After seeing the wastefulness of litigation for many years, I now focus negotiation of sensible agreements and managing disputes through effective communication, mediation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Although litigation is sometimes unavoidable, many disputes that result in litigation are entirely predictable. Planning for disputes when negotiating agreements or establishing relationship can often prevent litigation or, at minimum, reduce its likelihood and costs.
In my law practice, I work with clients to negotiate effective agreements and work cooperatively with their counterparts, collegues, or even adversaries to develop productive relationships. As a mediator, I have helped parties to resolve complex disputes and, in some cases, to renew relationships that had seemingly been destroyed.
In addition to negotiation and dispute resolution, my work focuses on information technology, healthcare, technology transfer, commercial law and antitrust. Although these fields have their own frameworks, they often overlap. For example, addressing issues and disputes related to health information technology -- the subject of my next book -- requires a foundation in both healthcare and IT.
Over the past 25 years, my clients have ranged from multinational companies and universities to individual entrepreneurs. My articles have appeared in the the National Law Journal, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, publications of the American Bar Association, and the American Health Lawyers Association, among others, and I teach health law as adjunct faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College.