• 17 minutes

Decision to Arbitrate or Litigate: What Does the Contract Provide?


Are you bound by a pre-dispute contract to arbitrate?

Arbitration and mediation are very different. It is very important and the beginning of a dispute to understand if there is a contract that may require the parties to arbitrate and, if there is, what does it provide, what are the requirements, the parameters? Conversely, if there is not an agreement between the parties, it is important to consider drafting a post-dispute contract anticipating there could be a dispute down the road. This video reviews the importance of understanding if a contract is binding before you enter into it and discusses the scope of arbitration.

Runtime: 16 minutes



Howard S. Suskin

Howard S. Suskin

Jenner & Block LLP

  • Partner in Jenner & Block LLP’s litigation department
  • Substantial first-chair experience representing individuals and business entities in civil and criminal securities matters
  • Co-chair of Jenner & Block LLP’s class action and securities litigation practices
  • Members of the Leading Lawyers Network have consistently recognized his work in several areas, including class actions, commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and securities and venture financing law
  • Been named one of the Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation
  • Illinois Super Lawyer named him a Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyer eight times
  • He is on the faculty of Practicing Law Institute; and has lectured extensively; instructed legal writing at the University of Michigan Law School; and has published numerous treatises and articles on issues relating to arbitrations, class actions and securities law, including serving as editor and co-writer of the West Publishing Illinois Civil Litigation Guide, Moore’s Federal Civil Motion Practice and Pretrial Civil Litigation, the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education Treatise on Class Actions, and the ABA’s Annual Survey of State Class Action Litigation
  • J.D. degree, with honors, University of Michigan Law School; graduate, with distinction, elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Northwestern University

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