 20-22 at Charleston Place in Charleston.
Werner shared the conference agenda with internationally respected experts that included keynote speaker Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court and now an adjudicator for the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Columbia-based Werner heads the firm’s Commercial & Construction practice and has extensive experience in the courtroom and before arbitrators, mediators and boards of contract appeals. Werner is a frequent speaker at programs for lawyers and industry groups on topics including construction, government contracts, environmental, surety and fidelity, and litigation issues.
“This was an exciting opportunity for Parker Poe to share our experience and insight in Alternative Dispute Resolution with colleagues from around the country gathered together by the CPR, the undisputed leader in this field of endeavor,” Werner said.
Werner was a presenter in a panel discussion titled “Jurisdictional Differences in ADR-III: Industry Perspectives.” He focused on the expansion of court-ordered mediation in most state and federal jurisdictions across the country and the differences between those mediation programs. The discussion included the use of arbitration in consumer claims to avoid costly class actions.
CPR is the leading independent resource helping global business and their lawyers resolve complex commercial disputes more cost effectively and efficiently. In 1979, CPR started this legacy by being the first to bring together Corporate Counsel and their firms to find ways to lower the cost of litigation. Since that time, CPR has changed the way the world resolves conflict by being the first to develop an ADR Pledge©. Today, this Pledge obliges over 4,000 operating companies and 1,500 law firms to explore alternative dispute resolution options before pursuing litigation. For more information, please visit www.cpradr.org.
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Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP has more than 200 attorneys in five offices located in major markets across North Carolina and South Carolina. The Firm provides legal counsel to large commercial and public organizations on litigation, corporate and regulatory matters. It is an award-winning leader in the use of technology to provide better and more efficient service to domestic and international clients.