James Reiman, Esq.
522 Church St.
Apt. 7D
Evanston, IL 60201
Hourly Rate $450
Current Reiman ADR – Principal
Practice 4
Cases 150+
Languages English
Reiman ADR – Principal
Full Time Arbitrator/Mediator, 2016 – Present; Principal, Reiman ADR (Principal), 2014 – Present; Board Director (Chairman – Compensation Committee), Ener-Core, Inc., 2017 – 2020; Chairman/Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO), EBT Digital Communications Retail Group (LSE: EBT) Shanghai China, 2001 – 2011; Controlling Member and Manager/CEO, Aerofficient LLC, 2001 – 2015; Executive Vice President, Greg Manning Auctions (NASDAQ: GMAI); 2001 – 2002; Principal, TOB Consulting, 1996 – 1998; Of counsel/Partner (including Practice Section Chair), and Associate, at the following Chicago, IL law firms: Barnes & Thornburg; Siegel, Lynn & Capitel; James Reiman & Associates; Griffen & Fadden; Epton, Mullin & Druth, and; Siegel, Barbakoff, Gomberg & Gordon, 1980 – 1998.
NON-NEUTRAL COMMITMENTS:
Negotiation Tutor, University of Oxford, Saïd School of Business (Oxford, UK); Board Director (MLM Risk Retention Group is organized and serviced by Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company), MLM Risk Retention Group Inc.; Member of International Negotiating and Education Teams, TCA Limited London UK.
As an independent neutral mediated multiple disputes regarding commercial contracts and complex construction disputes, including real estate development agreements, complex vendor / manufacturing agreements, and partnership / joint venture disputes. As a court sponsored mediator, mediated dozens of tort and contract disputes (many involving real estate or construction) in the Circuit Court of The Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Will County, Illinois and the Circuit Court Of The Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, Lake County, Illinois.

As a business executive, successfully mediated and resolved numerous highly charged and bitter or complex business disputes. Of note, successfully unwound a public-private JV between a European majority owned US corporation and a large Chinese State Owned Enterprise, preserving government relations thereby permitting a successful re-launch of the business in China.

Recent Mediations:

* A dispute between an owner and general contractor of a high-rise commercial office building regarding claimed delay damages, faulty construction, liability for a high-value casualty caused by a third-party, potential bond and insurance claims related to the casualty, and other matters.

* A dispute between a US customs brokerage and logistics company and a middle eastern airfreight company regarding a multi-modal logistics contract pertaining to the delivery of US military supplies.

* A dispute between co-owners of a software development company regarding ownership and licensing rights of intellectual property created by the business.

* A dispute between a seller who designs and fabricates industrial manufacturing systems and the purchaser of a high volume, commercial product manufacturing plant regarding claimed performance, quality and other defects in the manufacturing system to be delivered by the seller.

* A dispute between a building owner and general contractor regarding claimed faulty construction.
As an independent neutral mediated multiple disputes regarding commercial contracts, including real estate matters, complex vendor / manufacturing agreements, and partnership / joint venture disputes. As a court sponsored mediator, mediated dozens of tort and contract disputes (many involving real estate or construction) in the Circuit Court of The Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Will County, Illinois and the Circuit Court Of The Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, Lake County, Illinois.

As a business executive, successfully mediated and resolved numerous highly charged and bitter or complex business disputes. Of note, successfully unwound a public-private JV between a European majority owned US corporation and a large Chinese State Owned Enterprise, preserving government relations thereby permitting a successful re-launch of the business in China.

Recent Mediations of Note:

* A dispute between an owner and general contractor of a high-rise commercial office building regarding claimed delay damages, faulty construction, liability for a high-value casualty caused by a third-party, potential bond and insurance claims related to the casualty, and other matters.

* A dispute between a US customs brokerage and logistics company and a middle eastern airfreight company regarding a multi-modal logistics contract pertaining to the delivery of US military supplies.

* A dispute between co-owners of a software development company regarding ownership and licensing rights of intellectual property created by the business.

* A dispute between a building owner and general contractor regarding claimed faulty construction.
Successfully mediated dozens of commercial disputes involving real estate construction, real estate ownership and possession rights, lease agreements, and franchise agreements. Other matters have involved disputed loan and financing agreements and property damage claims.

As a business executive, successfully mediated and resolved numerous highly charged and bitter or complex business disputes. Successfully unwound a public/private JV between a European majority owned US corporation and a large Chinese State Owned Enterprise, preserving government relations thereby permitting a successful re-launch of the business in China.
There is a growing belief in the arbitration and mediation community that prospective neutrals should disclose their general thinking and approach to arbitration and mediation. I support this trend, hence describe below my thoughts about the proper roles and practices of an arbitrator and mediator.

Like most, I am a creature of my experiences. Having served both as an attorney in private practice and as a businessperson, my thinking about ADR and how best to serve as a neutral has been shaped in part by that which I admired and that which frustrated me in both of my careers.
As a business person, I wanted answers promptly so that I could plan and move forward with the execution of our business strategies. Of course I wanted the RIGHT answer, but just as important was securing AN answer. The paralysis of uncertainty is often more expensive than the cost of a bad decision. As an attorney advocate, I wanted judges who managed the litigation process, understood the factual and legal issues presented, kept the parties focused on the important issues and limited (or eliminated) the distractions, and who made prompt, clear, and decisive rulings.

In the role of a neutral, I question the parties to better understand their positions and issues, and through questioning endeavor to have the parties better understand their own positions and motivations, and the strengths/weaknesses of their own arguments. I am both a facilitative and evaluative mediator. I am primarily facilitative, however when appropriate I voice my personal, neutral, assessment of a party's legal and factual arguments, and the challenges and costs (in time, energy, distraction and dollars) of successfully proving such if mediation fails.

When serving as a mediator, I listen to what is said and to what is left unsaid as I help the parties understand the essence of their dispute and find common ground. I initially work to facilitate the negotiation but as noted, when appropriate will provide my opinion as an objective neutral to the strengths and weaknesses of the parties’ positions. I keep in mind, and remind the parties that a fast conclusion that is palatable may better than the “best” solution sometime in the future.
ACE20 - Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility, 2020;
2019
• LCIA Symposium on International
Commercial Arbitration (Montreal, Canada)
• International Bar Association (IBA) Arbitration Day (Montreal, Canada)
• CPR Annual Meeging (Washington, DC)
• AAA/ICDR/AAA Mediation.org Panel Conference
• ITA-IEL-ICC Joint Conference (Houston, TX)

2018
AAA Arbitrator Performance and Demeanor - Meeting Participant Expectations (ACE18);

2017
• ICDR International Symposia in Advanced Case Management Issues,
• AAA-ICDR/ICC/ICSID 34th Annual Joint Colloquium on International Arbitration
• AAA Developments in Arbitration Law: Practice Focused Cases
• AAA Red Flags & Risk Areas: Challenges to Arbitrator Authority
• ABA/TIPS and CIArb - Day at Lloyds

2016
• CIArb - Resolving Disputes with Companies from Asia: What is the Best Approach?
• CIArb/AAA/ICDR - Smarter, Faster, Cheaper Technology Dispute Resolution
• ICDR/AIPN - Dispute Resolution in the International Oil & Gas Business Conference
• AAA - Exploring Critical Issues in Arbitration
• ABA - Section of Dispute Resolution, Spring Conference - Symposium on ADR in the Courts
• AAA/ICDR - Arbitrator/Mediator Panel Conference
• ABA, Section of Litigation, 2016 Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar
• ITA/IEL/ICC - 3rd Annual Joint Conference

2015 and earlier
• AAA Imposing Sanctions in Arbitration: Just How Far Can You Go?
• Oil & Gas Fundamentals for Conflict Management Practitioners, ADR Alberta
• ICC Asia-Pacific Conference; Fair & Expeditious Management of Electronic Discovery, AAA
• American College of e-Neutrals' Arbitrating in a Digital World, Management of Electronic Discovery
• ABA Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar
• AAA Dispute Resolution in the International Oil&Gas Business
• ICDR / AIPN Conference: Dispute Resolution in the International Oil and Gas Business (Calgary)
• Damages in International Arbitration Conference
• ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference
• Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Accelerated Route to Fellowship
• Multiple FINRA training programs.
Admitted to the Bar: Illinois, 1980; U.S. District Court: Northern District of Illinois, 1980.
LEGAL:

United States
• American Bar Association
o Chair - Dispute Resolution Committee, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (2018 - 2019)
o Chair-Elect - Dispute Resolution Committee, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (2017 - 2018)
o Vice-Chair - Dispute Resolution Committee, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (2016 - 2017)
o Vice-Chair - International Litigation Committee, International Law Section (2016)

• American Health Law Association
o Roster of Arbitrators

• Association of Attorney Mediators
o Executive Committee, Illinois Chapter

• Chartered Institute of Arbitrators North America Branch
o Chairman - North America Branch (2018)
o Vice Chair - Training (2019 - present; 2016 - 2018)
o Board of Directors, North America Branch (2015 – present)


Foreign
• ADR Institute of Canada
o Q.Arb

• ADR Institute of Alberta

• Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC):
o Roster of Commercial Arbitrators

• Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR)
o Accredited Mediator

NON-LEGAL:

• National Association of Corporate Directors
o Board Leadership Fellow

• Private Directors Association.
Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, Advanced Executive Program (Certificate-1998); Northwestern University, School of Law (JD-1980); Columbia University, Columbia College (BA-1977).
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Accredited Mediator: Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) (2018); Financial Times’ Agenda: International 100 - Top Board Candidates with Global Skills (2011).
RECENT PUBLICATIONS:

• Editor and Publisher: ADR and Governance Newsletter, ReimanADR (monthly circulation 1,300+)

• "Consolidation and Joinder in Arbitration," American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Practice Points, April 24, 2019

• “Right to Compel Non-Parties Differs for Domestic and International Disputes”, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, February 20, 2019

• “Discovery Process of Stanford Ponzi Scheme Not Fundamentally Unfair,” American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, October 18, 2017

• “Pemex: The Exception to the General Rule of International Comity,” International Dispute Resolution News, International Litigation Committee, International Arbitration Committee, and International Media-tion Committee of the Section of International Law, American Bar Association, Volume 1, Number 5, Fall, 2017

• “Litigation Funding: Are These Costs Recoverable in Arbitration?,” American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, May 22, 2017

• “The Mediation Privilege: Grubaugh v Hon. Blomo, County of Maricopa et al,” Practice Points, American Bar Association Section of Litigation-ADR, May 5, 2016, http://apps.americanbar.org/litigation/committees/adr/practice.html

• “Conflict Resolution and Enterprise Risk,” in Know How, Editors Gail Menely and Dev Mukherjee, Shields Meneley Partners (2015)

• "Conflict Resolution Policies, Reputational Risk, and Enterprise Risk Management," New York Stock Exchange's Governance Services (2014)


AAA WEBINARS:

• Vacatur and Enforcement of Arbitration Awards; November 9, 2016 (Stan Sklar; Jim Reiman)

• The Ethics of E-Discovery in Arbitration; December 8, 2015 (Stan Sklar; Jim Reiman)


RECENT TEACHING/SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

• University of Oxford, Saïd Business School, “Programme on Negotiation” (Spring & Fall, 2016 - Present)

• Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, “Accelerated Route to Fellowship” (multiple classes, 2016 - Present)

• Lead University, San Jose, Costa Rica, “Risk and Crisis Management, and their Impact on Corporate Reputation” (Nov., 2016)

• Lead University, San Jose, Costa Rica, “Negotiating Agreements that Work” (Nov., 2016)

• Warsaw Negotiation Round (WNR), Judge and Guest Lecturer, Warsaw, Poland (April, 2016)

• Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011), Guest Lecturer, Prof. Giles Chance's "Doing Business in China' Class

• Northwestern University, Kellogg Greater China Business Conference (2015), Moderator of panel discussion of retailing in China

• Lead University, San Jose, Costa Rica, “Domestic and International Negation (including negotiation of disputes)” (2015)

• Siemens Energy, Inc, Orlando, FL, “Domestic and International Negotiation” (2015)

• Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Business (2008-2011), Guest Lecturer, Dean Donald Jacob's 'Strategic Dilemmas' Class


PATENTS

• Co-inventor of 19 issued domestic and foreign patents regarding aerodynamic and structural components for heavy duty tractor trailer truck trailers.
$450 Per Hour
English
United States of America
Evanston, IL

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