The "Inside Players" Discuss the Cutting-edge Issues in Cross-border Litigation and Arbitration

San Francisco Presentation


International Arbitration and Commercial Litigation + Trial

Morrison & Foerster LLP 
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James M. Schurz

James M. Schurz


The leaders of four of the top global dispute resolution centers join our practice leaders to discuss:

  • Threshold Decision: Are you better off litigating in a foreign court or in an international arbitration? Is arbitration really cheaper and quicker?

  • IP: Is it time to reconsider Silicon Valley's traditional reluctance to arbitrate IP disputes?

  • Choosing Your Provider, Venue and Arbitrator: Which provider and venue best suit your needs? What are the optimal arbitrator characteristics for your case?

  • Ethical Issues: What can you ethically discuss when interviewing a prospective arbitrator? How far can/should you go in challenging arbitrators at the outset or at the conclusion? Do the ethics rules differ by country?

  • China: What are the special challenges when litigating with your Chinese business partner?

  • Discovery: What are the challenges and opportunities in obtaining discovery from your foreign adversary? How do you compensate for the absence of depositions in an arbitration? How do you rationalize the U.S. lawyer's ethical obligations in discovery with the arbitration world's acceptance of holding back harmful evidence?

  • Arbitration Trial: What are the biggest distinctions in presentation of evidence in an arbitration as compared to a U.S. trial? How should the U.S. lawyer tone down her style in the rarefied world of international arbitration?

  • Ancillary U.S. Litigation: How can a U.S. lawsuit or a 28 USC §1782 motion aid your foreign court proceeding or international arbitration?

  • Enforcement: How can you increase your odds of a foreign court enforcing your favorable court judgment or arbitral award against a local company?


  • Chiann Bao, Secretary-General
    Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)

  • Josefa Sicard-Mirabal, Director, Arbitration and ADR
    North America, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

  • Richard Naimark, Senior Vice President
    International Centre for Dispute Resolution/American Arbitration Association (ICDR/AAA)

  • Robert B. Davidson, Director of Arbitration Practice, JAMS

  • Lester Schiefelbein, Vice President & Chief Counsel
    Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space

  • Cedric Chao, Co-Chair
    Morrison & Foerster International Litigation and Arbitration Practice (Moderator)

  • James Schurz, Co-Chair
    Morrison & Foerster Commercial Litigation Practice

  • Grant Kim, Member
    Morrison & Foerster International Litigation and Arbitration Practice

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