Effective Advocacy in Arbitration – D08

Litigation and Advocacy Track
Alternative Dispute Resolution Section

Session D: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

When your client has agreed to arbitrate a dispute, what can you as the advocate do to prepare and assure the economy, efficiency and clarity of presentation that arbitration promises? How does arbitration advocacy differ from courtroom advocacy? 

You Will Learn:

  • How to see through the arbitrators’ eyes
  • About process questions and the range of answers that lead to better, more efficient arbitrations
  • How to get a better understanding about how to structure your dispute resolution agreements


Roy L. De Barbieri, De Barbieri & Associates, New Haven

Attorney De Barberi of New Haven, Connecticut is Of Counsel to the Firm of Zangari Cohn Cuthbertson Duhl & Grello P.C. with offices in New Haven, Hartford and Providence.

Roy is a distinguished dispute resolution neutral, and continues to perform his independent services as an arbitrator and mediator throughout Connecticut and across the country.  He has distinguished himself as a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, where he also served as the Chair of the Law Firm CLE Education Committee, and a Director. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, and a Past Chair.   Roy has 25 years of experience as an arbitrator and mediator of domestic and international commercial disputes. He has served as presiding arbitrator, co‐arbitrator and sole arbitrator in approximately 450 arbitrations, and has authored dozens of reasoned awards. He has also mediated approximately 100 domestic and international commercial disputes.

He is a Member of the American Arbitration Association Large Complex Case
Panel of Arbitrators, the American Arbitration Association Mediation Panel, and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  He has served as an ADR Center instructor for many programs on arbitration best practices and mediation advocacy.  He testifies as an expert on dispute resolution and lectures to Bar Associations and law firms on the topic of dispute resolution theory and practice.  Roy also conducts ad hoc mediations and arbitrations.


Louis R. Pepe, McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP, Hartford

Attorney Pepe is a litigation attorney who focuses his practice on construction contract and commercial cases. He represents his clients in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration and mediation.

Mr. Pepe received a B.Mgt.E. degree and an M.S. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a J.D., with distinction, from Cornell Law School. He is admitted to the practice of law in Connecticut and before the United States Supreme Court and numerous federal district courts and courts of appeal.

He has taught in seminars presented by the Connecticut Bar Association on trial practice and has presented seminars in business and construction litigation throughout the country. Mr. Pepe has also taught courses on arbitration at the University of Connecticut Law School.

Mr. Pepe is a former president of the Connecticut Bar Association (2005-2006), a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Construction Lawyers, and an Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is listed in “Who’s Who in America,” “Who’s Who in American Law,” “The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers” (Construction), “Best Lawyers in America,” “Super Lawyers” (Connecticut, New York Area, New England), “Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers,” and “Who’s Who in International Arbitration.”

Mr. Pepe is a Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Life Fellow and is the recipient of the Connecticut Bar Association’s John Eldred Shields Distinguished Professional Service Award (2016); the Connecticut Law Tribune Professional Excellence Award (2016); the Connecticut Bar Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award (2017); the Connecticut Bar Association’s Edward F. Hennessey Professionalism Award (2017); and the Connecticut Construction Institute’s Lifetime Recognition Award (2011).

Eric W. Wiechmann, McCarter & English LLP, Hartford

Attorney Wiechmann is a partner of McCarter & English, LLP, serving as its Firm Wide and Managing Partners in 2007 through 2010.  He has been a trial lawyer over the past forty years handling court cases and arbitrations in Connecticut, New York, 30 other states and various federal courts and agencies.  He was national counsel for Texaco Inc.’s toxic tort and environmental exposure docket.  He sat on the Connecticut Law Revision Commission’s committee that drafted Connecticut’s first Code of Evidence and presently sits on the Supreme Court’s Evidence Code Oversight Committee.

In the past 20 years he has become actively involved with Alternative Dispute Resolution both as a neutral and an advocate.  Mr. Wiechmann is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, he serves on the American Arbitration Association’s national Commercial, Energy, Large and Complex Disputes and Merger and Acquisition-Joint Venture arbitration panels and national mediation panel.  He is also a CPR Distinguished Neutral (Energy, Environmental, Banking and Financial Services Panels).  He is a Connecticut Superior Court Attorney Trial Referee, Arbitrator and Fact Finder, a Connecticut District Court Special Settlement Master and serves on the Southern District of New York’s Mediation Panel. He also sits as an arbitrator with the Connecticut Bar Association’s Attorney Fee Dispute Program.  He was the Connecticut arbitrator and mediator for the Dalkon Shield program.  He has spoken and written on various arbitration and mediation topics.



CLE Credit: 1.5 Hours (Skills)