Murray Miskin is one of Canada’s most well known domestic and international arbitrators. He graduated Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto in 1979 and has been a practicing lawyer in Ontario, Canada since 1981 working mainly in civil litigation. He became actively involved in conflict resolution through arbitration as a lawyer and trainer soon after his call to the Bar and has taught arbitration courses since 1985. As a junior lawyer Murray Miskin was asked to develop course materials and teach an advanced arbitration course for the Arbitrators Institute of Ontario. A similar course had not been offered for several years. The Miskin courses were first taught at the University of Toronto through the School of Continuing Studies for the Arbitrators’ Institute of Canada which has evolved into the ADR Institute of Canada. He continues to be the primary arbitration instructor in Ontario with course certification from the ADR Institute of Ontario. In 2014 additional specialized courses have been developed and are being offered in Family Law Arbitration and Condominium Arbitration.
Murray first acted as an arbitrator in 1987 when selected by two of his former students, who were experienced real estate brokers and arbitrators, to chair a three member arbitration tribunal for a commercial lease renewal rent dispute. Since then Murray was arbitrator in a number of construction arbitrations, employment and other commercial arbitrations, and also family law, estate and environmental arbitrations. In the mid 1990s Murray conducted his first international arbitration hearing in Toronto, after being appointed by the court in Florida to determine a franchise product contract dispute.
When the current Condominium Act for Ontario came into effect in 2001 bringing mandatory mediation and arbitration of all condominium disputes Murray became extensively involved in condominium arbitration. His condominium litigation experience goes back to 1982 in a dispute over construction quality between the unit owners and the developers of 110 Bloor Street West in Toronto. Murray Miskin was ready to enter this new ADR field as soon as plans were made for mandatory mediation and arbitration of condominium disputes before the enactment of the Condominium Act of 1998 which became law in Ontario in 2001. Between 1998 and and 2001 he presented seminars in the condominium industry about the new procedures and trained leading condominium lawyers in Arbitration. He went on to arbitrate many condominium cases since the Condominium Act was proclaimed. Only one of his decisions was appealed with the decision fully upheld by the Judge hearing the appeal and again by the Ontario Court of Appeal. Murray Miskin has arbitrated a great number of condominium disputes where he has applied his own personal experience as a condominium resident and three years as the first President of a large Toronto condominium’s Board of Directors.
Murray Miskin has organized a group of Ontario condominium ADR practitioners whose website is condoadr.ca This group includes both senior, intermediate and junior arbitrators and mediators whose services are offered at three price levels to provide a comprehensive ADR panel for condominium disputes across the Province of Ontario.
The Insurance Act has been amended to expand the use of private arbitration for insurance claims and disputes. Murray is now, as a neutral, applying his 30 years of personal injury insurance law practice experience to insurance law where he can work more freely as an arbitrator and mediator now that he is no longer a Plaintiff’s lawyer.
Murray Miskin is getting international recognition and has won awards in the field of arbitration, mediation and ADR, and is conducting more international commercial arbitrations. The international work includes arbitrator training in the Caribbean which is being planned with a course to be offered in Trinidad under development. Mr. Miskin was recently in Trinidad and Grenada taking steps towards building the Caribbean arbitration market. He plans to visit Nassau in the Bahamas in 2015 where there are hopes of developing a major international arbitration centre. He operates three Caribbean nation focused ADR websites adr.tc, adr.vc and adr.gd. He attended the 2014 American Bar Association (ABA) dispute resolution conference in Miami as a representative of the Canadian Bar Association’s National ADR Section Executive, and is a Program Chair for the ABA conference April 2015 in Seattle. Murray Miskin is ready to travel as needed to conduct arbitrations or provide arbitration training. Our closest major urban centre for arbitration is Toronto, Ontario Canada where Murray regularly conducts domestic and international arbitrations and regularly offers his arbitration courses. He is a member of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society.
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