IMAC Forms Transatlantic Panel with London-Based ACI To Mediate and Arbitrate International Commercial Disputes

MALIBU, Calif.--()--April 7, 2003--

 Mediation and Arbitration Panel Comprised of Former Federal Court, Court of Appeal and Superior Court Judges as well as Prominent Attorney Mediators and Arbitrators 

As business is increasingly conducted across borders and between parties of different nationalities, international mediation and arbitration are becoming vitally important and efficient methods of dispute resolution. Many parties prefer to have their disputes resolved by mediation or arbitration rather than allow the courts in one party's home jurisdiction to determine their rights and obligations through an expensive and lengthy process.

Paul J. Wright, an English Barrister and California Attorney with an extensive commercial litigation background, founded IMAC (International Mediation and Arbitration Center) earlier this year to mediate and arbitrate international as well as domestic commercial disputes. The nationwide IMAC panel is comprised of retired Federal Court, Court of Appeal and Superior Court Judges and prominent attorney mediators and arbitrators with expertise in international trade, banking, entertainment and media, insurance, intellectual property, aviation, shipping, sports law and other key commercial activities.

IMAC, based in Malibu, California, has formed an association with ACI (A Commercial Initiative for Dispute Resolution), a leading Alternative Dispute Resolution service provider based in London, England whose panel of mediators and arbitrators is comprised of 120 senior barristers, solicitors and former judges with expertise in all forms of commercial disputes. This association with ACI enables IMAC to provide a joint panel of mediators and arbitrators with expertise in specific areas of commercial law and practice in the United States and in England.

"In today's global economy, the need for confidential, efficient and cost effective commercial dispute resolution is vital," said Mr. Wright. "Together, IMAC and ACI have formed a distinguished and effective joint panel of leading mediators and arbitrators to resolve international commercial disputes. We believe this is a critical and timely development and its need is highlighted by the convergence of the international business community."

A few of the notable participants on IMAC's panel include: Kenneth R. Feinberg, best known for his role as Special Settlement Master for the U.S. September 11 Victim's Compensation Fund; Robert Emmet Lutz, II, one of only 15 U.S. panelists listed to hear trade disputes brought to the WTO; Alan I. Rothenberg, Chairman and CEO of World Cup USA, who was instrumental in bringing the 1994 World Cup to the United States; and Roderick D. Margo, listed among the top five aviation lawyers in the United States and top 20 in the world.

In addition, among other distinguished members, the IMAC panel includes three former Chief Judges of the United States District Courts as well as the former Presiding Judge of the California Court of Appeal, Second District, Division Four and the former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.

For more information about the International Mediation and Arbitration Center, please visit IMAC's Web site at www.IMAC-adr.com.

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