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Carole Katz
Carole Katz Alternative Dispute Resolution

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411 Seventh Avenue
Suite 1425
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
USA
4129164874
Fax: 1.412.774.2641

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Description of Practice

Carole practices exclusively as a neutral mediator, arbitrator and case evaluator. As an arbitrator, Carole's extensive trial and arbitration experience enable her to manage cases efficiently, minimize costs, skillfully run a fair hearing, and deliver a well-reasoned, sound result based on the facts and the law (see Carole's attached CV for detailed information about her experience). She is an approved Arbitrator on various rosters including the American Arbitration Association (for Large Complex Cases, and Commercial and Employment disputes) and FINRA (the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). She also provides her services privately. Carole provides arbitration services in virtually every kind of business dispute, including: Employment cases (for example, discrimination, wage and hour, wrongful discharge, breach of restrictive covenant); Employee vs. independent contractor issues; Commercial disputes involving allegations of breach of contract, breach of professional or fiduciary duty, business torts, and related statutory claims; and professional liability matters.

Professional Background

Mediation/Arbitration Experience. Carole has mediated and arbitrated hundreds of cases and, since 2012, has devoted herself exclusively to working as a neutral mediator, arbitrator and case evaluator. Business Executive Experience. As Vice President of Litigation for FedEx Ground from 2006-2012, Carole was responsible for all of the company’s litigation and risk management. She developed litigation and negotiation strategies, and led negotiations in complex cases that carried significant financial implications.

Litigation Experience. For more than 20 years before joining FedEx Ground, Carole handled a wide variety of employment-related cases as a partner in two of the largest international law firms. She headed the Pittsburgh Labor and Employment Group at Morgan Lewis from 2002-2006, leading her team to successful outcomes in trials and settlements. From 1985-2002, Carole obtained countless successful results at Reed Smith through settlements, trials, summary judgments, and appellate arguments

Experience

Carole has mediated and arbitrated hundreds of cases and, since 2012, has served exclusively as a neutral Mediator, Arbitrator and Case Evaluator.

Degrees

Carole received her law degree from Columbia University in 1985. She graduated from Kenyon College in 1981 (Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, Honors). She completed the Harvard Negotiation Institute’s Mediating Disputes program, the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution's course on Advanced Mediation: Skills and Techniques, and The Center for Dispute Settlement's Advanced Mediation Techniques. She also has led many panels and seminars on mediation. Carole formally trained as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and FINRA through classes on, for example: arbitration basics and fundamentals, arbitration best practices, award writing, and FINRA expungement rules.

Training

Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
Fall 2012    Harvard NegRobert Mnookin, Gary Friedman, and David Hoffman    Harvard Negotiation Institute’s Mediating Disputes; over 40 hours
Fall 2013    American Arbitration Association    Arbitration Best Practices & Fundamentals
Winter 2013-14    American Arbitration Association    Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards
Winter 2013-14    FINRA    Arbitrator Panel Training
May 2015    The Center for Dispute Settlement    Advanced Mediation Techniques
April 2015    American Arbitration Association    Dispositive Motions in Arbitration: Best Practices
July 2015    Mediation Inc.    Advanced Mediation seminar
November 2015    Mediation Council of W. PA    Advanced Mediation Workshop

Approach

Carole brings to her work as a neutral the same core values that led to her successful career as a partner in two major law firms and a business executive: hard work, integrity, and a commitment to excellence in solving problems through communication, collaboration, understanding, persistence and creativity. She respects parties’ autonomy to make decisions that affect their lives and businesses, but tenaciously works to help and support them in reaching their goals and interests and, when the parties wish, she offers her perceptions, assessments, and views.

Fees

For mediations outside of the Western Pennsylvania area, Carole charges a flat rate plus reasonable travel expenses. There are no additional charges for preparation or travel time. For additional work after the mediation session done remotely, Carole charges on an hourly basis. For Pittsburgh mediations, Carole works on an hourly basis or, if the parties prefer, a fixed daily rate based on the scope of work. For mediations outside of but within a two hour drive of Pittsburgh, in addition to the hourly fee, Carole charges for reasonable travel time. All fees and expenses are generally split evenly by the parties, unless they agree otherwise.

Areas of Practice

  • ADA
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Contracts
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Insurance
  • Labor - Management
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator

References available upon request.

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