Arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution where parties refer their matter to one or more neutral arbitrators for a binding determination. The neutral arbitrator reviews the evidence and renders a decision that is legally binding for both sides and enforceable. The use of arbitration is often mandated by the terms of employment or commercial contracts. In the absence of an arbitration agreement, parties may also voluntarily choose to submit their dispute to arbitration. Parties select arbitration as a method to achieve faster resolution of their disputes, as well as perceived cost savings over traditional litigation. Parties can select arbitrators with specific expertise in the subject matter, such as employment law.
Keith Clouse and Alyson Brown both serve on the employment panel of neutrals with the American Arbitration Association, a non-profit organization that provides arbitration services throughout the United States as well as abroad. Both have completed extensive training through the AAA and are frequently selected to preside over employment law disputes. Their experience on both sides of the docket makes them uniquely situated to evaluate the evidence and correctly apply the law to achieve the correct result. They are also available to serve as neutrals in non-AAA administered arbitrations and are regularly chosen by parties when no particular ADR provider is specified by contract. Their arbitration practice emphasizes neutrality, professionalism, efficiency, economy, and expertise in employment law.