On March 9, 2018, Partner Richard F. Ziegler participated in a panel discussion at the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution’s (CPR) Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Titled “Ethics & ADR – Telling Tales Out of School: What Can You Say and What Really Happens,” the program explored the duties of confidentiality in international arbitrations for both arbitrators and counsel. Mr. Ziegler and the other panelists – C. Mark Baker of Norton Rose Fulbright, Frances E. Bivens of Davis, Polk & Wardwell, and moderator Joseph E. Neuhaus of Sullivan & Cromwell – addressed hypotheticals raising issues about how arbitrators can describe their experience on their websites, limits on what prospective arbitrators can disclose about their law firm’s pertinent engagements, how arbitrators and counsel can respond to inquiries about arbitrator candidates, how specific counsel can be in describing their experience with confidential international arbitrations when pitching for new business and whether parties can ever disclose information learned in a confidential arbitral proceeding.
Mr. Ziegler is a senior litigation partner and co-chair of the firm’s International Arbitration Practice. A former general counsel of the 3M Company, former federal prosecutor and an active arbitrator, mediator, civil litigator and counselor, he focuses his practice on international arbitration and complex commercial litigation. He is a member of CPR’s Board of Directors and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.