To continue strengthening the network and encouraging member engagement, we will take time each week to introduce and interview a member from our growing network, focusing on their interest and experience in the field of ADR. This week, our member spotlight is on Nasri Barakat.
Nasri Barakat is a full time arbitrator and mediator who started his practice in 1994. He is fluent in French and Arabic. His areas of expertise include commercial business, domestic and international business with emphasis on insurance and reinsurance matters. He is certified as an arbitrator and umpire with ARIAS-US. Nasri is also listed on the Roster of Neutrals of the American Arbitration Association, The International Centre for Dispute Resolution, CPR and USCID. For more information on Nasri's domestic and international ADR work experience, visit his website [here].
Recently, Nasri provided me the opportunity to conduct a 'virtual' interview which focused on his career, experiences and thoughts on ADR....
Nasri Barakat: Prior to starting my practice I was involved in the management of litigation and arbitration for an international company with a US affiliate. I was asked to serve as an arbitrator during my employment in 1993. After that I had to make a choice. Continue my employment or become a full time arbitrator and mediator. I chose to devote my time [to] ADR.
Eric Cissell: After getting started in ADR, what has been your biggest surprise?
Nasri Barakat: I have not had many surprises in this field; however, I am very pleased with the [evolution] of ADR and the interest shown in the process from many groups including young attorneys.
Eric Cissell : Are there any ADR related books or tools you consider essential to an ADR professional's library or toolkit?
Nasri Barakat: I have and still read numerous industry publications and books. I find many of them very useful and use several of them as a desk reference. I do not favor one in particular and believe this to be a subjective choice better left to the reader. Each of us may feel more comfortable using one book over another. The comment I may add is that the books are becoming more in number and better in quality because of the contribution of many professionals.
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