At Minenko & Hoff, P.A., we know that litigation is not right for every client or every case. Litigation can take months or even years, and expenses can mount very quickly. We are experienced litigators, but we understand that it is not always in your best interest to take a case to trial. To that end, we represent clients in mediation and arbitration of litigation claims when it is the best option for their case.
As an alternative to trial, mediation provides an opportunity to settle out of court with the assistance of a professional mediator or lawyer. If you opt to have your case mediated, the impartial third party chosen to mediate identifies the conflict and attempts to facilitate a resolution in order to attain a fair result. While mediation does not settle every suit, it is common in contract and civil damages cases and is seen as a viable cost- and time-saving alternative to litigation.
Sometimes the law or an agreement provides for arbitration. In other circumstances the parties in a dispute may agree to arbitrate a dispute.
Arbitration is essentially a mini-trial conducted by an individual or group of individuals who are not judges, such as the following:
- A retired judge
- An attorney not otherwise involved in the case
- An organization that provides arbitration services
This panel hears arguments from the lawyers representing each side and offers a decision.
Arbitration is sometimes required in contract disputes, in which case the results may be converted into a legal judgment on petition to the court unless one party claims there has been a gross injustice, collusion, or fraud. It is usually binding and cannot be appealed.
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