I grew up in Houston, Texas. My mother was a respected school secretary and my father a police officer who started on street patrol and left the Department as Acting Chief. I learned from him the value of hard work, perseverance, and never doing less than your very best. In college, my political science degree qualified me for graduate school or flipping burgers, so I went to law school. During college, I read an article about a woman who had been sexually harassed. I realized then that the way we treat each other in the workplace says a lot about our underlying values, and decided Richard bales biography I wanted to learn more about the laws governing the workplace. I chose Cornell for law school because its School of Industrial and Labor Relations allowed me to focus on labor/employment relations at the same time I was earning my law degree....
I have 30 years of experience as a law professor and arbitrator, with a focus on labor and employment disputes. My guiding principles are to listen intently to both sides, keep an open mind, and respect all participants.
I am a faculty member at Ohio Northern University Law School, where I teach a wide variety of labor/employment and ADR courses, Torts, and Civil Procedure. I have published more than eighty scholarly articles and authored or co-authored eight books on a variety of topics related to labor/employment/ADR.
My most recent scholarship focuses on labor arbitration awards related to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a neutral, I provide dispute resolution services primarily through arbitration and fact-finding, and I conduct ADR training both in the U.S. and throughout the world.
Online hearings: I have run literally hundreds of classes and hearings online, and am proficient at moving participants in and out of breakout rooms and sharing documents, videos, and other material during the hearing. I’m happy to set up and run the hearing and do not charge extra for it. Advocates do not need to worry about handling documents during the hearing because I will do that for them if they wish. I prefer Zoom but will use other platforms if agreed by the parties.
In-person hearings: I am available for in-person hearings and am willing to travel anywhere for the convenience of the parties. My offices are in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Travel time and expenses are calculated from my nearest office.