An Introduction to Arbitration

Bench & Bar (Kentucky), March 2006

3 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2006

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Richard A. Bales

Ohio Northern University - Pettit College of Law


This is a short essay introducing the reader to arbitration. Designed for general practitioners and non-lawyers, the essay includes sections on:

• The advantages of arbitration over litigation: speed, cost, and informality. • Concerns about arbitration, especially arbitration agreements drafted by a party with overwhelming bargaining power and imposed upon a much weaker party (such as an employee or consumer). • The controlling law (Federal Arbitration Act and state arbitration acts). • The process of choosing an arbitrator, including rules requiring prospective arbitrators to disclose certain information. • Tips for the advocate, such as preparing the case for a professional arbitrator rather than a lay jury, the function of evidentiary objections, and arbitrator determinations of credibility.

Keywords: arbitration, arbitrate, introduction, tips

JEL Classification: J52, K41

Suggested Citation

Bales, Richard A., An Introduction to Arbitration. Bench & Bar (Kentucky), March 2006, Available at SSRN:

Richard A. Bales (Contact Author)

Ohio Northern University - Pettit College of Law ( email )

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