Arbitration and Discovery Referee

In 2015, Amy Semmel was honored to be appointed to the American Arbitration Association National Roster of Employment Arbitrators. She has served as arbitrator in excess of 50 matters addressing a wide range of employment law claims, including race discrimination, disability discrimination, gender discrimination age discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing, wrongful termination, breach of contract, theft of trade secrets and breaches of non-disclosure agreements, as well as many wage and hour matters.

Having adjudicated numerous discovery disputes as arbitrator, Ms. Semmel is available as a discovery referee. As an arbitrator and discovery referee, Ms. Semmel seeks to resolve disputes as efficiently and fairly as possible, while maintaining an appropriate balance with the needs and entitlements of the parties to conduct discovery permitted by law. She is mindful both that discovery may be critical to a party’s ability to prosecute or defend its case, and that some information and documents may be obtained only by discovery, sometimes from third parties. At the same time, she understands that discovery can be quite burdensome and that parties sometimes attempt to use discovery as a weapon. She is well familiar with e-discovery issues, including the use of forensic data collection and review services.