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Arbitration is billed as a more efficient method of resolving disputes than court litigation. Often, however, attorneys are too willing to ignore that theory and resort to typical litigation practice more costly to clients. We handle arbitration disputes, large and small, with an eye toward employing the most effective strategy in the most efficient manner to achieve each client’s goals. We are familiar with arbitration rules and procedures, including those of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS).
Ultimately, most arbitrations include much of the good (and bad) of trial practice – discovery, depositions, objections, motions in limine, opening statements, witness examinations, and summations. The success of an arbitration often hinges on decisions early in the process, such as drafting (or responding to) the initial demand, selecting the arbitrator, making or addressing objections to the jurisdiction and scope of the arbitration, and setting a schedule. Our top-flight trial advocacy skills combined with our arbitration experience allow us to provide skilled representation at every stage of an arbitration, from those important early decisions through discovery and the arbitration hearing.
- Obtained successful resolution after a ten-day arbitration hearing on behalf of a health and human services consulting corporation that sought specific performance and damages for breach of a $37-million teaming agreement.
- Ongoing representations on behalf of a multichannel video programming distributor in baseball-style AAA arbitrations to determine the rates and terms for carriage of regional sports networks.
- Secured a favorable resolution for competitive telephone service provider in an AAA arbitration related to its purchase of a wireless telephone company.