The COVID pandemic has led many people to reconsider how and where they do their work, and I’m no exception to that trend. I’ve adopted technological changes that allowed me to conduct hearings remotely, ensuring the safety of participants without any loss to the fairness and efficiency of the process. Without all the travel I used to do, I’ve reduced my carbon footprint and spent more time at home with my family.
I like these changes and have decided to make them a permanent part of my practice. Effective January 1, 2022, I will no longer accept cases that require in-person hearings outside of the Bay Area and Sacramento regions. Parties who select me from outside those regions are agreeing to conduct video hearings. Video hearings are a trustworthy and cost-effective method of resolving grievances that eliminate the need for air travel and related travel expenses. It also allows me and the parties to be home at the end of each day.
My rate schedule and guidelines will be updated to reflect this change. If you would like assistance in selecting arbitrators who are willing to travel or who live in your area, please reach out. I’m happy to help. I am also available for video hearings, and my availability calendar can be found HERE.
Thank you for your understanding.