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Will Hartsfield

Arbitrator & Mediator

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Representative Issues Handled as an Arbitrator

Primary arbitration practice areas include employment disputes, collective bargaining agreements, FLSA collective actions, public employee disputes, Chapter 143 Texas Local Government Code, franchises, business torts, contracts, health benefits, health payor disputes, personal injuries, software and intellectual property.

Issues in employment matters include Title VII, ADA, ADEA, OSHA, FLSA, FMLA, GINA, ERISA benefits,  non-compete agreements, individual employment contracts, compensation claims, tort claims, workers’ compensation discrimination, whistleblower, and occupational injuries. The statutory discrimination claims involve race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, genetics, harassment, retaliation, whistleblowing and wrongful discharge. The ERISA issues generally involve denial of benefit claims under a health care plan. Employment contract claims involve severance pay, non-compete agreements, breach of confidentiality, commissions, bonuses and stock options. Employment tort claims include invasion of privacy, defamation, and battery.
 
Issues in labor matters include disputes between public employees and public employers; disputes involving municipalities, counties and school boards; Chapter 143 of the Texas Local Government Code, Oklahoma Fire and Police Arbitration Act, and New Mexico Personnel Act; collective bargaining agreements, agency fees, bargaining unit work, benefits, discipline, just cause, discrimination, job classification, layoffs, management rights, overtime, past practice, promotions, working conditions, safety, seniority, vacation, schedules, violence or threats, and interest arbitration.

With respect to franchise disputes, matters center on breach of contract, termination, royalty payments, and non-compete agreements.
 
Health care matters involved individual physicians, physician practices, health care providers, third party plan administrators, health plan beneficiaries, coverage disputes, payor disputes, ERISA and HIPAA.

Personal injury claims include coverage issues, negligence claims, automobile collisions as well as claims against non-subscribers to the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act.

Software disputes include ownership, adequacy of deliverables and breach of specifications.

Intellectual property disputes include trademarks, service marks, copyright, ownership, infringement, fair use, confidentiality and royalties.

Statement of Arbitration Philosophy

Arbitration is intended to be fair, economical, informal and timely. The arbitrator’s goal is to make available to the parties the benefits of arbitration over traditional litigation: confidentiality; reduced legal expenses; a prompt hearing; a fair opportunity to present facts; and a timely decision. The parties may tailor procedures to suit their needs. They are encouraged to agree upon as many procedures and deadlines as possible prior to the initial conference to establish a schedule.

Consistent with the expedited nature of arbitration, the initial conference is often used to establish: (i) the extent of and a schedule for the production of relevant documents and other information, (ii) the identification of all witnesses to be called, and (iii) a hearing date. The parties are expected to cooperate in the exchange of information consistent with the goal of achieving a just, speedy and cost-effective resolution. By agreement, the parties may alter the procedures and deadlines and may add deadlines.

After the initial conference, the parties may request a telephone (or in-person) conference to discuss procedures, policies or some special circumstance at any time.


Experience

Since 1989, chair or panelist in over 450 arbitrations


Professional Associations and Panel Rosters

American Health Lawyers Association Arbitration Panel
Coal Arbitration Services, District 22, Panel
Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority Trial Board Panel, Fiscal Year 2008-2010 term
FINRA (formerly NASD & NYSE)  Arbitration Panel
Merrill Lynch Claim Resolution Process - Northwestern Univ. School of Law (Arbitration Panel)
National Mediation Board
National Arbitration and Mediation Employment Arbitration Panel
Pat Salmon & Sons, Inc and American Postal Workers Union Panel 
Texas Education Agency, Certified Independent Hearing Examiner
Who’s Who Legal (Arbitration) Texas 2008


Arbitration Training

American Arbitration Association, Advanced Arbitrator Training 12/90
American Arbitration Association, Advanced Arbitrator Training 12/93
American Arbitration Association, Employment Arbitrator Training 6/96
Dallas Bar Association, Mandatory Arbitration in Employment Cases 5/97
American Arbitration Association, Employment Arbitrator Training 8/97
American Arbitration Association, Employment Arbitrator Training 10/97
Cornell University, Employment Arbitration 3/99
American Arbitration Association, Commercial Arbitration 6/99
Dallas Bar Association, Employment Arbitrations 11/00
American Arbitration Association, Arbitration Update 11/01
American Arbitration Association, Arbitrator II Workshop 8/02
American Arbitration Association, Developments in International ADR 11/02
American Arbitration Association, Ethics in ADR 12/02
American Arbitration Association Labor Arbitrator II Training 11/03
American Arbitration Association Arbitration Writing Awards 2/04
American Arbitration Association Arbitrator Ethics and Disclosure 3/04
American Arbitration Association Neutrals Conference 3/04
National Academy Of Arbitrators, Labor Management Conference 4/05
American Arbitration Association, Arbitral Authority 6/05
American Arbitration Association, Party-Appointed Arbitration 10/05
American Arbitration Association, Panel Chair 11/05
American Arbitration Association, Pro Se Arbitrations 10/06
NASD, Chairperson Training 2/07
Texas Bar Association, Arbitration Roundtable 4/07
Chapter 143 Local Government Code Use of Force Continuum in Police Cases 3/08
National Academy of Arbitrators, Labor Management Conference 4/08
Texas Education Agency, Certified Hearing Examiner Training 2/09
American Arbitration Association and ICDR Neutrals Conference 2/09
Chapter 143 Local Government Code Current Lessons 3/09
National Academy of Arbitrators, Labor Management Conference 3/09
Texas Education Agency, Certified Hearing Examiner Training 2/10
American Arbitration Association, Efficient ADR 2/10
National Academy of Arbitrators, Labor Management Conference 3/10
Texas Labor Management Conference 6/10
American Arbitration Association and International Centre for Dispute Resolution Neutrals Conference 11/10
Annual Training for Certified Hearing Examiners 3/11
Chapter 143 Local Government Code Current Issues 3/11
National Academy of Arbitrators, Labor Management Conference 3/11
American Arbitration Association, Thirty Steps to a Better Arbitration, 5/11
Annual Training for Certified Hearing Examiners 2/12
Chapter 143 Local Government Code Update 3/12
National Academy of Arbitrators, Labor Management Conference 3/12
American Arbitration Association, Managing the Arbitration Process, 11/12
Annual Training for Certified Hearing Examiners 2/13
Chapter 143 Local Government Code Procedural Issues 2/13
National Academy of Arbitrators, Labor Management Conference 2/13
DFW Arbitration Study Group, Chairing the Arbitration Panel 6/13
DFW Arbitration Study Group, Award Writing 9/13
American Arbitration Association, Updated Commercial Rules 1/14
Annual Training for Certified Hearing Examiners 2/14
Chapter 143 Local Government Code Training for Arbitrators 2/14
National Academy of Arbitrators, Labor Management Conference 2/14

Faculty, Dallas Bar Association, Employment Arbitration 9/96
Faculty, Dallas Bar Association, Effective Arbitration 11/00
Faculty, American Arbitration Association, Arbitration Advocacy 10/02
Faculty, American Arbitration Association, Arbitration Advocacy 10/04
Faculty, Southwest Regional Conference of the National Academy
of Arbitrators, How to Do Employment Arbitration Effectively & Efficiently 4/05
Faculty, American Arbitration Association, Arbitration Advocacy 5/05
Faculty, Texas Bar Association, Advanced Consumer & Commercial Law, Winning in Arbitration 11/08
Faculty, Southwest/Rockies Regional Conference of the National Academy
of Arbitrators, Measured, Metered and Monitored 02/14
Adjunct Professor, University of North Texas, Arbitration: Essential Concepts, 09-to date 


Published Awards

 
AAA Employment Awards are available through Lexis and WestLaw