Edward M. Davidson, ACIArb


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    Ed is a graduate of Weidner University with a B.A in International Relations. He later attended the London Business School’s Executive Leadership Course. After completing his undergraduate degree, he became a US Navy pilot serving two tours to Vietnam. On leaving active duty, Ed became an airline pilot, airline Captain and in 2003 transitioned to airline executive management. He served as a senior operation executive in a number of domestic and foreign air transport entities including Northwest Airlines, Emirates Airline and was Chief Operating Officer of Hawaii Island Air from 2014-2015.  Ed received his arbitration and mediation training at Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations School’s Scheinman Institute in 2009. He presently serves Cornell as an Adjunct Instructor in their New Arbitrator education program.

    During his time at Northwest, Ed served on both “sides” of the negotiating table as a union leader in the Air Line Pilots Association and then as Northwest’s Chief Pilot in Minneapolis and Detroit.

    In 2009, Ed opened his own arbitration and mediation practice in Atlanta specializing in the resolution of labor and employment grievances. He presently serves on the labor arbitration panels of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, National Mediation Board, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, American Arbitration Association and as a securities and employment arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). He also provides employment mediation to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    Prior to moving to Hawaii, Mr. Davidson also served as a court-appointed Civil Mediator for the Cobb County Court System and was a Georgia State Certified Mediator and Arbitrator.

    Ed’s approach to the arbitration process is to ensure a fair and balanced process is maintained for the benefit of the parties and to provide clear, concise and reasoned decisions. He believes pre-hearing conferences provide significant value to the parties and that reasonable discovery also results in a streamlined arbitral process and better managed costs. During mediation, Ed spends significant time gaining initial understanding of the parties’ positions and interests then works to ensure there are clear options developed by each party to facilitate settlement discussions.

    Mr. Davidson’s expertise is principally in the areas of labor grievance, collective bargaining agreement interpretation, civil mediation, Securities arbitration and Employment law. He has been involved as both wing and chair arbitrator on a number of complex cases involving labor contract, grievance and employment disputes with major US businesses and unions. He has authored several articles on arbitration in the Dispute Resolution Journal, the flagship publication of the American Arbitration Association and is an Associate Member of the American Bar Association. He is also designated as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb), a London-based arbitral educational foundation.