Executive Profile
Tuesday, June 10, 1997

Name: Louis L. C. Chang
Age: 49
Position: Director, American Arbitration Association
First job: Selling newspapers
Hobbies: Kayak fishing, time with the children

Avoiding 'See you in court'

Attorney Louis L. C. Chang, a new national director for the American Arbitration Association, is part of a trend to control legal costs and resolve disputes faster.

"In the last 10 to 15 years, we've seen the legal practice move to more responsive ways to resolving disagreements," Chang said. "The courts are just not suited for this in civil and business matters. They are too cumbersome and too slow."

He said the situation has improved in Hawaii but it still takes about 18 months from filing to trial.

Chang, an attorney since 1973, is a partner in the law firm of Kuniyuki & Chang. He has a law degree from the University of California. He has been on the international board of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution since 1993.

Chang said the association is working to lower resolution costs and improve training for those doing resolution work.

By Jerry Tune, Star-Bulletin

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