Thomas Penfield Jackson Appointed to AAA's Panel of Neutrals

Monday, August 1, 2005 - 01:00

Thomas Penfield Jackson, a partner with Jackson & Campbell in Washington DC, has been appointed to the American Arbitration Association's (AAA) Panel of Neutrals, according to William K. Slate II, president and CEO of the AAA.

Mr. Jackson was a U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia U.S. District Court from 1982 until his recent retirement from the bench. Mr. Jackson presided over the Microsoft antitrust case and also heard the drug trial of former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry, the public disclosure case over former Senator Packwood's diaries, and the case involving the constitutionality of the presidential line-item veto.

Prior to accepting his judgeship, he was a partner at Jackson & Campbell, where he specialized in title insurance law and antitrust, as well as in defending physicians and hospitals in malpractice suits. In August 2004 Mr. Jackson returned to Jackson & Campbell as Of Counsel.

A major step to facilitate trade and investment between Russian and United States enterprises was taken in Stockholm recently. The American Arbitration Association (AAA), the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (Russian Chamber), and the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), the leading organizations concerned with alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in those three countries, announced the updating of their joint arrangements for arbitration of contractual disputes that may arise.

The arrangements, which are modeled on a similar agreement prepared in 1992, will facilitate negotiating trade and investment transactions between companies from the U.S. and Russia by providing an optional arbitration clause, which parties may include in contracts. This is expected to be particularly useful at a time of rapid development of international trade and investment, where contractual disputes that may arise may be settled with relative efficiency through arbitration as compared to international litigation.

The optional arbitration clause provides for arbitration to take place in Sweden under the Rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), with the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce administering the cases and acting as appointing authority if needed.

The clause dictates that there shall be a panel of three arbitrators in each case.