Corporate Counsel | Virtual Mediations | Jun 17

Corporate Counsel | Virtual Mediations

Section Members:

Please join the Corporate Counsel Section’s Programming Committee for a panel discussion about the nuts and bolts of virtual mediations. The panelists have first-hand experience in virtual mediations and have agreed to share their insight about what’s the same, and what’s different, when mediating in a virtual environment.

With many states easing COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing remains the rule. And while courts across the country continue to extend deadlines and open courtrooms for non-essential business, they are still encouraging parties to attempt to resolve their disputes remotely. Enter the brave new world of virtual mediation. Even for seasoned litigators and in-house counsel, virtual mediations can be a new experience.

Wednesday, June 17 2 p.m.

A New World: A Virtual CLE Discussing Virtual Mediations
Will there be opening statements? Are there separate “rooms”? Should I schedule other meetings? What if the cast of Hamilton Zoom-bombs our mediation?


– Ed Bonapfel is in-house attorney for Aaron’s, Inc., handling privacy (CIPP/US), operations and compliance matters. Previously, he was a civil litigator at Alston & Bird.


– Brent Houk has a mix of experience gained while practicing with law firms and in-house in the Labor and Employment area for the past 30 years. Brent is currently responsible for the nationwide management of UPS’s employment litigation, and among other litigation management responsibilities, he participates in some aspect of the mediation process on a weekly basis.

– Russ Johnson has been the VP, Insurance & Surety for Skanska USA Building in the US for over 15 years, a top 10 ranked builder. This position is responsible for the procurement of all liability insurance, property insurance, and bonding, plus claims under all those policies, among other duties.

– Trevor Newberry is Assistant General Counsel at PruittHealth in Atlanta, Georgia, where he oversees and manages the litigation of long-term care claims in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. For the better part of a decade prior to joining PruittHealth, Trevor vigorously defended physicians, nurses and long-term care providers throughout Georgia.

– Jack G. Slover, Jr. is a mediator/arbitrator working with Miles Mediation and Arbitration in Atlanta, Georgia. After 44 years of litigation, the last 28 years of which he concentrated on professional negligence and catastrophic injury cases, Jack decided to concentrate on alternative dispute resolution. In January of 2020 he became a full-time mediator and arbitrator with Mile Mediation and Arbitration.

Please RSVP to Lane Sosebee [ ] at to receive the meeting invitation.
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