Program & CLE Materials


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The Glo​bal Pound Conference is your opportunity to be part of history.​ Structured around four interactive sessions​ where Core Questions will be voted and discussed, and ​aimed at better understanding the demand for and supply of Dispute Resolution services. Come listen to and interact with eminent international​ and local speakers, who will share their ​perspectives on the future of Dispute Resolution.  Join in the conversation and help shape ​the future of dispute resolution and access to justice by attending this unique event​!

Through a series of interactive voting and discussion sessions using new technologies and their smart phones, all participants will be able to express their views on a range of vital issues affecting how disputes are resolved – with results projected instantly and comparing priorities by stakeholder category. Each session will generate valuable and actionable data on what dispute resolution users actually need, and how others stakeholders can help meet those needs. The goal of the Series is to stimulate real impact and effective change.  Be part of a unique opportunity to make a real impact and shape the future of dispute resolution and access to justice around the world." ​​


Registration (A continental breakfast will be served)

Note: All registrants must have the voting app loaded and activated on their mobile device prior to making their seats.



Introduction & Welcome Speeches


​Session 1: Access to Justice & Dispute Resolution Systems: What do Parties/Users Need & Expect?​​

  • Reviewing the voting app and technology, explanations and voting on practice questions
  • Voting on the 1st set of 5 core questions
  • Group discussion
  • 1st word cloud
  • Panel discusses results of first set of 5 core questions

Moderator: Jaime Bianchi, Partner, White and Case


José I. Astigarraga, Partner, Astigarraga Davis
Victor Diaz, Managing Partner, VM Diaz & Partners
Francisco EscalanteGeneral Counsel, Sure Equity
Hon. Joseph P. Farina (Ret.), JAMS, Retired Chief Judge 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida
Alvin F. Lindsey, Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Session 2: How is the Market Currently Addressing These Party/User Needs and Expectations?

  • Voting on 2nd set of 5 core questions
  • Group discussion
  • 2nd word cloud
  • Panelists discuss data on 2nd set of 5 core questions

Moderator: Marike Paulsson, Director, International Arbitration Institute & Lecturer in Law, University Of Miami


Adriana Braghetta, Partner, LO Baptista Advogados
Kate Brown de Vejar, Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, LLP
Carolyn Lamm, Partner, White and Case, LLP
Luke Sobota, Partner, Three Crowns
Hon. Herbert Stern (ret.), Partner, Stern & Kilvullen
​13:00-14:00​Lunch Key Note presentation by  Mr. Christian Leathley, Partner at Herbert Smith, Freehills

Session 3: How can Dispute Resolution be Improved? (Overcoming Obstacles and Challenges)

  • Voting on 3rd set of 5 core questions
  • Group discussion
  • 3rd word cloud
  • Panelists discuss data on 3rd set of 5 core questions

Moderator: Joseph M. Matthews, Arbitrator, Joseph M. Matthew P.A.


Dan Gelber, Partner, Gelber, Schachter & Greenberg
Daniel E. González, Partner, Hogan Lovells, US LLP
Tonya J. Meister-Griffith, Partner, Meister Law, LLC
Liang-Ying Tan, Associate, Herbert Smith, Freehills New York
Eric P. Tuchmann, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, AAA
Matthew Zimmerman, Assoc. General Counsel, Dispute Resolution, MDVIP, Inc.

Session 4: Promoting Better Access to Justice: What Action Items Should be Considered a​nd by Whom?

  • Voting on 4th set of 5 core questions
  • Group discussion
  • 4th Word Cloud
  • Panelists discuss data on 4th set of 5 core questions​​

Moderator: Donald Hayden, Partner, Berger Singerman


Anthony V. Alfano, Vice President & General Counsel, Global Labor & Employment, Johnson Controls
Paul J. Hehir, Associate Vice President of Litigation, Royal Caribbean International/Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises
Elizabeth M. Hernandez, Partner, Ackerman
Michael J. Higer, Partner, Berger Singerman, LLP, President-Elect, Florida Bar Association
Hon. Jack B. Tuter,  Judge, Civil Division of the 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida


Final Discussions & Conference Wrap-up

*Note that the above program is subject to further changes by the Conference organisers.