An independent arbitrator is just that, an arbitrator not affiliated with any arbitration service provider, nor affiliated with any particular side of disputes. Furthermore, neutrality is a given for arbitrators, even in the rare case of party appointed arbitrators on panels of three arbitrators. Disclosure of relationships with the parties, lawyers, and witnesses, always occurs.
I have decades of experience in the construction industry, but am not overly affiliated with any industry segment. I still work full time as an independent lawyer (except for the time I spend as an arbitrator) and I do not receive cases primarily from the banking bar, the plaintiff's bar, the defense bar, or any other special interest bars, so I am not beholden to any of them for continued economic well being.
ADVANTAGES OF AN INDEPENDENT ARBITRATOR
- Avoid third party arbitration service delays and fees in ad hoc arbitrations
- Firm and direct case management
- Full disclosure, neutral, expeditious