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Class Arbitration

  • Tuesday, January 22, 2013
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • King & Spalding LLP, 1185 Ave. of Americas (at 46th St), NYC


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Association for Conflict Resolution, Greater New York Chapter (ACR-GNY)


Class Arbitration

Please join us at a panel discussion of Class Arbitration, with a particular focus on the two cases being heard this term by the U.S. Supreme Court on class arbitration.

Panelists will include Robert B. Davidson, the Director of JAMS Arbitration Practice, and Jennifer Cabrera Cammarota, a Manhattan-based attorney advising clients on matters relating to international commercial litigation and arbitration, moderated by James Rhodes, litigator, arbitrator and mediator with extensive international and domestic experience with introduction by James Berger, a partner in the international arbitration group at King & Spalding, LLP.

See bios below.

Robert B. Davidson is formerly a partner in the firm of Baker & McKenzie, retired in 2003 to become a full-time arbitrator and mediator and the Director of JAMS Arbitration Practice. He has acted as an arbitrator in over 150 arbitrations, both domestic and international, and mediated in excess of 100 disputes. Among other listings, he is listed in the 2011 and 2012 Chambers (U.S.A.) directories as one of the country’s leading international arbitrators (Tier 1), and is listed in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation 2012. He has sat as sole arbitrator, chair of tripartite panels and as a party-appointed arbitrator in arbitrations administered by all of the major arbitral institutions, including JAMS, the AAA, the ICDR, the ICC, CPR, the LCIA, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, CIETAC, the Netherlands Arbitration Institute,  and in various ad hoc arbitrations. He specializes in commercial cases, including acquisition and merger post-closing disputes, intellectual property matters (patents and trademarks), construction matters, insurance and reinsurance disputes, distributor terminations, sales of goods, and other commercial matters. He lectures frequently and has published widely on various legal, arbitration and mediation topics. He is a graduate of the Wharton School at the Univ. of Pennsylvania (1967) and Columbia Univ. School of Law (1972) where he was designated Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Detailed and specialty resumes can be accessed at He can be reached at

Jennifer Cabrera Cammarota is a Manhattan-based attorney advising clients on matters relating to international commercial litigation and arbitration.  Her industry experience includes construction, energy, financial services, foreign investment, manufacturing, natural resources, pharmaceuticals, wireless communications and hi-tech. As well as litigation before state and federal courts, she has advised on arbitrations under the AAA/ICDR, DIFC, ICC, and ICSID Rules.  She is fluent in Spanish and often advises clients with Latin American investments. Ms. Cabrera is the principal of the boutique arbitration and litigation practice Cabrera Cammarota PLLC.  She formerly practiced in the International Litigation and Arbitration Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and with New York-based firm Dan Tan Law.  She co-chairs the International Law group of the Harvard Law School Recent Graduates Council and the New York Chapter of the Inter-American Bar Association, and is a member of the Arbitration Committee of the New York City Bar Association.  A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (B.A.), Harvard Law School (J.D.), and Cambridge University (LL.M.), Ms. Cabrera is an adjunct professor at St. John’s Law School in New York City, where she teaches International Arbitration.  She also co-teaches an International Arbitration course at Duke Law School in winters with Colm McInerney of Skadden. 

Jim Rhodes is an attorney admitted to practice in the States of New York and Texas. A litigator, arbitrator and mediator with extensive international and domestic experience, as well as experience as a business executive and house counsel, he has served as an arbitrator or mediator in many commercial and investment disputes, particularly in the international sector. He specializes in high-conflict, complex disputes. In this regard, in the past five years he has served as Chairman, co-panelist or sole arbitrator in many commercial, investment and securities arbitrations conducted under the auspices of various institutions, including the ICC, the AAA, the ICDR, IICPR, FINRA and the EDNY. He also has over 40 years experience as counsel in international arbitrations. In addition, he has served as mediator in over thirty-five commercial disputes, and is on the mediator panels for the AAA, ICDR, FINRA, EDNY, SDNY, the Commercial Division ADR Program of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County, and for Civil, General Equity and Probate Cases, New Jersey Courts. 

James E. Berger is a partner in the International Arbitration Practice group at King & Spalding LLP, where his practice focuses on litigation and arbitration of cross-border disputes, matters involving sovereigns and state-owned enterprises, and litigation in aid of arbitration.  He writes and speaks frequently on international dispute resolution and arbitration issues, and serves as co-editor of International Litigation Quarterly, a publication of the American Bar Association.  Prior to joining King & Spalding, Mr. Berger practiced at Paul Hastings LLP, where he was a member of the firm's Global Compliance and Disputes practice, served as General Counsel in the New York City Mayor's Office of City Legislative Affairs, and served as law clerk to the Hon. W. Thomas Rosemond, Jr., formerly of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  He received his B.A. from George Washington University, and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where he served as Writing and Research Editor for the Fordham Urban Law Journal

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