Essential Tools for Arbitration

Published by Washington State Association for Justice


With the recent increase in civil arbitration limits, arbitrations have become more important and relevant than ever. Sam Elder and Rafael Urquia will teach you what you need to know for handling cases in civil arbitration. Every step is covered including effective case selection, excelling at the arbitration hearing, winning the de novo trial, and being awarded your attorney’s fees and costs. This CLE is divided into three, easy-to-follow parts: (1) general overview of arbitrations; (2) arbitration hearings; and (3) de novo trials and petitioning for attorney’s fees and costs. You will learn essential tools regarding arbitration preparation and presentation, post-appeal tactics and negotiation strategies, the “all-in” approach to winning the de novo trial, and receiving all of your hard-earned attorney’s fees and costs. Additionally, this CLE includes all the pleadings and documents you need for an arbitration, de novo trial, and more. If you are a Plaintiff’s lawyer who conducts civil arbitrations, this CLE is a must for you.

Samuel J. Elder, Jr.
Samuel J. Elder, Jr. graduated from Linfield College (summa cum laude) in 1991. He received a Juris Doctorate from University of Washington in 1996 with Honors. Sam has been a WSAJ member since 1993. He became an Eagle member in 1998. He has...More
Rafael Urquia

Originally Published

September 26, 2018

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Essential Tools for Arbitration - Video
  • Essential Tools for Arbitration - Paper

How To Attend

Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

Technical Requirements

You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.


If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.

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