Y-ADR Spotlight Series – Interview Questions with Lindsay Rowell

Y-ADR Spotlight Series,

Lindsay Rowell

Litigation and Arbitration Lawyer at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

1. What do you find to be a beneficial aspect of CPR?

I have enjoyed connecting with international ADR practitioners through CPR’s programs and the Y-ADR Steering Committee. The diversity of perspectives of those involved in CPR, including in-house counsel, private practice lawyers, and arbitrators and mediators, across many different jurisdictions and industries, contributes to the dispute resolution programs in a really positive and valuable way.

    2. What is one piece of advice you would give to somebody who wanted to pursue a career in ADR?

    When you are involved in an ADR matter, always consider the next procedural step and how you can contribute. Your team will appreciate the initiative. Also seek out “stretch tasks” and try to view feedback as a positive. What is most important is implementing that feedback the next time.

     3. What or who has been inspiring to you during your career in ADR?

    I have had the privilege of working with, and learning from, a number of talented and hard-working lawyers who have been mentors to me in the business and practice of law. Their support and generosity with their time has been essential to my career development. I encourage junior ADR professionals to seek out mentors both inside and outside their organizations and consider how they, as mentees, can assist their mentor in their practice. This helps create a mutually beneficial relationship.

    4. What personal characteristics are most beneficial to you in your career?

    In my experience, having an interest in learning about new files and industries is important in a dispute resolution practice. What makes my job interesting and challenging is how different every matter is. It is important to dive into the material. Working with subject matter experts and clients who have particular industry, business, or technical expertise is often key to developing a strong understanding the facts and issues in a matter and effectively advocating for your client.

     5. How can people with an interest in ADR get hands-on experience to further their career?

    Attending seminars and events offered by ADR organizations, such as CPR, is a great way to learn about dispute resolution and connect with international practitioners. Also look for opportunities to get involved in ADR organizations, such as by writing case commentaries or being part of a committee.

    6. What is your favorite ADR process to practice?

    While every matter requires its own assessment of the appropriateness of a particular ADR process, I enjoy arbitration. In my experience, one of the advantages of arbitration, among other things, is the ability of parties to set a procedural timetable for the steps in the arbitration. This is often an effective way for parties to maintain momentum in the dispute resolution process.

    7. Describe your perfect Friday night in 5 words or less.

    Hanging out with my kids!