FedArb is proud to announce that Hon. Scott Bales (Ret.) has joined its panel. He will be based in Arizona and serve as an arbitrator, mediator and participate in mock trials and internal investigations. He specializes in business/commercial disputes, as well as disputes involving water rights, Tribal rights, and insurance, professional liability and partnership issues.
Prior to joining FedArb, Judge Bales served on the Arizona Supreme Court for 14 years, including five years as Chief Justice. He also worked on internal investigations for public and private clients, on civil and criminal matters related to Arizona’s tribal lands.
Before taking the bench, Chief Justice Bales practiced law for nearly 20 years as a private and public lawyer. He was a partner in Phoenix firms that later became Osborn Maledon P.A. and Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie. He was Arizona’s Solicitor General from 1999-2001, after serving as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Policy Development, a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix, and a Special Investigative Counsel for the Justice Department’s Inspector General.
“Scott is a gifted legal scholar with the ability to quickly grasp complex legal issues and render impartial decisions,” said Ken Hagen, FedArb’s CEO. “He knows how to work with parties to reach a settlement, and we are thrilled to have someone of his caliber join our panel.”
Chief Justice Bales has received numerous awards for his work as a jurist, including the Arizona State Bar’s James A. Walsh Outstanding Jurist Award (2019), the American Judges Association’s Chief Justice Richard Holmes Award of Merit (2018), and the Judical Management Institute’s Ernest C. Friesen Award of Excellence (2018).
For over a decade, the leading law firms have used FedArb’s panel of more than 60 former Article III federal judges and 30 distinguished neutrals to successfully mediate and arbitrate hundreds of high profile complex civil cases–typically achieving results more efficiently and cost effectively than through litigation. FedArb’s panelists also work with law firms on internal investigations, mock trials and on corporate monitoring assignments. FedArb provides around-the-clock administrative services and requires its neutrals to honor the parties’ deadlines, saving clients time and money.