Meet the Organizers

​​Allison Alcasabas is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills New York LLP.​ 
She has overAllison Alcasabas.jpg two decades of experience in advising and defending global clients involved in complex commercial and products liability litigation throughout the United States and internationally. She has served as trial counsel in multi-million dollar trials, and has defended lawsuits brought by individual plaintiffs, class action plaintiffs, consumer groups, healthcare providers and governmental entities involving claims for personal injury, consumer fraud and economic damages.    
Allison's experience also includes working abroad for several years in London and Hong Kong. She has represented clients in the consumer products, oil and gas, banking and aviation industries, among others.

Kimberly Taylor, Esq. is the Chief Operating Officer at JAMS, the largest private provider ofKimberly Taylor, Esq.jpg mediation and arbitration services worldwide. She oversees JAMS operations in the United States and abroad. Working directly with the President and CEO, and leading a team that spans 26 resolution centers worldwide, Ms. Taylor is responsible for the company's day-to-day operating activities.  Ms. Taylor previously served as JAMS associate general counsel.  She serves on the Board of the International Mediation Institute (IMI), on the Council of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, and is the Co-Chair of the Section's International Committee.  Ms. Taylor has been elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.


Kathleen Pierz is the Practice Development Manager, Global at JAMS Kathleen Pierz.jpg( Ms. Pierz works with mediators and arbitrators, law firms, in-house counsel, law schools and professional organizations around the world to develop and promote the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services.  She is engaged in projects to expand the use of ADR services in cross-border disputes for commercial as well as investor – state disputes.  In her role at JAMS, she has a special focus on the expan​sion of mediation in developing economies as a tool to build investment opportunities and create an environment that favors the rapid resolution of disputes in an equitable and independent fashion.

Rochelle Eades is the senior business development manager at Herbert ​​Smith Freehills andRochelle Eades.jpg is responsible for the business development efforts of the firm's pre-​ eminent New York office.​ Rochelle has spent the past year working in the United States helping drive and build a strong business development value for the partners and lawyers, with a relentless focus on client value. Previous to this role, Rochelle worked for two years in Herbert Smith Freehills London office, and prior to this the firm's Melbourne office. Rochelle has over 10 years demonstrate​d experience building strategic relationships, managing client accounts, and pursuing new business opportunities. Rochelle holds a double degree in Bachelor International Business/Bachelor Commerce.

Robert Davidson, JAMS