Charting a Course in Unfamiliar Waters - Tips for Winning Your Case in Arbitration

Thursday, December 5, 2019

More and more complex cases are being resolved through arbitration. And with the wide variety of arbitration procedures that are now available, arbitration can be a cost-effective way to resolve smaller disputes too. Litigators must know to effectively develop and present their cases in this new type of "litigation." From picking your arbitrator to closing arguments, this all-day seminar will bring together some of Louisiana's most experienced arbitrators and arbitration practitioners to provide both experienced lawyers and those new to arbitration with the information they need to try their best arbitration case.

Click ARBITRATION to download seminar flyer.
Registration Fees
Advance Registration ..... $320
After Nov. 29..... $345

The fee includes electronic course materials, seminar attendance and coffee/refreshment breaks.

Cancellation of registration must be received in writing by the LSBA no later than Nov. 29. Cancellations will receive a full refund, less a $25 administrative charge. Absolutely no refunds will be made after Nov. 29.

CLE CREDITS: This program has been approved for a maximum of 6 hours of CLE credits, including 1 hour of ethics.
Hotel Information:
Although the LSBA does not have a room block at the Hyatt Centric French Quarter Hotel, discount rates for LSBA members may be available. Contact: Carol Soler at (504) 266-6362 or email Be sure to mention Corporate Account # 95147. Availability is not guaranteed. Prevailing rates may apply.

For more information, contact: CLE Dept. at (800) 421-5722

Annette Buras               Bridget Berins
(504) 619-0102            (504) 619-0137    


Kelsey Kornick Funes • Phelps Dunbar • Baton Rouge
H. Bruce Shreves • Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn • New Orleans


8:00-8:30 a.m.

8:30-9:00 a.m. – (.5 credits)
The Pros and Cons of Different Types of Arbitration
Eric A. Kracht • Kracht Law Firm • Baton Rouge
M. David Kurtz • Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz • New Orleans

9:00-10:00 a.m. – (1 credit)

Prehearing Strategy
C. A. “Hap” Martin III • Shotwell, Brown & Sperry • Monroe

Kelly E. Theard • Deutsch Kerrigan • New Orleans

10:00-10:15 a.m.


10:15-11:00 a.m. – (.75 credits)
Discovery Issues in Arbitration
Richard J. Tyler • Jones Walker • New Orleans
Douglass F. Wynne • Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn • New Orleans

11:00-11:45 a.m. – (.75 credits)

An Overview of Employment Arbitration
M. Nan Alessandra • Phelps Dunbar • New Orleans
Denise M. Pilie • Denise M. Pilie Mediation • Mandeville

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)

1:15-2:00 p.m. – (.75 credits)

Protecting and Enforcing Your Arbitration Award
Emmett C. Sole • Stockwell, Sievert, Viccellio, Clements & Shaddock • Lake Charles

Christopher K. LeMieux • Riess LeMieux • New Orleans

2:00-3:15 p.m. – (1.25 credits)
Arbitration Musings - Common Mistakes Litigators Make in Arbitration
Moderator:        Kelsey Konick Funes • Phelps Dunbar • Baton Rouge
Panelists:          A. Dale Clary • The Long Law Firm • Baton Rouge
                        E. Phelps Gay • Christovich & Kearney • New Orleans
                        H. Bruce Shreves • Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn • New Orleans
                        Lloyd N. “Sonny” Shields • Shields Mott • New Orleans

3:15-3:30 p.m.

3:30-4:30 p.m. – (1 credit; Ethics)
Ethics in Arbitration
Ingeuneal C. Gray • American Arbitration Association • Houston, TX
Michael A. Patterson • The Long Law Firm • Baton Rouge



Those who plan and teach LSBA seminar are volunteers. Their generous contributions of time, talent and energy make this and every LSBA seminar a success. We deeply appreciate their work.

The LSBA continues to encourage all its members to participate in the preparation and presentation of LSBA CLE programs.

* Please contact the LSBA CLE Dept. if you have a disability which may require special accommodations at this program. The LSBA is committed to enduring full accessibility for all registrants. *

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New Orleans, LA 70130
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