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Phone: (212) 586-0705

1 Rockefeller Plaza Ste. 301

New York, NY 10020-2002

William Barrett


Attorney (admitted in New York),

Current Employer:

Fulton Vittoria

Areas of Expertise:

✔ Transportation


Toys 'R Us v. Y.A. Alghanim
Wien & Malkin v. Helmsley Spear
Ivan Sutter v. Oxford Health Plans

Work History:

American Arbitration Association: Board of Directors:1988-2000; Executive Committee: 1992-2000; Chair of the Budget, Finance and Administration Committee 1994-2001; Member of the Arbitration Practice Committee since 2002; 1993 recipient of the Whitney North Seymour, Sr. medal for outstanding contribution to the responsible uses of arbitration; Chair of the Greater New York Advisory Council for Large Complex Cases 1995-2003; Member: Large Complex Case Panel of Arbitrators since 1993, Commercial and Construction Arbirtration Panels since 1984 and of the International Arbitration Panel since 1996; Member of the Mediation Panel 1987-2002; Chair, Task Group on Revision of Securities Arbitration Rules 1991-1993.

Arbitrator for AAA (1984 – present): served as chair or sole arbitrator on more than 200 cases. Significant (multi-million dollar) commercial cases: marketing and development of pharmaceutical products and high technology medical products, telecommunications, oil transportation and exploration (domestic and international), electric power generation (Latin America); technical and and e-commerce matters, advertising, domestic and international franchising, intellectual property; management of New York City office buildings, real estate syndication and financing, acquisitions, valuations of companies in airline, software, pharmaceutical and other industries, patents, insurance and reinsurance, including coverage issues, exceptions and exclusions; real estate;securities and hedge fund cases (domestic and international) and executive employment and compensation in securities, hedge funds and banking and international companies (Russia); construction cases: the Pittsburgh subway system, construction of a steel mill, construction of a pulp mill, renovations of multi-floor interior spaces in New York office buildings, soils and excavation projects; electrical contracting for mass transit projects. Class actions (real estate and health services).

Mediator for AAA (1988 –2002): Significant cases involved issues about indemnification from a multi-million dollar RICO and fraud case, requirements of nuclear fuel by utilities; renovation of interior New York City office space, electric utility (construction, fuel cost and contract matters), acquisitions of businesses: a textile company, wireless technology, a domestic insurance company by a Finnish company, an office supplies company and a title insurance business by a major thrift institution; dissolutions of businesses, a law firm, a psychiatric social work group, advertising agency, beverage franchise; dispute between a computer software vendor and a New York City department, a dispute between Erie County and the New York State Office of Court Administration, and commercial cases from the Macy’s bankruptcy.


AAA Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards (ACE001), 2007; ICDR The Common Law/Civil Law Gap: The Issues and How International Arbitrators May Resolve Them, 2006; AAA International Arbitration Symposium, 2005; AAA Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics (ACE005), 2005; AAA Dealing with Delay Tactics in Arbitration, 2005; AAA Arbitrator Ethics & Disclosure (ACE003), 2004; AAA Construction Industry Arbitrator II Training: Advanced Case Management Issues, 2002; AAA Arbitrator Update 2001; AAA Construction Arbitrator Training, 1997; AAA LCCP Arbitrator Training, 1993; various other ADR training.


Admitted to the Bar: New York, 1964; U.S. District Court: Southern (1966) and Eastern (1966) Districts of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1967.


Whitney North Seymour Medal for outstanding contributions to the reponsible use of arbitration (1993)


American Arbitration Association:
Commercial Panel
Construction Panel
Large Complex Case Panel
International Centre For Dispute Resolution
International Panel


American Bar Association
New york State Bar Association
Association of the Bar of the City of New York


Yale University BA (1960)
Harvard Law School LLB (1963)


"Writing Awards," ABA Dispute Resolution Section, 2007; chapter author, "Hearing on the Merits," GUIDE TO BEST PRACTICES IN COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION, Juris Publications, 2006; "Managing e-Discovery in Arbitration," NY City Bar Assoc., 2006; "Managing Cross-Examination: The Arbitrator's Perspective," ADR CURRENTS, Summer 1996; "Measures of Quality," DISPUTE RESOLUTION JOURNAL, April 1996; "Tactics of an Arbitrator," DONOVAN LEISURE ADR PRACTICE BOOK, Wiley Publications, 1990; "Arbitration of a Complex Commercial Case: Practical Guidelines for Arbitrators and Counsel," THE ARBITRATION JOURNAL, December 1986.

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