Speaking Engagement

Fending Off Mass Arbitration: Preventive and Responsive Defense Strategies

HNBA 2023 Corporate Counsel Conference & Moot Court Competition

Sheraton Phoenix
340 North 3rd St
Phoenix, AZ

Blank Rome partner David A. Moreno, Jr. will serve as a panelist at the Hispanic National Bar Association’s (“HNBA”) 2023 Corporate Counsel Conference & Moot Court Competition, being held March 9 through 11, 2023, in Phoenix, Arizona.

David’s session, “Fending Off Mass Arbitration: Preventive and Responsive Defense Strategies,” will take place on Friday, March 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.


Mass arbitration is a new tactic where plaintiffs’ firms file hundreds or thousands of arbitration demands against a company simultaneously in hopes of leveraging the prospect of arbitration fees to force a settlement. Massive fees, unfavorable processes for mass arbitration filings, and a judiciary that has been largely unreceptive to companies and challenges to such filings have emboldened the plaintiffs’ bar. Indeed, threats of initiating mass arbitration filings alone have extracted eight- and nine-figure settlements from some companies. This panel will discuss the development of this phenomenon following U.S. Supreme Court precedent blessing arbitration clauses and class action waivers in consumer and employment agreements, best practices for efficiently managing mass arbitrations, recent court challenges to mass arbitration filings, and how companies can revise their arbitration provisions to mitigate the risks of mass arbitration.


  • Moderator: Hon. Ariel Belen (Ret.), Mediator/Arbitrator, JAMS, New York, NY
  • Esteban Rodriguez, Partner, O'Melveny & Myers, Los Angeles, CA
  • Melissa Rodriguez, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, New York, NY
  • David A. Moreno, Jr., Partner, Blank Rome, New York, NY

CLE credit is available.

David will also be recognized by the HNBA as a Top Lawyer Under 40 at the Awards Reception, which will take place at 7:00 p.m. that same day and feature remarks by Arizona State Bar President, Jessica Sanchez.

For more information and to register, please visit the event webpage.