2009 Arbitration and Mediation Guest-Bloggers at Disputing

During 2009, we were honored to post contributions from several law professors and practitioners. Some wrote guest-posts, others submitted comments via e-mail, and yet others alerted us of important developments in the ADR area. We would like to thank our blog contributors for improving Disputing‘s legal scholarship! If you are interested in submitting materials for Disputing, please e-mail us at: victoria@karlbayer.com.

Check out our 2009 blog contributors! (you may read their commentary by following the link after their bio)






Audrey L. Maness is an associate in the Houston office of Weil Gotshal & Manges, and focuses her practice on patent litigation. In 2004, Ms. Maness graduated from Central Michigan University with a B.S. in Economics. Ms. Maness earned her J.D. at Pepperdine University School of Law, graduating summa cum laude in 2007. While at Pepperdine, Ms. Maness served as a Note and Comment Editor for the Pepperdine Law Review and as a research assistant for Dean Ken Starr. Following graduation, Ms. Maness clerked for the Honorable Steven M. Colloton, Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She can be reached at: audrey.maness@weil.com. (read the post here)

Don Philbin is a mediator, negotiation consultant and trainer, arbitrator, and attorney based in San Antonio. He has resolved disputes and crafted deals for more than 20-years as a commercial litigator, general counsel, and president of $100M-plus 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, including CPR’s Panels of Distinguished Neutrals.

He is an adjunct professor at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law School, holds a B.A. (business) from Trinity University, an executive M.B.A. from The University of Texas at San Antonio, and a J.D. and LL.M. (dispute resolution) from Pepperdine University School of Law. Don is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Alternative Dispute Resolution; Woodward/White 2007, 2008, 2009). He may be contacted at don.philbin@ADRtoolbox.com. (read the posts here)






source: Federal Bar Association

The Honorable W. Royal Furgeson, Jr. received a B.A. from Texas Tech University in 1964 and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1967. He was in the United States Army Captain from 1967 to 1969. He was an Assistant county attorney of County Attorney’s Office, Lubbock, Texas in 1969. He was a law clerk, Hon. Halbert O. Woodward, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas from 1969 to 1970. He was in private practice in El Paso, Texas from 1970 to 1993.

Furgeson was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. Furgeson was nominated by President Bill Clinton on November 19, 1993, to a new seat created by 104 Stat. 5089. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 10, 1994, and received his commission on March 11, 1994. He assumed senior status on November 30, 2008. (read the posts here)


John C. Fleming practices in the area of banking, financial services, regulatory and administrative law, governmental relations, commercial litigation and arbitration. His clients include banks, thrift institutions, life insurance companies, investment advisers and securities firms. Prior to joining Hays & Owens, Mr. Fleming served four years as General Counsel to the Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending which oversees and regulates state chartered thrift institutions, mortgage brokers and mortgage bankers.


He is an adjunct professor at The University of Texas School of Law and a frequent speaker on arbitration, banking and mortgage law topics. Mr. Fleming is Vice-Chair of the Regulatory and Compliance Committee of the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association, and is a nominee to become a new director of the Texas Association of Bank Counsel. The American Arbitration Association honored him with the 2008 President’s Award for Leadership in Conflict Management in recognition for his work in arbitration, mediation, and education; he also serves on the Commercial Arbitrator Roster. Mr. Fleming is a past Chair of the State Bar of Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. (read the posts here)


Peter S. Vogel is a trial partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP where he is Chair of the Electronic Discovery Group and Co-Chair of the Technology Industry Team. Before practicing law he worked as a computer programmer, received a Masters in Computer Science, and taught graduate courses in information systems. For 12 years he served as the founding Chair of the Texas Supreme Court on Judicial Information Technology which is responsible for helping automate the Texas court system and putting Internet on the desktops of all 3,200 judges.

Peter has taught courses on the Law of eCommerce at the SMU Dedman School of Law since 2000. Many of Peter’s topics are discussed on his blog www.vogelitlawblog.com. (read the posts here)

Philip J. Loree Jr. is a partner in the boutique law firm of Loree & Loree, which focuses its practice on reinsurance dispute resolution and commercial and industry arbitration. Prior to forming Loree & Loree, Mr. Loree was a partner in the Litigation Departments of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP and Rosenman & Colin LLP. He was also a Shareholder in Stevens & Lee, P.C.’s Litigation Department.

Mr. Loree is also blogmaster of the Loree Reinsurance and Arbitration Law Forum, where he frequently comments on issues pertinent to reinsurance, and commercial and industry ADR. He is owner and co-founder (with Karl BayerDon PhilbinRobert Bear, and Victoria VanBuren ) of LinkedIn’s Commercial and Industry Arbitration and Mediation Group, which provides an open forum for the discussion of commercial, industry and consumer ADR. (read the posts here)







Alan Scott Rau is the Burg Family Professor of law at The University of Texas. He received his BA and LLB from Harvard University. Professor Rau teaches and writes in the areas of Contracts and Alternative Dispute Resolution (particularly Arbitration). He is co-author of Processes of Dispute Resolution: The Role of Lawyers (3rd ed., 2002); ADR and Arbitration: Statutes and Commentary (West, 1998), and Cases and Materials on Contracts (West, 2nd ed. 1992), and the author of several articles, including most recently “The Arbitrability Question Itself” (American Review of International Arbitration, 1999); “La Contractualisation de l’Arbitrage: Le Modele Americain” (Revue de l’Arbitrage, 2001), and “All You Need to Know About Separability in Seventeen Simple Propositions” (American Review of InternationalArbitration, 2003). He serves on the Commercial and International Panels of the American Arbitration Association, and has been a visiting faculty member at the University of Toronto, China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, Willamette University College of Law, the University of Geneva; and the Universities of Paris-I and Paris-II. (read the posts here)




Peter Friedman is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School, where he teaches Contracts and Core Concepts. Peter also teaches U.S. Contract Law at the University of Windsor and the Universiteit van Amsterdam. He is currently on leave from the Case Western University School of Law, where he has been on the faculty since January 1996. Prior to his entry into academia, Peter practiced law for eleven years as a commercial litigator in New York City, most recently as a partner in the New York City office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. He graduated with his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1984 and his A.B. in Ancient Greek and Latin from Brown University in 1981.

Peter also writes a blog, Ruling Imagination: Law and Creativity, which explores the ways law affects creative endeavors and the ways creativity informs the practice of law. Prior to beginning Ruling Imagination, he authored What is Fair Use?, a blog exploring issues pertaining to copyright and fair use. (read the posts here)






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