Alternative Dispute Resolution for CPAs

By Zimmerman, Philip | The CPA Journal, April 2000 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Alternative Dispute Resolution for CPAs


Zimmerman, Philip, The CPA Journal


ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION FOR CPAS

By James John Jurinski, JD, CPA American Management Association, $171 ($139 for AICPA members)

Review by Philip Zimmerman, CPA

Whether in public practice or industry, CPAs are accustomed to hearing about disputes with employees, customers, and suppliers. Opportunity costs-those incurred through time-consuming litigation or through loss of valuable, long-term relationships with clients or suppliers enmeshed in litigation-can be even greater than the cash costs.

The AICPA and the American Management Association have developed a self study course designed to help CPAs understand the inner workings of alternative dispute resolution. Author James John Jurinski is a tax and business law professor and a mediator and arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD). He also maintains a law practice in Portland, Ore.

The book is a complete, understandable, and sensible course on almost everything a CPA needs to know about mediation and arbitration as distinct processes in relation to litigation. The book contains much to recommend it but lacks a discussion of the principles and good practices of negotiation and the specifics on the practice opportunities for CPAs as neutrals in negotiations.

The fastest and least costly way to resolve a dispute-even more so than mediation-is negotiation. Even CPAs comfortable with negotiation would benefit from an explanation of better negotiation techniques, such as is found in Fisher and Ury's Getting to Yes or "The CPA Negotiator: The Next Step" by Hanan Isaacs, Esq. (The CPA Journal, September 1999).

A new chapter on the CPA as a neutral would encourage CPAs, who as Jurinski says, have the most important qualities of a good mediator-"integrity and the ability to instill confidence in the participants"-to become more involved in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Alternative Dispute Resolution for CPAs
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?