Mediation and Arbitration
Many cases that are destined for litigation can be resolved through
alternative dispute resolution, or ADR, often more quickly and at
considerably less cost than resort to traditional court proceedings.
The firm represents clients in mediation or arbitration of complex
litigation claims, including antitrust, contract law and employment
Additionally, the firm’s David Vaughan is a certified mediator who
is available to serve as a neutral and in that capacity can call
upon his 40 years of litigation experience in assisting parties to
resolve their differences.
Mediation and arbitration are good mechanisms to resolve cases
because they are less time-consuming and expensive than litigation.
For parties who are willing to compromise in order to put their
disputes behind them – ADR does not always result in an absolute
"winner" and "loser" as is often the case in litigation – and who do
not desire the formality of a jury or bench trial, ADR is an
Increasingly, commercial contracts are drafted to contain an
arbitration or mediation clause requiring proceedings to occur
before an arbitration organization, such as the American Arbitration
Association. We have experience working with such provisions and
have successfully resolved a variety of commercial disputes arising
under contracts containing arbitration or mediation clauses – many
involving complex claims – such as securities fraud, partnership
disputes, employment discrimination claims, restrictive covenant
disputes, and others.
Our firm also drafts business contracts containing mediation and