Victor Schachter '67
Partner and Co-Chair of employment practices at Fenwick & West
Founder, Foundation for Sustainable Rule of Law Initiatives
For an employment litigator with a long list of successful trial wins on behalf of employers, Victor Schachter ’67, a partner and co-chair of employment practices at Fenwick & West, is quite the champion of alternative dispute resolution, or ADR.
As a young lawyer working for the National Labor Relations Board in the late 1960s, Schachter saw firsthand how effective mediation could be in resolving labor conflicts. Before workers can strike, they’re often required by federal law to take part in mediation and conciliation services. “I had a very early, meaningful introduction, especially when there were impasses in negotiations on union contracts and bargaining, to the use of mediation,” Schachter says.