Arbitrator/Mediator, Managing Partner, Global Arbitration Group, LLC

Simon J. Lawrence, ACIArb

Arbitrator/Mediator, Managing Partner, Global Arbitration Group, LLC

In today’s fast paced world, both businesses and individuals can often find themselves in the midst of conflict. During these stressful circumstances, parties are looking for the quickest resolution to defusing the situation and move on with business or their personal lives. Unfortunately, the legal system where most people turn today, is plagued with lengthy delays from time consuming processes, seemingly endless procedures and often elaborate charges.

Conversely, Arbitration and Mediation are options that can be tailored to the requirements of today’s fast paced environment. Labor and employment, commercial and financial disagreements are a few of the many types of alternate dispute resolutions that can be settled with arbitration or mediation. Quicker and more economical advantages than the courts; arbitration and/or mediation are smart choices for resolving disputes anywhere in the world.
Global Arbitration Group, LLC is a State of Virginia registered professional, Limited-Liability Corporation in the practice of providing Arbitration and Mediation to clients in the private and government sectors for Labor and Employment Relations, Aviation and Unmanned Vehicle Operations, Financial Services and Commercial Arbitration/Mediation, on an International basis.

How can the Global Arbitration Group Help You?

Global Arbitration Group can provide Arbitration and Mediation Services for disputes in the following areas:

  • International Arbitration and Mediation
  • Labor Employment Arbitration and Mediation
  • Aviation Arbitration and Mediation including:
    • Airline Operations
    • Drone Arbitration
    • General Aviation
  • Financial Arbitration and Mediation
  • Commercial Arbitration and Mediation

The Arbitration and Mediation Process

Requesting Arbitration or Mediation
All arbitration or mediation hearings/sessions are requested by mutual application frrom the parties. Usually, the request comes from the force of the labor contract between the parties, but on some occasions, parties will submit an issue to arbitration or mediation outside a formal internal process.

The Award
Arbitration is final and binding. Once the arbitrator issues an “award” the parties are obliged to follow it. Arbitration awards are subject to court ordered compliance in many jurisdictions throughout the world.

Mediation often precedes arbitration and is the process of attempting to find mutually agreed solutions to labor-management issues via a neutral party – the mediator. Mediation is not final or binding but, rather, allows parties to refine issues to core problems that can then be submitted to the arbitrator.

There are no filing fees or other usual court costs. The arbitrator is compensated by the parties under mutual agreement to cost sharing – usually both paying a portion of the arbitrator’s fee. Arbitration is billed by the day and days are calculated on 9:00AM-5:00PM schedule with a one-hour lunch break. Some hearings are less than a day but a full day rate is charged unless the arbitrator can find another case to fill the unused time. Travel by the arbitrator is also equally split by the parties and is billed at business class rates with tickets that allow changes as typically clients seek revisions to dates/times close to hearing days. Ancillary costs such as witness travel, hotels, meeting rooms, etc. are the responsibility of the respective parties.

Mediation is billed at hourly rates and is based on a pre-filed and agreed proposal submitted to the parties and agreed in advance. Hourly charges in excess of the proposal are delineated in the proposal as “additional charges”.

Global Arbitration Group accepts payment by credit card or check (with appropriate credit references) and will invoice the parties for their business purposes and to ensure all parties are aware of the status of payments.

Requesting Arbitration or Mediation Services
To request either arbitration or mediation please use the email address on the Contact Page, the Chat Feature or call and we will send the appropriate forms to initiate the process.


  • Virginia Supreme Court, General District, Mediator
  • Cornell University, Labor Arbitrator

Bar Association Membership

  • Associate Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, ABA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Member, ABA’s Air and Space Law Section

Alternative Dispute Resolution Panels

  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Public Arbitrator
  • Royal Aeronautical Society, Air Law Group, London, UK

Labor/Employment Issue Experience

  • Bidding, Grievance, Hiring, Job Posting, Scheduling, Working Conditions

Prior Professional Management Experience

  • Airline Fleet Management, Project/Technical Management Pilot, Emirates Airlines, Dubai, UAE.
  • President and Owner, EXPAL Corporation, Richmond, VA

Prior Professional Union Experience

  • National Union Director, Air Line Pilots Association, Herndon, VA.
  • ICAO International Representative, International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Association, Montreal, Canada
  • Scheduling Representative, Piedmont Airlines, Air Line Pilots Association, Winston-Salem, NC

Other Prior Professional Experience

  • Research Evaluation Pilot, NASA Langley, Langley, VA
  • Technical Writer and Representative in Human Factors and Aviation Safety, FAA/JAA (EASA)/ICAO, US, Europe and Canada

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Associate Member, American Bar Association
  • Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, UK
  • Former member of the Dubai Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators which promoted arbitration practices throughout the UAE.


  • Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, UK (ACIArb)
  • Fellow, Royal Aeronautical Society, London, UK (FRAeS)
  • Liveryman, The Honourable Company of Air Pilots, UK
  • Presidential Citation for Contributions to Air Safety, Air Line Pilots Association, International
  • Master Air Pilot Certificate, Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators


  • CMG, Virginia Supreme Court, General District, Mediation Training, Richmond, VA
  • Cornell University, Labor Arbitrator Development Program Certificate, New York, NY
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, International Commercial Arbitration, Dubai UAE
  • IATA Safety Management Systems (SMS) for Airlines Training Certificate, UAE
  • BSc(Hons) Aviation Management, Coventry University, UK
  • Civil Airworthiness Flight Test Course, Empire Test Pilots’ School, Salisbury, UK
  • Business/History Programs, University of NC at Chapel Hill and Charlotte, NC

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