Barth F. Aaron

Barth F Aaron Esq, Attorney & Mediator

Minden, Nevada 89425

775-741-3150

Business, Commercial, Construction, Contract, Discrimination, Employment, Legal Malpractice, Partnership Disputes, Sexual Harassment, Wage and Hour, Workplace


My philosophy of mediation:

First, some background.  The first half of my legal career was based in litigation. I served as a public prosecutor and represented the State on administrative matters as well as in private practice in general practice firms as a litigation associate then partner and then handling administrative matters.  The second half of my career was spent in-house as senior counsel to both publicly traded and privately held companies.

What I learned from this experience is that only lawyers make money in litigation. The process is long, drawn-out, tedious and, except for law firms, is not the core business of any enterprise.  In fact, litigation saps precious resources from a business, redirecting personnel and other assets from the main focus of pursuing the business plan and making money to spending endless hours researching and reviewing documents, creating time lines and preparing for and sitting in on depositions and court proceedings (as most courts now require a principal, or at least one with settlement authority, to be available).  While searching the archives for documents, notes, emails, electronic communication and all the other “discoverable” items required in litigation, that employee, officer or director is not pursuing the primary task of furthering the business of the company.

Thus, mediation is a simple, cost-effective and concise method to achieve agreement and move forward rather than continue looking back at what was or should have been.  With training in mediation and negotiation, I am fully familiar with BATNA, game theory and other negotiating strategies.  In fact, over the years, I have faced both aggressive and compromising adversaries and cooperative and non-cooperative adversaries.  The point of mediation is structurally an agreement, which means that both sides are satisfied with the result, not necessarily happy with the result, but a result that accomplishes a resolution without the time, expense and distraction of litigation.

That benefit of mediation is in retaining power over the proceedings. Commercial mediation is voluntary and either party can walk away any time an agreement is not reached – recognizing that more formal dispute resolution will ensue, with all of the effort, energy and cost that such a distraction requires.  Thus, the mediator must make both sides understand and believe that the result achieved is the best alternative with nothing more to be gained (or at least the risk or cost will outweigh the potential added gain) from more formal dispute resolution.  Again, a key factor is in the parties retaining control, rather than an arbitrator, judge or jury imposing a resolution, which may satisfy neither side.

The mediator, then, provides the objective, disinterested, third-party view of the strengths, weaknesses, interests and goals of the parties.  By allowing each party to recognize their true interests and then structuring an understanding which preserves those interests for each side, agreement can be reached.

  

  PROFESSIONAL LICENSES:

 Nevada Bar Admission, New Jersey Bar Admission, New York Bar Admission

 

Gaming Licenses held in Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario.

                                                                                     PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

                                               

International Masters of Gaming Law (2002 – Present)

International Association of Gaming Attorneys (1994 – 2004, 2011 to present)

American Bar Association (1997 - Present)

State Bar of Nevada (1997 – Present)

 

EDUCATION:

 

Brandeis University, B.A.

Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D. cum laude (rank 10th in class)

 

 

RELATED ACTIVITIES:

                               

Instructor:           American University – Washington College of Law, Hospitality and Tourism Law “Advanced Issues in Gaming Law” (2013)

Panel Speaker:  G2E – “Worker Challenges” (2013)

                                ABA Gaming Law Minefield (2006-2011, 2013-2015)

                                US Online Gaming Law Conference (2011-2012)

                                National Indian Gaming Association Conference (2013) “Internet Gaming Affiliates”

                                Gaming Technology Forum (2013) “Internet Gaming Affiliates”

                                Southern Gaming Summit – Emerging Markets

IAGA Annual Conference – Native American Gaming

                                                        Conducting Internal Investigations

Moderator:        G2E - "VLT's the Legal Lessons"; “Border Patrol: Dealing With Jurisdictional Disputes” (2014))

Co-Author:      Casino Journal Article on 1995 Amendments to New Jersey Casino Control Act.

Article Author: The Nevada Regulatory Compliance Committee, The Law of the Game, Vol. 3, No. 1 (2012)

Article Author: Current Ethical Issues for the In-house Gaming Attorney, Casino Lawyer, Vol. 9, No. 1 (2013)

Article Author: Bitcoin: Is Virtual Currency Real?, Casino Lawyer, Vol. 10, No. 1 (2014)

  

Barth Aaron is an experienced attorney with over 35 years in public service, private practice and in-house assignments.  Mr. Aaron served as a felony prosecutor and represented the State in administrative matters while practicing in New Jersey.  He was assigned to a Special Prosecutions Section in a division of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, handling complex and difficult licensing and violations of the New Jersey Casino Control Act, while being responsible for the licensing and regulatory oversight of three Atlantic City casinos.  In private practice, Mr. Aaron handled civil and criminal trials and headed the litigation department of his firm.  He also served as a senior attorney in a firm concentrating in the representation of casino gaming clients, with exposure to regulatory schemes throughout the United States.

During the second portion of his career, Mr. Aaron has served as Chief Legal Officer or General Counsel for both publicly traded and privately held companies, with responsibility for corporate governance, regulatory compliance, human resources, vendor and customer agreements, development, including mergers and acquisitions and related business activities.  His experience includes all manner of business transactions and relations, both internal – board of directors, employment and other share- and stake-holders and external – vendors, customers, risk management, partner and venture relations, finance and operations.

Mr. Aaron is now available for consultation and dispute resolution in all areas of commercial and business activities.

12900 Welcome Way
Reno, NV 89511

P: 775-741-3150
E: [email protected]