William L.D. Barrett

Of Counsel

Practice Areas:

  • Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate

Arbitration for AAA (1984-Present)

Mr. Barrett has served as chair or sole arbitrator on more than 200 cases. Significant (multi-million dollar) commercial cases: marketing and development of pharmaceutical products and high technology medical products, telecommunications, oil transportation and exploration (domestic and international), electric power generation (Latin America), technical, dot.com and e-commerce matters, advertising, domestic and international franchising, intellectual property; management of New York City office buildings, real estate syndication and financing, acquisitions, valuations of companies in airline, software, pharmaceutical and other industries, patents, insurance and reinsurance, including coverage issues, exceptions and exclusions; securities and hedge fund cases (domestic and international) and executive employment and compensation in securities, hedge funds, banking, and international companies (Russia); construction cases: the Pittsburgh subway system, construction of a steel mill, construction of a pulp mill, renovations of multi-floor interior spaces in New York City office buildings, soils and excavation projects; electrical contracting for mass transit projects; class actions (real estate and health services); Emergency arbitrations, employment and internet search advertising.

Mediation for AAA (1988-Present)

Significant cases involved issues about indemnification from a multi-million dollar RICO and fraud case, requirements of nuclear fuel by utilities, renovation of interior New York City office space, electric utility (construction, fuel cost and contract matters), acquisitions of businesses: a textile company, wireless technology, a domestic insurance company by a Finnish company, an office supplies company and a title insurance business by a major thrift institution; dissolutions of businesses; a law firm, a psychiatric social work group, advertising agency, beverage franchise; dispute between a computer software vendor and a New York City department, a dispute between Erie County and the New York State Office of Court Administration, and commercial cases from the Macy's bankruptcy; and Super Storm Sandy insurance mediations.


"Arbitration of a Complex Commercial Case: Practical Guidelines for Arbitrators and Counsel" The Arbitration Journal, December 1986; "Tactics of an Arbitrator" Donovan Leisure ADR Practice Book, (Wiley, 1990); "Measures of Quality" Dispute Resolution Journal, April 1996; "Managing Cross-Examination: the Arbitrator's Perspective: ADR Currents," summer, 1996; contributor, Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration, The College of Commercial Arbitrators, 2006. Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration (College of Commercial Arbitrators) Chapters on Management of Hearings and on Class action arbitrations.

Speaking Engagements

Various arbitration and dispute resolution topics, including e-discovery in arbitration, for the AAA, American Bar Association, Inter-Pacific Bar Association, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, American Association of Certified Public Accountants, various corporate meetings, Fordham Law School and the Practicing Law Institute, including "Managing E-Discovery in Arbitration" for the New York City Bar Association in 2006 and "Writing Awards in Arbitration" for the Dispute Resolution Section of the ABA in 2007.

Current Work

Mr. Barrett joined Fulton, Rowe & Hart LLP in 2013. Mr. Barrett was previously affiliated with the law firms Webster & Sheffield, Hollyer, Brady, Barrett & Hines LLP and Butzel Long.



Yale University



Harvard Law School