Final is great when you win. And not so great when you don’t. But even when you don’t, at least there’s the consolation that the long years of fighting are finally over. That’s a big selling point of arbitration.
As a trial court judge, I knew that an aggrieved party could appeal and get a second read. I didn’t even want my decision to be reversed; I came to like writing “thorough” opinions, and my clerks sometimes would see me throw away the 20th draft and start again from scratch. But as a judge I knew that my decision was not necessarily the final word.