Dana Welch is an experienced arbitrator specializing in commercial and employment matters.
Based in Northern California, she is available to serve in any locale. Ms. Welch has served as an arbitrator in over 100 disputes, ranging from small to multi-million dollar amounts.
She is known for her managerial as well as substantive expertise in arbitration.
Her approach is to ensure fairness to both sides while remaining decisive, to conduct the process attentively and efficiently, and to follow and apply the law. As a former litigator and in-house lawyer, she knows that arbitration can too quickly become an expensive process that fails to deliver what the parties bargained for. However, properly managed is not only faster and less expensive than litigation, it provides the parties with privacy.
Since 2002, Ms. Welch has served on the commercial, large and complex case, and employment panels of the American Arbitration Association. She is also a member of the CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals. Ms. Welch is additionally available to serve in ad hoc arbitrations.
Prior to becoming a neutral, Ms. Welch served as the General Counsel of Robertson Stephens, a San Francisco-based investment bank, and prior to that, practiced as a litigator focusing on business, contract and securities matters. She was the founding executive director of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy at the University of California's Berkeley Law School.
She frequently conducts trainings for other arbitrators in the skills of effectively and efficiently managing the arbitration process from the preliminary hearing through the Award.
Ms. Welch is currently the co-chair of the ABA's Dispute Resolution Section's Arbitration Committee. Previously, she served as the Chair of the State Bar of California's Standing Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution. She is a fellow of both the College of Commercial Arbitrators and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.