Morill ADR

Arbitration and Mediation

Mark C. Morril is an independent arbitrator and mediator based in New York City who focuses on complex commercial disputes. He is ranked as a Band One Arbitrator in the Chambers and Partners Guide to International Arbitrators (USA rankings). He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. He is a Certified Mediator of the International Mediation Institute. He is on the roster of leading alternative dispute organizations in the United States and other countries.

Mr. Morril has been appointed as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and chair in more than fifty arbitrations involving, among other subjects, complex commercial contracts, patents, insurance, telecom, oil and gas equipment, construction, mergers and acquisitions, commodities, partnerships, joint ventures, copyrights, trademarks, media and entertainment, Internet and Internet domain names and new technologies. He has presided over numerous hearings and authored full reasoned awards in many of his arbitrations. Mr. Morril also has served as an emergency arbitrator and has mediated numerous large commercial disputes.

Users and peers have described Mr. Morril as a "knowledgeable and enthusiastic arbitrator" who "is able to listen closely because he is so well-prepared." (Chambers) As mediator, he has been described as a "candidate of first resort" for his "very impressive and high-end legal work - combined with a high level of economic and psychological as well as tactical know-how." (IMI Feedback Digest)

Prior to launching his practice as a full-time neutral in 2012, Mr. Morril served for ten years (1989-1998) as General Counsel of Simon & Schuster, then the largest English language publisher in the world, and for thirteen years (1999-2012) as Deputy General Counsel of the global media company Viacom. Viacom's businesses comprise Paramount Pictures and 170 cable TV channels and multiplatform properties (including MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and BET) and formerly included CBS Broadcasting, CBS Radio, Viacom Outdoor, Showtime, Simon & Schuster and the discontinued industrial operations of Westinghouse, Gulf+Western and Charter Oil.

At Viacom, Mr. Morril was the company's senior litigator, responsible for the enterprise-wide disputed matters docket. Mr. Morril's focus on case management resulted in significant efficiencies while achieving positive results in the company's disputed matters. He has spoken extensively on case management techniques and effective collaboration between business clients and outside counsel, to audiences of law firm leaders, clients and judges.

Mr. Morril also has extensive experience in complex transactions, general commercial matters, legal issues relating to new technologies and the Internet and in numerous other areas of substantive law. He had extensive business experience as a senior manager at Viacom, as a member of the Executive Committee of Simon & Schuster and as manager of Viacom's large worldwide law department and its outside counsel relationships.

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