Robert Alston

Profession

Arbitrator and Attorney - Business, Corporate, Employment, Technology, Real Estate

Current Employer

Counsel, Lamb McErlane PC, 24 East Market Street, Box 565, West Chester, PA 19381-0565, phone: (610) 701-3271; facsimile: (610) 692-0877; email: ralston@chescolaw.com

Area of Expertise

Commercial/Business
Contract Disputes
Employment
Family Businesses
Health Care
Industrial
Insurance
Joint Ventures
Licensing
Mergers & Acquisitions
Partnerships
Probate
Professional Malpractice
Real Estate
Shareholder Disputes
software
Technology

Experience

Experience: Over 30 years of civil trial experience in private arbitrations and state and federal courts. Cases primarily involve technology, employment, Mergers and Acquisitions, real estate and business matters. Extensive experience as counsel in various technology performance issues. Practice includes employment law, representing employee/plaintiffs and employers in various employment contract, age discrimination, and sexual harassment disputes. For approximately 10 years, regularly represented insurers and individuals in disputes with insurers, businesses, and employers and still periodically undertakes such cases for regular clients.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience: Trial counsel and sole and panelist private arbitrator in approximately half a dozen cases every year, including product performance, technology issues; employment; general corporate; M&A; casualty insurance and real estate issues. Disputes range in value up to hundreds of millions.

Work History

Of Counsel, Lamb McErlane PC, 2007-present; Partner, Schumacker and Lunkenheimer, 1995-2007; Assistant General Counsel:  Litigation, Fortune 500 IT Company, 1984-94; Senior Associate, Large Suburban Philadelphia Firm, 1980-84; Marketing Division Counsel and M & A Team Counsel, Fortune 500 IT Company, 1976-80; Associate, Business and Litigation Departments, Largest Firm in Central Pennsylvania, 1974-76; Field Claim Investigator, Major Casualty Insurer, 1970-71.

Training

Alternative Dispute Resolution Training; College of Commercial Arbitrators Annual Fellows Meeting and Seminar, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2015; Annual ICDR, The International Arbitration's Deliberations and Determinations AAA Neutrals Conference; AAA Arbitrator Annual Updates on Employment Arbitrator II Training: Advanced Case Management Issues; AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training; AAA Employment Arbitrator Training speaker; Delaware Valley Corporate Counsel Association presenter on Private Arbitration Techniques; Pennsylvania Bar Institute: Presenter on Commercial Arbitration; AAA Large Complex Case Panel Training; AAA Advanced Arbitrator Training; various other ADR training.

Licenses

Professional Licenses: Admitted to the Bar: Pennsylvania, 1974; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1976; U.S. Supreme Court, 1998; U.S. Tax Court, 1979; Third Circuit, 1982.

Associations

Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators; Judge Pro Tem First Judicial District's Commerce (B2B cases) Court; Member, Computer Law Association; Chester & Montgomery Bar Association (Corporate Counsel; ADR Committee, Past Chair); American Bar Association (Litigation Section, Arbitration Committee); Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Corporate and Business & ADR Committees); Delaware Valley Corporate Counsel Association (Past Board Member).

Elected home municipality's Board of Supervisors & its Finance & Pension Committees, Board Member and Past President of Local Chamber of Commerce

Education

Education: Villanova University (BA, Honors Program); University of Pittsburgh (JD, cum laude); Temple University School of Law (LL.M., Taxation).

Publications

PUBLICATIONS: Property Law Survey,UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH LAW REVIEW

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: Presentations for the American Arbitration Association, Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Delaware Valley Corporate Counsel Association on Arbitration Practice.