“An important advantage of arbitration”

Judge A. Howard Matz (Retired)

Hon. A. Howard Matz was appointed by President Bill Clinton as a Federal Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California (Los Angeles) and served for 15 years between 1998 and 2013. He presided over numerous noteworthy cases and several of his decisions were ultimately adjudicated by the Supreme Court. Judge Matz served on many judicial committees, including the Ninth Circuit Model Jury Instructions Committee. Judge Matz was the first recipient of the “Vanguard Award” bestowed by the California State Bar for his contributions to intellectual property jurisprudence. Following his retirement from the bench, the Los Angeles Chapter of the Federal Bar Association sponsored an unusual Tribute Dinner honoring his service as a judge.

The result of pivotal decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court is that commercial disputes and sometimes claims by consumers are being removed from the courts and resolved by arbitration, without the benefits of jury involvement, judicial involvement, or appellate review.

Since this is such an escalating trend in the overall manner in which our country resolves disputes between litigants, and the courts are no longer the forum to resolve them, if these disputes can be resolved by someone who was a judge, then not only does it promote the administration of justice but because of the reduced number of cases that can consume an enormous amount of time, the demands on sitting judges are slightly alleviated.

I think of that as an important advantage of arbitration.

–Howard Matz