ATLANTA—Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Brent Clinkscale is a Co-Chair of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society (AtlAS) Conference 2018. In addition, firm attorneys John Branson and Kurt Lindquist will be speakers during the conference, which takes place Nov. 12-13 in Atlanta.

In addition, Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys Ashley Bynoe, James Derrick, Emily Doll, Clark Goodman, and Kerra Killingsworth Hicks will attend the AtlAS Conference.

The theme of this year’s event, the seventh annual AtlAS Conference, is “Skills and Cultures: The Road Ahead for International Arbitration.” This year’s event features four tertulia on culture and arbitration—one each for Africa, the Americas, Europe & Russia, and Asia & Australia. In addition, there will be a number of panel discussions, including:

  • Document and Data Protection in International Arbitration;
  • Cross-Cultural Approaches When Taking Evidence in International Arbitration;
  • The Art of Persuasion in International Arbitration Hearings;
  • Cutting Edge Technologies for Presenting Damages and Using Technology in International Commercial Arbitration; and
  • Ethical Obligations in International Arbitration.

Lindquist will be a speaker for the Cutting Edge Technologies panel discussion, while Branson will serve as lead moderator of the Asia & Australia tertulia. Clinkscale will deliver closing remarks at the end of day two.

AtlAS is a non-profit organization that seeks to enhance Atlanta’s stature and position as a venue for the resolution of international commercial and investment disputes and to nurture the growth of an international arbitration community in the southeastern United States. AtlAS works with leaders in government, the State Bar and the judiciary to ensure that Georgia’s legislation and bar rules are supportive of international arbitration and that parties selecting Georgia as an arbitral seat or place for hearings will find an environment that is conducive to the fair, efficient and cost-effective resolution of cross-border business disputes. AtlAS also educates judges, neutrals, lawyers in private practice, corporate counsel and law students regarding the substantive law, practice and culture of international arbitration, as well as civic, business and government leaders regarding the benefits of a vibrant international arbitration center to Atlanta, the State of Georgia, the southeastern United States, and beyond.

Brent Clinkscale is a veteran litigator and advocate in both trials and arbitrations and has tried numerous cases in both federal and state courts. Clinkscale’s concentration is in business litigation, including both domestic and international arbitrations. He is a partner in Womble Bond Dickinson’s Greenville, SC office. He serves on the AtlAS Executive Committee and is a member of the consulting group for the American Law Institute Restatement of the U.S. Law on International Commercial Arbitration. Also Brent is a member of the International Arbitration Committee of the ABA Section of International Law, and is the Liaison from the ABA Section of International Law to the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. Brent is a member of the AAA Arbitration Panel and a member of the ICDR International Panel of Arbitrators.

John Branson has a broad litigation practice that encompasses complex business litigation with a focus on international arbitration. Branson has represented foreign sovereigns in international investment disputes and has experience with commercial claims, such as breach of contract and business torts, under the rules of a variety of international arbitration institutions. In addition to international arbitration, he defends and prosecutes claims before Federal and State courts.

Kurt Lindquist is a highly trusted advisor who helps clients with dispute resolution issues in the United States and around the world. A highly experienced trial lawyer, clients come to Lindquist for advice and assistance in resolving conflicts concerning commercial matters including licensing agreements, supplier agreements, noncompetition agreements misappropriation of trade secrets as well as public law issues concerning claims of expropriation and breaches of bilateral investment treaties. He regularly participates as an advocate in international disputes and as an advocate and arbitrator in domestic arbitrations.

Ashley Bynoe ’s practice, which draws on her background in finance, data analytics, and revenue management, focuses on franchise development and commercial real estate transactions. She analyzes legal issues and drafts contracts for commercial real estate clients related to real estate sales and purchases, corporate structuring, commercial finance, local zoning, leasing, and franchise negotiation issues.

James Derrick is an experienced litigation and dispute-resolution lawyer who advises clients in complex disputes in federal and state courts in the United States as well as cross-border arbitrations. He represents clients in a wide range of matters, including cases involving high-value contract disputes, business torts, intellectual property rights, and complicated construction projects.

Emily Doll focuses her practice on international arbitration. She has assisted in the representation of clients in all phases of arbitration, and has experience with investor-state and international commercial arbitrations under the rules of a variety of leading international institutions, including ICSID, PCA, SIAC, SCAI and UNCITRAL.

Clark Goodman has more than 20 years of experience managing disputes involving a wide range of commercial transactions, from intellectual property licensing agreements to large-scale software development projects and telecommunications franchise agreements. His practice includes representing financial service institutions in claims arising out of consumer/retail financial products and operations, as well as multinational companies in international arbitrations of cross-border disputes.

Kerra Killingsworth Hicks focuses her practice on products liability, mass torts and commercial litigation. She has significant experience litigating construction disputes among owners, contractors, and subcontractors in a variety of market segments. Her experience includes representing one of the nation's top utility companies in a multi-billion dollar dispute regarding its construction of the first new nuclear power plant in the United States in over 30 years.