Ms. Samaras’ practice focuses on providing a variety of ADR services, most notably arbitration and mediation. She melds her legal and Neutral experience to consult with clients in corporations and other organizations about the use of ADR to resolve internal and external disputes in which they are involved. She uses her arbitration experience to provide feedback to counsel preparing for arbitration hearings.
Arbitration is generally a private adversarial process whereby disputing parties agree to have one or more neutrals render a decision or award about their dispute after receiving evidence and hearing argument. Ms. Samaras serves as the sole arbitrator and on three-arbitrator panels in domestic and international arbitrations, whether for ADR providers or on an ad hoc basis. She arbitrates commercial cases, including those involving intellectual property, breach of contract, and employment claims.
For parties in litigation, Ms. Samaras also offers her services as a Special Master, particularly in intellectual property cases.
Mediation is a private, voluntary, and informal process in which a neutral assists the parties in reaching a negotiated settlement. Unlike binding arbitration, mediation is not binding unless the parties’ efforts result in a binding agreement. Ms. Samaras mediates and co-mediates commercial disputes, such as those involving intellectual property, breach of contract, and business/technology issues, as well as other civil disputes.
Early Neutral Evaluation
Early Neutral Evaluation is a non-binding process typically employed soon after a case is filed whereby an expert, usually an attorney, is asked to provide a balanced and unbiased evaluation of the dispute. The expert identifies each side’s strengths and weaknesses and provides an evaluation of the likely outcome of a trial. This evaluation can assist the parties in assessing their case and possibly settling it. Ms. Samaras has over twenty-five years of experience representing clients in intellectual property litigation as outside and in-house counsel, and extensive experience with early case assessment of cases, making her well suited to provide this service.
ADR Consulting includes educating parties about the kinds of ADR processes they might want to consider for resolving a particular dispute and advising on the selection of Neutrals. Ms. Samaras has rendered such services to clients as both outside and in-house counsel, drawing from her experience as a Neutral, and her use of various ADR processes to settle cases.
Case Presentation Feedback
Case Presentation Feedback (or Mock Hearing) includes a neutral’s evaluation of a trial counsel’s presentation (e.g., how legal arguments and evidence are presented) for the purpose of strengthening the persuasiveness of a presentation before an adjudicator (e.g., judges or arbitrator). Ms. Samaras brings her extensive experience as an arbitrator, litigator, and judge in mock appeals to providing case evaluation services to trial counsel.
Users of Harrie Samaras’ mediation services “spoke of her skill in bringing difficult parties together, with one reviewer stating that her ability in this area was ‘outstanding.’ Another advised, ‘Ms. Samaras was very effective in moving the parties past deeply ingrained positions and negotiating a workable, common sense settlement.’ A third mentioned that ‘She kept the parties talking far longer than I could have possibly imagined,’ enabling the parties to narrow the dispute to a single key issue, allowing for ‘a quick settlement.'”
See the “Feedback Digest” for Harrie on the International Mediation Institute website. Her mediator profile is accessible clicking here, then click on the “Feedback Digest” tab.
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