Ann Ryan Robertson, counsel at Locke Lord in Houston, says she will assume duties Jan. 1, 2013, as one of 12 trustees elected recently to set policy for the 12,500-member international Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a United Kingdom-registered nonprofit that offers training and education in dispute resolution through its network of branches.
Robertson says she is the first woman selected from the Americas region, which covers Canada, the United States and Mexico in the North American branch, and the Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda branches. The institute announced results of the election on Nov. 1, she says.
Robertson says the organization, which was founded in 1915, seeks to ensure high standards of knowledge and professionalism in the alternative dispute resolution field through its professional education and training programs.
Serving as a trustee is a large responsibility, Robertson says. “It’s a challenge I welcome because the Chartered Institute is the gold standard for training international arbitrators,” she says.
Robertson says she focuses her practice on international arbitration and dispute resolution.
-- Mary Alice Robbins
Robbins is an Austin-based freelance writer and a former Texas Lawyer senior reporter.