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FedArb Helps Drive International Arbitration in California


FedArb, a nation-wide provider of arbitration, mediation, and other
services, notes that on July 18, 2018, Governor Brown signed into law SB
766, which allows non-California attorneys to appear in international
arbitrations conducted in the State of California. As the Legislative
Analyst explains:

This bill would permit an individual who is not admitted to practice
law in California but who is a member in good standing of a recognized
legal profession in the United States or a foreign jurisdiction and is
subject to effective regulation and discipline by a duly constituted
professional body or public authority to provide legal services in an
international commercial arbitration or related proceeding, as specified.

We extend our congratulations and thanks to California's Supreme Court
Chief Justice for having appointed a committee to draft and support this
important change in the state's arbitration practice. Daniel Kolkey,
Esq. of Gibson Dunn chaired the committee and former federal district
judge, Abraham D. Sofaer, Chairman of FedArb, served as a committee

This Bill removes an artificial barrier that resulted in many
California-based companies having to travel to places like Singapore,
London and Hong Kong to arbitrate their disputes. "Allowing
international practitioners to represent their client's interests in
California arbitrations will help Silicon Valley companies arbitrate
their rights in California," said Kennen Hagen President and CEO of

About FedArb

For over a decade, FedArb's group of 50+ former federal judges and
distinguished Neutrals have successfully mediated and arbitrated complex
civil cases typically achieving results more efficiently and cost
effectively than through litigation. We provide around the clock
administrative services, and we require our Neutrals to honor the
parties' deadlines, thereby saving time and money.

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